Any night of the week, the Bar & Grille is populated by appreciative local regulars who network over happy hour drinks, have a light dinner at the bar, or sit down to beautifully prepared main courses. It’s a place where ‘everyone knows your name’. “Its my home away from home,” says Clay Bowden, “I like to be able to sit at the bar if I’m eating alone, that’s nice.” He enjoys his favorite spinach salad with prosciutto, gorgonzola, and bacon sherry vinaigrette, followed by a steak, which he describes as, “Delicious, organic, and consistently good.” Nan Van Horn says, “It’s my favorite bar in town, I like the wines they serve, and being able to come in just for espresso and dessert.” Libby Caldwell says of the Bar & Grille, “It’s a great place because all types of people come here and they all have fun.”
The Bar & Grille menu changes seasonally to take advantage of the freshest ingredients as well as offering regular diners new dishes and revisitations of old favorites. “Gorgonzola polenta is the best,” says Annette Leeland, who also enjoys the, “rich, snappy horseradish mashed potatoes.” The velvety butternut squash soup is a hit with Megan Shaw who claims, “It’s like a dessert, I could eat it every day.” Rainy Martin declares, “The duck is sumptuous.”
While people inherently have favorites, there’s something for everyone. For traditionalists, there’s an artichoke with lemon curry aioli, crisp Caesar salad, pork loin chops over honey-mashed yams, and three cuts of steak grilled to perfection. For those craving Asian food, there’s warm sake, edamame, ahi sashimi with seaweed and wasabi, fried coconut shrimp salad with pickled cucumber and fried rice noodles, and mussels in Thai coconut sauce. For vegetarians, offerings include roasted garlic with chèvre and crostini, portabella gorgonzola terrine, roasted beet salad with spiced pecans and pomegranate vinaigrette, or pasta with hazelnut, spinach and arugula pesto. Fans of Italian food can enjoy the antipasti plate with ingredients from the local Gourmet Cellar and Matt’s Butcher Shop, puttanesca pasta, or fresh raviolis with beef and pork. Seafood lovers can indulge in raw oysters with mignonette sauce, calamari, Dungeness crab cake (all delectable crab – no fillers!), smoked salmon, spaghettini with shrimp, or linguini with garlicky clam sauce (worthy of licking the bowl).
The wine menu is impressive, not surprising as Chatham is a wine aficionado, and affordable, which is a bit more surprising. The wines by the glass are consistently lovely, and it’s a joy to simply ask Glenn for a “tart white,” or “chewy red,” or “dry rose” and he’ll wordlessly set the perfect glass of wine before you.