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Lancaster: Ma(i)son

230 North Prince Street , Phone: 717-293-5060
Closing day: Sunday & Monday

Reviewed by: Kim from NJ, review #3796

When: 2011

If you're in the Lancaster area, go!

I was looking for a place for us to dine on a Saturday night in Lancaster via Open Table. This place had no reviews at the time as it was new but the concept, "farm driven urban cookery" sounded interesting to me, so I made a reservation.

Subsequent to the reservation, Open Table posted some pretty darn good reviews so we were excited to try it out that Saturday night in September ... until we walked in the door.

There was a large party (10 - 12) in the front of the room (and it's not a big room), of young twenty-somethings, being loud, jumping out of their seats to take pictures and generally disturbing the place. As we sat at our table near them (oh, let's face it, everyone was near them again, small place), perusing the menu and trying to make the best of it, a server came over and whispered, "Don't worry they're leaving shortly." They did and we quickly settled in to enjoy our meal.

First, let me mention, it's a bring your own place - no liquor license but they do charge a corkage fee ($5 for each bottle of wine and up to six beers) but we didn't mind and loved the opportunity to bring our own wine with us.

Next, it's not a large menu and visually it's divided in a weird way - into thirds. Really though the top two thirds are appetizers or salads while the bottom third is entrees.

Now don't be upset, but I can't remember exactly what my husband ordered - I know he went with the specials, I know they were delicious but I don't remember what they were! I on the other hand started with the warm escarole, followed by the slow roasted heritage pork, again both were delicious! I'm not sure though what it matters because they source as many of their ingredients as possible locally and change their menu seasonally, my guess, in a few weeks the menu will be different.

For dessert, I had a peach with zabaglione - again, can't remember Chris's but they were both good.

Dinner for the two of us came in at $125 for apps, entrees, desserts and that corkage fee for one bottle.

Oh, and it looked like there was a counter at which you could sit looking into the kitchen. Next time, I want those seats! Lastly, there is street parking (free after 6pm I believe) and a garage a couple of blocks down the street.

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