Bill inquired about the pasta pancake that accompanied the shrimp scampi ($14.95), and when it was described as angel hair pasta with veggies and eggs, fried to a crisp, he was sold. The "pancake" was expertly done, with five jumbo shrimp atop it. The only problem was that the buttery sauce for the shrimp had been poured around the pancake, deflating its crispiness and making it far less appetizing. The sauce should perhaps be on the side or left off completely.
As we waited for our order, I noticed a group of five older folks with a couple bottles of wine at a large round table, a young family with a pre-schooler who was greeted by name by one of the staff, and a devoted son taking his elderly mom out to supper. It's that kind of a neighborhood spot: beloved for its community-minded quotient (there's a large blackboard of activities); the familiarity of its seafood and pasta dishes; the hometown feel of long-time waitstaff, one of whom painted the lighthouse mural at the end of the dining room.
Dad's Place is a comfortable spot to visit; the food is several notches above regular diner fare; and, if Pion has made his chocolate chip bread pudding, don't miss it!
Johnette Rodriguez can be reached at email@example.com.
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