If you were not a gourmand you wouldn't be reading this review. So what does someone of your taste want in a restaurant experience? Certainly fine dining. But what else? Some things: A welcoming front end -- smiling host or hostess, easy access to a good table, a sense of welcome. Really professional wait staff -- knowledgeable, attentive but not overbearing, great sense of timing, personal attention. A great kitchen -- willing to make adjustments and substitutions to please a discerning diner such as you. Canoe Club in Hanover, NH hit all the right notes this evening. It was a symphony of delights. On Mom's 90th birthday another restaurant in town flubbed our reservation badly and there I was with a nonogenarian and her cane on a bitter cold night. I called the Canoe Club and explained my predicament. They were most gracious. The hostess seated us at a window table and placed us in the loving hands of Emily. She smiled and took us through the specials with charm. When I asked for an odd cocktail she assured, "No problem". When Mom asked for a totally different sauce on her Maine mussels, Emily promised it would be no problem. Emily and the kitchen conspired to provide us a fabulous meal served with style. And then -- the Canoe Club comped Mom her dessert! That is one class act and we were so very grateful. This one's a winner!
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