My wife and I had driven by the Bantam Grill many times and were impressed with the always-full parking lot. So late one Tuesday morning we decided to stop in and try out the lunch service. The restaurant is nicely designed with about 50 tables of various sizes and a full bar. The decor is bright and joyful - mostly poultry themed. Even the restrooms are nicely appointed with colorful ceramic sinks and backsplashes. Someone put a lot of thought into making the place look nice.
Our server was friendly and helpful as it seems was true for all the staff. Not a moment passed when someone didn't ask if we needed refills.
The menu is creative and built around fresh products bought from area farms. The farms are even listed so you get a sense that the Grill values its locale and offers up wholesome and mostly organic ingredients. My wife ordered their homemade lemonade which she loved. It was a bit tart (the way she likes it) and the server offered to sweeten it more if she wanted. This was not your average off the shelf Minute Maid!
The BLT sandwich my wife ordered was served on a nice roll, loaded with applewood-smoked bacon and very fresh tomato and lettuce. She gave it a two-thumbs up. I opted for one of the specials that day - a barbecued brisket sandwich with melted cheddar and spicy slaw. This came on a really nice Challah roll. It was fantastic, with just enough bite to be pleasing to someone like me who enjoys spicy stuff. Both meals came with a generous pile of distinctive french fries - a little bigger than shoestrings with a crusty outside and soft inside. They were wonderful.
The Bantam Grill is located in a strip mall right across from the Peterborough Basket factory. We plan to go back and try out the dinner fare. All-in-all , we think it was worth 5 cocka-doodle-doo's!
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