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“Great food and atmosphere make up for service issues.”

Screamen Eagle & Matt's Draft House
Ranked #4 of 17 Restaurants in Inlet
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$16
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 24 August 2014

We visited the Screamen Eagle on a Tuesday night with a party of five. We have visited the restaurant several times over the past couple of years. If you are a first timer, you need to know that you will need to seat yourself, go up to the counter to order your food, and get your own plates, silverware, napkins, drinks, etc. The only "service" provided by the restaurant comes with the delivery of food to your table. Beyond that, you are on your own. If you know that going in, you will be much less likely to be disappointed.

As we had been to the restaurant before, we knew to expect this. What we did not expect was the surly attitude of both the woman taking the food order at the counter and the man taking the beer orders at the back of the house. Perhaps the negativity was the result of the fact that their cable service was out of order and all credit card transactions had to be done by a very slow dial up process. Regardless of the reason, customers should not be made to feel that their questions are an unnecessary imposition.

The good news is that the food is always very good. On this evening, we tried three different styles of chicken wings - medium, sweet & sour, and masala. This is the second time we had the masala wings and they remain our favorite.

We ordered a large basic pizza - cheese and pepperoni. The pizza was perfectly prepared with incredibly flavorful pepperoni.

FInally, the table shared orders of jalapeno poppers, mushrooms, and nachos. The peppers and mushrooms were excellent. The nachos were plentiful if not exceptional.

During the entire time we were at the restaurant, our experience was enhanced by the excellent music being played on the outdoor deck. I believe the artist was Paul Case. He was great. Good friends and great food accompanied by the music of The Beatles, Bob Dylan, John Prine, etc. You cannot go wrong with that!

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Reviewed 18 August 2014

GREAT Beer and friendly service. DVD rentals. Porch dining with nice views. Wings and pizza and rock music.and reasonably priced.

1  Thank Wayne G
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

We stop here every year for the pizza. Takes a little while to get your food but it's worth it, loaded with toppings and flavor. The wings are good but not great. Cheesy garlic bread very good too. Atmosphere is casual and relaxed. Great beer and desert selection too.

1  Thank Paul S
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We ventured to Inlet during the busy tourist season. People and cars descending on this small town like locusts. Being unable to find a parking spot we finally found one right outside this restaurant. So instead of foraging around for other restaurants that were not clearly visiblein that immediate location and assuming they would be as busy as the rest of the town, we opted for Screamen Eagle.

We didn't know the protocol so we headed for a table in the back room by the bar and didn't realize you need to order food in the front of the building, pay, then get a little flag that you put on your table for delivery. The person taking our order at the counter had no patience for us. I guess she assumed we had seen the menu a hundred times before and knew exactly what to order. I've been to enough restaurants to not let a miserable attitude of one person make me walk out, so we finally got through the order process (after being told no, we could not change any of the pizza options) we took our little flag and sat back down.

We watched the shuffling of tables/chairs as everyone around us tactically placing themselves in a position to get the next available table outside on the deck (where people had their dogs, kids, bikes etc.) We stayed put inside by the bar.

We ordered nachos as an appetizer. It was the highlight of the entire meal. It was the size of a large pizza, served on tin foil that they must have put the chips/topping on the tin foil then on a pizza sheet and popped it in the oven. It actually was pretty good. We should have stopped there. Everything else (mozzarella sticks, pizza, chicken tenders) were right out of a frozen bag then fried and the pizza was this thick mess of sauce and a few toppings. Everything was served with plastic. And drinks are self serve, plastic.

I think this place catches a lot of people like us. The few locals or returning tourists probably know what to order and what not to order. I wish we had looked around more for one of the other restaurants in town.

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1  Thank JudyMetroNYCarea
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Reviewed 8 August 2014

If you're staying in Old Forge, Seamen Eagle is roughly a 20 minute drive away. My bf and I arrived during what looked like the lunch rush-hour and were a bit confused because we walked-in where they have shelves of movies, for what I assume are for rental. After wandering around a bit we found a counter on the dining-exclusive side; menus are available for you to take on you own and when you're ready to place your order, you can do so on either side - but it's probably easier to stay away from the bar less you're also ordering a drink because it was pretty chaotic. Afterwards, you're given a marker for your table, so you choose where you want to sit. For the small pizza and appetizer of popcorn chicken and fries my bf and I ordered, it took around 20 - 30 mins; I don't think that's so bad considering how busy they were and my bf's pizza looked fantastic - they definitely didn't skimp on the toppings.

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Thank Jocie M
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