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“So-so Food, Great Deck, Awesome Waitress”
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Whiskey Dick's Saloon
Price range: US$7 - US$18
Good for: Bar Scene
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Portland, Maine
Level 6 Contributor
568 reviews
452 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 214 helpful votes
“So-so Food, Great Deck, Awesome Waitress”
Reviewed 26 June 2014

I stopped in here with friends for a quick dinner on a recent visit to my beloved Vermont. This restaurant has changed hands at least twice in the 10 or so years I've been visiting the area. The current incarnation is fairly new: the restaurant name was a source of amusement and fun conversation within our group of five.

We were promptly greeted at the door, on this weekend mid-evening, and were sat at a table located along the back rail of the open-air deck. Our waitress, "Lou," arrived straight-away and took our beverage order: UFO Harpoon ale, Lagunitas IPA, Pepsi, Kettle One vodka martini with a twist, and a bottle of Heineken. I especially liked my UFO, and my friends each also seemed to enjoy their choices as well.

We immediately connected with Lou on a humor-level, with various jokes and bursting moments of laughter shared throughout our meal. She was funny, quick-witted, prompt, friendly, competent and knew her menu well.... not hesitating to honestly answer our questions about various menu items, and always with a smile. We mused with Lou about the previous restaurants located on the property, and at one point she quipped "Yeah, well... I hear the food sucked and the service sucked..... now only the service sucks." More uproarious laughter. In fact, the service was excellent (but the food was just above 'suck' ).

On advisement, we shared a basket of the "frickles" (fried pickles.... we'd always wanted to try some). Actually, they were different and we enjoyed them. Most of the rest of our food was just okay (taco plates, Caesar salad with chicken, nachos, rice with beans, chicken teriyaki wings). Tacos came served in plastic baskets on paper: the paper disintegrating, becoming indistinguishable from the food. The cheddar ale soup was a bit better than average. Otherwise, there was nothing remarkable about this menu.

On the other hand, the deck was great. There were several other parties eating nearby, no screaming children, and some interesting locals played games of pool nearby. The West River could also be seen and heard off in the not so far distance.

We will likely not return to Whiskey Dick's unless their menu improves, especially as there are many better choices in the area. But we send best wishes to Lou, expecting she will keep up the great service and keep her customers laughing... even if she can't do anything to improve the food.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank James F
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English first
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great Pub Grub”
Reviewed 10 June 2014

This place makes no pretensions of haute cuisine. Well prepared pub food at reasonable prices. Very attentive service. Good bar atmosphere downstairs. Upstairs dining room is attractive and overlooks the Winhall river. Dining on the deck is available in summer. Great value for a snack or dinner (or just to quaff your favorite beverage.

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank occasionaltravelerMA
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Burnt Hills, New York
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Whiskey What?”
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Ok the name takes a bit of getting used to but it's a great local hangout. If by locals you mean ski instructors and people with vacation homes in the area. But really folks this is a bar. The food is ok but I go for an après ski beer or two and the chicken wings; which are very good.

It's probably the only place off mountain that you can eat for $25-$30 and still say it was a decent meal.

Definitely try it. For the price you won't be disappointed.


Visited April 2014
Thank rick s
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New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Terrific food and a great location”
Reviewed 10 March 2014

My son and I ate at Whisky Dick’s on 3/8/2014 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We didn’t know what to expect, perhaps a tavern with a rudimentary menu of burgers, wings and perhaps pizza, but what a surprise! We walked past the (fun) bar area into a very nicely furnished restaurant. The staff couldn’t have been more accommodating, and the place was quite busy. Speaking of burgers, I’ve never seen a 50/50 split of ground beef and ground bacon. We didn’t order it but hey, “A” for effort!

The prices were more than reasonable, given it’s a mountain-side restaurant, essentially, with a winter clientele. I’d go back there all year, though. We had a lot of fun, the food was excellent (Recommend the Thai chicken) and our waitress was lovely. Whisky Dick’s (love the name!) is a winner.

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank fairbanks2
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Brick, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great place for food and drinks near Stratton mountain”
Reviewed 26 January 2014

Stopped in Whiskey Dicks for dinner after a day of skiing at Stratton mountain. It was a short drive, and plenty of parking. We had the 50/50 burger, which is half ground beef, and half ground bacon. Also had the salt and vinegar wings as an appetizer, which were a must-try. The atmosphere was great, prices reasonable, Good size beer menu. Definatly worth a visit if you're in the area

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Wetwater23
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