There are times that going to the casino when everyone else isn’t is a fun thing. Not only is it wonderfully pleasant not having a busy casino around you, but sometimes there are special events to share with a small group. Thanksgiving is just that day.
My small party of three went to Twin River Casino to enjoy the Thanksgiving buffet at the Wicked Good Bar & Grill. I hadn’t visited this restaurant before, so we arrived at 12:30 for the very first time. We were greeted immediately and seated immediately – but by the time we left, it was a 20-minute wait. This restaurant is spacious, and decorated full of Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox & Bruins memorabilia on every wall. TV screens are plentiful – some booths even have their own. It’s not quiet, high-falootin’ dining – but if you are a New England sports fan, you have to visit. The atmosphere is casual, unpretentious, and fun.
The buffet wasn’t large, but very well done. It had all the fixins’ of a Turkey Day Feast. The turkey was moist, as well as the ham. Salad, smashed potatoes, maple sweet-potato, green bean casserole, and traditional bread stuffing with gravy rounded out the main meal and were all delicious. I didn’t try the cauliflower soup or the sweet raisin glaze for the ham, but they looked good.
The finale was a crock full of apple cobbler topped off with vanilla ice cream. Fantastic!
I’d do it again – it was relaxing, fun, and included all-you-can-eat good food, for under $20.
After playing slots a little (and winning $100 – yeah!), we ended our visit at the new Shipyard Pub at Twin River. It’s upstairs in the middle of the non-smoking area. The previous dingy bar has been transformed into a modern craft-brew pub, with a great list of whiskey, rum, scotch, and bourbons. But we were there for the beer. It’s very comfy, and takes you away from the busy slots surrounding it.
Shipyard has been always ahead of the craft brew curve. It originates from Kennebunkport, ME. and has been brewing “craft” beers before they were a sensation. Their PumpkinHead continues to be one of America’s best pumpkin beers, and their Shipyard Ale is still a beer staple in New England.
I definitely recommend both “Wicked Good” and “Shipyard Brewpub @ Twin River.” I’ll be back – I hope you try it, too.
That’s all for now.