Sunday, May 11, 2008

Arthur and Pats, Marshfield MA

I think if I was allergic to dairy I'd kill myself - Michael Scott

I wonder if Steve Carrell improvised this line while thinking of the bread pudding french toast at Arthur & Pat's, 239 Ocean St, Brant Rock, MA, Tel +1 (781) 834-9755? Apparently he is (or was) a Marshfield local, and it's hard to believe you could live near this place without being drawn in for a bite, and that once bitten, your world view wouldn't be permanently and irrevocably damaged. I ate the french toast. And my world has been twisted.

bread pudding french toast

What could be better than a big, fat, spongy slab of bread and butter pudding (made from recycled croissants and brioche), soaked in eggs, fried, then smothered in creme anglaise, caramel and whipped cream? What could be worse than living without it?

Well, nothing. That's what.

Mind you, eating this stuff more than once a year will probably kill you.

Damned if you do. Damned if you don't.

To avoid this catch-22, you may want to dodge the sweet stuff and try the lobster omelet, or the filet mignon eggs benny, or the omelet with sweet roasted peppers and provolone. I tried the crab eggs benny and wasn't disappointed. Good eggs and hollandaise. A decent amount of crab. And a bonus serve of spinach.

crab benny

Arthur & Pat's is a diner-style venue with bunched up tables, and bar seating if you're flying solo. It's nothing fancy, but it is colorful. The walls are plastered all over with flyers describing what's on the menu. It looks like a bunch of hippies were dosed up on acid and let loose with paper, crayons and glue.

Just be sure to check your dates before schlepping down from Boston. They close from November to March.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

outragious prices, emagine paying $11 for an omlete and not even full of cheese and meat. Coffee is $2 and not as good as Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts. You only get one slice of tiny toast and have to ask for jelly and get one thrown at you. Horrible service and expierience. I do not see what the fuss is all about. They charge you for onions in your homefries. They nickle and dime you to death, oh I'm sorry they fin and sawbuck you to death.

6/8/08 08:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, You are correct, they really nickle and dime you to death. That woman in there the manager I guess is very rude. I was in there once and will never go back again as I got creamers thrown on the table at us. I thought it was rude, another thing we had to ask for sweet and low and she only gave us one. When we asked for more I felt like we bothered her too much. Leave the sweet and low on the table so we don't have to ask,

12/8/08 01:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get over yourselves!! I guess you have never been to Durgin Park!! De is not rude...SHE'S BUSY!!!
If you are looking for someone to fawn all over you, go to the Parker House! Prices?? What you'll gladly pay at Maison Robert for 'fussy food' you should gladly pay to De and the gang if for no other reason than SHE CARES about you as a person, if you can't stand the heat...GET OUT OF THE LINE, there are HUNDREDS waiting for a table!!!

28/8/08 11:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went there and thought it was great. I agree that it is not the cheapest place around but the quality was excellent.

2/7/09 22:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in Marshfield and have experienced Arthur and Pat's many a time and can indeed verify that it is officially DA BOMB! Anything they make is terrific. Any of these other people that are complaining have no idea what they are talking about. Yes, you may have creamers thrown at you on the fly by the waitstaff but that is part of the bustling charm. However, you will also have awesome food thrown on your table. And if they charge you 50 cents for onions, who cares because it still isn't much more than macdonalds, which is of course awful.

15/7/09 12:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Real folks from Marshfield know this is a tourist trap. Overpriced and loud! Too bad the nice place down the road closed.

12/10/09 12:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arthur and Pat's is an extremely delicious, family-friendly restaurant. If you want great, great food, large portions and fun, come. If you don't, don't. Everyone knows by now that it's cash only - so don't leave home without it. I long for their lobster bisque - which is the best in the country (I've tried it in several other states - nothing compares). Dee is a hoot, and welcomes everyone with a smile. This is one of the south shores best experiences!

12/5/10 08:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By far the best food I've ever eaten. (I have done extensive traveling both over seas and abroad) The slightly high prices are because of the quality of the food. They use great quality meat and seafood from right off the boats down the street.
Get the lobster soup. There must be a whole lobster in it. The crazy caesar salad is to die for! Great steak tips. We just had creme brulee french toast! Yum! De is great. She keeps the place alive.
We eat there 1-2 times a week. It would be more but the cost adds up.

18/5/10 15:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agreed it is the best. I too have traveled the counrty through every state and have had breakfast in every major city and next to The Varsity in Baton Rouge, LA this is tied as my favorite place to have breakfast.

You MUST pay MORE money for actual QUALITY food. Do you know what those other places are feeding you? At Arthur and Pat's alot of their food is organic and of the highest quality you can purchase.

They are fantastic. I regulary order the $24 truffle scrambled eggs. I think it's a bargain. And I make under $50,000 a year. But I eat there weekly sometimes twice weekly during the summer months. If it's someone's birthday we're there. Mother's Day there. I'll drop roughly $60-140 on breakfast/lunch depending on who comes with and I never feel taken advantage of or as if I spent more money. Especially for the portion sizes!!! If you've ever ate at a 5 star restaurant in Los Angeles, Boston, Manhatten, Las Vegas, Dallas or Miami you'd know that you're actually getting A BARGAIN for the taste of the food compared to those prices. They serve 5 star food at 3 star prices. THAT'S AN UNBELIEVABLE BARGAIN.

Arthur and Pat's is Amazing. If you have a better then Dunkin Donuts egg sandwich or early bird special palate.

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