group-pick (Chay & Don) found DP8 winding our way
through the Livingstonville Valley, feinting turns to
Milk Run, Susquehanna Turnpike, Potter Hollow, West Wind,
Boner Barn, Middleburgh Diner, before nosing into the
church parking lot that also serves Green Iguana in
Middleburgh, across from the high school.
GIB advertises its
Artisan Burgers and Sandwiches, American style food
with a modern twist, with intimate dining rooms and a
Wine and Beer bar. It is all of that.
half-dozen creative appetizers, a handful of salads, ten
sandwiches, a dozen burgers with a flair, a half-dozen
seafood entrées, a trio of vegetarian fare, another trio
of Southwestern, a few a la carte sides, a kiddies menu,
a handful of desserts, twenty inexpensive wines, and
another twenty bottled beers comprise the menu.
Supplement that with a half-dozen specials and we had
daunting choices to make.
==> Asian salad: mixed greens, tomato chunks,
onion, cukes, sweet red onion, mushrooms, dried tomato
slivers, Asian noodles, wasabi ginger sauce, choice of
seafood (Deb T: excellent, with salmon, a better meal and
deal than the night before at Saloon; Don: with tuna,
very good, a very full bowl that was tough to get
started, but a downright robust salad)
==> Mac Daddy Burger: with ham, mac & cheese,
lettuce, tomato, onion, and Thousand Island (Mark:
excellent; fries ordinary)
==> Blue Iguana Burger: with bacon, shredded
greens, crumbled bleu cheese, bleu cheese dressing
(Joyce: very good; good onion rings but prefers less
==> Fish and chips (Chay: very good)
==> Ship to Shore Burger: with BBQ chicken, BBQ
pulled pork, ham, bacon, cheddar, shredded lettuce,
tomato, onion, and shrimp to top (Deb K: excellent)
==> Crab cakes with chutney salsa (Lynda: good,
although cakes a bit bland should have asked for
lemon and salt; fries ordinary, excellent salsa)
==> Smokehouse Burger: with bacon, onion rings,
coleslaw, cheddar, BBQ sauce (Ross: very good, side order
of onion rings might have been overkill)
Three appetizers, as
we requested, came at the same time as the meal. In
retrospect, they should have come at appetizer time.
==> Chicken curry soup special (Deb very
==> Beef vegetable soup special (Don
excellent, good chunks of meat, nice broth)
==> House made pretzel bites, with pretzel mustard
and beer cheese (Mark: a bit bland)
The dessert list
contained four items.
Chocolate brownie sundae: a four inches square cake-y
brownie, with two scoops of ice cream, drizzled with
ganache, although the second got caramel through a slight
misunderstanding (Lynda, mostly Ross: very good; Mark and
Don split: very satisfying and just enough)
Otherwise, the apple crisp would have seduced me.
The drink list
contained six red wine drinkers, one bottled beer
drinker, and one water specialist.
About 20 wines comprised the list, many of them in the
$20-$25 range. Bottles of a pinot noir, a cabernet
sauvignon, and a Malbec/Bonarda kept the thirsts
quenched. We thought the wines a good value.
Service by Desiree
was to be complimented. We felt we were subjecting a 19
year old to a lot of shenanigans but she bore it well
attentive, bouncy, and humoring. Thank you,
Desiree, for a nice evening.
starters to keep our hands busy made the wait to entrées
a bit long, perhaps more than a bit. For a casual
restaurant, the time span was more like fine dining
two hours and a quarter but it was mostly
fine for us.
Water glasses were filled promptly and often, often
enough that we were allowed to keep the pitcher of water,
to be refilled as necessary.
pleasantly innovative. The former library has been
attractively redesigned with at least four side rooms
serving as eating areas, one of them with a table for
two. We asked for the back room, barely 15x10, just big
enough for eight of us.
Bright salmon floor to ceiling vertical wainscoting on
three walls dominated the room that sat two steps below
main level, with a blue-green wainscoting on the fourth.
A door ajar led outside and let cool air in, with two
crank windows at head level facing the eastern darkness.
Three recessed lights and one chandelier just above our
heads provided adequate lighting. Two paintings and a
corner full-height book closet with glass sides gussied
up the room.
sat three on a side with Chay and Mark on the ends. Sets
of a knife and fork, a paper napkin (with a pile brought
out later), and shakers filled the table.
Just within view was the five seat bar, with music from
the bar leaching into our space mostly familiar
tunes that we could identify whenever we were quiet,
which did not happen until food came.
The bill came to $75 per couple, including tax, tip, and
Although some parts were just ordinary, there was enough
creativity and quirkiness that many thought they would
Although tonight was
not a Lynda and Ross pick, they graciously hosted the
pre-session thank you. A few bowls of munchies, a
couple bottles of wine and soda, and Henrys antics
kept us busy. A 25 minute ride, with the glow of an early
evening sun at drivers face level, accompanied us
Topics ranged from: Lynda & Ross month in
Florida, guests, and mothers operation; springtime
has sprung; the upcoming cruise for D&D, L&R, and
T&J; terrorism threats; wintering in Florida and
costs; aches and pains; the Adamses new FL abode;
Henry amusing us; Henrys blanket taken away; the
Notar cruise in early 2017 wow; a new job in CT
for a RPI grad; a quick skim of generation 2 &
3s welfare; Easter plans; the 2016 winter that was
not a winter yeay; poor skiing conditions this
winter; Debs art work; early golfing and cycling;
NCAA basketball; the surprise quaintness of GIB interior;
the need for Kriss censorship; recent birthdays and
an upcoming one; summer plans; the scenic ride from
Preston Hollow to Middleburgh; and more.
... Chalk it up to the isolation and coziness of our
room, or springtime, or the light of dusk, or sips of
wine, or just us being us, but there were several topics
that brought squeals of surprise, disgust, and