The bounty of the sea at The Oar
Let’s set everyone’s mind at ease right away—yes, The Oar still makes fantastic mudslides. And yes, you can get them on site and to-go. In fact, if you’re waiting in the parking area for a table or takeout, you can order a mudslide (or any other drink) off the cocktail menu and enjoy your beverage and the view just like always.
Like many restaurants, The Oar staff began to think creatively about how to provide the same experience in a safe way. Several of the wait staff said they are proud to work at a place that takes safety so seriously and many customers return again because it feels that way to them as well. There are twice as many seats and tables on the lawn this year and half as many in the dining room, and even though the bar is closed to seating, the place has the same wonderful feeling of a fishing camp on the water. Oars with names of families present and gone-by fill the ceiling and walls; you could spend hours there reading them all and imagining the stories behind each one.
Beautiful New Harbor beckons each guest to the outdoor seating area. You might start with some sweet and spicy sriracha wings; crispy and tender the way a wing should be. Beer Battered fish and chips has a nice hoppy flavor to it and pairs nicely with a 1661 Salad, a farm fresh salad bursting with dried cranberries, lettuce from the restaurants sister property and a bright homemade citrus dressing.
Sandwiches and wraps are plentifully filled; a black bean burrito with cheddar-jack blend melded beautifully with grilled mahi mahi for the protein; while the Southwestern wrap sports a creamy avocado-line dressing takes tomatoes, roasted corn salsa with black beans and onion, fresh pico and Monterey Jack cheese and ties it with a bow. A Swiss bacon cheeseburger was devoured by my youngest. Crisp salty bacon peeks out from the Turkey BLT; piled so high with meat it needed two toothpicks to keep it together.
Two classics stood out for me: The cold lobster roll was pretty near perfection. Barely kissed with mayonnaise, the entire lobster was the star of the show and I savored every bite. My other favorite was The Oar’s sushi platter. Lobster takes center stage with morsels of meat inside the shell circling an enormous platter laden with at least six different kinds of sushi rolls. If you’re looking to dine in with your family or friends and want to wow the crowd, this platter is all you’ll need.
Outdoor seating and on the porch serve the restaurant well on sunny days, but you don’t have to forgo food if it’s raining. A new drive through to-go is all set up to handle the weather; you can call ahead and pick or just drive up, place your order, circle around and you’ll be on your way home with your favorite food. The to-go tent outside the restaurant assuages even the most nervous of taker-outers. Staff smile with their eyes as they take your order out of the hot box, ring you up and send you on your way. This is a team that believes in the motto “If we protect us, we’re protecting everyone else.” In these strange times, it’s a pleasure to dine in or takeout at The Oar.
For more information, call (401) 466-8820 or visit The Oar’s Facebook page.