When I first started renting our Stoneham/North Lovell Maine vacation condo I would often hear the questions: “How far are you from Ebenezers?” Huh? What the heck is Ebenezers? The answers that I would get were: ”It’s a tavern, it’s a pub”, and "it’s a restaurant”.
Well, it’s really all of the above. Ebenezers has been rated the number one beer bar in America by Beer Advocate magazine. It’s located in a remote location in a small town not far from Kezar Lake. Some of my guests have rented specifically to go there, it’s like a destination. According to their web site, they have 35 Belgium beers on tap and 700 well-kept bottles.
I recently visited (March 2014) with other members of my family. We visited on a Saturday night and we had made reservations for 5 people. Our table was the only table not occupied when we arrived.
My son tried a few of the Belgian stout beers which he enjoyed. My daughter and daughter in-law ordered cocktails and were pleasantly surprised at how good there were.
We shared two appetizers. Crispy tortilla chips in melted Jack cheese and a special appetizer of the night, Wontons filled with brie. We loved them both.
Three of our group ordered the steak tips. Ebeneezer's consider this their signature dish and the tips come from locally grown Angus beef and are marinated in a barbecue type sauce. The beef was very tender and tasty. The entrees come with your choice of potato or rice pilaf and vegetable. On that particular night they had run out of rice pilaf which would have been my choice but the fries that I ordered were very good. The vegetable of the day was a mixture of zucchini and summer squash. I choose the coleslaw which is coarsely chopped and dressed.
My daughter who always picks the pasta dish had the Veggie Pesto Sauté. This would also be a good vegetarian choice. It has fresh seasonal vegetables sautéed in a pesto sauce and served over pasta. My husband ordered the Hungry Ebenezer Burger. Described as massive and served topped with sausage, marinara and provolone. It was most definitely massive! It was served with fries and a pickle and he loved every bit of it.
We finished off the meal by sharing 3 homemade desserts. Fruits of the Forest pie is a mixture of berries and a little rhubarb, served a la mode. The second choice was warm Blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream. Third choice was a special they were offering that night, cheesecake covered in a Belgium chocolate sauce. I tried all 3 and every bite was a delight!
To get to Ebenezers take route 5 to West Lovell road and then a quick left onto Allen road. Follow until you see Ebenezers on the right. Don’t; miss that quick left like we did. The roads out that way are dark and lonely. For more information see their web site.
Ebenezers Pub 44 Allen Road Lovell Maine 04051