Drive down Route 3A just past the rotary in Scituate and you’ll notice the parking lot at PJ’s Country House packed with Pontiac Bonnevilles, Buick Regals, Chrystler Lebarons (Okay, okay I am stereotyping. I’ll stop. There are always lots of different cars in the lot). The point is the parking lot there is always packed. And if you ask anyone under the age of 35 years old if they have ever been to PJ’s Country House, they probably say – “Yes, once with my grandparents… we sat in the back.”

Well, these grandparents are wise old souls, who know a good restaurant when they see one. My sisters and I had a spontaneous girls night on Saturday. Just so happened everyone was free so we started texting about meeting up somewhere in Scituate for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, we like the restaurants down the harbor. But, sometimes you get stuck in a rut with the same rotation of Barker, Oro, Riva, Mill, Barker, Oro, Riva, Mill (maybe a TK’s if you feel like sitting on the deck and having a buffalo chicken sandwich on wonderbread).

Making a plan with my three sisters is usually a big deal. It takes lots of texting & lots of sarcasm.
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As Sarah said in the text, my sisters were sitting in the back in 1954. To get there I had to wind my way through some formal dining rooms, with all sorts of little nooks & wing back chairs giving the place a homey feel, albeit a grandparents home. My sisters were cozied up in the corner of the back pub/bar area. Kate and Sarah were sitting together on a vintage tufted leather love seat. Sarah described the rustic nautical decor as something you’d see in Spongebob’s house or “the place where he works” which I politely informed her was the Krusty Krab. It was way more cool than the Krusty Krab. I’ll tell you that. It has a really cool vintage feel. And would be a great place for warm drink in the winter. With the dark wood, the leather, people drinking stuff on the rocks, the piano in the background… I kept one eye on the door thinking Ron Burgandy was going to walk in at any minute.

They set out a table with cheese and crackers in the corner where you can help yourself, wedding reception style. There is usually someone playing the piano on weekend nights. But, they do bring in acoustic acts from time to time. I know Matt Chase, Sam Chase & Ward Hayden have all played there in the past few months. They also serve the most AMAZING popovers before your meal. I would go for the popovers alone. But, on this particular night they had run out of them early. Sads.

We decided to start with an appetizer called “Foresta Magia.” It sounded way too fancy to me… but I trusted my sisters & went with it. It was bowl of warm wild & domestic mushrooms sauteed in shallots, sherry, herbs that you spooned over grilled french bread. It was so salty & savory. I loved it. I can’t wait to go back and have it again.

For our meals, Julie got the Haddock special and said it was really fresh. Kate got PJ’s specialty salad with a ginger dressing. Sarah, who is usually the most difficult to please and often orders the forgotten about items on the menu, went with broiled scallops & baked potato. And me, I had the burger (kind of a lame choice, but I didn’t know it was going to turn into a food review). For the first time that I can remember EVERYONE at the table was happy with their meal. This is no small feat. We are picky. I’m not joking when I say usually one person at the table is complaining about something, ha. We made a unanimous decision right then and there that we were going to spread the word about how awesome PJ’s really is. And the next generation should flock to this retro cool hangout. And all the grandparents are going to pissed at us that the place will be even more busy than it already is.

So, if you are looking for a place to eat in Scituate, and you want to try something out of the harbor rotation… visit PJ’s Country House. We’ll be at the back bar with Ron Burgandy having a delicious meal.

To learn more about PJ’s (did you know it was originally an ice cream stand on the only road from Boston to Cape Cod!) and check out their menu visit: http://www.pjsrestaurant.com or like them on Facebook by searching PJ’s Country House Restaurant & Pub. And exciting news there is a 10% off coupon on their website for all you extreme couponers!