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The Laughing Lion - Review by Jason V | Laughing Lion Restaurant

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The Laughing Lion 10/6/2006

I still have no idea how this place got it's name but it stands out in a crowd. This is such a small place on a side street in Dover that It's easily missed, but be sure you don't. The place has several things going for it. First, being a small place in the area that it's in, the prices are good. full dinner for 2 including a drink before, a salad and a cheap bottle fo wind and maybe a dessert or 2 will run $80 on the HIGHEST side. Probably more like $60-$65. Next, Go there 2 or 3 times and the staff will know you. The cuisine is Italian/American mix with Pasta, Chicken, Fish, Beef and a few other types like I believe there's a couple of Veal dishes as well. The good is EXCELLENT. The wine list isn't bad either. The front half of the restaurant sports a quiet bar along with some tables and the back half is all dining. They have expanded into and doubled their size over the years. Certain nights bring live music but nothing outrageous. Quiet background music that is entertaining but you don't have to scream to the person next to you to be heard. There are several TVs going at once usually with sports games. Now here is the best part about the place (for beer drinkers anyway). They have a "beer around the world club." IT's a list of 101 beers for so many countries - USA, Germany, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, England, VietNam, and so on. It's $3 to sign up and roughly $4 per beer (some of the bigger more exotic ones are $8 but those are few and far between). You get a card that gets initialed every time you drink a beer and as you go along, you get certain things. 25 beers gets you a Laughion Lion t-shirt, 50 gets you a lunch for 2 ($25), 75 is a Laughin Lion polo shirt and at 101 you get a $50 dinner for 2 and your name on their "Wall of Foam" (I'm there). You get to try a variety of beers. Some are great, some are terrible but go with a few people and try them all. It's new and different and it's in a great place with great good. My only reservation is the neighborhood isn't the greatest but it's really not bad either and all that the Lion offers more than makes up for that one shortcoming. more
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