A whale’s “skeleton,” service on the beach, Tiki bars, and nightly live entertainment — in addition to food and drinks — are available at Ballard’s. Steve Filippi, the current owner and a member of the family that has owned Ballard’s since 1966, and Lander Ribeiro, the assistant general manager, who has been at Ballard’s for six seasons, offered both some interesting facts about the restaurant and super-excellent appetizers and a drink.
Calamari Pt. Judith and Calamari Diablo were served with an Organic Banana mudslide, along with good conversation. The calamari was crisp and plentiful and very tasty. Pt. Judith was made with capers, banana peppers and lemon aioli; Diablo with spicy cherry pepper aioli and pepperoncini. The smooth and cool mudslide, with its ingredients of Bailey’s, Kahlua, vanilla vodka and a banana blended with ice was a perfect companion to the dish.
According to Steve and Lander, Ballard’s was rebuilt after it burned to the ground in 1986 and now can serve up to 3,200 people a day. It has a staff of between 70 and 75 with 11 chefs who are busy preparing, among other things, lobster, which is served 13 different ways. And visitors have a choice of venues — food and drink is served inside, on the terrace, on the beach and at the Tiki bars.
As for the whale’s skeleton, stop by and hear the story! — Becky Ballard and Ruth Perfido
Ballard’s is located at Old Harbor and is open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.; live bands perform from 2 to 7 p.m. and an acoustical guitar from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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