Gannon’s Tavern is the newest family owned restaurant in Hyannis. Owners Michael Gannon and Ashley Aceto, who formerly managed Kelly’s on Main in Hyannis and Kelly’s 134 in Dennis, have purchased their own place. They have totally renovated what used to be Bud's Country Lounge.
My son and I decided to have dinner at Gannon's the other night. I love trying new restaurants!
We arrived early thinking we would beat the rush on Friday night but the place was filling up fast. The dining room has a very casual and fun industrial feel with a combination of wood and brick with open ceilings. Meals are served at the large cozy bar, high tops or tables in the dining area. I noticed 7 Large screen HDTV’s along with Keno. There is eating for 120, including patio dining.
Chef Ace French from Florida focuses on a “from scratch” kitchen serving a variety of small plates, soups & salads, burgers and a wide range of entrees with a nice selection of fresh, local seafood, and beef.
While checking out the menu I ordered a very refreshing Pear Martini ($11) from the creative hand-crafted cocktail list. It consisted of a mix of Tito's vodka, elderflower liqueur, a squeeze of fresh lime and pear nectar. This was a nice switch from my usual chardonnay.
For starters I ordered a cup of the special soup de jour called "Carnitas Taco Soup". The shredded pork, corn, black beans and tomatoes were all simmered in a delightful taco spice broth.
For appetizers we decided to share the "Black Sam's"spicy shrimp ($12).
The panko-breaded and deep-fried shrimp were tossed in a delicious island sauce. They were named after the legendary Black Sam Bellamy, Cape Cod's original pirate. I would have loved this as an entree.
There were so many things that caught our eye on the menu that it was difficult to choose.
For dinner my son was torn between the 14 oz Rib Eye Luau ($32) and the Spicy Pesto Shrimp ($24) He chose the latter.
The jumbo Shrimp were nicely grilled with seared edges and served over a delicious Orzo-Faro blend and topped with a ring of pesto vinaigrette adding color and flavor. He said it was simply delicious.
I ordered the local Cape Cod Sea Scallops ($31) The tender scallops were seared and served over a sherry-corn puree with Napa cabbage, green peas and tasty applewood-smoked bacon. It was exactly the perfect seafood dish I had hoped it would be.
Totally satisfied we were cajoled into ending on a sweet note. I highly recommend leaving room for dessert. Our server Jaclyn assured us the desserts were all made in-house.
We split a generous serving of Kermit's Key Lime Pie ($7). This artfully created creamy & tangy pie was nestled inside a tart shell and topped with a dollop of whipped cream. We both agreed that this was the best Key Lime Pie we've ever had. I'm sure Chef French brought his recipe from Key West.
Our waitress, Jaclyn, was very personable, answering questions about the menu with efficient service.
Gannon's is family friendly, with great food, excellent service and reasonable prices which makes for a winning combination. A nice addition to Hyannis!
If You Go
959 Bearse's Way, Hyannis
4:30 p.m. until 1 a.m. Friday,
11 a.m. until 1 a.m. Saturday,
11 a.m. until midnight Sunday
Live music weekends