On a recent trip downtown to the Wild Pear for lunch, I ordered the turkey and havarti sandwich and a cup of coconut curry squash soup. The sandwich had a tangy herbed mayonnaise and was served on foccacia. I'd never tried their squash soup, but now that I have, I'll be getting it often. It was great combination of spicy and sweet. The soups vary frequently, though the coconut curry squash soup is on the daily menu. I've tried the clam chowder and found it tasty and different from the usual chowders you can find on the coast. Theirs was much thinner, more like a soup than chowder, with large chunks of clams and potatoes.
Some days the lunch rush can be hectic and finding a table can be nearly impossible. And since you place your order at one counter, then pay and get your drinks at another, by the time you're ready to look for a table, there often aren't any left. Sometimes they seem short a staff person, which means that tables don't get wiped down or dishes removed quickly enough for customers waiting for a table.
I'm glad the Wild Pear going strong in their downtown location. I was surprised to see their South River Road location close this summer. According to their website though, the downtown location will soon be open for dinner.
Reviewed by JCB