I visitted Andrew Jaeger's a few times toward the end of 2006 and had
consistently excellent meals. Especially enjoyed their Wednesday night
special, which would usually include a NY Stip Steak, Lobster and/or Crab,
a bisque soup, and a salad. All at an incredible price of just $20.
In every case, the food was excellent. And the value unbeatable.
(Posted a gushing review at http://www.chowhound.com/topics/33914... )
I visitted again last week, and was a bit saddened that the experience wasn't
up to par. First, they've jetissoned the Wednesday lobster/crab special, and now
have a $17 gumbo + salad + catfish. Hmm... fine I suppose, but not lobster.
The menu was also different and quite a bit more limitted than before.
I ordered the gumbo appetizer, and it arrived at the table almost immediately. And cold!
Then tried the NY Strip entry for the entree, and this showed up as two tiny
pounded-thin pieces of meat, served on rice, with a forgettable sauce. And for $27.
The flavor of the meat was okay, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting when
I ordered "NY Strip". Looked more like discarded pieces of flank steak.
And I'd formerly had good waitresses there (usually Southern). The waitress last week
was a barely competent Eastern European woman who got mixed up with the drink order, then forgot to ask how we wanted our meat cooked. Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh, but
I'd had such positive experiences there in the past, the difference is glaring.
So, I'm curious: did I simply experience an off night, or have others observed a decline?
The restaurant was always suspiciously empty (and shouldn't have been). But now I worry
they're cutting corners to save money and may be on the way out.