Redbones is one of those institutions that many of us, myself included, hate to see anything bad posted about. There's something special about the place -- the atmosphere, the clientel, the staff, the ownership. How many other restaurants go out of their way to make sure the neighbors are happy (and well fed)?
But this board is about honest reactions to food, and, sadly, I had a really disappointing meal at Redbones earlier this week. A couple of months ago, I ate there for lunch, and had a wonderful (and cheap) catfish sandwich. I enjoyed it so much, that when I had dinner there earlier this week, I ordered it again. It was a huge disappointment. First, our food was served so fast after we ordered, I knew it could not possibly have been prepared to order. I imagine, instead, that there is a vat of fried catfish filets in the kitchen, one of which was pulled out for me. It was served warm, not hot, and, unlike my experience at lunch, was just nothing special. A dinner companion consoled me with some of her ribs, which helped make up for it, but I nonetheless felt that I had been let down by a close friend.