I had an appointment in the Cedar Riverside area recently and decided to make a caloric splurge on a Chicago dog and some decadently greasy fries at The Wienery. When I walked in, I knew something was amiss -- it was clean. Well, not clean by typical definition, but in the neighborhood of having a chance at actually passing a health inspection. They must have done a LOT of work in the few months since I've been there.
I know there have been a series of ownership changes but I was saddened to find out that the food just isn't as good as it used to be. The Chicago dog was OK, but the condiments were sort of plain, peppers a little gross and there wasn't the liberal dusting of celery salt that you used to get. That, and the bun tasted like a day-old. The chili on the Coney style dog was tasteless and offered without condiments (onions, cheese, etc.)
But the worst part is that the fries -- the true reason I used to be addicted to this place -- were terrible. No longer the hand-cut-to-order beautious mound of thick, chewy, skin-on greasyness they used to be, but rather an overcooked bunch of frozen grade fries. I was kind of surprised he served them to me that done -- I was "dining in" not heading out the door. The thing is, I know they still make fries there -- the delivery guy was dropping off boxes of potatoes when I was leaving.
Anyway..it's sad. This place used to put out some good grub, and one of the better orders of french fries in town. One Potato Two at your local mall would have put them to shame last Thursday. I may give them one more try before completely writing the place off.
Anyone else notice this recently?