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Back Forty - A Disappointment


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Back Forty - A Disappointment

envynyc | | Dec 29, 2007 02:58 PM

Had dinner last night at Back Forty and was disappointed.

We were seated at a two-top table in the back room which was great. The interior had a cool, relaxed, 'farmhouse' feel which we liked as well. We ordered a couple of beers and felt good about checking out Back Forty. However, as soon as the waitress came to our table, the problems began. We had a really aggressive waitress who stopped by every 30 seconds to see if we were ready to order. We felt like saying "Back off and lets us look at the menu!". My friend ordered a shrimp appetizer (with heads on for anyone squeamish...) which he said was 'okay'. He also ordered the pork sausages on a bed of red cabbage ($15.00). When the sausages came out, we were shocked at how small they were! We both thought they would have made a nice appetizer, but were certainly not enough for your average guy. I ordered the burger ($10.00 + $2.00 for cheese) with a side of fries ($5.00). I requested that the burger be done 'medium' and it arrived extremely well done wasn't very flavorful. It was also on the small side with bun much larger than the hamburger patty. The only thing I liked about the burger was the bun, which was soft, with just a bit of bite to it. I'm not a fan of hard crusty hamburger buns. On to the fries....well, they were though they'd been fried hours before and had been sitting around in the kitchen. They tasted great, but we were disappointed their sogginess. Overall, we felt like the restaurant kind of 'dupes' you into thinking it's affordable, but because everything has to be ordered separately, costs add up! I'm sorry, but a burger should come WITH fries...not as a $5.00 'side'. For dessert we tried the homemade donuts with apple cider glaze ($7.00). The donuts came out cold with a slightly lukewarm cider glaze. The donuts were 'okay', not great and we expected them to be at least a bit warm.

We liked the atmosphere of Back Forty but overall were very disappointed with the food and with the aggressive service.

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