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Freemans Review

Lucia | May 21, 2006 01:22 AM

After our Freemans attempt last week was aborted by the hostess's warning that there would be a 2 hour wait at 9:15, we planned ahead and returned a little earlier this week (around 8). We were prepared to wait, but the restaurant was only half full when we arrived. We were told that there would be an hour and fifteen minute wait for a table but that we could have a table immediately if we agreed to be out by 9:30. We eat fast, so this was not a problem.

We were promptly seated in the dimly-lit animal-head-covered restaurant. We ordered the devils on horseback to start--5 dates with cheese, each individually wrapped in a slice of crispy bacon. This was very good. Next, I ordered the smoked pork with grits and applesauce. The pork was nicely flavored but a little tough, the grits could have been creamier/tastier, and I wish that the applesauce had been served warm. But, I was hung over today, so this comfort food hit the spot. My boyfriend ordered the chicken, which was served in a broth with carrots, peas, and celery. He was not impressed and said that he had had better home-cooked. I thought the chicken was good, and the broth was very good, but I agree that this dish was a little plain.

I ordered the bananas foster for dessert. Great ice cream, great butterscotch sauce, but the bananas tasted overripe, and I wish that they had been more caramelized to add some texture to this dish.

Overall, I thought Freemans was good and the price was right, but I don't understand why there's such a long wait to get in, and, now that I know what the restaurant is all about, I won't be waiting in line for an hour plus to have a repeat meal.

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