Been wanting to dine here for years ... but just never got around to making the 45 minute trip. They had a $20-for-$40 deal on LivingSocial. Only seven more weeks before it expires. My bride agreed to experiment for the Nth anniv of her 16th birthday (dinner).
Arrived at 6:30 and were seated promptly. Water and thick cut white bread slices arrived instantly. Noisy, but in a good "family" kind of way, not a TGI-Friday's kind of noisy.
This is comfort food, not a fine dining experience. Hot things hot. Cold things cold. The type of operation that puts glass on top of their table linens. Service staff was hustling. Service was mostly fast and quick; except for the wine refill. It arrived just as we were finishing our meal. Waiter knew it was tardy. Kept apologizing throughout the meal. Dunno what happened.
Red-base, bean soup w/carrots, potatoes, onion and coarse cubed ham: Excellent.
Yawn reviews recommended spending the extra $2 for the cucumber salad. Not what I expected. Small bits of cucumber drowning in a white (dill-ish) sauce. Not bad. Not good. Somebody's comfort food, but I would not order again. Their tossed green salad looked quite good.
Smothered chicken. Good, maybe Good+
Breaded pork chop; thin cut. Good+
Stuffed cabbage. Very good.
Veggies: Poor. Green beans and cauliflower boiled to within an inch of their useful lives, just the way Mom made them ... and taught me to hate veggies. But I am now a fully reformed hater of veggies; steamed or grilled, please.
Mashed potatoes. Unremarkable. We could not decide if it was boxed or mashed. Really. Perhaps a mix of both? But, why bother?
Portion size: A meal for two.
Will I return? Perhaps; but only if I am already in the area and want soup & salad and a bit of protein. Not worth a 45 minute drive each way.