Friday night was a toss up between old Charlie Brown locations……it was either The Mediterannian Café in Matawan or Mooses Tavern on Sycamore in Tinton Falls. Mooses Tavern won the toss up…….so that’s where we went. It was actually their opening night of the full kitchen/restaurant so knowing this in advance I went into it expecting there to be some “hiccups” in the evening.
They had about a 20 minute wait when we arrived at about 7:00pm……which was fine. There were plenty of tables open but I assume they wanted to control the seating to not overwhelm the kitchen or didn’t have enough servers for full capacity. Whatever the reason I didn’t mind I would prefer to wait than be neglected at a table.
As I looked around besides an update to the bar…..they really only painted and took down some of the Charlie Brown crap on the walls…..not a lot of work went into the place. (not that it needed it). We were seated and greeted by our service we ordered a few cocktails and took a look at the menu. (I cheated and had looked at the menu online before going so I knew what I wanted). The menu is very similar to Charlie Browns and actually they have the same cuts of prime rib etc……in all honesty this place is nothing more than a Charlie Browns knock off…..not that it’s a bad thing. Even the salad bar is identical….it looks like they use the same supplier of salads like cole slaw etc. even the bread at the salad bar looked the same as what Charlie Browns offered.
For entrée’s I ordered the double cut prime rib medium, wife had the “slamin salmon” sandwich and my son ordered the buffalo chicken sandwich. Hiccup # 1 the salmon was brought out by the food runner a good 10 minutes before our other entrée’s came to the table. When I asked a manager about the other entrée’s I was told they were “cooking the steak” and I would be a few more minutes……he apologized and gave me a drink on the house. I found it a bit disingenuous that the manager would just say the steak is cooking when in all truthfulness a prime rib is already cooked. Most of the time to medium…..so his “excuse” for the delay didn’t sit very well with me. If he said the chicken sandwich was still cooking that is more believable than a medium order of prime rib.
Hiccup #2……the prime rib came out over well done. Thankfully there were NOT grill marks indicating they threw it on a grill to cook as I was worried was going to happen but the rib came out well done and with actual dried up a’jus on the plate indicating it had been sitting plated for awhile. I wasn’t going to complain about it simply because I was hungry and wanted to eat. I can say this……although over cooked it was still a dam good piece of beef. I asked for a side of a’jus to dip it in as it was a little dry….but overall when they get their act together it is an excellent piece of meat.
Hiccup #3……the buffalo chicken sandwich was actually boneless chicken fingers not a whole breast….which made it very awkward to eat as a sandwich. They should indicate it’s individual strips and not whole piece. Not a big deal….it was good.
Hiccup # 4 (actually a good hiccup) The slamin salmon while not exactly as described on the menu came out I was shocked at the size/cut of the fish. It was HUGE…..they are charging $9.99 for this sandwich (It was served with a roll) but honestly if it was plated by itself as just grilled salmon entrée they could charge $25. for it and you would think it was appropriately priced. If you are a grilled salmon lover…..go here TODAY and order this sandwich the portion is ridiculous for the price.
No desert…..just the check and we left. As I said I went into this with my expectations set appropriately and the night went exactly as I anticipated so no harm no foul. I will definitely be back for more prime rib and maybe some of their other offerings. If you are/were a Charlie Browns fan…..this will be the place for you.
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