I couldn't find a good thread about Heartland to add on to so I'm starting a new one to talk about our dinner tonight.
We went with another couple tonight - I ordered a crawfish risotto and the pheasant, my husband had a plum salad and lamb, and our friends each ordered one of the price fix meals. To start, the waitstaff was very friendly and attentive. They were able to adapt one of the meals because our friend to allergic to seafood and able to provide our other pregnant friend just a sip of wine. There were two bread choices - a whole wheat and one that had mustard seeds (grains?) in it. We all though the the bread was like hockey pucks, incredibly tough and hard to eat and not very flavorful at that. The crawfish risotto was made with some kind of hearty grain and was quite nice and light. It didn't taste particularly seafood-ish but was pleasant. The pheasant was disappointing to be honest. I had a great pheasant at Alma a few months ago so was hoping for something similar. This was tough and although juices poured out of it when I cut into it, didn't taste particularly moist. The most significant problem though was the intense pepper flavor. There were a few bites during which I couldn't taste anything but pepper. I would have sent it back if the following few bites weren't slightly better.
Everyone else was satisfied, but not blown away by their meals. They all got a resounding "Eh." The deserts though were spectacular. We had a dark chocolate dessert that was wonderful even though I rarely like dark chocolate and a cheesecake that had corn in it in some magical way that was absolutely the highlight of the evening.
Unfortunately I don't think I'd go back. While it was nice to have a meal that was light and somewhat healthy feeling with all the grains and fresh ingredients, our meals weren't as good as we've had a Alma or Lucia's where I feel like we could get food of a similar vein.