following a nice soak in a hot tub while sipping mimosas at the spa, my wife and i were in the mood for lunch last saturday. so, we set out through the metropolis of hot springs for some sustenance. only two places were open; one kind of a family style restaurant, the other being the paddler’s pub. since both of us wanted some caffeine, the pub won out due to featuring coke products. turns out, that’s not a good reason to choose a restaurant.
we both opted for the buffalo/bison cheeseburger. both of us ordered it medium, mine with fries, hers with onion rings. despite there being only 6 other diners at the time, it took a fair amount of time for the food to come out, and it was barely warm once it arrived. we elected to just go ahead and eat rather than experience another extended wait. as it turned out, hot or cold wouldn’t have mattered.
the burgers were just barely still medium right at the very center. otherwise, they were well into the well/well done territory. the exteriors were burnt. i guess they were probably medium when removed from the grill, but the extended rest they experienced before being delivered to our table carried over the cooking process. the buns were truly awful; very light and dry at first, they quickly squished down into dense, spongy, chewy slabs.
my order arrived with onion rings instead of the requested fries. disappointing since our usual strategy is to share from each other’s plate. the rings were actually ok, although they too suffered from the extended rest between frying and serving.
the kicker is these were $12 burgers. yeah, i know. we should have run when we first saw the price, but since the day trip was part of our anniversary celebration, i was trying not to be my usual pain-in-the-ass self when it comes to restaurants. so, two bad burgers, the $2.50 upcharge per plate for fries/rings, and a couple of pops set us back $35, including a miserly tip for the slow service. we could have complained about the quality versus price and incorrect order, but it was so bad that we have no intention of ever returning. i reserve my efforts in that vein for places that actually have some potential, and that i’m interested in returning to.
if you go, don’t say i didn’t warn you!