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Beaufort dining disaster; Sharpie's Grill

DaveN | Feb 23, 2008 04:22 PM

We went to Sharpies last weekend for the second time. The first visit was good except my wife and I made the mistake of ordering the same main course which was tasteless. It was a Thai fish dish with no real flavor, definitely not Thai inspired. Since the rest of the meal had been good and forgiving an uninspired and pricey wine list, we decided to give them another try.

The resulting meal was one of the worst dining experiences we have ever endured.
For appetizers we ordered a dozen Sharpie's oysters and an order of their previously fantastic truffled pomme frittes. After a significant wait, our waitress delivered a dozen raw oysters and frittes that were no warmer than room temp. I may have erred by ordering a dozen oysters as I hadn't noticed that they were offered two ways but the waitress was very put-off by my request for the cooked version.

The oysters returned cooked but not warm while the frittes were warm but with no discernible truffle flavor which we had loved on our last visit. Our main courses were a 12 oz. strip steak in a peppercorn cream sauce, medium, and a Cajun quail. Once again we suffered through a wait of 20-30 minutes before our waitress arrived with the news that another waiter had taken my steak and that our meal was delayed. We thought about leaving after the appetizer fiasco and in retrospect wish that we had.

Eventually my steak arrived. There were only three problems with the dish. First, it was extremely rare. Second, it was a rib eye, not strip steak. Third, the peppercorn cream sauce had absolutely no peppercorn flavor and was was just a bland covering. My wife's quail had an extremely thick batter. Slightly crisp on the outside with undercooked batter beneath. Not edible. She sent hers back requesting the flounder stuffed with crab meat. I soldiered on with my beef. I was afraid of what the kitchen would do if I sent this back also.

The flounder arrived and it was quite good. Generous, unadulterated crab meat with fresh flounder. I had considered the dish and now I sorely regretted my tepid choice. After two hours and 2 courses we should have left. I was weak and tempted by the bananas foster prepared table side. It was the best part of the meal.

The manager apologized for the ordeal that our meal had become and offered us 20% off the bill or a free desert. We accepted the offer of a 20% discount. Another 30 minutes later I went to the front to request my bill for the second time. Twenty minutes later our waitress returned with 3 tickets that she explained were all incorrect. After another long wait the manager arrived with our bill and another apology.

When our waitress apologized again and reported that this is not how things normally were at the restaurant she expressed hope that we would return to give them another chance. My wife summed it up nicely, "I don't think so".

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