After hearing reasonably positive things about Q, and finding myself in the Richmond Friday night since Pizzetta 211 was closed for some reason, I decided to try Q.
I had hoped for at least middling food, but I would have to say it didn't even make that grade.
At first, I was impressed by the low low prices. A bowl of soup for $3.50! The soup was billed as tomato soup with corn and walla walla onions. After ordering a cup, I would more likely bill it as "chunky vegan tomato pasta sauce". It had the consistency of a thick and heavy pasta sauce made from canned tomatoes, and pretty much tasted like straight tomato paste. I could manage no more than three bites.
Got the grilled chicken and braised vegies. The chicken was drier than cardboard and I gave up hacking at it halfway through. The braised vegies were OK though flavorless.
Finished with the apple crisp, which WAS edible, though the whipped cream it came with came from a Reddi Whip-like canister. The crisp topping was a little too dense (this coming from someone who views crisps as an excuse to eat a lot of brown sugar), but I was so relieved to eat something that tasted good that I wolfed it down.
I was surprised that I had this disappointing an experience at Q given some positive comments I have seen on it. Do they specialize in things that I managed to not get? Why is it so popular? Is it just because it is cheap?