i was very excited to go to this almost mythical place for dinner. it was a special occasion and i wanted to offer a special meal to my parents. we arrived at 6:30 for the early seating.
the restaurant itself is very fun. kitschy atmosphere, neat details like vintage vases and decorations, a fire place one part of the dining room. definitely a special feeling to the place.
we ordered the prix fixe menu which is $27/pp. i started with the butternut bisque. it was delicate and creamy and lovely with a hint of nutmeg. wonderful. my husband had the rigatoni starter. very basic and something i could make at home by opening a jar of tomato sauce.
for a main dish, i had the chicken Florentine, which was prepared in a cream sauce and served with melted cheese and spinach. it arrived and i was immediately concerned as the sauce had a translucent look that didn't seem to be cream based. it tasted as if it was a soup stock thickened with corn starch. although the cheese on the chicken breast was melted, it had since cooled. in short, it was bland and tasteless. i convinced my husband to trade with me - he had gotten the lamb stew in a pot pie with a homemade pastry crust.
his meal was delicious. tasty savory stew, flaky crust, nice mushrooms and pearl onions.
however, as he dug into my chicken, he discovered it was barely cooked and in fact RAW inside. we summoned the waitress and to their credit, they immediately took it away and asked what we would like to do - have them finish the chicken for us or get something else. i asked for the lamb but was told it would take 20 minutes, so i settled for the prime rib, which was a basic prime rib, tasty but nothing earth shattering.
we also had family style sides of roasted red potatoes (delicious!) and green beans (snappy/tasty/wonderful).
for dessert i had the pecan pie. tasty flaky crust, lovely rich filling.
we then went to partake in the live music in another room with a fireplace. however, the performer was late, the chimney was not working properly, and finally we left after getting some lungful of smoke and 2 quite terrible folky songs about 'come over i'm lonely'
all in all, i feel that this is a special place due to its atmosphere; however, the food is only good, not excellent. don't drive all that way for the meal, but do go visit if you want to experience a fun unique environment.
and don't order the chicken.