I've been reading this blog for about a year and never felt the need to write until now. For the most part, I've just read, learned, and gratefully excepted the advice given. However, this past weekend I had an experience that differed so greatly with what I have read, that I thought I would share it. We, myself and three others, had dinner Sat. night at The Strip Club in St. Paul. I was very much looking forward to it but was dismally disappointed. Our reservations were for 8:00 and we were seated relatively promptly. Our server was quick to give us menus and our water glasses were filled. We ordered a round of drinks and I loved my Danny the Bucket (Lemoncello, Campari, lemonade). We ordered four small plates, two of which were excellent (Walleye Fritters, Foie Gras), one which was not quite what we expected (Poutine) and one which never showed up (Devil's Eggs) although it did make an apperance on our check. We enjoyed our drinks and small plates even though it was extremely warm, extremely noisy and extremely crowded on our balcony space. Also, it appeared that our server had forsaken us for a large party of 12 or so. We ordered another round of drinks when he came to take our entree orders around 9:00. Three drinks were delivered within minutes but he had forgotten mine. He brought it about 15 minutes later. Normally, I am not one to watch the clock but given the lateness of the hour and the size of the clock on the wall, it was hard not to do so. We had not yet received our meals by 10:00. At one point, the server flew by our table, acknowledged us and said the food would be out in two minutes. When it did arrive I was very unhappy. I had ordered the pork shoulder with black beans, sausage, chilies, kale, tomato & citrus. I was very surprised when I looked down and saw not black beans, but Cannellini beans which I do not care for. No mention of the substitution was made by the server. Also, there was one niblet of sausage (yes, I counted). Two of my friends enjoyed their meals but my husband was disappointed with the rib eye special, which was unfortunate as I am always on the hunt for an alternative to Manny's. When we finished our entrees, we had a wonderful desert. It was a large donut with a butterscotch syrup in the middle, covered in chocolate sauce. I have a sweet tooth and enjoyed it throughly, although I would have preferred not to have shared it! When all was said and done, it was 11:15 when we left and and we all worried about falling asleep on the ride home due to the extreme warmth of the room. Bottom line; the service seemed harried, the pace was French-like and the food was hit or miss.