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Nate's review - what happened to this place?

HalfBaked | Apr 2, 200804:28 PM

We were torn whether or not to go to Nate's, after reading several reports on CH and Yelp, that food and service had gone waaaay downhill. The final decision was based on them being a Guide Pick on Guidelive and off we went. Wow! Was that the worst birthday dinner ever! Service was slow, the waiter forgot several items and then tried to overcharge us for $20 worth of food before I realized it and had him correct the check. The tea glass (i use the word glass loosely here) had a sugar wrapper in it that was tea stained so dark it was obvious it hadn't just gone in. Gross! I never got another tea. I guess he didn't realize he wasn't refilling a drink for me the entire meal.
It's crawfish season and they were having a great special on them at $4.99/lb., so we got a lb. of the Turbo. A very nice spice to them, large and it was a very generous lb. I almost decided I was overreacting and set out to have an enjoyable meal, but we were never offered the garlic bread/hushpuppies and then after we ordered the crawfish etouffee/fried combo he came back 20 min, later saying they they were out of crawfish for the etouffee and then another 10 min later saying they were out of the fried crawfish tails. I thought it was crawfish season!? Guidelive's review says Nate says himself that they would never use frozen crawfish. What is the deal here?
We are very hungry at this point and finally flagged down the manager who had just finished handling a complaint from a nearby table, and requested the complimentary garlic bread and hushpuppies. She said she would tell our waiter, but did they show up? No. Probably because he was completely overwhelmed by the crowd of people in his section. I just don't get it. Why do these people come here?
The bar is packed, btw. 2 deep at 8pm on a Tuesday night. The rest of the Metroplex's anti-smoking ordinances haven't hit Addison so it is very smoky.
What does Gordan Ramsey say about the palette of a smoker? It's like a donkey's backside? LOL. That explains it!
We ended up with the redfish on the half-shell. The half-shell as it turned out was the skin of the redfish burnt to a crisp on the bottom. It was $3 more for this cut vs. the other redfish entree and then they burn the thing? In all fairness, the snapper was not awful, but skip the etouffee topping as it tasted like it came out of a can but with fresh shrimp added. Actually, nix that and just don't go here. I here Dodie's isn't bad when you have a cajun craving. Hubby says we'll go there next time. Just wish I had my $70 back. :(

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