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Ralph's on the Park, out of the way and off of my rotation


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Ralph's on the Park, out of the way and off of my rotation

seefoodie | Jan 8, 2009 06:15 AM

It was a poor performance by this "newest" of the Ralph and Cindy Brennan brand. My party included 1 local and 3 frequent visitors that wanted a nice meal before Celebration in the Oaks at nearby City Park. I should have known it was going to be a rough ride when I had to send back my drink. A proper Sazerac should never taste like straight rye. Concerning appetizers, the turtle soup tasted like it had a cup of water added to it, not sherry. And there was never a server with sherry to add in. We sent that back for a gumbo replacement which may have well been served from the same pot. Average at best. Next after a long hiatus, longer than the expected time it takes to prepare good food properly, we got our entrees and not one was satisfactory. The staff could say all they wanted about hot plates but the food was not and some were sent back. The fish dish had 2 less than complementary sauces drizzed on the sides that had congealed. The roast chicken was rubbery and the beef was cold. I mean this wasn't the early bird special, it was prime time and the staff and kitchen was off. Even after sending food and drinks back at every serving, we never even saw a manager.

My friends that recommended this place after having some great meals there but having a consistently bad meal there will keep me from going until I hear some really great things.

BTW, their other establishments , Mr B's, Redfish Grille and Bacco's still carry fine service and food. The Ralph's staff need to visit those establishments more often, as I will be doing.

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