After a 30min wait to be seated at the nearby Japanese Steakhouse restaurant in Lacey, we decided to try the new Lonestar restaurant, known for being the second restaurant opened by the owners of the downtown Olympia Ramblin' Jacks.
Sadly, I was disappointed. For starters, there was A LOT of background, kitchen noise that I shouldn't be hearing.
Also, the bar was completely open to both dining areas, adding the bar noise to the kitchen noise. Employees frequently delivered plating and glassware to the bar, I assume, because the bar neglected to have it's own cleaning system or washing machine. I know of a lot of restaurants that do this to help reduce the amount of traffic being directed through the dining area. In my opinion, it's incredibly unattractive and tacky to see bus boys running back and forth by your table, delivering supplies to the bar.
Second, the waitress got one of our orders wrong, not that it mattered. Both dishes, plus appetizer, were unappealing and bordered on disgusting.
My BBQ pork sandwich was greasy and sloppy and the garlic potato side dish I chose was cold. The last I checked, your patrons don't want to be wearing their food after they leave your restaurant.
My guest ordered, what she thought was a mushroom burger, but turned out to solely be a mushroom sandwich. All mushroom. To me, it looked disgusting. She picked at it daintily, but left it uneaten. I guess looks, in this case, were not deceiving.
The appetizer was the prawns. Now, granted, the prawns were decent, but the appearance was not. The cook/chef simply threw five cooked prawns into the middle of a plate, drowned them in some strange, brownish sauce that covered the entire dish and then line it with four pieces of the cheap focaccia bread we were first given to nibble on as we waited for our dinners. That last thing I need or want is more bread. For a $10 appetizer, I would have expected more effort. Yuck.
Strangely enough, despite my subpar experience in Lonestar, the restaurant appeared to be PACKED. Business was doing well. Either the residents of Thurston County have an inexperienced palate or high tolerance for shoddy restaurateurs. I'm afraid, the fact is there just are not that many good restaurants in the area to choose from.
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