Had my first Richardsons' experience earlier this week and although I will definitely go back, my first visit met with mixed results. My first interaction was a bit concerning. I called Richardsons on my way there and asked how long the wait was. I was told a half hour, which sounded pretty good compared to the 2 hours we ran into when we tried to go on a weekend night. I didn't expect a yes answer, but I took a shot anyway, "Could you add my name to the list, I am about a half hour away?" Suprisingly she said yes and asked me my name. Cool, so when we got there and I approached the lady at the front desk, she said, "We don't take names over the phone." I explained to her my phone call and she still kept her hard stance, basically insuating I was lying to her. And on top of that, the wait was now an hour! I was upset, but what could I do? I really wanted to try the food. So we put our name on the list. To her credit, she softened her stance up a bit and managed to get us in with only a half hour wait, but the tone had been set.
On to the food. We tried the bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer and it was incredible! The combination of flavors was great and it was filling enough that someone could use it as their main course. My wife had a Relleno and enchilada and said they were both excellent. I had the tamales and the flavor was good, but I felt like they were too dry.
Reading up on here, I knew it would be loud and smokey, but I still must vent at smokers. Here is my question. Why is it that you don't smoke when you are eating, but it doesn't bother you in the least bit to smoke when the people right next to are eating? Yes it is a smoking establishment, but I still find that attitude a bit self centered.
Like I started out this message with, we will go back and we will deal with the noise and smoke, because the food did have some real promise. Hopefully next time it will go a little better for us.