I met most of my extended family there on Sunday for a light lunch about 1pm.
The five us, (yes that IS most of my extended family), were seated inside and represented about 20% of the total customers in the restaurant, (that is, it was almost deserted).
We were handed a simplified "Brunch" menu, that while abbreviated, still contained enough for us all to find something interesting to eat. (I also took a gander at the full menu and it had some additional appealing selections on it.)
Straits is a small chain with a handful of locations.
First the good: The setting was nice and the server polite and reasonably efficient. I did have to flag him down for more iced tea on a couple of occasions, but I really go through it so even though they were pretty empty I won't hold that against them.
The Bloody Marys were very good. I only had a sip of my mom's, (but I should have had a lot more!).
The food ranged from very good, (my stewed chicken roti, the curry chicken pot pie and the spring rolls), to mediocre, (the shrimp pad thai), to pretty darned bad, (the hamburger steak and the pancakes).
I can hear you now, "Pancakes? How do you screw up pancakes?". Keep reading.
The kitchen needs some vast, vast improvement. Let me reiterate that we were one of only four other tables at 1 pm on a Sunday afternoon.
We received the spring roll appetizer fairly quickly and made quick work of it.
But after we had been sitting another twenty minutes or so, I asked my brother if it seemed like our food was taking an unnaturally long time. He not only confirmed it, but noted that he had seen what appeared to be our food sitting on the ready bar over my shoulder for a good five minutes already.
Soooooo, we flagged down our waiter and asked him if that was our order siting up there. He mumbled something, and continued on in the opposite direction. I still wasn't too anxious about it, but after another five, he sure enough starting grabbing the plates and schlepping them over to us.
Everyone gets their dish except for, (are you ready for this?), yours truly. Yeah, it's almost always me.
Unfortunately, since they had been sitting so long, mom's pancakes were iced cold as was my brother's chopped steak. The pot pie and pad thai were warm enough to eat, but my brother sent his back. Mom ate hers cold.
Still no roti for Doobie.
OK. I get it now. They weren't sending out the meals until they were all complete, but seriously, I had a sandwich and fries. And they let everything else get cold while waiting for it.
Of course, it eventually arrives, and as noted above, was very good. But I have to wonder how adept a kitchen can be that can't get it even close to right when they were so slow.?
The extended menu looked intriguing, but I'm not sure I will give them another chance. I can assure you that the family won't.
I hate that my last two posts have been negative, (Baker's Ribs and Straits). I signed up here specifically to let you guys know about all of the absolutely wonderful little mom and pop's in my immediate vicinity. Maybe my work here is done.
Straits - Houston
800 W. Sam Houston Parkway, Houston, TX 77024