Last month the Statesman did their restaurant review in the XL section and our little town made some noise with " Cafe 909" and "Pattons On Main". Even though we live here we had not eaten in Pattons. We used to go there regularly when it was still Wild Horse, but my wife's health issues had kept quite a bit of the menu off limits.
Tonight we went and we were happy with the results. I had prime rib (tonight's special) with mashed potatoes nad broccoli, she had the 1/2 chicken with potatoes and asparagus. Both done exactly as ordered, asparagus was a bit "al dente" like I like them (we shared), service was attentive without being overbearing.
I had the house salad with a "true" vinagrette, which might be a bit too tart for many, which is why it's often cut with raspberry or something else sweet. She had the pulled pork and black bean soup, very nice!
The wine list is extensive and I thought within reason price wise. There was a bank starting up in the bar, but not overpowering the dining room. Actually in the summer there's an outside bar which is a bit of a local "dance and hook-up" spot for singles.
The only (potential) downside was a table with 2 1/2 couples with about 7 kids (mostly 5-8 y/o with one about 13) pretty close aboard, probably in town to walk the Christmas lights. Fortunately a kiddy menu was available (burgers and corn dogs) and the waitstaff was working hard to chivvy this little group along before they got too restless.
The adults were very considerate and hurried along when they saw the kids getting antsy. The paid and left pretty quickly so we didn't have to have the kids towed at parents expense.
The total hit was about $75 for prime rib, plus salad, 1/2 chicken plus the soup. I had a couple of glasses of house Cab, she just had water. Happy to ad another place to our local haunts since we just lost our Cajun spot. We still have Jammin House (carribean) which has great seafood, jerk chicken and pork, leg of lamb, cagun meatloaf and calamari that ranks among my top two.
Come on out, we're more than a wide spot on the road.