As a 'hound since CH version 1.0, I have never been compelled to post on this board a negative review. Of course I have had bad experiences, but I usually will let it go. However, I feel that it is my responsibility to report on my family's experience at The Wreck Sunday 9/6/09. Let me begin by saying that I have been eating at The Wreck since the beginning. Not often, but maybe once a year. It goes without saying I know what I know what it is, simply a dive that serves fried seafood. However, it had its charm, and at one time , good simple food.
The Wreck opens Sundays at 5:30 pm and we arrived about 6:15, and were told we would have an hour wait. That is not unusual on the weekend, when the lot is full and a line snakes out the door. However, we parked without difficulty and there was no line and I could see empty tables. I inquired as to the wait, and was told they didn't have but 2 wait staff and they did not want to swamp them. Fair enough. We were seated in about 45 minutes and were told the list of what they were out of, including she crab soup, the fried hominy squares that come with each dinner, and a few other items. No big deal. The boiled peanuts arrived and in retrospect, we should have savored each one as they were the highlight of the meal. My daughter had the Charlene portion of fried shrimp and my wife and I had the Richard portion of fried shrimp and fried oysters. Each meal comes with red rice, a fried hominy square (missing) , slaw and hushpuppies. The rice was dry enough to have been left over from last week and the ONE hushpuppy was burnt to a crisp. The slaw was ok. The seafood portions were tiny and flavorless. We managed to eat some of the meal while discussing our past meals there.
There was no comparison to the restaurant of the past to today's Wreck.
The bill pre tip was $65.00!
I told one of my friends that lives walking distance from The Wreck in old Mt. P. and he said they used to go but no longer do so for the very reasons I detailed above. It truly used to be a local's spot, no sign, hard to find, few tourists.
However, since Jane and Michael Stern's and other food "celebrities" visits, and now being plugged by local hotels, it has become a tourist mill churning them through as fast as possible and the food and service has suffered.
Please be forwarned the The Wreck of old is GONE.