Last night our family went to eat down in Quincy, IL at Tony’s Old Place for a farewell dinner for Pastor Mark Eddy, who recently accepted a Call to another circuit in the District. Now, we have eaten at this restaurant before and been very happy with it. This time was different.
The company was good, but the food was not up to our standards. We’re not food snobs, really. We just think there are certain things that one should expect from a restaurant.
First of all, Amy and I ordered our usual gin and vodka martinis (She likes vodka, I like gin). She took one sip of hers and couldn’t stand it. Way too vermouthy for us. Mine wasn’t undrinkable, but it wasn’t chilled. So, Amy returned the martini and ordered a glass of wine. When that came, it was only about half a glass, like someone had taken a couple swigs out of it first.
Amy ordered a way-overpriced pork chop with a potato ($10.00) and I ordered a Buffalo Chicken Salad (these are popular around here. They dip chicken chunks in Spicy Buffalo wings sauce–very yummy). When I saw the Salad, I was instantly crestfallen. Very small amount of small chunks of chicken. The lettuce was not crispy but soft, like it had been setting out for about fifteen minutes…with the ranch dressing on it. Amy’s pork chop was dry and tough. She had to practically soak it in A-1 steaksauce to enjoy it at all.
They didn’t have a children’s menu, service had much to be desired, it was a very dark restaurant (seems to be common around here), all of which earned the dining experience two thumbs down.
Unfortunately, that was my second poor dining experience that day. Earlier we were in Iowa City for a doctor’s appointment and we ate fast food chinese at the Coral Ridge Mall. It was just not a good day for eating out.