The Boulder Café – where do I begin? The first time I went here was in 2006 – my hubby and I were just married and we came here with family and friends the day after to have some breakfast. It seemed like a ‘classy’ place back then. Oh what six years and lack of TLC will do to a place! ROACHES were crawling up the wall next to me! EWWWW! Thank God I don’t have a weak stomach. My sister sat across from me and she said that the Boulder Café was lucky she wasn’t sitting in my seat because she would have screamed.
I didn’t notice anything glaring right away; however, once I sat down, it was hard NOT to notice all the filth. Tables, booths and chairs barley cleaned, floor corners covered in dust, debris and old food. Worn, scratched and peeling wood. I just can’t seem to stop commenting on the floor. Even the tile over by the bar was dirty, cracked and disgusting. If I were the manager or owner, I would ask the employees to come in early for the next few months and just spend a few hours a day just cleaning the place. I was with my sister and we sat in a small booth that was next to what looked like an ‘extra’ space. That extra pseudo booth to my right looked like it hadn’t been cleaned in years. There were old pieces of bread and what looked like nacho chips crammed into the corner. Beyond that, next to the wall was PILES of dust bunnies caked with grease. Look, I am not opposed to a little dirt and grime – heck, if you own and diner or a dive I come to expect a bit of that good ‘old fashioned, used/worn look BUT I don’t expect that from a restaurant on Peal Street that is charging $15 for Eggs Benedict. Nonetheless, we order our food and I look up at the wall and there is a roach walking up right next to me. EWWW! I SHOULD HAVE told the waitress to forget about our food and my sister and I SHOULD HAVE walked our right then and there. It was disgusting but we didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. Well, now, here I am writing a ‘glowing’ review – I should have been honest right there and then. I called a waitress over to my table and notified her of the nasty little critter that was crawling up the wall. She came by with a napkin and asked me if I wanted to get the roach or if I could move so she could get it. REALLY? She asked me if I WANTED TO CRUSH THE ROACH!! First of all, the sound of a bug’s exoskeleton cracking under my fingers is not pleasant to me, secondly, REALLY?? REALLY!!?? Needless to say, I let her use her napkin and crush the thing. I can honestly say that if they were apologetic about the condition of the place and offered pristine service I would have let this review slide – but we didn’t get an apology, nor did they offer to discount our food (really, would should have just left). I wish I would have taken a picture of the roach and then walked out. YUCK!
This review doesn’t end with the roach. I needed to wash my hands so I meandered my way to the restroom only to find tiny flies everyone and a door without a door knob. Yes ladies and gentleman, the door hole was covered up with blue masking tape. Classy. If they don’t have the wherewithal to clean the booths and tables, why on earth would I expect to find a clean restroom? Blech.
Now it’s time to comment on the food: My sister and I both ordered the tuna melt. Although it wasn’t fabulous, it wasn’t horrible either. I have to at least give them some positive marks for taste. The fries were okay, but a bit soggy. The waitress didn’t pay any attention to us AT ALL.
Overall : POOR/TERRIBLE 1.5 stars – but I am going with 1.
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