A half-priced Groupon coupon got us through the doors of this abandoned looking restaurant. The Groupon reviews were mostly very good and that is why we purchased the coupon.
The outside appearance with the abandon truck and indistinguishable entrance gave us a clue as to what to expect inside. We arrived at 4:30, they opened at 4:00, and no customers were in the restaurant. The inside of Moorings was so dark that I asked if they were open. The nice waitress behind the bar told us to sit anywhere so we opted to sit outside. It was decked out with Christmas decorations that had to have been up for at least two years. Tables and chairs were haphazardly arranged and there were still several dog water dishes on the ground from the night before. Clearly, the owner and manager take no pride in the appearance or cleanliness of Moorings that was even more evident when I visit the filthy restroom.
Our friendly waitress set us up with drinks and told us to help ourselves to the small limited salad bar. We weren’t expecting that so we were pleased until we saw what was offered. The fresh green salad looked okay but prepackaged. The applesauce was pink, we later found out it was from the red-hot candy added to it. Probably the best item in the salad bar was the pasta salad. The waitress brought us complimentary sample of three of their appetizers. That would have been a good idea to get clients to order them from the menu; unfortunately, the appetizers were cold and greasy. Since the fried appetizers were cold, soggy and tasted like they were cooked in old grease I decided to go with the Key West Chowder and an order of mussels with marinara sauce. We were told the Key West Chowder was in a tomato base. I was taken back when the thick and chunky chowder arrived, it looked like someone just opened a jar of tomato puree, threw in some seafood and that was it, certainly not a tomato soup base. One bite into the chowder with a mussel had me spitting out the fowl tasting concoction. The mussels arrived open faced in one of their shells with the same tomato puree marinara sauce on the side. I would have to guess the mussels were frozen, not fresh by their appearance and chewy texture. Under the mussels laid a bed of spaghetti swimming in garlic and butter. Normally I would love garlic and butter on pasta but this was just too much and too oily. The waitress asked us how we were enjoying our meal and I have never told a waitress that it was bad until now. She did credit the chowder on our bill. The best thing I can say about Moorings is the waitress was friendly and provided prompt service. We would never go to this restaurant again, the food was terrible, and the appearance was dirty. Makes me wonder how nasty the kitchen must be if what we can see in the public area is so bad.
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