This restaurant used to be called Iris's and is under new management since January 2013. We chose it for proximity to the Blue Jays ball park in Dunedin (one block) and because we'd eaten here the previous two years when in town for spring training.
First surprise - game parking is no longer free when you dine. You pay an additional $10 to leave your car, which they'll add to your check.
New rules at Home Plate - breakfast ends at 10:00 a.m. No exceptions. It used to be 11:00 on game days when Iris owned it, and she had a couple of breakfast options on the lunch menu, in case you missed the cut-off. No more. So much for having breakfast.
We nearly fainted from hunger waiting an hour for simple lunch entrees. Tomato bisque soup was brought quickly enough - barely lukewarm. Two of us sent it back for a nuke, and one ate it cold. I've never eaten gritty tomato soup before, but hey, I was famished.
When our entrees finally arrived, only one of four was correct. My grilled cajun chicken salad arrived with no chicken. Our server had to go back to the kitchen and request a plate of chicken. I asked for creamy parmesan dressing and got raspberry vinagrette.
One in our party ordered fries with her egg salad sandwich and got tortilla chips. Another ordered a blue cheese, bacon burger, which arrived with no bacon.
Egg salad sandwiches arrived on hard, cold toast. They'd probably been sitting a long time before being delivered to our table.
Our server was very friendly, accommodating and apologetic for the unending errors. Food was mediocre, when they finally got it right. After such an extended wait and so many errors, there's no reason to return.
Before leaving we requested that the $10 parking fee be waived, to compensate for our negative dining experience. It was. That was the highlight of our meal at Home Plate.
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