My friends and I were Enjoying winter park on a chilly Friday evening and Noticed a Sidewalk sign at the front of Dexter's that said shrimp gumbo Special.. We decided to give it a try.. We were seated immediately. After waiting 20 minutes we noticed guests that had arrived and seated after us were already receiving meals, we had not even gotten a glass of water.. After we got a waitresses attention she came To our table to take our order for drinks, We Ordered our drinks And then attempted to order dinner at the same time. Well guess what there is no shrimp gumbo. That was a special for Tuesday which was three days prior to our visit. We quickly Scan the menu for a second choice of meal And place our order.. 10 minutes go by and the drinks show up the only problem Is the drinks are the wrong order... A glass of water instead of a margarita, A Coke instead of a bourbon and Coke... 20 minutes go by and we question the waitress about our Appetizers. Somehow the order did not get put in.. A few minutes later she comes out with the appetizers. About one minute later another server comes out with our main course, Well at least two of the three orders. We assume the third entrée is on its way so we patiently wait as not to be rude to our guest and eat in front of her without her having any food..
And we wait
And we wait
10 minutes goes by we flagged down the waitress again and remind her that we're still missing a dinner. Well somehow that order didn't get put in either just like our Appetizer. We ask her to take our meals back to the warming tray because at this point my salmon is cold. The wait continues, At this point the guest that arrived after us have finished their meals and are leaving before we even get served our dinner. Finally dinner comes out For all three of us. The order That was put in late was perfect. The reheated salmon dinner however was overcooked, In the warmed over chicken pasta dinner had become a gelatinous glob of food in the bowl. Being a Winter Park resident I have eaten at Dexter's before usually for lunch and have always been satisfied with the food and service. But as far as dinner goes forget it, The waitstaff and kitchen are totally out of sync with each other, The band is so loud It is nearly impossible to carry on a conversation with the person sitting next to you, And obviously too loud for the waitress to hear you to take down the order correctly, Even when seated at the opposite end of the building from the stage... I think it'll be a while before I go back there again..
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