I eaten at this restaurant once before; about five years ago I had dinner while in town for a multi-day exam. I passed with flying colors so the meal could not have hurt.
This occasion was a lunch reunion with a few friends who suggested this as a first option. The prices were slightly higher than lunch usually costs, especially for Mississippi. The friends suggested the fried chicken, which had a note about award winning quality. The flavors of the chicken were rich without being overpowering. The chicken was moist and tender. The accompanying mashed potatoes were very good if a little bland. I think this may have been to highlight the quality of the potatoes used since the natural flavor was very prominent (this is easier to explain if you have tried chicken eggs from a small farm as compared to store brand eggs; these potatoes were equivalent of the former), but my personal preference is a more seasoned potato side. Still, the green beans were my favorite part of my meal and the most distinct from other restaurants’ offerings. Portion quality was sufficient, but I am not sure that the chicken deserved any spectacular recognition beyond “very good.”
I sampled the chicken salad-salad and I probably would have preferred that for my lunch. It was perfectly seasoned and light. I also tried the hummus appetizers that served four portions of neatly stacked hummus on pita with vegetables. The biscuits presented prior to the meal offered flaky, buttery delight.
Our server, Ryan, was attentive and exceptionally polite. His attitude and manner easily qualify him for any five-star establishment. He was pretty sharp too… when he took my plate, I slipped him my card in the hand underneath and unlike many previous servers he made no obvious acknowledgement. When he returned for the other dishes, he brought a closed to-go container and smiled as he handed me the box. Inside was my ticket of course. My friends were shocked that we had handled the bill without exchanging any visible signals.
I think our waiter made the experience. Excellent service is one way to encourage repeat business, and our server exceeded expectations. To assure patronage, this service was coupled with well-prepared food. All of us enjoyed our respective dishes without going overboard with praises. The main pa
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