Our first experience at Vic’s wasn’t stellar although the food was good. The second visit was much better.
The new manager Tony is a rock star!
Thanks to him, Vic’s did away with the two separate menus; you know: “the old persons menu” and the menu for “everyone else.” Now there is just one menu. Residents of Sun City Anthem simply present their SCA ID cards and the waiter will deduct 15% from the items they order. (Items ordered by non-residents in the party are not discounted.)
Another improvement since Tony’s arrival: No more ala carte. Last month, we had to pay for the Caesar Salads, the entrees and the side dishes. Now, the meals include the diner’s choice of green or Caesar Salad and an appropriate side dish. (The Spinach Salad is not included in the price of the meal.)
We invited friends to join us for dinner but, based on our first experience, warned them not get their expectations up. All four of us were pleasantly surprised.
Our waiter Kevin was excellent: He had a good sense of humor and was attentive without being intrusive. The manager Tony was out on the floor introducing himself to diners and keeping an eye (and an ear) on things. He checked in on us once during the meal and then, as we were completing the Comment Card, he came by and chatted and joked with us.
My friend Betty asked me to mention how very good the Sangria was. My husband’s beers were cold and served in chilled beer glasses. My Spinach Salad was possibly the best (although certainly not traditional) Spinach Salad I’ve ever had. Betty really liked the vegetable lasagna and, as I did last month, took half of it home. I had the scallops with risotto and it was excellent. My husband and I once again shared the apple tart which was, once again, delicious. The coffee was strong and flavorful. My husband liked the meatloaf but, at $17, thought it was over-priced.
In my first TA Review of Vic’s New American Cuisine, Vic’s scored a 3. Today it earns a 4; meaning there is still room for improvement but, probably thanks to Tony, Vic’s is on the right track.
Opportunities for improvement: The rolls weren’t hot on the 2nd visit. (They were hot a few weeks ago and were VERY good.) Two of the items that should have been discounted 15% (Pellegrino and one of the two desserts) weren’t; hardly worth mentioning but these devilish details prevented Vic’s from scoring a 5. I’m optimistic about my next visit. Keep up the good work!
Advise to diners: If you want fresh ground pepper, just ask for it. They have it. Not sure why they don't offer it....
Vic's staff is trying. I called tonight to cancel dinner reservations and Gigi asked me if there was a problem. When I told her that some of my neighbors agreed to go out to dinner IF we would go somewhere other than Vic's, she was very concerned. She pointed out that they've been using Comment Cards and doing everything they can to provide guests with what they want.
If you're visiting or live in the Valley, try Vic's. If you're an Anthem resident I strongly urge you to try it yourself; make up your own mind; and don't let other people do your thinking for you.
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