I remember Ivar's as a real treat on the pier in Seattle. I also -- though admittedly years ago -- visited Ivar's in Bellis Fair while shopping and don't have memories of bad meals there. I have no idea what's changed, and I know it's just fast food, but I can honestly say that I had a truly pathetic meal when I happened upon it while shopping this week. I wouldn't call it awful only because I didn't get sick. But it was so bad I had to check the sign to make sure I was in the right place.
The red clam chowder tasted like it came right out of a can. The fries were a non-descript texture. The "original recipe" fish was like frozen fish sticks in texture, consistency, as well as coating. Plus any chance of a flavour was not going to happen. I just kept adding salt, pepper, lemon, vinegar, ketchup -- whatever I could lay my hands on -- then gave up and decided to just replace the meal in my mind with the self-talk, "don't be ungrateful/people are starving in the world"...and go home.
The counter servers were really nice but gave me incorrect info when I ordered. I'm sad to see this happen to an old favourite.
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