I had heard about this place for years and decided to go check it out for myself as it was on the way to West Virginia. There was plenty of parking so no problem there. Service was ok..staff..had interactions with 2 waitresses was amicable. Decor is supposed to be retro or 50's or 60's but in need of some help. I did really like the wrap around eat at counter..that was cool. The place is clean but could sure use some sprucing up. We ordered dinner..my friend ordered the Chicken and Dumplings with a salad and I ordered the meatloaf with sides of beets and green beans. The Chicken and Dumplings was pretty good..although the salad was just the normal iceberg lettuce and few slices of tomatoes and a slice of onion and a couple slices of cucumber…no homemade dressing..no house dressing..the dressing came in packets..like you get a McDonalds or something. Salad and dressing surely nothing to write home about except the lettuce was green.
The meatloaf was ok but they put this tasteless brown gravy on top of it and that was less than appetizing. The green bean…definitely out of a can…thanks but I can make fresh green beans at home. The beets were tasty though..they had some sort of sweet sauce on them.
The HUGE disappointment came when we decided to order dessert. My friend had said for years that "Barbara Fritchies had the BEST homemade pies around!" Nope..sorry…I ordered a slice of lemon merguine pie and she ordered a slice of coconut custard pie. There was nothing about either pie that was homemade (that's false advertising)! They were both horrible!! So, so much for her rant that they made the best homemade pies around…we both ended up throwing them away. We might go back again but there's no rush! I was really looking forward to some homemade pie only to get some yucky pie I could buy in any grocery store!
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