We went to Viking Co. with high hopes. I love stumbling upon a great dive restaurant that is truly a gem. The other reviews were right.. it doesn't look like much from the outside and it is obviously about 4 blocks into a bad neighborhood, but that didn't scare us off. The waitstaff was very friendly - they sat us within about 10 minutes even though we didn't have a reservation. Immediately brought us glasses for the beer we brought and a chill bucket.
Our waitress mentioned many specials that sounded incredible; we ordered the clams casino, stuffed banana peppers and a halibut filet each for dinner. Dinner came with a salad and soup. One bite into the clam and I wanted to spit it out. They were not fresh; in fact they almost tasted spoiled. I could only bring myself to eat one. The stuffed banana peppers were good, 2 came with the appetizer. I was surprised to see that the core/seeds were still in the banana peppers - but it didn't bother me. The salads were delicious - my favorite part of the meal (which isn't saying much). We both got the basil parmesan dressing which was fresh and had a bite of garlic. My date ordered the clam chowder soup (I politely declined since I was becoming full) and said it was watery and without flavor. He only ate about 3 spoonfuls. Last out came the fish - covered in SALT! I couldn't even eat more than 2 bites because it was so drenched in seasoned salt and oil. The french fries I ordered with my fish were obviously frozen and the brown rice that came with my date's fish looked plain and uninspired.
All in all I was very disappointed in this restaurant - I will not be going back. I actually feel a little bad about this review because I wanted to like this restaurant. Food is horrible though, don't waste your money because on top of everything, it wasn't cheap!
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