Drove an hour just to try Mo's this weekend, based on some of the hype on TripAdvisor and some general buzz around northern NS about the place. And there's a lot to like about it. Servers are friendly, place itself is quaint/pleasant/lovely/etc and in great shape, there's live music... Plain and simple, it's wonderful that someone has invested in revitalizing an old store in this little village, and probably helped breathe a lot of life into the village itself too. It feels wrong to say anything other than "well done" but the issue is... the food just wasn't very good. Or maybe more accurately, it definitely wasn't what I had been expecting.
It tasted like most things were fresh out of a box or a bottle or a bag. Except for the pizza (that wasn't bad but absolutely was nothing to rave about - nothing), most plates seemed to have something (or most things) right out of the deep fryer. I had a salad with my pizza - I asked if any of the dressings were house dressings (server didn't seem clear) or if any were made there (server didn't know) so I ordered balsamic vinaigrette (straight out of a kraft bottle). It's just not that hard to make a vinaigrette if you're running a restaurant where you care about good food. Everything about the place screams fresh and local - but the food wasn't. And it's really, really too bad.
If you go there expecting an above-average fish and chip joint with pizza and and couple of sandwiches, you may be thrilled. The kitchen seemed to be staffed by very capable short-order cooks. If (like me) you read the reviews here that are so positive, and walked into this very inviting place expecting fresh, local, etc after driving an hour just to go there, you risk being disappointed. I'll likely go back if i'm in the area: it's good for what it is - you just need to know what it is.
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