My wife & I visited The Locals on Friday 13 December with a Groupon discount.
We both started with the Basque Red Pepper soup – a delicious barley and bell pepper mixture with the slight sweet taste of beef – likely oxtail.
My wife ordered the Wild Alaskan Grilled Salmon ($19) – the fillet was a bit thin and became dry during the grilling. She liked the mix of seasonal vegetables, but found the garlic mashed potatoes in need of gravy (not done with salmon) or at least a pad of butter.
I opted for the daily special - a slow roasted BBQ pulled pork sandwich – not sure of the price as the special board did not list and the server did not mention. The tasty BBQ was topped by an appropriate amount of coleslaw – making for a very nice sandwich. The sandwich was accompanied by a generous serving of French fries – cut slightly thicker than shoestring style – the fries were good.
The restaurant was about half full when we arrived, but we immediately received menus and our order was taken in a reasonable amount of time, considering there was only one waiter. The restaurant nearly filled during our meal – see last line about neighboring Burger Bar – also there was a Willie Nelson performance that night at neighboring Wells Fargo Center.
Our entrees arrived an appropriate amount of time after our soups were finished. I noted the drinks we ordered before the soup had not arrived. This was corrected in short order. When the check arrived I noted the $30 Groupon had not been deducted from the bill and needed to remind the waiter. Some of this lack to detail can possibly be excused by the annoyance of the power going out briefly twice during our meal – and once more as we left the parking lot – the entire strip mall was affected.
The parking at this location is less than ideal. The Locals is located at the pointed end of a pie shaped strip mall, made an island by roads on all sides – with no parking on 2 of the 3 roads.
The Locals has no web site – an oddity these days. The menu may be viewed via their Facebook page – maybe I am ‘old’ fashioned?
Overall I was pleased, but without the Groupon discount - $15 in savings that covered the tip – I find The Locals to be a tad pricey at $46 for two without alcohol or tip. If this restaurant survives, it may be due to the overflow crowd from neighboring Carmen’s Burger Bar wandering into The Locals rather than queuing at the Burger Bar.
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