Such a beautiful place tucked into a building that also houses a car repair center! With decor that is remnants of an earlier restaurant there, we had high hopes that the excellent food the previous place had served may also be in evidence at John and Nick's.
Our hopes were soon dashed. This food isn't even close. Sure it has a mammoth salad bar with a lots variety: some fresh, some not at all and some that should have been replaced long, long before we got there.
And dinner is served with a freshly baked mini-loaf of bread that's served with little foil-wrapped pats of butter that were a melty mess.
The entrees. My partner had fried shrimp----the flattened-into-circles-like-they-had-been-run-over-by-a-truck-and-really-dry kind. Now if these didn't come right of a box in the freezer it'd be a total surprise. Even if they didn't, which seems highly unlikely, serving these at a place that looks this nice and that price (almost $18), is shameful.
I had a rib-eye steak---which seemed like a hunk of meat freshly cut off a prime rib roast without being aged, it simply wasn't firm like a steak. Cooked fine but blah tasting. It came with a foil-wrapped baked potato. And the salad bar. Big deal. A vegetable side would have been nice.
Our friend had a steak with bacon-wrapped scallops. The steak was okay he said. The scallops varying in size from medium to small were cooked fine but the bacon wrapping was flaccid. Crisped up it would have been fine and the scallops well worth the money. It wasn’t and they weren’t.
And maybe it’s just a pet peeve of mine. But something about staff members rolling silverware into napkins in full view of customers seems pretty tacky. Especially in a classy-looking place like this. Especially in the first booth as you enter the dining room.
Despite lackluster food, the service was excellent: very helpful, attentive and unobtrusive. Is good service enough to get us to go back? Doubt it. Sigh......we had such high hopes.
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