I live 'in the hood' and will go into Aurora now and again.... mostly to order take-out food from their yummy offerings. I generally find the staff to be warm, helpful and accommodating. I also generally find the patrons to be a bunch of snobs from the West End, or the wealthy suburbs of Portland. Today's crowd during our eat-in experience was a little less snooty than usual; a little more easy-going, and there were (unfortunately) several children nearby- though they were mostly well-behaved for a change. The ordering process is confusing, as there are no instructions for doing so if you're not familiar with the set-up. But moving around the counter from deli area to sandwich area to drink order counter.... we were able to figure it out.
I ordered a masala iced chai tea which is a black tea with milk, ginger, honey and cinnamon. It was okay, but I didn't love it (I think because the ginger gave it a slightly odd flavor). My sister had the SouthWest turkey sandwich, which had turkey breast, cheese, lettuce, tomato, mayo, and cranberry sauce on French peasant bread. I ordered the lemon parmesan chicken with side of quinoa tabouli. It was a decent portion and tasted good, with the chicken being crispy on the outside and tender in the middle.... but the food came out tepid in temperature. The young man at the counter gave me slight attitude when I asked him to reheat my food, but at least he removed the quinoa from the plate before he did, as he realized it should be served cool.
I will go back to Aurora for the food, which is not inexpensive .... but not to mingle among the customers, whom I find most unpleasant, except on this day.
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