I must admit that when I booked Thanksgiving Dinner with my oldest son at the Rod & Reel, my childhood memories came into play. The Rod & Reel was my mother's favorite restaureant 50 years ago and I spent many a summer's day enoying the ammusement park and large outdoor pool that is now long gone. My father had even taken the train to Chesapeake Beach from Washingtion, DC before it went bankrupt in the 30's.
Now, I understand that it was Thanksgiving and we had a late reso but we were not greeted at the hostess stand for several minutes even though several staff members were present, including the manager. We were then forgotten at the bar for 15+ minutes even though there appeared to be several open tables. After askng the manager about our plight when he entered the bar area, he sat at a table with a good view. Ufortunatingly, our server didn't approach us untl my son grabbed another server who was passing by. Even then, he forgot our bar order, failed to fill water glasses and genrally ignored us even though there were few guests remaining in the dining room. I understand he was tired but I was a waiter when I meet my wife and waied tables again to put her through nursing son. Plus, my son is a restaurant manager. So, we understand the rigors of the business .
Now, the food was acceptable and the young man at the carving station was a joy with whom to interact. Too bad, he wasn't our server. The only item that was substandard was the pumpkin pie which was of poor store-bought quality. Wasn't a fan of the stuffng but it is a hard product to make in large quanity and keep at a good quality level.
All and all, a disappointing expereice and proves the adage, you can't go home again.
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