My husband and I were fortunate to be able to have lunch together on a Friday afternoon while on a road trip downstate. Just off M-6 we remembered this great place (and were helpfully reminded of it by a billboard on Gezon Parkway!)
We had dined here previously for a dinner a few years ago. We were greeted in a friendly manner immediately upon entering. The hostess asked if we were going to have the buffet and knowing nothing about it said we’d never been there before. She graciously explained it was all-you-can-eat for $7.99 but we could also order off the menu. She suggested we walk up and take a peek at it before deciding. She gave us the option of dining room or bar (we chose bar) and then either a high-top or booth (we chose booth). We were only the fourth car in the parking lot at 11:30 AM, but by noon it was bustling. The bar was surprisingly dark for being such a bright day outside, but I’m guessing it was kept that way due to all of the TVs.
We checked out the buffet but decided it was heavier food than we wanted to eat. I was surprised it had ribs, chicken, vegetables, potatoes, as well as lighter salads and pizza. Our server was courteous and friendly revisiting the table several times throughout our meal. He took our drink order and returned for our appetizer order. My only real complaint was to the dish room – several of the utensils had crusty stuff on them as well as the top of the parmesan cheese shaker.
Our appetizer, the Portobello Crostini was amazing. It had thinly sliced portabella mushrooms with melted mozzarella cheese. It was artfully decorated with a thick balsamic reduction and sprinkled with fresh basil. This ranks up there as one of my favorite appetizers ever! The reduction was full of flavor and added so much not only in presentation, but taste as well.
I ordered a Pesto Panini and my husband got the 10” BLT Pizza. I was slightly underwhelmed with the Panini. I was expected thinly sliced chicken (as in deli-style) but it was more like strips (fajita-style) and I could hardly taste the pesto. The chicken was the primary flavor and it lacked any particular flavor. It was a huge serving and I took ½ of it home. It was served with chips (super crunchy) and a pickle. The pizza was excellent. The crust was light and crisp on the outside and nice and chewy on the inside. The bacon was crispy as the lettuce/tomato was nice and fresh. He took half of his home as well.
If we are in the area again, I would not hesitate to return.
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