We had heard from several people how good the Mad Batter was, so we decided to make it our "Sunday Night" dress up dinner.
We arrived and were walked through a lovely area to a back area that is clearly where they put families with children (which we were, so it made sense).
They sat us at a table that was immediately next to the kitchen. There were other empty tables around, and I almost asked to be moved, but at the price point the Mad Batter is, I thought that perhaps they had it worked out so that it would not be an issue.
I was wrong.
First, we were under an air-condition vent. Within minutes of sitting, it dripped on our table and on my husband. We pointed it out to our server who went over an grabbed this mop thingy with a large towel attached to the top. She ran it along the vent to collect the water and said "that should do for now".
As we perused the menu, it became obvious that we were in a truly bad table spot. First, the noise from the kitchen was VERY loud. Far more than one would expect at a nicer restaurant. In addition, the area immediately behind us was the beverage counter as well as the "loading and unloading" zone. Each server would bring down their food and then squeeze behind either my husband or my mom to bring food to the various tables. This happened constantly throughout the meal.
We ordered a variety of items from the crab cakes, to the Skirt steak, to kids meals (each $9) and everything was better than average, but nothing was great. The exception was the skirt steak which was over marinated and salted and very tough.
Towards the end of the meal, when a manager came by and asked how everything was, we all looked at each other and said "it's Ok". She smiled, said good, and walked away.
Now, the important bit to all of this is that the Mad Batter is expensive. Entrees are about $28-$30 and kids meals are $9. Not terrible, but far more than one would expect given the ambiance we encountered.
I have no doubt that if we had sat at another table away from the leaking air conditioner and the through-way, we would have had a far better experience. But that did not happen, so I can only comment on what our experience was. Not good.
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