My boyfriend and I went last night on a whim. We drive past it frequently and it's always packed. Luckily for us, a Thursday night at 8pm was calm and quiet. We spent a while just looking around after we were seated. The newly designed interior is a stark contrast to the old Vinnie's. The lighting is dim, and has old world appeal. I absolutely loved it. This particular night was fairly warm so they had the overhead door open to the patio area and the breeze was wonderful. I wanted to sit inside, my bf wanted to sit outside, so it was a great compromise!
We were indecisive with the appetizers as they all seem tasty, but we went with the Train Wreck Fries, chili on the side. Really, really good. The fries all by themselves are great, but with the cheese and the sriracha sauce and a dab of the chili...oh man, I've never had fries embody such an earthy smokiness. The portion is enough for at least four people, but on an empty stomach we wolfed them down.
Now, we did have to wait over 40 minutes from ordering the app, until our server actually came back by to get our entree order (app was dropped off by a cook). We weren't that bothered, mainly because the app needed some time to digest and we were just hanging out enjoying the atmosphere. But truly, that's a bit unacceptable. If our situation had been different, and we were less full, we probably would have walked back into the kitchen to find him. I had a great view of the whole restaurant, and never saw the guy even check on his other tables in that time. Although, I did see a guy in a sports jacket wandering around like he owned the place, coming in and out of the kitchen, joking with the bartender... he seemed more concerned that the candles were placed accurately on empty tables rather than ensuring the couple with an empty app plate and two menus still on the table were actually being served. But, again, we were content to wait this particular night.
Eventually our waiter did return to take our entree order. I got the mushroom, and my bf got the chicken. I was expecting some massive portabello cap, but it was about the size of my palm. Although, after the app, it was the right portion for me. And it was delicious, possessed the same smokiness that the fries did. I don't understand what magic they have going on in the kitchen! Even the mac and cheese, in all it's creamy awesomeness, tasted smoky. Peas and Carrots were ok, they were seasoned well. My only issue was that the peas were very soft and smooshy like they were previously frozen and reheated. My bf loved the half chicken. It was large enough that he had to take some home for lunch. He got the corn and mac and cheese and was happy with both.
We stayed away from the cocktails, which turned out to be a good decision with how infrequently our waiter came by, I didn't want to rack up his tip with indulgent drink rates. We stuck with angry orchards, and we would have ordered more than one, if again, our waiter had actually checked in on us.
All in all I understand service varies from waiter to waiter, and the food/atmosphere was enough to provide a reason to return. We'll definitely be back soon.