If you like the kind of place that has good food and lets people throw peanut shells on the floor, then keep reading. If you have a stick up your patooty, go elsewhere.
I just had a great lunch for $23. Two orders of steamed muscles and a side of fried green tomatoes. Simple but delicious. The muscles are served in their shells which have popped open from the steaming. They are served in a huge mound and have been kissed with the right amount of butter and garlic. All I needed was a dash of heat from Texas Pete and I was a happy customer.
A side of fried green tomatoes appeared moments after the muscles and they were equally as good. The unexpected but pleasant surprise was the side of ranch dressing that had blue cheese crumbles and cilantro...maybe a bit of dill...in the mix. It gave it a fresh and perky taste I appreciated.
The walls are adorned with various signs and knickknacks that every Friday's and Chili's attempts (and fails) to recreate. Also, your seating is a mix of regular tables and picnic tables with large sheets of brown paper for you to pile up those shells. The next time I'm out riding my motorcycle, this will be a place to come...have a decent brand of cold beer and a choice of muscles, oysters, BBQ or filet of fish.
The greeter, server, chef and another bloke having a smoke out back all greeted me in a genuine greeting...not in the dour, obligatory, downtrodden way. Maybe because I am in my mid-40's, divorced and 6'5, not too many people talk to me, so I may be overemphasizing how nice everyone was as they were winding down from the lunch time push.
This is not a Michelin rated dining establishment nor does it try to be. Do not mistake "worn" with "dirty". This place was not dirty. In fact, I remember a Health rating of 96/100 on the wall...an A rating. But the paint is chipped, the furniture doesn't all match, the signs on the wall have a petina of rust here and there. It's what I like to call CHARACTER.
Here's why I am writing this the same day I was there... I had left my phone on the table. An employee ran out the door, through the adjacent parking lot and flagged me down to return my phone. How many places can fill your belly and restore your belief that, by and large, people are good? I recommend and with be making this one of my "regular" places. See you on ThursdaayMention my review and I'll buy you a beer.
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