I have been here no fewer than 6 times. I keep not falling in love. And yet, i keep returning hopefully.
Sometimes the service is super efficient, friendly, and professional. Sometimes i need to send up a signal flare to have my glass refilled. There always seems to be more staff than absolutely necessary milling about. Which should be a good thing. And yet, they seem way more involved in each other than in being welcoming and gracious to their guests.
When Peppers first opened, i thought ther biggest flaw was...wait for it...the prices weren't high enough. Probably the majority of their business is the hamburger and sweet tea crowd; but if i want a fresh, gourmet meal of local origins, i expect to pay for it, and welcomed Peppers as an option to provide that. I had visions of the place degenerating into *just* a burger joint, and i'm afraid that is what has happened. Slightly higher burger prices would have probably maintained the higher-end entre business.
I recently visited and ordered a salad from their special "locavore" menu (that's not really the name of it, but i dearly love this notion of eating foods that we actually know from whence it came). The salad was advertised as fresh local tomatoes, in a "blt" salad. The tomatoes AND the bacon were ice cold. (Everyone knows that good garden tomatoes can't be refrigerated.) The croutons were cold and soggy. Eeewwwww. Refrigerator salads. So lazy, and so....i don't know....nursing home?
And yet, i keep returning because i desperately want this place to be the locally owned "VT" of Kernersville. I really hope they decide who they want to be and just do it. Seems like trying to be all things isn't quite working.
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