I had a weekend get-away planned since July and at the last minute my friend couldn't come so I was traveling alone. I ended up here for dinner on a Sunday afternoon around 4:00. I was shown to a booth in a room just off the lobby area. I was the only person in the room. I placed my drink order and headed to the ladies room. I walked through a bustling bar with TVs and a dining area. Back to my table and another single diner is seated. Then a couple who weren't saying much to each other and then another single diner. Is this the single diner dumping ground? With no diners talking, I had plenty of opportunity to hear all about the hostess' or cashier's contractions, her trip to the hospital and her cervix that wasn't dilated. I get that this is the most important thing in her life, but as a stranger, I didn't want to hear about it as I ate. This brings me to the meal. The salad was your standard iceberg with shredded carrots and red cabbage, red onion rings and croutons. It was fresh and crispy and a good size. I ordered one of the specials, the filet tips. They were well cooked and tasty. Because I never make them at home, I ordered garlic mashed potatoes. They tasted like instant mashed. When the waitress came back, I said as much. She said they probably were. When she came to clear plates, she saw that I didn't eat them and she offered another side which I declined. The dessert I chose from the specials list was a spiced pumpkin cake which was very moist and tasty with a smooth cream cheese frosting. When I went to pay, I the cashier asked how I enjoyed my meal. Once again, I mentioned the potatoes. She confirmed that they were instant and that they fix them up with butter and garlic. Butter and powdered garlic do not improve instant mashed potatoes. And again I said how bad they were. I did not get an I'm sorry you didn't enjoy them, nothing. I just wouldn't expect a steak place with a $26 steak on the menu to serve instant mashed potatoes. I enjoyed my visit to Bedford and will be back in the area again, but Ed's Steakhouse will not be on the itinerary.