I recently heard that a restaurant my wife and I liked in the past was now a new entity. We decided to try the Generations restaurant, which has an attached barroom (the “Drawing Room”) that features dancing on some nights of the week and a poker game one night.
I stopped by one night, Wednesday, when the poker game was in progress to see what the “action” was and how the restaurant was set up. I also wanted to know if we would need reservations for a Saturday when the dancing is a DJ from a Bala Cynwyd station, WOGL. I should have taken a clue from that drop-in visit. There was no one in the restaurant, three persons at the bar, and a table of five players at the “poker session” dealt to by a poor card handler who seemed confused by the whole process. I was told that reservations might be needed some nights and not on others. In short, they don’t have a very steady trade and every night is different and can be from crowded to empty (as I found it that night).
Okay, we made reservations and went on Saturday.
The joint, as they say, was jumping. I’d estimate the restaurant as 80% full and the barroom about the same. People were coming and going at a fair clip, so waits were minimal. The dance floor, which is larger than many restaurant spaces we’ve been to, was emptied of the poker table and a sofa that had been in front of the fireplace.
When we were seated we were pleasantly greeted by an efficient waiter. I noticed a sufficient wait staff working quickly at about 5-7 tables each. The restaurant rooms had been rearranged (with some construction work removing a bar area I’m sure I remembered) so the place is spacious and had attractively decorated with walls of bookshelves (built-in). The floor rug looked overly worn and dirty, however, so I don’t think that got changed from the old place (which, BTW, was The Little Inn).
So far so good. The reason we went was to eat and dance. Eating was easy. The menu has some good things on it and prices are moderate. Service was quick, although we had to wait a bit for rolls. I don’t understand why. They were packaged rolls that should only need opening to get out. They were served in a nice basket with a cloth napkin wrapping them. But they were not warmed, so I don’t know what the napkin was all about. I always thought it was to keep the bread product warm. I felt it was a bit misleading. Another misleading item is the picture shown in this listing. I didn’t see anything like that, at least in the room where we ate!
Dinner was French onion soup for me, a seafood platter (one of my test dishes, plus I like seafood), and my wife had her crab cakes (she really likes them). The French onion soup was pleasing, really loaded with onions and only a bit of bread. The cheese was okay. The seafood was good. Although there is some small differences in cooking time for the various selections, they were all properly done and tasty. You can check out the descriptions of our dishes (and everything else they serve) and also explore other sittings at http://www.generationsmediapa.com . It looks like they have a lot to offer, and we will try to check it out. My wife reported that the crab cakes, however, were mostly filler and could have used more crab.
We were actually too full to try dessert, and it was also time to start the dancing. After paying, we stood for a while at the dance floor, but there was no action there. Apparently the DJ either forgot or was held up for a while. We left.
In summary, I felt the restaurant lacked a certain control over some details of presentation and scheduling (oh that rug! And where was the dancing?) but everyone I saw seemed to be having a great time. The food has promise and there is a wide choice and a tempting Sunday brunch buffet offered, so I wouldn’t write this place off just yet. It could be a fairly good bar/restaurant for locals.
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