2/13/09 UPDATE = On Friday, the 13th (always my "lucky day" - For Real!), the owner of Salt Creek Cafe emailed me back. She was gracious, sorry for the mildly poor incident, and explained very well our misunderstanding of the behavior of their manager. Everyone has an "off day". This is all that I was looking for, and my wife and I are planning to come back to Salt Creek Cafe when they have Grilled Mahi Mahi Tacos available. I raised my rating to 4 stars, and not 5, only because I just about never give 5 stars to any restaurant. It might "go to their heads" (just kidding). 2/14/09 UPDATE = My wife and I went back for Valentines Day, because the Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos were available. While the owner was a little more generous with the fish portion, because of the misunderstanding that previously happened to us, we loved the Mahi Mahi. At the same price as the cod fish tacos, plus an outstanding, mild, garlic hot sauce, along with the guacamole & pico de gallo (my wife can't eat those last two things), black beans, and the vegetable of the day - snow peas, it was an excellent value at $10. We will come back to this "Mainly Locals" restaurant again.
2/13/09 = My wife gets migraine headaches from eating anything with tyramine in it. It is an amino acid that is in almost everything, and enough of it can give her migraine headaches!. Therefore, we don't eat out much, since most restraurants use buillion cubes for their soup, or put MSG in their food. This restaurant did not, so my wife ordered a cup of good butternut squash soup for $3.00, and the two, fairly small, fish tacos for $10.00. When she saw that there was guacamole (has tyramine) on the fish tacos, which was not noted on the menu, she scraped it off, as best she could, and gave it to me. She prefers grilled vs. fried fish so the great waiter, Jonathan, who previously said the kitchen OK'd doing grilled vs. the usualy fried, served about 1 oz. or less of grilled cod fish which Jonathan said looks like a whole lot more when done fried. Between the surprise of the guacamole, and my wife comparing her amount of cod fish for $10.00 to my "about 4 oz." of grilled salmon, she had the waiter exchange her grilled cod fish tacos for what I was having. When her grilled salmon sandwich was finally served (it wasn't that long, but I eat fast), she ate too fast, since I was done eating, and was given such a hot piece of salmon that she burned her mouth on it. Steam was coming off of it! Anyway, the manager (I guess that is who he was, as he did not introduce himself) came over and asked about our eating experience. We told him what happened, and said the truth, that it was a series of circumstances (first, my wife's special dietary needs, no guacamole noted on menu, my wife burned her mouth, and the salmon fish sandwich was a much better value. We should have mentioned: no ounces of fish noted on menu, but many restaurants do that. So, when he saw that we had a $10 off coupon from my wife (breast cancer survivor) walking for a breast cancer charity in town, he just said something to the affect that my wife must know what it feels like to have breast cancer vs. someone just walking for charity. He didn't apologize for the "average" eating experience, as our great waiter did a number of times along with asking us to please come back and try Salt Creek Cafe again. Maybe the mgr. thought we were looking for something for free, as there are a lot of New Yorker's in the area who probably do that very thing. As for us, it would have been nice if the mgr. would have offered one free desert to share. But, we would have turned it down, since we are both watching calories, and were full from the good fish sandwich lunches. In fact, we would turn down anything for free that restaurant would offer us now. I met the owner on the way out (nice guy - talk to him if you should have any issues, and not the mgr!). But, the owner was talking with another customer, and I felt I should not bring our poor restaurant experience up in front of another customer. That said, I would recommend this restaurant (only 3 stars due to the bad value grilled cod fish tacos, and the unprofessional mgr.) to anyone who likes grilled salmon vs. fried cod fish, and my $10.00 grilled salmon sandwich was good tasting, while being a good value for the area. I just want the good restaurants in my town to get better.
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