Back in the day The Farmhouse was THE place to go for a nice dinner. We hadn't been in years and my husband decided he wanted to go there for his birthday. When we came in, there was no hostess or anyone anywhere. We stood there for a few minutes until I finally walked down the hall to flag down a waitress. The place still looks just the same as it did in the 70's. Rustic, eclectic, cozy private booths with the same red checkered tablecloths. The atmosphere I did like, but little else. I ordered sweetened ice tea, which here in the south is available in EVERY restaurant. All they had was unsweetened to which I had too add my own sugar from an old fashioned dispenser (which will not disolve in cold tea). There was a huge layer of sugar at the bottom of my glass. The waiter suggested the "word famous" onion rings as an appetizer. We got them and they were jumbo rings covered with a hard, stale, flavorless batter. Yuck. Frozen onion rings I fix at home are better than those things. The house salad was decent...good lettuce and nice homemade dressing. Was very disappointed though that from a supposedly fine dining establishment, we were not offered fresh ground pepper. I ordered crab cakes and my husband ordered new york strip. His steak seemed to be cooked well and was okay. The waiter brought out a couple of rolls with whipped spread which were just eh. Definitely not homemade. My crab cakes were terrible. By terrible I mean they smelled and tasted like something rotten. I've eaten crab cakes everywhere and have never had an inedible crabcake before. I managed to choke one down but only because I did not want my husband to know how disappointed I was with the meal. The baked potatoes were good but super small and we had to struggle to open multiple tiny little foil wrapped pks of butter to put on the potatoes. Overall, the food is overpriced and blah, and the whole dining experience just seemed outdated and tacky or something. So sad because this place used to be great. I recommend everyone eat at a chain restaurant. ANY restaurant really. But avoid The Farmhouse.
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