Gordon Ramsey has a show where he turns around restaurants. They always seem to be out of date, the food isn’t all that good, they have really slipped in service and they need an overall update. This restaurant is a perfect candidate.
I knew we were in trouble when I told the waitress that it was hot inside. She said “not to me”. That was it.
I thought the rolls and butter would go better, the one roll we each got wasn’t too bad but the butter had pieces that appeared to be re-used. One had definitely been rewrapped. Perhaps they saved money by combining some partially used ones.
My daughter had the Virginia ham which tasted all right but had a strange squishy feel to it. I made the mistake of asking for the seafood special but disqualified myself by asking for a baked potato, I found out it was mashed potatoes or nothing. I ordered the blackened catfish instead. It was dry but not too bad. My wife had the seafood special (with the required mashed potatoes), all fried fish and shrimp. It was obvious this fish was not breaded there and the shrimp did not look like shrimp. The shrimp may have been prepared butterflying it and then fried but it ended up looking flat and thin, not what you would expect. This may have been to make the shrimp look bigger. We liked it anyway.
The saving dish was the peanut soup side dish.
The restaurant itself needs some help. It is very badly in need of renovation. The carpets are completely worn out in some places and something has developed a bit of a smell. The furniture is old, even the rest rooms are way out of date and need some fixing up. The wait staff is a little crabby and seem tired and disinterested.
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