Some years ago, and I should know names, (but I'm old so I forget), there was a young man that managed the Idle Isle restaurant and he kept things moving. Constantly checking up on everyone and everything. It was always a joy to eat at Idle Isle. Then, he left the restaurant, and service tanked. We were very displeased on more than one occasion with how we were treated (or not treated) by wait staff and, in spite of the good food, we determined it would be a long while before returning.
We finally decided to give it another go the other night, hoping things had changed.
The food was good, as it has always been. However, I made the mistake of ordering something different than my usual choices and I was not happy with my choice. The thought of a meatloaf sandwich really piqued my tast buds, but it had way too many onions and green peppers loaded on top for my liking. Not the restaurants fault, by any means. Just my own taste buds.
My wife loved the French Dip sandwich. And a vanilla Coke really tops things off.
Historically, I have always loved their trout and their Chef's and Sea Food salads. (Is it real crab? Probably not, but it is very tasty. I usually don't get my Hanes in a bundle over real or imitation crab in a seafood salad.) The salad bar itself, as a whole is average, but generally a good sampling of items.
And the Clam Chowder the other night was excellent! I have always liked their chowder, but it was even better this time around.
I can't say enough wonderful things about the rolls and peach jam. Far superb to the rolls at a well known competitor to the south...
Service was fair, but not the "big smile, gosh it's good to see you, what can I do for you" that it used to be. We were seated and served quickly and the food was worth the stop.
All in all, it was an evening worth doing, in spite of my dislike for the meatloaf sandwich. No one can expect to like everything on the menu. The positive is, I will be returning again sooner than later, though I wish the wait staff could work on their people skills. At least they weren't blatantly rude.
The food is what will bring me back.