I must be eating at a different place than these other reviewers, because I can't fathom why The Rose and Crown gets so many 4 and 5 star reviews. This place is not far from me, I have been on numerous occasions, and I can safely say that I have never left this place with a, "Wow, that was great," feeling. As I said in my previous review, their prices range from "That's expensive," to "Are they really charging $19 for a sausage and mashed potatoes???" They have so much going on each night you never know what you're going to get when you go. They are anything but a sports bar (rarely any sounds from games and usually too noisy to enjoy anyway); they have bands, karaoke, trivia, and special events but rarely just a time to go to hang with friends and enjoy a pint or two; and their service sucks, to put it bluntly. Their specials are not really specials...they are the normal prices other places charge for the same items. This includes their drink specials ($4 pints on Tuesday...for beers you can get for $4 any night at Jocks and Jills!). Don't order pitchers of beer either, as you'll actually pay more for the beer you get than ordering single pints.
Here's my latest case-in-point to the above. My wife and I went tonight for dinner at 7 on a Sunday. Place was relatively empty. They had Olympic trials on, a baseball game, and...CNN. No TV sound at all. I was hungry, so while my wife decided, I ordered a Sam Summer (exactly what I said) and a bowl of french onion soup. When I ordered the beer, the waitress repeated, "A Somersault (New Belgium summer beer)." I said, "No, Sam Summer." One guess which beer she brought me (Somersault if you want to know). Then, the soup comes out. It had a partially melted slice of Swiss cheese on top (never seen swiss on French Onion soup), and a round of untoasted white bread as the 'crouton.' Also, I noticed the 'bowl' looked like a cup, so I asked to make sure it was a bowl, as I had ordered. She responded, "No, that's a bowl. The size isn't much different than a cup." OK, fine, whatever, at least it tasted good. Wait a second, it didn't. Worst french onion soup I've had at a restaurant.
We were ready to order, but my wife was told if she wanted the daily veggie with her meatless burger, she'd have to pay $2.00 more (yeah, that much) to substitute for french fries of some variation. That's crazy. It was most annoying because the menu doesn't tell you what you get with a burger, or that there is a substitution charge for other items. It simply lists the sides and let's you assume you can choose at least one (maybe two, as some other places offer) with a meal. But no, just one side and only in the form of french fries is included with your meal.
We finally order the meal. My wife gets a side salad and a CUP of chili. The chili arrives...in the same exact container as my 'bowl' of soup. And you guessed it, I get charged a buck more for my soup. No worries though, I just shaved it off the tip I left. My wife said her food wasn't bad (the salad was the best part, even though the 'vinaigrette' dressing was a cream dressing). The chili was OK. Also to note, my wife ordered each item separately....and saved .10 over the price of their soup and salad combo. Nice special, huh?
For my meal, I ordered the Southwestern burger with french fries. $10 for an overcooked burger (ordered medium, definitely came out medium well) and a pile of salty freezer fries. Awesome. Could have gotten a meal twice as good at Ruby Tuesday for that price.
I don't know if I just have bad luck here (hard to believe after 15+ visits of mediocrity), or if everyone else just looses vision of what's good after 3 drinks. I think its mostly because I was spoiled with true pubs and neighborhood bars up in Boston. I just don't think people in Atlanta know what makes a good neighborhood pub (its not expensive food/drinks and karaoke). A bar with ADD is not my definition of a fun place to hang out with friends. And I'm afraid that's what R&C is.
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