To be clear, this review is for the Broiler on 1300 East. We have been frequent diners for over 20 years and have had some very memorable and pleasant dining experiences. However, the last two visits have led us to conclude that the service and food quality is on a downward trajectory. Number one, our waiter seemed bored with us and made little eye contact trying very hard not to engage us in any way. I swear, he looked over us or around us and did not make any effort to be pleasant. His much more engaging treatment of the young hip couple behind us however made it apparent that we were just not hip enough to warrant his attention beyond asking what we wanted, bringing our food, and giving us the bill. Second, the quality of food has deteriorated from fresh and exciting to dull and average. Gone are the lemons wrapped with netting to prevent the seeds from landing in your food. The chowder costs $4.9 per bowl which is a good value if that's all you order, and the bread that is included with meals is still tasty sourdough. However, the sauce on the shrimp scampi appetizer had broken and it did not stand out in any way. The fried shrimp was unimpressive and the shrimp did not "pop" when bitten into. Third, we don't mind paying $60 for lunch and drinks if there is value there but we left feeling that for the price, the food and service should have been better. We have loved this place in days of yore, but it seems to be going downhill both service and food wise.
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