First of all, the picture of the dining room in the article looks very homey and welcoming. But the review was confusing.
This paragraph was a bit forboding:
The sign outside is proof that looks can be deceiving. Elegantly painted, decked in Christmas lights, my friend and I were led to believe that though it said “casual dining,” we were in for a classy-yet-comfortable dinner.
Huh? What does that mean? Why is the sign so darn misleading?
Then there was this little tidbit about the beans:
Green beans, though cooked with ham, still carried the lingering metal taste of the can. The biscuits, also storebought, were excellent, served hot and fluffy with four kinds of jam in little packs. And the hamburger the man at the next table was eating looked downright scrumptious.
Slam the beans, but the hamburger over at the next table looked good. OK. My guess is they don’t grind their own meat on site either.
Then comes the point where the restaurant was out of things on the menu:
I was considering trying the Salisbury sandwich ($6.95), comprised of tender chicken, barbeque sauce and melted Muenster cheese, but the waitress said they were out of French fries, normally $1 extra, to substitute for the standard chips. My friend was very excited about the sweet tea, which not all restaurants carry, but they were out of that also. Likewise, Mallard’s was out of chicken dinners at 6:45 p.m. on a Thursday night.
Regrettable, indeed to be told that a restaurant is sold out of whatever it is you had your heart set on. I’ve had that happen to me before and it’s hard to regroup and pick something else. It’s never going to be as satisfying when you have to pick something that’s way down on the list as your second choice.
And yet, here’s where I get confused:
For a family meal on a winter night when you want fast, stick-to-your-ribs country fare, Mallard’s is the place. Bring the kids, there’s a menu for them, and plenty of ice cream. Blue jeans welcome for adults.
After all the disappointments in that meal, the reviewer declares Mallard’s is the place.
I don’t know about you, but that review made me want to go check it out, just to see if Mallard’s is really as um, good? er, bad? Heck, I don’t know what to think about it!
Anyone been? Can you shed some light?