Have you had a chance to go to Family Meal yet? I’m curious about other experiences since I have heard so many varied opinions on the place. I have only been there once for dinner and am very much looking forward to going back for breakfast and lunch sometime soon.
My friend and I walked over at about 6PM on a Monday evening. Still thinking of it as a “diner”, it never occurred to us to make a reservation and the place was packed, even at the bar. We were told it would be a 20-30 minute wait so we asked to be seated outside on the patio and figured we would order a few appetizers and glasses of wine before our table was ready. Although the patio overlooks a parking lot and an industrial building across East Street, that evening it was fairly pleasant in the shade despite the heat of the day. So we decided we would take our names off the waiting list and stay outside for dinner. From where I was sitting, it was obvious that many others came and were turned away by the long wait.
After looking over the menu, we decided on three appetizers/shared plates to gauge portion sizes. We tried the chicken pot pie fritters ($4.99), the duck fat fries ($3.99) and the macaroni and cheese ($3.99). Based on the prices, I was pretty sure the portions would be fairly small and there would be just enough to have a few bites each. I was quite surprised by how large they were. Almost too large because I wasn’t hungry for dinner after that.
In the interest of research however, I decided to persevere and ordered the salmon, yukon gold potato, ratatouille and basil ($18.79). I was glad I did because the salmon was cooked perfectly and the portion size was just right for me. Some may think it was a bit small but I’m not a fan of leftover fish and it was certainly plenty after all the rich appetizers. My friend ordered the fried chicken with buttermilk biscuits($11.99) and enjoyed it very much. That portion was pretty large. I believe there were three pieces of chicken and three biscuits but I am not completely positive about that.
Neither of us had room for dessert but we had a mutual friend there at the same time as we were tell us about how she was sitting at the bar area nearest to the bathrooms and watched all the desserts being prepared and how delicious everything looked (I believe her exact words were “food porn”). While I don’t normally have a sweet tooth, I may just have to leave room for dessert one of these times. That Smith Island cake sounds pretty darn good.