March 22, 2001
One night, we were all famished, and running out of money, so we thought this place might be good. We walked in. It was a BAR. Well, that's what it looked like - it was dark, there were several pool tables, lots of smoke, and a bar. We just thought it was a restaurant! As we walked in a little further, with everyone in the "bar" staring at us. Past the bar, we saw some booths and tables, looking a little more like a restaurant...
We were the only people in the restaurant, and were tempted to leave, but sat down at a booth anyway. The waitress came out and brought some menus and we took a look and decided that their prices were cheap (if you got the half-portions), and the descriptions looked good. So we stayed. The whole place seemed "stale," like the kind you'd find on the side of the highway in the middle of nowhere filled with truckers.
We all ordered half portions: 1 chicken scampi, 2 shrimp scampis, and a pork chop meal with mashed potatoes. The waitress assured us that these half portions were big!
We were famished, and we noticed that another table of people who had come in had bread, so we asked, and got bread and butter. It helped tide us over till our food arrived…. the three of us who had ordered the scampi were pretty disappointed - the half portions were not very big! All four of us cleaned our plates, and only the one who had ordered pork chops was satisfied with her food. The scampi was ok, taste-wise. And I'd have to say that the chicken was better than the shrimp, but only because the shrimp scampi only came with TWO shrimp!
To combat our hunger pangs, we decided dessert was in order. I had the chocolate cake and my two friends had the pecan pie. They said the pecan pie was good, but I was once again disappointed by the chocolate cake. It tasted dry, like it had been left out for a couple days with no cover. The whipped cream on top was just disgusting... like eating whipped eggs.
I hate to sound so negative about this place, because I'm sure they do have some good food (the salads we saw other people order looked HUGE and good), but we apparently didn't order it. I guess we should know better than to order Italian food at a down-home cooking kind of place, but then again, why is it on the menu? I would have at least expected their desserts to be down-home good, but they failed again there!
From journal Spring Break in Key West