August 26, 2001
This place is a huge barn. We pulled into the gravel lot, filled with stretch limos and other luxury cars. We felt out of place in our dress slacks and shirts (no tie for me). Other men were in suits and tuxes and other ladies were in formals. We didn't care - we were tourists.
The tables were wood picnic tables with bench seats. The stage is a square in the middle of the barn with two rows of tables on the outside. The first row of tables are adjacent with the stage and are smaller tables made for a couple. The second row of tables are up 6 or 7 stairs and are larger tables for 6 people. There were two other couples sharing our table.
The food in the buffet was similar to Western Sizzlin rather than formal dinner options. The vegetables were just barely warmed and from a can. No fresh options here. The main entries tasted more like some of the frozen dinners we're heated up in the microwave. There was little to no taste or variety to the dinner selection. The dessert bar was set up on the stage area. We laughed at the choices. There was a brown cardboard container with ice cream (scoop your own!) or pudding with vanilla wafers and bananas. I did find a small sliver of cheesecake on a plate, but could not find another one for my wife. For the price and formality of the place,we were disappointed with the food and food selection.
The service was top notch and we had tons of attention from our waiter. He frequently stopped by our table to clear dishes and refill our drinks. They were a very talented group as they sang "Happy Birthday" and "Happy Anniversary" renditions to the appropriate person.
The play was enjoyable, all cast with local people. I would prefer to just watch the play and not get the dinner next time.
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