We used to go here a lot because we liked the variety on the menu and the food had been good, though not outstanding. We hadn’t been in a while because the last few times we had been there, the food hadn’t been as good as before. Friends wanted to meet us here, so went again, hoping that things had improved. Unfortunately, they haven’t. Quite the opposite.
To begin with, the menu has been greatly reduced since our last visit, and I found that most of the things that I had liked in the past were no longer on the menu. Others in the group were also disappointed with the limited selection. There wasn't much among the new items that I found interesting. The turkey that I had ordered a few times in the past was still there, so I ordered that. It was nowhere near as good as it had been before. The portion sizes were larger than I remember them being before, but the quality was lower. The turkey was dry. The mashed potatoes were room-temperature when they arrived and they were gummy and sticky rather than fluffy and creamy. The dressing was flavorless. The cranberry-orange relish was as good as before, but a condiment alone can’t carry a meal. The others were also disappointed in their meals. Banana bread is still served before the meal, but the muffins that used to be included in the bread basket are a thing of the past. We had been told on a previous visit that they were being phased out, so we weren’t surprised by this change.
Our waitress, however, was wonderful. She was very attentive and friendly without being intrusive, and did her best to make sure everyone was as satisfied as they could be. One thing she couldn’t fix for us, though, was the temperature. It was cold in there. The other ladies with us ended up getting sweaters from their cars to put on. I seem to like rooms to be colder than many other people do, but even I felt a little cold in there.
The atmosphere is still the same: meant to give the feel of a French country cottage, though it has the contrived feel that you usually get in a themed chain. It makes it pleasantly different from other chains. Unfortunately, I think you pay for the atmosphere. That’s ok when the food is good, but this place has lost its charm for me.
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