October 23, 2011 by Nina
Julian and I were in Hudson, looking at all the great antique shops and modern furniture stores (we love dreaming of the future), when we decided we were really hungry. In search of a great place, we looked at Le Gamin Country, an adorable little french cafe. It had a really sweet inside that transported you to France, but as we stood in the entrance way, waiting for a waitress to seat us, a woman came over and very rudely said it would be a while to seat us. There were clearly many tables available. Her rudeness excited me and I thought, “just like France!!,” but Julian was upset by her behavior and thought it be better if we left. It’s funny because usually I am the more sensitive one to rude waitresses, but this time Julian was. We walked past the green, where the chic stores end, and saw a sign that said local burgers and fries!, so we walked a bit further.
We came to a diner, that I thought couldn’t be the place that served local foods, but it was! What a great idea to turn a cute old diner into a modern restaurant! We were swiftly greeted by a host and given a menu and information about the local farms that supply their food. I wanted to get a milkshake and thought $4.50 was a bit expensive (the large is $8.50!), but thought nothing of it since it was local milk and home-made ice cream. When it came out, it was little more than a shot’s worth. It seemed like our waitress was new and that is why there was about another glass of ice cream in the container, but if there hadn’t been, I would have refused it. I cannot understand why this would ever cost so much. It was a little ridiculous.
Then, I couldn’t decide which burger to order only because some of them seemed so expensive. The Cowboy (Over Easy Egg, Artisanal Cheese, and Country Ham) was $14.95. The cheese I chose for it was Hawthorne Valley Raw Milk Cheddar (a cheese my dad buys from Hawthorne). Julian had The Bello (Portobello cap, Grilled Eggplant and Red Onion, Buttermilk Aioli, Greens and Tomato on an Organic Bun). When mine came out, Julian and I both felt like it could hardly be worth $15. It was the size of a slider. The burger itself was okay (we had to ask for ketchup), and the fries were excellent, but I think overall we felt jipped. I am all for buying local, but even so, I felt the food was overpriced. Overall, I felt like my money was spent well, for a good cause, and this calmed my nerves about spending so much. But I think Julian just felt annoyed that they could have charged so much for food that was only okay.
717 Warren St
Hudson, NY 12534
Category Burgers, NY | Tags: and Country Ham,Artisanal Cheese,Burger with Over Easy Egg,Buttermilk Aioli,diner,fries,good fries,Grazin,Greens and Tomato on an Organic Bun,Grilled Eggplant and Red Onion,hudson,Local,ny,organic,Portobello cap,shot of milkshake,The Bello,The Cowboy Burger,vanilla milkshare | No Comments
October 1, 2011 by Nina
We were in search of a new restaurant to try, and we thought that going to the Rondout in Kingston would be a good place to start. We decided to go here per Julian’s sister’s recommendation. Had it not been for that, I probably would have not even considered the place. I think of seafood restaurants as being places for people with no taste who want to dine fancily, and enjoy bland, boring food. Not that I myself don’t like seafood, I just feel that generally seafood restaurants are uninteresting. We shared the special Butternut Squash Soup with Apple Fritters as our appetizer, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. I must say that I have had better soup (at Cafe Tamayo, Love Bites, and Fez), but only because the soups there are outstanding. I had the Lobster Ravioli because it was homemade, and it was pretty good. It actually came with three scallops, which I was happy about. The service was atrocious. I can hardly think of a time when I’ve had worse. We had to ask to have our water refilled, he took forever to come over and ask how our food was (which is when we were planning on asking about the fries), and he was just generally unpleasant. Julian ordered “fries,” which turned out to be steak fries instead of frites, and when we asked the waiter if we could have the other, which we thought we ordered, he stopped to think about it for a moment. We felt he should have simply said yes. Also, when the frites finally came, they came without any sauce, so I asked him if there was something to dip them in and he said ketchup or mustard, so I chose ketchup. I think the chef could afford some creativity with his dipping sauces. With such high prices, I didn’t expect to be squirting ketchup out of a jar like I’m in a diner. The fries were really good, but not good enough that I would put up with the bad service to have them again.
Ship to Shore
15 W Strand St
Kingston, NY 12401
Category Italian Cuisine/Pasta, Kingston, NY | Tags: bad service,Expensive,fries,frites,italian food in the rondout,kingston,Lobster Ravioli,ny,Rondout,ship to shore | 1 Comment
January 28, 2011 by Nina
This is a really trendy restaurant in a great space. It’s located right near Lento and the Gate House. It’s a huge, dimly lit space, with antique cabinets, and wood tables. Julian had the Braised Red Cabbage with quince, honey and smoked tofu while I had the Good Luck burger. The burger is huge, and cut into forths with a huge plate of fries. We’ve never had dessert because the burger is so big, but they look exceptionally good. Definitely worth going here, but you probably have to make a reservation!
50 Anderson Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
Note: Not much of a selection for vegetarians.
Category Burgers, NY, Rochester | Tags: atmosphere,Braised Red Cabbage,burger,dimly lit,fries,Good Luck burger | No Comments
April 19, 2010 by Nina
Julian and I had such an unpleasant experience at Friendly’s that we both wrote to corporate:
Last night, my girlfriend and I decided to go to Friendly’s before going to the movies. I wasn’t very hungry, but I thought a quick snack would be fun. We thought about going to Five Guys. We also considered going to a local diner. We thought that your food choices most resembled what we wanted and so we went to your restaurant. Our server was friendly enough and we ordered loaded waffle fries and an ice cream sundae. Our sundae came first and it was as great as we have come to expect. Then, our waffle fries came out. I don’t eat meat so we ordered the loaded waffle fries without any of the toppings. When they came out, they were covered in sour cream and the basket was only half-filled. There were not many waffle fries in the basket, but even if there were more, we wouldn’t have wanted them anyway.
We were extremely disappointed by the waffle fries. They were covered in sour cream, even though we asked for no toppings and the portion size was extremely small. We could have gone to Five Guys and bought large fries for $4.99 We have been to Five Guys several times and have never been disappointed by their fries or felt that we paid too much. For what they were, your waffle fries were very expensive and extremely disappointing.
The manager rang us out. He was extremely inattentive. He did not ask us how our meal was nor seemed to care.
Our most recent experience at your restaurant left us dissatisfied, swindled and wondering if we should ever go to another Friendly’s again.
My boyfriend and I were once very loyal customers. Although we both do not like going to many corporate restaurants, we shared a mutual love for Friendly’s, that is, we did until our last experience. A few days ago, we ordered "loaded waffle fries," but without the loaded part (because my boyfriend is a vegetarian). The waitress had asked us if we wanted that or the side portion, but because I was hungry I said the larger portion. The fries came with sour cream on top (although we had asked for them plain) and a basket half full of fries. The portion was incredibly small. I ate the whole thing and then was astounded when the check came. I could not believe I was being charged $8 for a side dish amount of fries! I could have gotten much better (and a MUCH larger portion) of fries from Five Guys for MUCH less money. I could have gone to a dozen other restaurants within a ten mile radius and gotten a larger amount, of equal or greater quality, for MUCH cheaper. Usually, as I said before, we prefer Friendly’s over other restaurants. But this time, both of us were sorely disappointed. I am not sure I want to return to Friendly’s ever again after this experience.
No longer your customer,
Category "chain", Dessert, Uncategorized | Tags: bad food,friendly's,fries,terrible service,waffle fries | No Comments