Underwhelimingways’s @ the Grand.
It has potential, but boy did it disappoint.
We really wanted to like the place. I saw them advertise in Wildwood Catholic’s playbill for “The Little Shop of Horrors” and thought I should patronize them because of that. “Add it to our list,” I said.
We went on a friday night in January. Good crowd inside, the bar was full and the restaurant area was perhaps half full.
Three cokes and a cocktail took ages to get. At first we werent’ sure if it was the bartender or the waitress. In retrospect, it was the waitress.
Appetizers: Again, took ages, despite the waitress repeating it would be out shortly.
Sunset Salad – “one of the best things I ever had”
Wedge salad – Best part about my wife’s meal.
Shrimp Cocktail – This must have been just prepared (and iced) because part of the shrimp was warm, while other parts of the shrimp were ice cold.
Main courses: Took too long.
Kid’s filet mignon tips – too rare for “medium rare”, had to ask for ketchup (which took forever)
5oz Petit Filet – maybe it’s hard to cook a small steak medium rare, but it was mostly well done and dried out. The garlic mashed potatoes were good.
8oz sirloin – “dry and tough”
Veal Maryland – veal was tougher that it should have been (at a restaurant like that), but the sauce and crabmeat were good.
Our drinks were emptying by this point and the waitress brought refills without our asking. Which was a pleasant surprise.
Looked like everything was some variation of chocolate – very attractive. But we had enough of the slow service and went to a diner for pie.
Sorry guys, I don’t think I’ll be going back.