So we were home early on Tuesday the 21st and I wanted to eat out. We could have gone to a place around but a little out of the way. In stead we parked the car and then I pushed to go out and eat.
Our choices, Wings n Pizza, Inspirations Cafe (new), a place we call “the chicken place next to the train station” which may be Peruvian, or Mexican in a few places. I ruled out Italian or Indian as it a little bit heavy on the wallet. So we opted for the City Chow House at the Ramada Hotel. We found our way to the front of the restaurant and asked if we could be seated. It was around 6pm and at that point I was hungry. The place was not crowded nor any where near busy. There were a few guys at the bar and two women by the window finished but waiting around. We sat and a woman came up to us. She asked if we wanted drinks. I said no but my bf got a beer on tap. Then a little while later the menus arrive. About 5 minutes later the waitress arrived to take the orders. Then we waited.
It was about 6:45 when our food finally came out. For a place with only a few patrons it took a little long. The waitress walked by and let us know that the food would soon be finished. (I think it may have been in our heads and the time did not go by slowly–also usually in a restaurant we order a little starter so that kills some time.) We were ready to walk out at 6:46. It could have been later but I don’t remember. While we were waiting a waiter came by and wanted to give us water. I had to let him know that we already had water, which we did not touch till our food came. In preparation for leaving we wanted to leave all untouched.
As we were about to give the 10 second warning our food emerged on a rolling tray–it felt like a hospital. The food was okay and the portions were okay. The french fries were enough to feed 4-5. The 8 sliders in an upscale restaurant would have had more seasoning and maybe come with carmelized onions and a pickle to be in the 5-7 out of 10 range. Then one could charge 15 bucks instead of 8. I liked my Cuban pork chop with burnt broccoli (that was the name on menu) and mini potatoes (could have been split and roasted to a crispy texture with more seasoning).
None the less, the honey sauce was good and so the meat portion was okay. The fries came with three sauces, a super light mayo and red something sauce, a garlic butter sauce and then a dill sauce.
44 bucks for dinner
On a scale of 1 – 10, I give chow house a 4. So now we know, we will not just drop by. It is an emergency hotel eatery not a lets just relax and enjoy a meal kind of place. On this day some one was being interviewed.
P.S. They apparently have a decent New Years Eve menu and event so maybe someone else can go sample it then.