Saturday, October 5, 2013

DISAPPOINTMENT ON BIRTHDAY

 

For my husband's birthday last month we wanted to go all out and experience a touch of New Orleans, close to home. We heard of a place in Royal Oaks, Michigan called Tom's Oyster Bar that made an awesome Po' Boy Sandwich. So we decided to go and try it out.  The place was packed, when we arrived and we thought that was a good sign. Entrees here were in the $25-$30 range. A little rich for us. Their sandwiches were more in keeping with our budget. So we ordered a couple Oyster Po' Boys. Waiting for them... we entertained ourselves with people watching... while we nursed a couple autumn lagers. We do not normally drink when we go out... but this was a special occasion, so we made an exception. It seemed to take forever for the sandwiches to arrive. And when they did, I must say we were sadly disappointed. Our evening ruined. There was very little meat to the oysters. And what we got a mouthful of instead, was all breading. OVERPRICED, for sure. Hardly the New Orleans dinner experience we were expecting. And definitely not awesome as promised. So I guess it was live and learn. Have you ever gotten a bad meal????

 
WHERE IS DINNER?
 
 
SORRY YOU ASKED

16 comments:

betty said...

Sorry it was a disappointment. Worse thing is waiting forever for the food to arrive. I'm sure you won't go there again.

betty

Jon said...

Sorry to hear that your overpriced dinner was a disappointment. Perhaps you can plan to go to another place so you can enjoy a better "make-up" dinner - - or you can cook something special at home.

I've noticed that a lot of food is substandard lately. Perhaps I'm just getting old and fussy, but nothing seems to be the same. It's rare to find something good.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've only ever had one Po' Boy sandwich and that was in New Orleans. My experience was quite like yours. It was mostly breading and bread too. I'm wondering if that is the norm? Glad you got to go out for a celebration anyway. Happy belated Bday to your hubby.

Back Porch Writer said...

I hate it when something is a disappointment like that. It's hard to get your money's worth anywhere now. You will have to try again to celebrate somewhere else. Some of the dives have the best food though! Driving a new route to work I have found a couple of places I want us to try. It'll be trial and error unless we do an internet search on reviews. Have a great Saturday.

jaz@octoberfarm said...

i've had way more bad meals than i care to remember! it is really hard to find good cajun food outside of the new orleans area. i make my own. sorry you had a bad dinner.

Rose said...

Bummer, the food was not good especially for a special day to celebrate.

I do check Reviews online a lot lately.

People are honest about the service and food when it comes to their wallet. I also check if the restaurant has passed inspection. Shocked to see some of my favorite restaurants on that list of nasty stuff going on in their kitchen.

I, therefore, eat at home these days.

Lucy said...

That is to bad that the birthday celebration was a bummer. We go out so little, to eat because of the expense. Once in a while we get something from Arby's and bring home.

Paula said...

Ah so sorry your hubby's birthday dinner turned out to be not so good. Better luck next time.

jack69 said...

Yes it is disappointing when your expectations are not met, and especially when they are dashed. I can think of only one now, but back when an expensive meal was a yearly thing, we were disappointed at the best steak house in Charlotte, NC. But I am sure that ours was the exception, they have a great reputation.
Sorry about yours....

Sara S. said...

There is nothing worse than waiting for your food, except having to wait for BAD food.
Last year for our anniversary, my husband and I had a similar experience. The drinks were half full, soup was barely warm, our waitress was also the bartender on a busy friday night and by time she brought us our meal it was cold and worse off, burnt. When we asked for the check with our food still sitting on our plates she asked if we would like to take it home. I was kind of snotty and said I don't want to eat it now, why would I want to take it home??? She didn't do anything to try to make up the experience or to comp our meal. Needless to say it was the last time we went there and I recently heard that they are now out of business.

Sorry that you had the bad experience on a special day. Hopefully you can enjoy a better meal in the future at a better place!!!

Chatty Crone said...

Sorry you didn't have a good dinner and yes I have had that happen before too. Try again.

Red Rose Alley said...

Oh, what a disappointment this must have been for you. New Orleans style would have been so fun if the meal was good. Yes, we've been to restaurants that we were disappointed in too, especially the out of town ones that we didn't know about. There was one, and it was almost humorous how bad the service was. I was going to do a blog post about it - that's how amusing it was. I'll just give you the highlights. I wanted a salad, and the waitress was out of lettuce so she asked her neighbor to go to the supermarket to get some, hahaha, and it took fooooorever to be served. We really should get what we pay for, ya know? Happy Birthday to your dear husband.

Love,
~Sheri

~mel said...

Yep ~ been there ... done that. It's so frustrating and can really put a damper on what was intended to be a great experience.

Carol Z said...

Sadly, yes. I was out with my two buddies for to celebrate our mutual birthdays. We went to a very expensive NYC restaurant with a great reputation. The food was okay and the service was awful. I'd eaten there before, but never again. I love oysters and feel for your disappointment.

Lori said...

That sounds horrible, and I think I would have complained -- nicely, politely, and respecfully, of course, but I certainly would have complained to the manager. I would have let them know that it was a special occasion for us and that we were very disappointed in our sandwiches.

Nelle said...

Terre, Now that money is tight here if we go out and I am disappointed I let the waiter know. Usually they pass it on and we are offered something such as free dessert, sometimes they even comp a meal. In the Northeast people are so much more demanding and I have slowly started speaking up to. Next time i would. If they charge higher prices they should serve quality.