Tuesday, March 19, 2013
It is time for:
Crappy Cranky Post Tuesday
Last week many readers were so kind as to say my Tuesday post was not in fact crappy. Thank you for being so kind but you need not worry about hurting my feelings; I have had two ex-wives…that ship left port long ago. This week’s crappy post has been sitting in the hopper for weeks and it is time to just get it over with. Enjoy!...or not.
Mrs. C thinks I waste too much time on this blog. She thinks I should be doing something to produce some income. I don’t want to actually work, so I thought, “What if I could make some money with my blog?”
I have heard of some bloggers that make money blogging restaurant reviews. I don’t know how that works, but I’m thinking, “If you write it they will come.”
This will be my first Cranky Restaurant Review!
Last night I went out to dinner with Mrs. Cranky. We weren’t looking for anything fancy or hoity toity, just good inexpensive home cooking. We went to an establishment recommended by a friend, “The Arches” or something like that. It is located on Rt. 1 in Edison New Jersey.
My first impression was it is clean and the décor very simple. I was somewhat put off by the lack of an individual menu and table service. Their meals and prices are displayed on the wall, and you stand in line and wait before ordering and paying at the same time.
The menu confused me. You could order a simple burger, fries and a drink for $3.00 (very reasonable I thought) or you could order a #2 “Happy Dinner” for $3.45 which was a burger, fries, a soda and a crappy plastic toy.
I ordered the burger, fries and soda separately for $3.00 and Mrs. C ordered chicken pieces and a soda. Service was OK, except it was hard to understand the cashier. She mumbled a lot, didn’t seem very happy (one reason I stayed away from the “Happy Dinner”) and just punched the order into a computer.
The order was filled in about two minutes. We took our food to a table and filled our soda cups from a self-service fountain. My first thought was why did I order a large soda cup when I could have paid less for a small cup and just filled up twice?
The food was OK considering the price, but I took issue with the presentation. My burger was covered with ketchup, chopped onions and a pickle. I did not order onions or a pickle. I do not like onions or pickles. Why would a restaurant go to the extra expense of adding ingredients that the customer didn’t order? The burger tasted fine, but I could have eaten three. The fries were skinny, but the best I have ever had. Mrs. C’s chicken pieces looked like they came out of a cookie cutter. The meat may well have been chicken. The taste…not so much; at least they were not covered in onions and pickles.
My overall review: 5 cranks being the highest rating
Décor – Simple, clean, 3 cranks.
Service – Fast, not very friendly 2 cranks
Food – Fair at best, portions small 2 cranks (The fries are the best)
Price – Prices are reasonable 5 cranks
Overall – OK if you are in a hurry 2 cranks
I was somewhat disappointed in this restaurant. I doubt it will stay solvent for very McLong.