Family Meal
Family Meal

Family Meal

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.voltfamilymeal.com/
  • Phone: 3013782895x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Daily, Monday-Sunday
    Breakfast: 7:00 am to 11:30 am
    Lunch: 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
    Dinner: 4:30 pm to 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Family Meal
A modern American diner, Family meal offers reasonably priced all-day meals inspired by comfort classics. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner by chef Bryan Voltaggio.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Family Meal reviews from OpenTable diners
234 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (160)great for lunch (114)kid-friendly (109)neighborhood gem (103)great for brunch (66)good for groups (59)hot spot (50)great for outdoor dining (45)special occasion (35)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (10)notable wine list (6)romantic (3)Show More
  • Melissa
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Good food and good service. Fun place to go to with friends. Loved the Chicken
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • PeterVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We had planned an early dinner and were in by 530. We were out by 630 but didn't feel rushed. The onion rings were different with corn flakes in the crust and excellent. The fried chicken was also excellent and the shrimp and grits good. We would return when we are back in the area.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch on a beautiful fall day
    KauiaTreat
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Stopped by for the first time after doing some "leaf watching" on a beautiful fall day. Arrived in time for a VERY late lunch (after 3:30 PM) and were seated immediately. Restaurant seemed to be about 1/3 full. Excellent cocktail - Gingered Blossom - and enjoyed watching the bartender at work. Very friendly, helpful server. Loved the chicken pot pie fritter appetizer. Desserts were also excellent (ginger bread donuts for me, apple upside down cake for him.) Entrees were good but not great. The décor was cold and industrial (I know that's what they were going for) but it seemed incongruous with the "home style" food. Late afternoon sun glaring through the huge windows made us less than comfortable as well.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Making meat loaf a special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Family Meal's schtick works: let Brian Voltaggio work his magic on everyday standards like chicken fried steak, meatloaf and the like. The dishes are easily recognizablebut tweaked just enough to be distinctive and executed well by the kitchen, all at reasonable cost. Add a great alcohol list & this is a really different special place. Becoming a regular would be really easy.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • Country Gourmet
    DogwoodVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Seasonal produce expertly prepared. Kitchen turns classics into gems.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DowntownJonVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Had a great meal at Family Meal on Thursday night. Lots of farm-to-table. I had the venison cooked sous vide. Simply outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Average
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Maybe I expected too much. Meatloaf- nothing comforting. Potatoes were somewhat tasteless ( mashed). Apple upside down cake was toooooo sweet. Noisy. Service was great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Late Lunch!!!
    kymberlake
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We finally had the opportunity to try Family Meal for lunch & our daughter's birthday. We started our meal off with a variety of cocktails. All very nice and refreshing!! For appetizer we had the chicken pot pie fritters and deviled eggs. I don't like eggs but thought these were super yum!! For our meals...the shrimp po' boy, the fried green tomato po' boy, the fried chicken salad sandwich and the house made pastrami sandwich...pretty much all Heaven on a plate!! We shared an order of the braised collard greens, the broccoli gratin, and of course, 2 orders of the duck fat fries. Ahhh so good!! For dessert we shared the banana butterscotch pudding...a definite must have even if you're totally full!! Without a doubt...we will be back!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Okay dinner
    Michael818VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    To be fair, I was expecting someplace different from this Voltaggio offering. Perhaps I should have been paying closer attention to the reviews. The location is in an industrial area with nothing else around. The staff was enthusiastic but not as experienced as they might have been. Dinner wasn't rushed at all but there were few return visits by the server to see if drinks needed refilling. The food was good but unexceptional. Entrees were sized nicely and priced fairly. It's a nice meal but I'm not sure I would make it a regular stop.I think my expectations were too high.
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  • Terrible place
    James
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Noise was like an airplane factory with multiple blenders going at the same time. Good was greasy although onion rings were almost fair. We will never return.
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  • Family Meal
    MatchboxVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I will start by saying that I am a huge fan of Bryan Voltaggio having watched him on Top Chef and from dining three times at Volt. Yes, I understand that the Family Meal concept is totally different but the food is not as the diners expect it to be. For example, both the fried chicken and duck fat fries are tasty but when served not crispy in the least. On a more positive note, the service was excellent. The waitstaff is very well trained, personable, and efficient. Dining at Family Meal is not inexpensive for the type of food served. I feel people would feel better about the total experience if the food served was better and more notable than it currently is.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not so much
    GFfoodie
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Consider it a neighborhood diner-over salted entrees and lots of fried food options as well as meatloaf, hamburgers, and mac cheese (also fried BTW). The waitstaff were exceptional. I am celiac and cannot eat anything that has so much as touched gluten-including the oil in the frier if used for ANYTHING having gluten. When I drilled down on items the staff was great about digging for answers; such as; upon receiving the Brussels sprouts (recommended as a gluten free) i noted that they looked blistered as if they had been deep fried! Indeed, when I inquired our waitress went back to the kitchen (again), and they were deep fried and not gluten free. Food was average, cocktails awful. The service is it's saving grace.
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  • Nice brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We enjoyed our experience, the food was very good and the service was excellent.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    Kelley
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Always great food! Service rocks! Love the milkshakes too!
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    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK but,
    Nuking
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I expected more. Even though the reviews warned of the noise level, it was difficult to carry on a conversation at the table. The narrow confines meant that servers and other patrons bumped the back of my chair every 2-3 minutes. The food had elements of interest but did not leave up to expectations. One scallop for an appetizer was was good but unsatisfying.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out of this world delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My co-workers and I dined at Family Meal and we walked away extremely pleased with our food and the whole dining experience. Our table host was very knowledgeable and pleasant to talk to. The food was delicious, creative and absolutely memorable! I don’t usually eat desserts but I had a bite from three that were ordered by my colleagues and I have to say, I was blown away, had to go for seconds. Bottom line, if you are in Fredrick area, you should this restaurant, you will not be disappointed!
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    fit for foodies
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  • Happy Birthday to me...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    My wife wanted to take me somewhere different for my birthday, and this seemed an apt choice. We'd only eaten there a couple of times and felt it would provide a good opportunity to be away from our normal routine. Bravo! Sat outside and enjoyed the breeze, the conversation and the charming wait staff. Well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Unique & tasty
    LilblueyesVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    I only tried the Chicken Pot Pie Fritters and the Pumpkin Soup. Who knew you could have tiny bites of chicken pot pie?!?! So very light & tasty. The soup was super creamy and divine. Will be back for more.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • great little gem in town
    DCTejana1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Highly recommend the fried chicken and a few of the appetizers were a twist on some old favorite recipes. Highly recommend, although it is a bit overpriced in my opinion. gotta get the fried chicken
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly
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  • Family Meal food was excellent
    KenR
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This is the scaled-down Volt. Full of family-friendly meals and feel-good dining. Duck fat fries were excellent and plentiful. Enough for a teenager and family. Comfort food abounds. Mac and cheese with pimiento was excellent. Fried Chicken basket was crispy and non-greasy. The pork belly BLT was a delicious twist on an old favorite! The only thing to complain about was the taps were broken and the interesting draft beers were unavailable. Bottled beers were of a good variety and the waiter recommended a winner. Don't let the neighborhood fool you, this is a classy place with efficient service, great comfort food and decent prices. Highly recommended!
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MrGoodbar2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I will be back. We really enjoyed this spot and the food was great!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Breakfast...yes please!
    Jeanne
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was our second time dining at Family Meal for breakfast. The food is wonderful, and we sat outside, which was very nice. The service was good as well. We will definitely be going back soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our server was very helpful in accommodating by suggesting vegetarian entrees that were not on the menu for my wife. It was great to see them so flexible. My wife really enjoyed her meal. The cocktails were great and our server was quick to suggest something to my taste. Great service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Catfish Not Properly Cooked
    Granddad
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I ate with my wife and granddaughter and except for the catfish I ordered all was good. Even the first few bites of the catfish was excellent. But the rest of the catfish was rubbery and the cooks second attempt was worse. The manager did everything she could to smooth things over.
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    special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday
    SowersEats
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    My family visited Family Meal for the first time this week to celebrate my birthday and we all had fantastic food! The Adult Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake was amazing and the Shrimp and Grits was delectable!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyed Dinner
    BirthdayFun
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had nice cocktails, tasty dinner, and yummy desserts. The service was excellent. I always like bringing friends and family here for a Frederick treat.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Awesome dining in Frederick
    baffler
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Family meal is the rare place that satisfies both the sophisticated food tastes of the grown ups and the hipster aesthetic of the teens. I would recommend for just about any occasion - we did this post family hike, and there was a rare moment of unity in our maturing family
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bacon, bacon, BACON!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Alright already. Bacon with (and overpowering) scallops, in biscuits and on ice cream. And that's trying to avoid bacon. The Voltaggios should be above this dying fad. Food barely ranks good rather than fair. We ordered the fried chicken hoping for a shining example of crispy skin and Family Meal's came up way short. The asparagus salad and sauteed spinach were both tasty but too salty. The duck fat french fries were sublime and left us wishing for more interesting dipping sauces. The peach cobbler was very disappointing: little peach flavor in the peak of peach season and overly sweet to boot. We were hoping for more.
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  • Anniversary dining
    Anniversaryfave
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal at Family Meal. The food, as always was excellent. We had appetizers of the pork belly and deviled eggs. The grits are to die for and I don't even like grits. We shared the fried chicken with sides of grits and brussels sprouts. My husband had the Pumpking beer while I enjoyed a glass of the pinot noir. I will add, though, that the wine pours are a bit skimpy for the price of a glass $10.00!
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Impressive
    GemmaK
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Our experience was truly delightful. We enjoyed fabulous service fabulous meal and a decent wine. Speaking of wine that is the only thing that I would like to see a more extensive list on. It would be nice to see a bit more of a selection. Otherwise service food ambience was outstanding!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Okay
    MizzWilliams36
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    I had high hopes for my first visit to Family meal, but the food and service fell short. I had the goat cheese omelet with caramelized onions. It was bland and had too much goat cheese. The potatoes that accompanied the omelet were pretty good. There was no salt and pepper on the table, so I assumed the food would be seasoned properly. I may give it another go, but it won't be my first choice. Even though the restaurant wasn't very busy, our waitress seemed super distracted. I was almost done with my meal when we had room remind her I ordered a drink at the start of my meal.
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    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch n stuff
    Icecreamdream
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Lunch menu has great variety for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. Everything is priced very reasonably. Very nice cocktail menu for smaller, diner atmosphere. Lentil soup and sauteed spinach were favorites, but would not recommend the omelets - no seasoning/flavor despite good fillings. Milkshakes - both adult and children varieties are delish!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Meal is fantastic
    Handylandy66
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food is always great. Service superb, just a warm and friendly atmosphere. I have always had a wonderful dining experience here. Lunch and dinner have been great. The fried chicken is my family's favorite. I love the smoked pastrami, great flavor and great bread. I highly recommend and will be returning soon, even if it is a 30 mile trip.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Suggestion
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My eggs were not cooked as requested so had to be sent back. By the time I got my food my sister had already completed her meal. Would recommend additional items on their menu that are not fried and have healthy vegetarian selections
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An upscale Diner but still a Diner
    cedarVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We went here for a fundraising dinner for a local food bank. Great comfort food combined with very good service made for a wonderful evening. In the past, the value of the experience was very high and this visit was no exception. We had the BBQ pork which was excellent with sides of Mac & Cheese and greens and a piece of cornbread preceded by a delicious salad and followed by one of the best desserts I've had in a while: apple upside down cake with spice ice cream and caramel. Nice beer/wine and classy cocktail selection, too. All that was missing was the jukebox at the end of the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual and Fun for Foodies
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a great time on a Sunday night at this casual restaurant. We will definitely go back! Reasonable prices, excellent service, and creative appetizers, 'suppers', and desserts. don't miss the fried chicken (yum, light coating, very tender) comes with amazing cornbread, deviled eggs, and the desserts were all delicious (peach cobbler, lime tart, milkshakes). Even a nice wine list! Enjoy :)
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great onion rings. What is this trendy restaurant doing in a huge ugly parking lot in the middle of nowhere? We had a perfectly nice meal, but it wasn't worth an hours drive.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • great food!
    asdfNJasdf
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    best collard greens ever; loved the potatoes with the omelette. great time - can't wait to try the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More water?
    Adagio292
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The water glasses are very small, and every time a server passed, they would interrupt my conversation to ask, "more water?" Don't ask me – just fill up the water glass. No big deal. While they did accommodate my car seat and infant that I brought along with me, they did seed us in a high-traffic area. I felt like we were in the middle of an aisle.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great; Service Mediocre
    KathyFVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    On our second visit, we waited 5-10 minutes to be greeted by our waitress. After ordering our food (all at once), and waiting another 20 minutes or so, we were served our appetizer, salad, and main course all at once. I hate when that happens, and usually don't order anything beyond the appetizer until after the appetizer has been served (and sometimes eaten). In this case, I really didn't think they would serve EVERYTHING at once. I think she was new, but no excuse. She offered to remove the food from the table and "hold it" for us, but I didn't think it would be improved by holding somewhere. If she had offered to have the kitchen make new entrees after we finished the appetizer and salads, that would have been a different matter.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet