Saturday, August 23, 2008

Dining in Gettysburg

Ok, now we start to CHANGE THE WORLD!!!!!
Went on a overnight with my wife to Gettysburg, Pa a few weeks ago. Nice trip up from Alexandria, easy scenic drive. Stayed in the Hotel at Lee's Headquarters, not too bad, considering we had a view of the first days battlefield from our room. Nice
Went next door to the Applacian Brewing Company for dinner.
Bottom Line Up Front: When in Gettysburg, and you are driving up to the Appalachian Brewing Company Restaurant, keep going. And here's why.
AC cranked up Way Too High - probably to help sell the Applacian Brewing Company Sweatshirts.
Service: Our server/waitress (whatever they're called these days) Stacy/Tracy/Whatever
was simply overwhelmed with her three tables and the conversation we interrupted with the other server when we were seated. We ordered the soup specials to be served before the entree, an appetizer of warm brown bread, A simple hamburger for me and a chickeny sort of salad for the spouse. Oh, and a sample tray of the various beers.
Got the sample tray, not bad-good Stout, too cold though.
Our appetizer of warm brown bread came with the main course, never saw the soup.
A different waiter came over, I ordered a pint of the Stout. Never saw the pint of Stout.
Decent burger, done slightly pink on the inside, the way I ordered it. Wifes salad was acceptable, tainted by the poor service by this time.
Stacy/Tracy/Whatever took a break from her conversation and came by to visit.
Now, mind you, I am a patient man. A pleasant, happy-go-lucky type. But, when I have a problem with, say, a restaurant I'm willing to spend money at, and the service is sub-par, I no longer hesitate to tell them so. So when Stacy/Tracy/Whatever came by and asked if everything was ok, I told her no and gave a detailed list of the shortcomings.
I could tell, however, that I wasn't making a connection after a couple of minutes, so I sent her on her way to fetch the dessert menu. Big mistake.
I ordered a chocolate brownie with ice cream concoction. My guess is this was a little debbie brownie from the 7-11 down the street, with some old Haagen-Daas, Hershey's chocolate syrup, and nuke for a minute. Wife ordered cheesecake which probably started it's life in a box on the same 7-11 shelf. Sad, sad, sad. Did I mention I never got my pint of Stout? In a brewpub?
So, Bottom Line Up Front: When in Gettysburg, and you are driving up to the Appalachian Brewing Company Restaurant, keep going. Go up the street a bit to the Burger Czar, stop by the 7-11 for dessert. You'll be glad you did

And Off We Go

Greetings Blogosphere:
Yes, after years of poking fun at others with blogs, I have joined the darkside.
Purpose of this Blog: To Take Very Little Seriously, post reviews of various eateries I stumble across in my travellings, rant a bit at the inequities of the world, and call Bullshit at the postings on other Blogs.
This will not be:
-a strictly political blog
-a left or right wing blog
-a food blog
-a Heinlein blog
-a veterans blog
-a cigar blog
-a beer geek blog
-or a bagpipe blog
at least, not today.