When you are offering burgers for $6.95 and small bowls of Clam Chowder for $2.95, obviously you can expect the restaurant to be overwhelmed. No reservations. Bar seating only. People packed the lobby shortly before 11 AM. Staff understandably haggard but doing their best to keep a smile and their chins up. Still, not the best situation to expect great service and for the kitchen to put out the best meal.
Clam Chowder 1985 ($2.95)
- Good deal as far as price for portion.
- Very chunky! Definitely not going cheap here with a soupy chowder.
- As chowders go, inferior to anything I had in San Francisco. Definitely lacking in richness of taste.
- My plate was hot -- so hot that I couldn't hold it with bare hands for more than a few seconds. But the fish was room temperature. Reasonably moist and tender, though.
- Despite the blackening and what looked like maybe herbs or spices crusted on it, fish tasted like fish. Boring, sadly. But at least it was only $12.
For what I got for what I paid, I would have traded it all for a single order of their fantastic spicy prawn taco appy. This meal tasted rather "meh" and that's not what you go to Joe Fortes for.
They made an error in serving two steaks that came to our table, accidentally swapping a rare for someone else's medium-rare. The person who got rare instead of medium-rare didn't say anything, so I suppose that's partially our fault. At the same time, the server tried to pass off the medium-rare as a rare when it clearly was not.
Eventually it got cleared up, but I think this highlights the importance of immediately inquiring when anything is amiss.