On Friday, my hubby and I try to be adventurous by visiting places we have never been to before in our local area. These past two weeks, we visited the Family Ties Restaurant. It had been recommended many times to us before, but we just never made the time to go.
On our first visit –
I noticed the outward appearance of the place itself. It is a small restaurant and appears somewhat aged. The sign on the wall near our table said something to the effect of …. If someone is smoking, they’d better be on fire. I did get a chuckle out of that. The dessert counter was adorned with various items to support the community ….. a Veteran’s Day CD, a humane society puppy jug and added while we were there was a jug to gather donations for an employee in need of a heart transplant.
My hubby is a big eater. He ordered a breakfast and a lunch. I ordered the lunch special. The chicken on the special was hand battered “just like Grandma used to make,” as promised by the waitress! After a little seasoning, it was super. The mashed potatoes, on the other hand, were straight from a box! Very disappointing! My hubby raved about the fried potatoes from his breakfast. And he decided at that point he would return for the fried potatoes and chicken. And thanks to their cheap prices and ability to order an entree alone, you can pick and choose as desired.
The service started out fair, but once we got our food we did not see our waitress again until we had someone call for her to return to our table. Our glasses were never once refilled. Despite this, we did have desert. I had the fried twinkie. That was a new one to me. It tasted just like a funnel cake. Yummy!
On our second visit –
I noticed on the wall this time a framed signature list from customers who were military veteran’s. It is quite large and I wondered if they pull it out of the frame every time someone wants to sign it. It must be a tedious task since there where only a handful of signatures.
As decided from our previous visit, the hubby got the chicken and home fries. A gentleman there told us that he has people come from all over the place just for his chicken. Again, my hubby was not disappointed by his choice. I opted for the catfish. It was a very large piece. It was great until my last bite which was being held together by a crispy fried hair. The corn bread was homemade. And my dessert was a piece of coconut pie. Not as good as homemade, but still pretty close!
Our waitress this time was a woman who was on her very first day. And, while she was obviously still learning, her service was far better than the last time. Our drinks were refilled and she came back to check on us several times.
So, if you are looking for a reasonably priced, decent meal with a down home appeal – I would recommend the Family Ties restaurant. However, if you want great food, great service and do not care about the price, I’d recommend that you go elsewhere.