Our dinner at the Applewood Inn turns out to be very good food-wise. We order the five course tasting menu with wine pairings. We arrive a few minutes early for our 7:30 reservation. The place is packed! Since most of the people appear to be our age or older we wonder whether they were offering an Early Bird Special. We stand around for quite a while waiting for someone to acknowledge our presence. Finally the hostess comes and tells us that our table is not ready and to wait in the bar for 10 minutes or so.
Okay, we go to the bar and sit down. We are the only ones at the bar. And by only I mean there is no bartender in sight either. We sit there for a while and finally someone comes to get something for someone in the dining room. As he leaves, I ask him if he can help us. Oh, sure he will help us. We get a glass of wine each. Soon our table is ready and we are looking forward to our food adventure.
Our waiter is the guy from the bar who also seems to be the sommelier. The waitstaff seems a little overwhelmed by the crush of people. We flag someone down to bring bread. The first part of our meal which is cold is very prompt. The wine pairings are good. (I’ll comment on the food in the pictures’ captions.) The things that need cooking are much slower. The wine gets poured for the dish and then we wait and wait. We eat our bread. We ask for more. They bring out two heels and a sliver. We ask our waiter/bartender/sommelier to get us some real bread. They’ve run out of bread! The heels they gave us were all they had left. So as I said the food was very good but the service was frantic and piecemeal.