The Red Coach Inn, 2 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14203
In all fairness, it was a holiday. Not just any holiday. It was the holiday where it’s all about the meal: Thanksgiving. And we had high expectations. Yep, that’s right, we went out to dinner for Thanksgiving. For starters, we are in the midst of gutting our kitchen so this holiday dinner wasn’t going to take place at our house. Then, we were invited to go out and you all know we never pass up a meal.
So, if you follow me on twitter or Facebook, you already know that it wasn’t good. Thanksgiving dinner comes with all sorts of expectations. This is THE meal of the year. At least for me, I look forward to it all year long (although it is also my pre-birthday weekend so that may be why!). These high expectations are what made it all the more disappointing.
Despite having 4:30 reservations, we were not seated until almost 5:30 and didn’t have food until 6:00. It’s not that we were in a hurry but a group of hungry people – one of them being a mere 6 years old – can get pretty irritable and impatient. I asked the waitress for some crackers or something for my little man who was super antsy and complaining about being hungry. Suddenly a plate of various crackers, bread and rolls came out. I have no idea if we would’ve received that if we hadn’t asked. Once the food did come out, it was pretty unimpressive. One member of our group got the ham dinner from the holiday menu and it was sent back. He said it was the worst ham he’d ever eaten and he normally is NOT a picky eater by any means. My kiddo skipped the traditional stuff and ordered a grilled cheese which came with battered fries. The rest of us had a traditional turkey dinner. The stuffing was basically stovetop. Don’t get me wrong, I like stovetop every now and then but I can make that any day of the week. On thanksgiving, I want real stuffing and I want it to be hot. Our meals were barely warm. We certainly waited long enough for them to be heated thoroughly. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the reason one member of our part ordered the ham because he wanted dark meat turkey and he was told that there wasn’t any. How do you cook a turkey and not have dark meat? The pecan pie was excellent and we still managed to leave with full bellies.
I can’t say what a meal would be like there on a day that wasn’t a holiday but I can’t see us going back to find out.