A friend called me and said that he had a coupon for the two for one Sunday breakfast at the “Souplantation” on Midway – close to OB. I hesitated before agreeing to go with him, because I have never enjoyed the lunch or dinner I have had there. (I think they need more variety of salads.)
But… since he offered to pay, I agreed to go. The coupon was for us to buy two breakfasts, pay for one, and order two drinks. The cost of the breakfasts were $8.99 each, less one of them, and two drinks at $2.39 each! (For ice tea, no less.)
The first thing that greeted us were several bowls of dry cereals. That is okay, for some, but I didn’t want to pay $8.99 for a bowl, or two, of cereal. Then there was the same salad bar, with the same scant amount of salads that are available for lunch and dinner. For some reason, potato salad, cucumbers, etc. just not I was looking for breakfast. My friend asked if there was any hot food, and was told it was available after the cashier station.
The first thing available, after paying for our meal, was the soup station that is always available for lunch and dinner. Again, clam chowder, chicken noodle soup, etc., was not what I wanted for breakfast, so I skipped that part. And finally, the breakfast selections.
It is hard for me to talk about this, because it was so bad. I will try to be as objective as I can but….
There was a “scratch-made” Egg Frittata – although it was nothing like any Frittata I have ever had before. And “scratch-made.” What the hell does that mean? That they didn’t open up a frozen frittata and zap it in the micro-wave? Perhaps they should have, because it was luke-warm.
There were “freshly made” Belgian Waffles. I watched the “cook” cut them before putting them on a serving platter. I wondered if he needed to put his knee up on the cutting board because he was having trouble cutting them. He was probably one of those kindergarten children that could not color in the lines, because he was having such a hard time cutting the squares. They too, were luke-warm.
The French Toast reminded me of Zwieback (for those of you old enough to remember it) for it was overcooked, hard, and, again, luke-warm. Even the tasty berry compote I put on the top of it did nothing to soften the bread. The menu says they serve “Potatoes O’Brien” but I didn’t see them. What I did see was tepid cut potatoes that were supposed to be “country style” but they fell short.
The “Egg Scramble Focaccia”, was okay – basically it was scrambled eggs with red pepper, seasonings, tomatoes cooked on top of Focaccia bread. Any guess as to the heat index? You have to give Souplantation credit – they were consistent.
There was one item that was hot. Real hot. The cinnamon apple compote was tasty and served nicely. There was a “Mediterranean Breakfast Pasta with Feta Cheese” that is similar to Carbonara. It too, was only warm. (Believe me, Carbonara is much better even if served cold.)
There were Cinnamon Chip Biscuits that are billed as “to die for”, but I am afraid that might be a literal translation instead of a figurative one. (I think that is what that was, because there was no sign identifying it.)
The donuts were tasty; the Blueberry muffins were good, except they ran out of them and in the 45 minutes we were there the tray was never replaced. That in itself is odd, because the blueberry muffins are served at lunch and dinner, so it wasn’t like they didn’t want to have any left when they changed from the breakfast menu to the lunch menu.
There was also a bowl of warm scrambled eggs. (What else can you say about warm scrambled eggs?)
The man behind me asked where the sausage was. He was told they didn’t have any. He then asked where the bacon was. He was given the same answer. (Oh well, it probably would have been served cold, anyway.) A woman seating behind me said to us, as she was leaving, “I have never had such a bad meal. This was my first – and last – time here.”)
The only fruit available was slices of honey-dew melon, which I would have had but just moments before I watched a youngster touch each piece before he decided he didn’t want any at all. There was “sugar-free” chocolate pudding (you really don’t need me to tell you my feelings about that, do you?), yogurt, and, of course, their soft-serve ice cream which was served cold!!!!
And one more small thing; our table was never cleared, even when we got up to get something else to drink.
Souplantation states that they have “ . . . all the ‘fixins’ for making your own Breakfast Burritos.” I thought that Burritos are made with tortilla’s, but I did not see any available. (Of course, I really didn’t see the “fixins” for burritos anyway!)
In a previous review of a restaurant I visited, someone said that I “got what I paid for. He felt that if I were to go to a cheap restaurant I should not expect better than I got.” I don’t think that $10+ is cheap for breakfast.
I am on a very limited income (Social Security) and I expect good and tasty food no matter where I go. I am a good cook and know that it does not take much to make food tasty. Certainly serving it hot should not be difficult. There’s not a heck of a lot that a person can do to screw up breakfast – runny eggs, maybe; overcooked eggs, etc. But what I had as my choice of eating this morning was terrible. Why eat there for $24 – if we didn’t have a coupon – when there are so many other good places nearby. (Case in point: we went to Chili’s for dinner last night. For $23. we shared an appetizer and I had half a rack of ribs and my friend had extra crispy chicken. It came with French fries as well.)
The Sizzler was in business a long time and it is gone. I will not be surprised when the Souplantation closes, also.