BB…your experience is similar to mine. I only wish we had an Olive Garden, TGIF just for mediocre consistency. I have been contemplating what to put together because I do get guests asking for recommendations.
I now have 3 that consistenly receive excellent reviews. I didn’t even know about the little gem that is only a few miles from the rental and offers a three course meal menu prepared by the chef daily. Kids are not made welcome…no high chairs or booster seats - and no kids menu. Many restaurants in my area open up and the owners have never even worked in the restaurant business. Or they mimic every other redneck menu of chicken finger and fries basket, etc. My town has a little over 1,100 full time residents and you know if Sally is cooking that night then your meal should be good, but if Roger is cooking then expect non-seasoned cold food that he slapped on a plate. So I decided to only stick with the three recommendations and then list the others and places where you wiil pay for the lake view but food is nothing spectacular. Haven’t figured out how to word that yet.
But the one and only major grocery down the street does have country plates for $5 which is cool for those on a budget who don’t mind eating anything fried, grease laden, etc. But then it depends on who is working too. The country plate is the mystery meat/casserole/spaghetti bake of the day with two sides and a tiny square roll, or 4 chicken tenders with same sides, etc. But your chicken tenders may be dried out and employee only gave you three. Nothing wrong with three if they equal the size of four…but sometimes that doesn’t happen…and they are sooooo dry. Then another time you get four nice size chicken tenders that were pulled from the fryer when they were juicy. Inconsistency definitely sucks when it comes to recommendations.