Despite living in Belmont, the missus and I never visited this place before, mainly due to the uninspired menu. But some friends wanted to meet us up there recently, so we went for a visit.
First, the service is pretty bad. We waited several minutes to get served whilst the bartender ran back and forth like a chicken with her head cut off, yet apparently not doing much of anything. After we sat down in a booth, we waited yet again while several waitresses walked past, seemingly confused.
The food varies widely in quality. I had the spaghetti and meatballs special, and while there was a huge puddle of water at the bottom of the plate, I quite liked the sauce (it was meat + meatballs, so it was really filling). My GF, on the other hand, was disappointed. Her fried pickles arrived mostly cold, and tasted of old oil. Her sandwich was decent, but nothing to write home about, while her fries were also cold and tasting of old oil.
Normally, my GF and DEVOUR fried pickles, and at The Penguin or Sammy's they're gone in a couple minutes. That we left 3/4 of a greasy, rancid, cold pickles on the plate should tell you all you need to know.
Oh, and the drinks are EXPENSIVE! My GF ordered a G&T and I a PBR (because they didn't have the Longboard larger, even though it was on the beer card and prominently advertised on the walls). It was $12!
Pros: Local place
Cons: Food & service lacking