I enjoy going out for a truly good meal. And although I've cut back on eating out over the last year, for economic reasons...Enjoying good food out with friends at least twice a month is about a infrequent as I'm willing to cut it.
I also like to visit a restaurant at least twice, to compare the dishes and service and possibly give the establishment a 'second chance' if my first visit didn't score high in my book.
Here enters Podnah's BBQ
Podnah's BBQ had been open for about 8 months when I went for the first time. The reviews I'd been reading up to that time were pretty good, and I was looking forward to trying some tasty bbq beef brisket.
What a let-down.
The first thing I noted was that the waitress ignored me for what seemed like a good 30 minutes -- even waiting tables who's occupants arrived and seated well after me.
OK... I thought that seemed pretty rude, but I'm an easy going person. And I was hungry. So I finally got the server's attention and placed my order for brisket with greens and potato salad. When my order finally arrived ( which took another 35 minutes), I was REALLY hungry by then. But when I took the first bite of brisket, it was so dry that chewing just made it swell and expand in my mouth.
Dry, sauceless, almost flavorless except for a bit of smoke... what a disappointment.
The sides were just ok. Greens were way too salty, and some of the potato dices in the potato salad were still raw.
Trying to get a refill of ice water, some bread, or condiments was impossible. Its like I was invisible.
I thought I'd NEVER go back again, after that first visit. But when some our-of-town friends came to visit and had dining at Podnah's on their agenda, I tagged along thinking maybe it would be better this time.
Boy, was I wrong. This second time around was even worse than the first. Same dry, overcooked meats. Same over-seasoned or completely bland sides. And amazingly, even WORSE service.
I will never go to this place to eat again, nor will any of my friends.
Suffice to say, don't believe all the positive reviews you read about this place.