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Old 04-24-2011, 06:01 PM
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Yeah, that is a great recommendation for a restaurant: I didn't get sick from their food.
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Old 04-24-2011, 06:32 PM
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We just returned from dinner at Tierra del sol. We went with 2 other couples. The food was TERRIBLE!!! They advertised a baked stuffed pork chop for $18.99. It was 1 porkchop about 5 oz and was slit open with 1/2 teaspoon of tasteless stuffing. It was accompanied by 1/4 cup of mashed potato and burnt, dried up tough carrots. My husband had "surf and turf". His steak was so thinly cut and full of grizzle. The turf was 5 shrimp that was adequate. The baked potato was alright.
It also came with burned carrots. The other couples dinners were the same. The bill was $50 a couple with only soft drinks and no second glass of anything. It was not crowded and this should have been our tipoff on Easter. I guesss the word had gone around but unfortunately, we didn't get it. One couple went to Mcdonalds after leaving as they were starving!
DON'T MAKE THE MISTAKE THAT WE DID!
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Went there once and never again, Prego makes a better sauce than they do, very disappointed.
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Old 04-25-2011, 01:49 PM
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Went there once and never again, Prego makes a better sauce than they do, very disappointed.
Were you talking about Mom & Dad's or Tierra Del Sol????
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True. But I think most people would take their chances......... Wouldn't you?

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Honestly - I am not so sure. Like the original poster, I would get input from others. Maybe it is because at this point I still work full time and how we spend our limited leisure time is important to us. Getting a free meal in a restaurant where the food isn't very good or where the atmosphere isn't conducive to relaxation is just not worth it. I also don't like to eat a restaurants where the wine is all cheap. I am not a wine snob, but it has to be drinkable. Some restaurants have only very cheap wine because so many Villagers want something at less than $5 a glass (and hopefully 2 for 1).

However, it sounds as if most posters think this restaurant is definitely worth the trip.
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Just wanted to point out that as I read the posts in this thread, the poster didn't actually say that they GOT food poisoning at the restaurant that was mentioned; it was just (unless I misinterpreted the post) a general comment replying to a previous comment which had said that a 'free meal' couldn't be 'bad'.

I haven't been to Mom and Dad's restaurant, but just wanted to be fair to them and clear this up if my impression is correct; and I will try Mom and Dad's; I somehow hadn't heard about it, which is another good reason for TOTV. Sometimes a 'buzz phrase' (like 'food poisoning') sticks in our minds and leaves an unintended (I think ?) impression.
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Just wanted to point out that as I read the posts in this thread, the poster didn't actually say that they GOT food poisoning at the restaurant that was mentioned; it was just (unless I misinterpreted the post) a general comment replying to a previous comment which had said that a 'free meal' couldn't be 'bad'.

I haven't been to Mom and Dad's restaurant, but just wanted to be fair to them and clear this up if my impressions is correct; and I will try it; I somehow hadn't heard about it, which is another good reason for TOTV. Sometimes a 'buzz phrase' (like 'food poisoning') sticks in our minds and leaves an unintended (I think ?) impression.

You are correct Freeda, I did not say that I got food poisoning from eating there and I have never eaten there. My response was to the statement that there is no such thing as a bad meal when it is free to which I have to disagree. If one did get food poisoning, it would most likely cost a lot more in medical bills than the meal would have cost.
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If one did get food poisoning, it would most likely cost a lot more in medical bills than the meal would have cost.
You are so right about that! I ended up in the hospital with it once while I was in my 20s, the sickest I've ever been.
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I stand corrected.

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katezbox, I agree. One of the big disappointments of the local eating places is a lack of a decent wine selection. Palmer has a few good ones, and I can always find good wine at Garvino's. Even good beer is hard to find. Maybe a good thing as I drink less. But I would prefer no wine to poor wine. Most of the places have a very poor selection. I usually just have a glass at home before or after dinner because I know there is very few places I find wine I like.
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Are you kidding me?? We have been to Palmer several times - the wine list is HORRIBLE!!!!!
Here is what I want to know - is there a decent steakhouse around here?? And how about good Italian?? I am a retired Italian chef, who owned a restaurant & worked with some of the finest Italian chefs - and lived in Chicago my whole life (except for 2 years on Maui - THE WORST!!!) The steakhouses there were incredible( In Chicago) (well, not all - the best is Gene & Georgetti!). When people tell me Palmer or Longhorn, I just cannot believe it ( or REDSAUCE for Italian??) The best Italian I can find is in my house - but if I want a night off,I have to go to Orlando - Portabellos & The one in Epcot - Please let me know!

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Old 04-25-2011, 06:54 PM
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I agree - I understand you want to save some money - then buy decent wine & eat at home or get carryout - the wine selection in most places around here is horrible! I am not a wine snob, either, BUT... when we go to Italy, you can get great wines at tiny places for 25 for a whole bottle. Here you get the BAD California, overpriced reds & terrible artificial OAKY whites, which are UNDRINKABLE. But, I guess, if you can get 2 for 1 or pay 4 bucks a glass, it's okay??? I would rather not drink it! I still order cases of wine from a guy I know who owns a wine shop (small, but INCREDIBLE!!!) in Chicago - he can get pretty much anything you want!
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I agree - I understand you want to save some money - then buy decent wine & eat at home or get carryout - the wine selection in most places around here is horrible! I am not a wine snob, either, BUT... when we go to Italy, you can get great wines at tiny places for 25 for a whole bottle. Here you get the BAD California, overpriced reds & terrible artificial OAKY whites, which are UNDRINKABLE. But, I guess, if you can get 2 for 1 or pay 4 bucks a glass, it's okay??? I would rather not drink it! I still order cases of wine from a guy I know who owns a wine shop (small, but INCREDIBLE!!!) in Chicago - he can get pretty much anything you want!
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If you post a reply, it helps if you click the quote button at the bottom right of each post, then others know what post you are responding to. I had a feeling that LV2RDHD would agree with me, but glad to find someone else who thinks that most wines here are better unopened!

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