365 Restaurants, 2 Kids, 1 Giant Fiasco
It was a beautiful day and a beautiful night so Ogre wanted to eat out by the lake in Rockwall. Sounded like a plan. We knew there were several restaurants out there, so we just headed out there with reckless abandon. We ended up going to Agave, one of the first places we saw.
We were seated right away and were allowed to choose our own table. The waiter came up, handed us our menus, got our drinks, and pointed out the kids menu item in very smooth fashion.
We looked over the menu and the waiter returned with our drinks apologizing that they did not have any lids that fit the cups or kids cups. I told him that we didn’t care as long as he didn’t care about cleaning up a spilled drinks. He said he didn’t mind.
He was very honest and steered us away from the Beef Short Ribs and towards the Mussels. fair enough. We put the dinner order in.
Benji was very, very proud of his big boy cup. His favorite restaurants are the ones where they don’t happen to have kids cups.
Mina was enjoying the tunes overhead and we were all dancing at the table.
Benji noticed overhead the arbor and called it “Danger” because they looked like big knives.
I muddled through my salad and eventually gave up. The waiter did take note when he took it away and asked me about it. I honestly answered that it wasn’t very good.
Next out came our tapas. We gave Benji some ham and he promptly dropped it into his glass and then started saying, “want it!” and crying. We were able to reason with him to just eat a new piece and forget about the gross ham sitting in his glass.
Ogre and I ate the tapas, I sort of muddled through that as well. Actually, I took one bite of the shrimp and could not muster a second bite. I initially told Ogre it tasted like it had been marinated in cleaning products, but was able to narrow the taste to the smell of a Brillo pad. Not appealing.
Then he was playing with his straw and it fell onto the ground. He was very distraught and cried to me, “Mommy, you!” He wanted me to get the straw. I tried to reason with him again that the straw was dirty and “all gone” and even gave him my straw, but he was still very upset. He finally forgot about the gosh darned thing, I think because it was about time to order dessert.
We ordered dessert and it came out with my concern that the cookie would be too hot (we ordered a Chocolate Chip Cookie with Ice Cream, served warm). Turns out it was not hot, it was barely warm. And it also was not very good. Well, Ogre and I thought that it wasn’t very good. The kids loved it, particularly Benji who did not let anyone’s spoon go untouched.
Anyway, once the kids ate a good bit of dessert, we decided we better settle up and get going before I reached the pinnacle of restaurant food disappointment.
Um, I don’t know how to categorize the food here. Schizophrenic? They had some regular American style dishes that were beefed up like Kobe burgers and they had some fish entrees, but then they had tapas that had an Asian flare. I don’t know.
We ordered salads to start. I ordered the Spinach Salad. It was described as having spinach with apples and candied pecans with a Dijon vinaigrette. Sounds good, right? Wrong. The dressing was very creamy and rich and there was way too much. I purposefully didn’t toss the salad so that I could get the spinach leaves with no dressing at all and slightly dip it in the totally covered areas. To be fair, Ogre thought that it tasted good.
Ogre ordered the Caesar Salad, the not very traditional Caesar Salad because it had some kind of Red Pepper Caeasar Dressing. I didn’t like this salad either. The dressing was too “hearty.” Again, Ogre liked the salad just fine.
We ordered 3 tapas:
The Charcutterie, which came with manchego cheese, bread, serrano ham, and 2 types of salami (chorizo and lomo). This dish was fine. The kids also liked the meats and cheese. The bread was really good and probably the best part.
I actually was the one who requested the Thai Shrimp. Described as being grilled with a coconut/peanut/terriyaki sauce. I thought this sounded great! Apparently that combination of flavors ends up tasting like the smell of a Brillo pad. I could not even bring myself to eat the second bite of my shrimp. Again, Ogre thought it tasted fine, but overall, did not think it was great.
Ogre also ordered some olives and these were probably fine.
The kids burger and fries seemed to be a hit. Mina had no problems eating hers and the burger looked pretty juicy. Ogre thought the best thing on the table were the fries. They reminded me of the State Fair because it tasted like the corndog breading from the Fair!
We ordered dessert. It was the Chocolate Chip Cookie with Ice Cream. I asked if they served the cookie warm and he said yes. Well, it wasn’t very warm, the ice cream wasn’t very good and they use Hershey’s Syrup, which I don’t really like the taste of. Now, the kids loved it and were probably glad that neither Ogre nor I liked it. (Actually, Mina kept wanting us to indulge, but we kept saying no).
The one shining star of the evening. Our waiter was excellent. Pointed us to the kids menu items right away. Was attentive, kept drinks refilled. Noted without me mentioning that I didn’t like my salad and then took it off the bill. Maybe it was because he has two young boys himself. Whatever the reason, he was excellent. Food came out at a good tempo.
It’s kid friendly enough, no kids activities, but they have kids menu items. The restaurant seems pretty laid back. It has a little bit of a bar or happy hour vibe to it though.
Unfortunately, the service and average kid friendliness does not carry the below average food, I would not recommend this restaurant to eat at by the lake. Go to Gloria’s instead.
The total: $85 and change (2 adult drinks)
Well, they would’ve had a higher “star” rating if Ogre had written the post as I think he was leaning towards a “3.” I can’t do it. It just wasn’t very good. The only thing that saved them from a solo star was the waiter.
Childsplate.com chronicles our journey to find the perfect family restaurant. We are looking for restaurants with excellent food and a great attitude towards kids, even the whiny, cranky ones! We will be headed out to a different restaurant every single day to provide ourselves (and you) with some entertainment and good information about DFW area restaurants. We hope you will visit frequently and use our experiences to create some fun dining experiences of your own! Watch out, DFW, the Phipps family is going out to eat!