Had reservations for Sat. 11-24-12 at 7:45 pm, 41st Anniversary dinner. We arrived 15 mins early and was greeted with free valet car parking and they were very polite. We were seated within 5 - 10 mins from introductions. We were given a really nice booth. Our waitress introduced her self and was very nice, we ordered drinks and were very satisfied with them. we were given popper rolls and they were very good. We then ordered appetizers which were the Chorizo mussels and the Vintana Wedge. They were what we expected, very good. So, with the experience so far we were very eager to receive our main dish. My wife ordered the Grilled Brochette of Tender loin and shrimp ("rare as you can get it") and I ordered the Pan Seared Mahi Mahi. When we received our meals we were impressed with the service again. Here's were it all went south, my wife's tender loin came very well done and the shrimp were cooked way to long also (very dry and tough), mine came cooked clear through (all white) and flaky, our roated finerling potatos were cooked to where the outer layers were even hard to cut and were very chewy. At that point it was very very disappinting. We should have complained and sent both meals back but we were not wanting to hurt our waitress feelings as she had already had to deal with a disgruntled guest in the next booth to us. His steak was cooked totally wrong also. After our meal our waitress came with a delicious bread putting on the house for our anniversary. We never told her but we would never dine there again. I could have taken my 41 years of marriage bride to Donovan's for a better meal.
08/27/2012Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
Great beer! The atmosphere of this place is really neat. If you haven't seen the full gardens and outdoor patio area, definitely take a walk around. People seem to spend all day here! There's plenty of patio and grassy area to sit around and drink. Which, if you're trying to get on a tour, you may have to spend all day. It costs $3 now for a tour ticket (used to be free, but everyone in your party had to be there to get their own ticket), and now you can buy tickets for your guests. The catch is that the tours sell out almost immediately at the beginning of the day. So if you're hoping to get an early tour....get there EARLY. We arrived this past weekend at noon, and the earliest available tour was at 4pm. I was definitely not going to wait around for that.There's not much to do around Escondido except tour breweries. This is supposed to be one of the best ones (haven't been to others). I've been here twice now. The first time my friend got a bison or buffalo burger and got pretty bad food poisoning. They are currently remodeling their kitchen or something so the full menu wasn't available. The prices are pretty out there. $8 for a pretzel? Even Disneyland isn't that much. My group and I had a mac and beer cheese, really good, but over-priced. I also had the yakisoba noodles. Tasted fine, but again overpriced. The beer cheese soup was delicious! Really rich and flavorful, but just get the cup. It gets really heavy.I would probably only have some appetizers and beer the next time. Beers are $3-10 depending on what you get. Stone beers are $4/6 for a pint. Parking is available, but there's also valet for $3.
08/14/2012Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens
We went to eat lunch at the restaurant on Saturday and it was so packed. We were a big group (20 people or so) but the service was extremely slow. Some of the menus they gave us had some printing issues (some of our menus only had appetizers listed) and it took forever to bring the right menu. It took forever to take our drink orders. Between the drink orders and food orders took more than 30 minutes. The selection of food was a bit strange. They had American, Japanese, Mexican, Indian, French, Middle Eastern etc.... One of the entrees was Japanese Yakisoba, $22. Ridiculous. Yakisoba is a fast food that normally cost less than $5 in Japan. Since this is at brewery the beer list was much bigger than food menu :) I tried one of the light beers that they recommended but I didn't like it (I'm not much of beer drinker anyway.)We ordered hummus for appetizer and that was delicious! I had BLT with Beer Cheese and that was okay.