My folks drove down from Washington to spend the day with us and to celebrate a milestone birthday with their youngest child. Dinner out is how our family celebrates, if you haven't noticed already. My folks appreciate homestyle restaurants, and so the Wooden Nickel was voted a good one to try. It turned out to be a dinner of hits and misses. Which was good for 3 out of the 6 of us.
I like to try specials at new-to-me restaurants. It's often a good way to find out what the cooks do best. The Tri-tip special with green beans and baby red potatoes was a combination I couldn't resist, while barbecue loving N ordered half a rack of St. Louis ribs. Since Mother has been eating light lately, she ordered a bowl of chicken, mushroom and rice soup. My father, who loves a good piece of fish, ordered a halibut filet. Daughter Liseanne ordered the shrimp plate and her husband J ordered Top Sirloin.
Mother's soup was delicious (a little spicy for her, but it definitely tasted and looked homemade) and full of chunks of chicken and mushrooms. My father proclaimed his halibut to be the best he'd ever eaten in a restaurant, but said the side of broccoli was past it's prime with an off flavor (everyone with the broccoli agreed).
My Tri-tip was not melt in your mouth tender, but it wasn't tough either. It was full of flavor from being marinated and slow barbecued. My sauteed green beans, were cooked just right and seasoned perfectly - like my baby red potatoes. N enjoyed his ribs, but wished they didn't have so much sauce AND that the sauce hadn't been so sweet.
Lisa Anne's shrimp, she says, were a little too buttery and salty, though the garlic taste was just right. Her vegetables were very broccoli heavy and tasted bitter, but the cajun fries were good, although a little dry. Her favorite part was her lemonade. It wasn't too sweet, just the way she likes it. Lisa Anne mentioned the waitress was a little off, forgetting a salad and the bread for our table, as well as not being very attentive overall. Her husband mentioned his steak was alright. He could tell it was left on one side for too long and got crunchy. He also didn't care for the broccoli.
There's a good chance my folks will request this place next time they're in town. Even with the slight smell of cigarette smoke oozing in from the bar area, it's a restaurant worth revisiting. On our next visit I think I'll stick with the specials board.
(oops! Almost forgot to mention that there's a reason I included the photo of their beer list. The child in me couldn't resist sharing a blooper.)
108 N. Center Street