Annette's Westgate Cafe
After eating a less than memorable breakfast (unless you count the weak coffee) at Annette's Westgate Cafe 2 years ago, N and I decided we should give it a another try - this time for dinner, after donating blood on Wednesday.
Annette's appeared busy, with all of the parking spots in front of the cafe filled. Before we got out of our car we noticed sheets of plastic enclosing an area that seemed to be an outside waiting space. We were surprised they would be busy enough to have people waiting at 6:30 PM on a Wednesday. As we walked closer, we saw it was a smoking area made for the adjoining Annette's bar. We were both relieved and yet curious as to whether the smoke filled air captured by the plastic sheeting would be even more toxic for the servers.
We walked into the restaurant and were greeted by the friendly hostess/waitress. She gave us a choice of tables along the back wall. Out of the approximately 20 tables, 8 were filled. Seemed normal for a late evening on a Wednesday.
While our waitress brought our water and took our orders, a musician was doing a sound check. I asked the young woman who brought my iced tea if they have live music every night. "Just on Wednesdays and Saturdays", she replied.
Our salads appeared quickly. I liked the addition of cucumber slices, grape tomatoes, red onion, and carrots to the green salad, as well as the dressing on the side, but I wish there was less iceberg lettuce and more romaine and spinach. Oh, and I'd rather the cheese and bacon were an option instead of added automatically.
N and I both ordered an 8 oz prime rib. I asked for garlic mashers and N a loaded twice baked potato. Our plates looked well put together and the side of vegetables was generous. The vegetables were nicely seasoned and cooked just right (not mushy). Our prime rib had a smokey flavor that we felt detracted rather than enhanced the prime rib. Plus it was a bit chewier than we like.
The live music was a nice surprise and the service was just right. Wanting to stay and just enjoy the music and the moment, I talked N into sharing a piece of chocolate cream pie.
On the drive home, we decided that if we go again we'd give their burgers a shot.