I was visiting my brother- and sister-in-law in Ft Mac for the weekend and we decided to go out to eat on Saturday night. There aren't a lot of options for dining out there - mostly just the standard places like Moxie's, Earl's and the like. The food at OJ's is always good so off we went.
The in-law's did say that pretty much any place on a Saturday night in Ft Mac would be pretty busy. We got to the restaurant around 7:30pm and were told the wait would be 20-25 minutes, which it was.
We ordered shortly after sitting down. between the four of us we ordered three burgers and one French onion soup, two waters and two pops. I'll make this brief. My sis-is-law got her French onion soup first, and it looked bad. There wasn't even any cheese on top of it. Sent it back. We waited. And waited. And waited.Me and my brother in law got our meals. A few minutes later my sis-in-law got her replacement soup, which was watery and didn't taste good. She sent it back and just ate off of our plates. My husband didn't get his meal until at least 10-15 minutes later, and the worst part was that our waitress didn't even acknowlewdge it. In fact, she kept going to the tables beside us but quite obviously trying to avoid us because she knew something was wrong. When he finally did a get a hold of her to ask about his meal, she said "Oh ya I know, I'm sorry, blah blah some excuse about the kitchen". She should have told us on her own that his meal would be a while, is that ok, etc. The manager did come out and talk to us but I was in the bathroom at that moment.
The soup was taken off of the bill, but we were only given 20% off of my husband's meal, which all of us agreed was not enough.
Our waitress wasn't mean or ***y, but she just didn't provide good service. She didn't go out of her way to check on us or apologize for the delays. She only answered to our problems when we managed to flag her down and bring it up with her.
I suppose none of this review matters much anyways, because there are such limited choices for dining out in Ft Mac, and combine that with not many other evening activities and people with tons of money, and people will go to this Original Joe's regardless of bad service or long waits.
Our food was good, so hopefully the manager(s) of this establishment can train their servers a bit better and work out whatever kinks and coordination issues they have in the kitchen.
P.S. Lots of TVs playing sports, combined with loud music = people talking even louder = very loud restaurant!
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