I wish I had reviewed Brownstone after my first two trips there. Now I don't have many good things to say about the place.
Then we went this weekend. Although the hostess was nice and bubbly things went downhill quickly after our seating. First, the service. If we could get our waiter's attention, it was fruitless because he couldn't seem to remember anything. They weren't busy mind you, he just never showed up and when he did he forgot why. Meals with sub-par food is bad enough. But try eating it without silverware. Or something to wash it down with.
There were two "highlights" of the meal which I must point out. The tomato and cucumber salad was fresh with a bright mint/watermelon flavor that was delicious. And the chicken fried steak had a nice crust with a spicy kick.
|The Crawfish Mac n Cheese got mixed reviews due to a very chewy crawfish. |
But the cheesiness scored seven thumbs up.
And finally, onto my dish. Loyal readers know I'm not that hard of a critic so take this for what its worth - the truth. My chicken was dry. The plate was too small to hold my dry chicken. Until I got silverware this wasn't a problem. Once I had silverware the rubbery, dry chicken kept sliding off the too small plate onto the table. Eating was not helpd by the tough skin that tasted like bitter. My lack of a drink to wash it down made the dryness more apparent. I wasn't a happy camper. And I've had better food camping.
Because of the waiter and the food, we opted to skip dessert. But that's not the whole truth. One previous visit we had dessert. The waiter at the time told us, 'we have some chocolatey chocolate double chocolate cake left over." Left over? We asked if he had any desserts that weren't "left over" and the surprised look on his face should have told us everything we needed to know. After correcting himself he brought us a slice of something that I only remember as dry and stale. Apparently the desserts now come from Black Rooster Bakery. That's good news for Brownstone, but if they are still serving stale, left over cake that is bad news for Black Rooster. Dessert alone did not ruin the meal as everything else in those first visit was delicious. But coupled with this last visit, I wouldn't hesitate to skip Brownstone in the future.
Its a shame that this was my experience because the Drifting Bistro Truck at the Fort Worth Food Park is from a Brownstone sous chef and has terrific food. Maybe he is spending all his time in the truck and they need his services at the restaurant. It's also a shame because if Brownstone fails they'll probably replace it with a Macaroni Grill or a Chili's- shudder.
Brownstone is located at 840 Currie Street in the West 7th Development. Let me know what you think.