I don't usually dislike restaurants and swear I will never go back, but Sunday night's meal just proved to be the kicker. It was my fifth visit to East Side Mario's, and the third time I had gone with Jake, the service steadily declining with copious amounts of garlic bread. Yes, there is the never-ending soup, salad, and garlic bread option (with the smallest amount of pizza for your main), but, not only are you paying to get fat on carbs, but also, you have to pay an exorbitant amount of money for a small return.
Case in Point: On Sunday evening, I only wanted an appetizer, and settled for the Artichoke-Spinach dip.
Said I to the waitress, "Is this $4.99 serving enough? I mean, is it filling for one person?"
"Oh, yes!" she gushed. READ: I should have noted how tiny she was, in stature, and around the middle. For when I received said dip, there was a nice big bowl (probably 2 inches high) filled with the dip, and five, I repeat, five skinny little pita strips. They were maybe 4 inches long and 1 inch thick. If that.
I was absolutely appalled. Even after she gave me another serving of pita strips, when I mentioned that the ones given to me weren't enough, I still didn't finish the pita dip. It makes me sad to think that I had to waste the rest of the dip (it was a huge bowl to pita ratio.)
You might be thinking this is somewhat of a silly rant for $4.99, but it's the principle of the issue. If they had given me a smaller bowl of dip, I wouldn't have complained. But five measly pi....Ok. I'm done.
At least the service was better than the other store we went to. I didn't give them the satisfaction of checking out the bathroom. I just wanted to get out of there and pretend we'd never spent $23 on small portions.
P.s. I'm sure Jake's review might look different than mine. Beware of the biased reviewer! And yet, CAVEAT EMPTOR!