My husband and I celebrated our 6 year anniversary on Sunday! On Saturday night my wonderful friend Kelly babysat our daughter overnight so we could go out to dinner and enjoy our night. This is the first restaurant we have gone to since I started the blog, so I wanted to do my first review.
A bit of a disclaimer, although not really, and you’ll see why in a minute, but my husband knows the owner since college, I guess they hung out together back then. We had never gone to his restaurant before because my husband couldn’t figure out where it was!
Dan’s Keystone Grille is located at 162 Union St in Plains Twp, PA. We did have a bit of an issue finding it. From the outside ( I should have taken a picture of the outside, I didn’t think of it!) it looks like a house, except for the beer signs ( although around here you might find those on a house…well at least a garage!). We we told to sit anywhere, and my husband and I went over to talk to the owner. He recommended the stuffed mushroom and the steak. After talking for a while, I actually told him I’m a food blogger and I was thinking of doing a review.
The prices were reasonable, but I just didn’t want steak because we had just had it the night before, I didn’t want crab cakes because I was planning on making my own this week, so I decided to be my usual weird self and ordered 3 appetizers! French onion soup, stuffed mushrooms, and steamed clams (the menu claims the steamed clams are the best in the valley). My husband ordered the surf and turf and scallops wrapped in bacon. He ordered rum and coke and I ordered a margarita. I don’t know why, but I love this glass!
I should mention that I had read several reviews on Urbanspoon complaining about ( among other things) the wait for the food being extremely long. We didn’t wait long at all, but there was only one other table in the restaurant.
The French Onion soup was ok, nothing spectacular. I tend to prefer bread under the melted cheese instead of croutons, and they used croutons. There was only one slice of onion in it, though.
The clams were good, and had no sand left in them so they were well scrubbed. However, I’m almost positive they provided margarine instead of butter to dip them in. I didn’t take a picture of the clams because I figured that unless they are seasoned if you’ve seen steamed clams you don’t really need a picture.
The stuffed mushrooms…I love stuffed mushrooms and I’ve had some really good ones. These were in a garlic butter sauce and stuffed with crabmeat, but I found them to be too greasy. They lacked any real flavor, even salt.
My husband liked his steak and the bacon wrapped scallops. He’s more of a steak fan than I am, and I had read in one review that someone complained their steak was all fat, but his was not.
The owner came over to talk to us again ( I didn’t say anything about the food) and offered us dessert, but he fully admitted that he does not make his own desserts, he purchases them. I also heard him talking with another customer and saying that he also orders his sliced steak for cheese steaks. My husband ordered tiramisu for dessert and I ordered cheesecake. The owner told my husband that the tiramisu comes in the glass bowl it is served in. Hmm..
Ok, at this point I have to confess that I feel bad giving a not so great review to one of my husband’s friends. We did spend the rest of the night at the bar there sitting and talking with him and the waiter and cook, and he seems like a nice guy. But I also have to be honest, and the food just wasn’t that great. Average at best. The restaurant itself needs interior work. I can’t say anything about how they would be if they were busy, because we were there for hours and there was only one other group eating the entire time. The bar counter wasn’t wiped off ( I could see glass rings), and the lady’s room sink handles were basically turned inside out and stuck, although I did manage to unstick them and they did have hot water.
There was one other thing that bothered me. I took a walk outside around the building and at one window you can clearly see into the kitchen. There was a handwritten sign that read “All dishes are to be towel dried. One towel per day!” Ok, I know most people who hand wash their dishes at home towel dry them but for proper sanitation dishes ( all including pots and utensils) should be air-dried in a drying rack. The one towel a day thing really bothered me. What if that towel was dropped, or became dirty drying something that hadn’t been properly cleaned?
So, unfortunately, my first restaurant review wasn’t a good one. I already asked on Facebook, but has anybody else ever been there and if so what was your experience like?
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