John Paul Stoshak 
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Re: “Review: Meauxbar

My wife and I arrived at Meauxbar on 10/24/2016 on time for our 5:30pm reservation. We were seated promptly. Then, a young man with brown hair and a brown beard introduced himself as our server. He began to tell us in detail about dishes we inquired about and this was well received by us as we were looking to enjoy a dining experience. We then ordered Arnold Palmers with sweet tea while turning down water. We then had to wait approx. fifteen minutes for them. When they finally arrived, they were, in a word: terrible. Though this establishment was not at all crowded, I was unable to garner the attention of our server who, after making strong eye contact with me and seeing me beckon me, blatantly ignored us. When he finally did arrive at our table we ordered a bottle of sparkling water because our original drinks were so bad. And, we placed our order as well.
I began my meal with the escargot with shiitakes, and brandy cream. The escargot were interesting, not good, interesting. The brandy cream they were served in tasted like thin Campbell's cream of mushroom. No brandy. Not good.
As a side, I ordered the Roasted Bone Marrow. This was somewhat tasty, though not great. BTW, we were rarely checked on by our server while we waited. And waited
For my entre, I ordered the Smoked Duck with smothered okra, cornmeal waffle. After a considerable amount of time the smoked duck came out burned and dry. I was so disappointed with the duck that I did not try the okra but the cornmeal waffle was toasted to a very dark brown color and was hard as a rock. Very disappointing. I sent it back with my appetite ruined.
My wife ordered the Seared Scallops with butternut gratin, turnips, and bacon vinaigrette along with a side of grilled okra. This dish was not bad. Not close to very good, or great, just not bad. Through all of this we are waiting and waiting in an almost empty restaurant.
After a while, someone, I presume the manager came over and served us a delicious piece of cake as a nice gesture while mentioning that the cake "cannot make up for the overcooked duck and waffle." Though a nice gesture with a delicious piece of dessert, too little too late. As my wife and I were sharing the cake, our server came over, surveyed the table, and asked, "So everything's ok here?" or words to that effect. I had to tell him to bring us some water as, and he as an experienced server could plainly see, we had nothing on the table to drink as we were eating cake. All glasses were empty and, since he had been serving us water, when he did come around, he should have at least brought us water without being prompted.
This was a true dining experience. A very disappointing one. Terrible service, terrible server attitude, great ambiance, the food is not worth the walk through the door.
To close this out, though everything from the start was a let down, I left our server a generous tip just so I would write this review objectively.

Posted by John Paul Stoshak on 10/25/2016 at 12:57 PM

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