So I never did get to tell you all the wonderful story about my flight to Boston. Now that I look back on it, there wasn't much to tell. I flew Jet Blue for the first time and was impressed with their spacious seating along with the ability to have some Directv channels available for viewing during the flight. However, I got stuck sitting next to a cat lady whose cat crapped in the carrier halfway thru the 3-hour flight, two bickering kids in front of me and a crying baby behind me. Thank goodness for my headphones. That about covers the flight.
Now you can bet that with two weeks in a city that I've never been in before that there would be some eating out. Especially since I had per diem to do it. That meant that I would be taking every opportunity possible to try a restaurant I have never heard of and/or we didn't have back home. Why waste per diem on eateries I can find anywhere? I seriously doubt I'll be getting out this way again anytime soon so I've been all about experimentation while in New England. First up was the British Beer Company.
Those of you that know anything about me are probably wondering why a person that doesn't drink would try a place like this. Two reasons: I remember that the Raccoon River Brewer Company in Des Moines had good food even though they were known for all their different flavors of beer so thought maybe that was the case here as well. The other reason was even though I don't drink, most of the other folks in my training class do. They wanted to see what it was like. So a compromise was made.
Things weren't right from the moment we got in there. We had a group of 15 people which didn't sit well with them. But the place didn't take reservatioins so it's not like we could have called ahead. They made us wait 30 minutes while they found us a table. The "table" they found was actually two separate booths and one table top that were all in close proximity of one another. It seemed a little odd since they had tables that could have been pushed together for one big table for all of us, but whatever.
I wasn't impressed with the menu selection at all. Sure, I wasn't expecting to get my fill of real New England seafood in a place like that; however, I just expected there to be a little better variety. The closest thing I could find to something I would like was the BBC steak. Even though I knew full well that a steak in New England wouldn't taste anything near as good as one from the midwest or even Texas for that matter. It was decent, but definitely nothing to write home to Mom about.
What was noteworthy was the customer service. And not in a good way. I swear our waitress was doing her best to avoid our table once we got our food. A brotha couldn't get a refill on water to save my life. I finally had to break down and get the attention of another waitress close by to get some more water. Then our original waitress was the one who brought it out and had nerve to have some attitude about it. I realized when our tab came why she wasn't going out of her way to be helpful. The 20% gratuity was already included because of the size of our group. Even though they split us up into three separate groups AND we had three different waitresses.
The real drama came after we started leaving in groups. I thought that would have made it easier for them since there were less people to deal with. I guess not. Those of us that were ready to go home left while those that wanted to try other beers and drink more stayed. I would find out later on that waitresses got even more rude with those that stayed. Even went as far as refusing to serve two of the girls claiming they had already had enough to drink. They hadn't even had a single alcoholic beverage. Then they had the nerve to say they hope we come back again soon. Yeah...that'll happen.
So overall, not a real good start to experiencing cuisine in the Boston area. Fortunately, it was a location that wasn't actually in Boston so I didn't hold that against the city. Also, it's not like it was an actual restaurant so I wasn't expecting their food to be outstanding anyway. They didn't have to do much to exceed my preconceived low expectations and they STILL fell short. That's one chain that can stay in the northeast.