My friends and I used to dine occasionally at Chroma. I liked it. Unfortunately, they didn't make it. Alden Park has opened in their spot. We have been there 3 times.
First time my chicken was underdone. Pat & I got free dessert.
Second time my steak tips were not steak tips. They were some other cut of meat, tough and slightly fatty. Just cause you cut it into that size & shape doesn't mean it's a steak tip.
Third time I ordered the flat iron steak. Jen had enjoyed this entree both times we had been there. As a matter of fact, the second time, she said she wanted to lick the plate. I start eating it and I think "This is kinda tough". Before I could relay this to Bette & Jen, the bartender came over (points for his service on this and the first visit). He asks how everything. Jen tells him its tough and not sliced the same. He looks at me & I nod my agreement. Then she says the polenta is also disappointing and I laugh because I am also disappointed.
He looks momentarily distressed. Gives Jen a free beer.
The bill for the three of us was $145 before the tip. That's the last money they get out of me.
Jen accused me of getting my bad Alden Park juju on her steak. No one had any sympathy for me. Bette & Jen had wanted to go to our fav - East Bay. But I was not ready to see my favorite bartender, Dick with my post chemo hair.
I told my mother this story and she shrugs and says "You have a wig."
Tough crowd. So I will pull on my "Big girl pants" or my wig and next time get great steak tips at East Bay.