...we tried The Meat Pit this weekend, and I'm sad to report our experience was much less favorable.
I preface this by saying that I don't think I'm nearly as selective or harsh or picky or whatever word you want to use as a lot of people on these boards. Nine times out of 10 when I eat out I'm happy with what I get. Some meals are obviously better than others, but I rarely complain about food and/or a dining experience.
We arrived at 12:45 and there were only a few cars there. The Meat Pit is in the former Miguel's.
We were optimistic when we smelled real barbecue as we walked in the front door, but the enthusiasm wouldn't last.
The interior's still basically the same as Miguel's -- there's a bar up front and it basically looks like a former Mexican restaurant.
The menu has about seven appetizers, a handful of burger options, steaks and a few other items.
We decided to order the smoked wings as an appetizer to split, I got the brisket sandwich and Cathy got the BBQ burger which was called something to that effect -- sauce, onion rings, you get the idea.
I don't like onions, and my only question was if I could get a different bun than the onion bun that was listed. Some sandwiches listed an onion bun, some didn't, so I figured it wouldn't be a big deal to get a regular bun. Big mistake.
First, our server came back and asked if I was OK with doing rye bread. Keep in mind, I'm really not picky other than I really, really don't like onions. I balked and asked if I could just get one of the burgers that didn't have that bun. She said they all used onion buns, even though it wasn't listed in about half of the descriptions.
Then I asked if I could see the menu again, and she came right back and I decided to just go with the brisket mac and cheese.
She came back a few minutes later and said they had run out of wings the night before. Very disappointed, we decided we'd just go without an appetizer.
I guess my mind wasn't working very quickly because it took about five minutes for me to realize all I had coming was a meal-sized version of mac and cheese.
Cathy's BBQ burger came without the onion ring or barbecue sauce, which blew my mind. Those would seem to be two essential items for that order. So they brought her out a side of sauce and two onion rings.
My order was penne with a slight hint of cheddar and even less of a hint of some kind of ground meat that may or may not have been a cow part at one time. And it was all topped with a glorified ketchup that was some kind of cheap store-bought barbecue sauce.
And guess what? It had red onions mixed in, which were not on the menu. The onions were hard to pick out because they were so small, the penne was very bland and I only ate about half before my taste buds refused any more.
As it turned out, the onion bun Cathy got didn't smell like or taste like onions, nor did it have onions anywhere in it (right or wrong I was expecting something like Arby's buns with onions embedded in them).
Her burger was actually really good and decent sized, and at $9 was $3 cheaper than my $12 order of noodles and ketchup. The fries that came with the burger were sort of the Penn Station type -- a little soggy but still pretty decent.
I realize the place is pretty new, but I can't see this place lasting if this is a typical experience. The server was very nice, but not knowing your menu (the wings and the unannounced onions that came on my order after I was clear I didn't like them) is a major flaw. It was pretty obvious she had little serving experience (she asked if we needed more pop when our glasses were almost full).
We weren't charged for our pops, possibly because of the wings fiasco, and our bill was $22. And I left hungry.
I realize new places sometimes need a while to work efficiently, but especially with Just Q'In and Eli's in the area now, I can't see any reason to go back. If Miguel's went under in that location -- a place I actually liked -- I can't see this place sustaining business.