Today’s pub review is not a pub review. Last Sunday, we celebrated The Better Half’s birthday. Since we wanted something different and something from home we tried The Big Easy, an American Gulf Coast restaurant in London. The inside resembles a crab shack. Arriving a little after 1pm, I was surprised to see the place almost completely packed. Fortunately there was a table for two available.
Immediately I enjoyed the atmosphere. If you want a serious place with stunning and
simple decor to impress a date, don’t go here. If you want a cheesy place that’ll make you smile, this is more your speed. Not only are the walls covered with kitsch, many of the patrons are wearing plastic lobster bibs. It’s hard to take this place seriously. It’s silly.
We started off with the Voodoo chicken wings. Since moving from Boston we’ve been trying to find decent hot wings and have failed. Finally, these lived up to our expectations. The chicken was juicy and tender. The sauce oozed over my hands when I bit in. Thank goodness this wasn’t a first date—I was a mess after eating the first one. These wings are finger licking good.
Next we moved on to the main course. I ordered Bar-B-Q Smoked Baby Back Ribs and beans. On the side I splurged and had fries and onion rings. The ribs, though not very meaty, were delicious. The beans were some of the best I’ve had. And the onion rings dipped in blue cheese—yummy! The Better Half ordered Prime Rib Eye and was disappointed. It was so skinny. I tried not to chuckle when they set it down. Compared to my ribs, the steak is not the star of the menu. For dessert I had a vanilla shake with Crème de Menthe and Kahlua.
Now for the service. At first, the service was fantastic. The waitress was bubbly and entertaining. However, as time wore on she became more and more impatient. The Better Half eats slower than my grandfather. Also, they had rugby on the telly. Both of us were enjoying our meals, cocktails, and watching the game. I would like to mention many of the customers around us stayed the same amount of time watching the match. I know many places want to push people out quickly, but we continued to order drinks and such. And it took them thirty minutes to serve my tea at the end of the meal.
Also I should mention that this place is not cheap. There was a couple sitting next to us and my guess is that they have just started dating. While the gal was in the bathroom the gentleman settled the bill. He made it clear to the waitress he thought the margaritas were overpriced. It was an awkward conversation. The price is clearly marked on the menu and it’s not the waitress’s fault that they had two rounds. As soon as his date came back to the table he stopped complaining and plastered a fake smile on his face. Poor chap. Maybe next time she’ll pick up the check.
Overall, we had an enjoyable time. Not sure we would go back but it was a great way to celebrate a birthday. Now I need to find a decent steak place for The Better Half. Seriously, it was so skinny! Does anyone have suggestions for a steak restaurant that will dazzle us?