Glenn’s Cafe: After cutting down our Christmas tree a couple of weekends ago we headed up Hwy. 87 for an (unfortunately rare) visit to Glenn’s, which offers a family-style, meat-and-three menu on Sundays. Lucky us. The fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy were grandma-esque. Bravo.
Saigon Bistro, Town Grill and El Maguey after the jump.
Saigon Bistro: I’d continued to hear good things but hadn’t made it it until last week. We had the egg rolls (A1), banh mi (A6), bun bo Hue (B2) and bun bo Xao (N2). While you don’t need to cancel your date with Chinese Wok Express, I was encouraged. Mrs. SMEs, perhaps suffering from Spoiled in Thailand Syndrome more acutely than I, was less somewhat less charitable. But no amount of holiday cheer could render us charitable with the tacky, exhausting interior. Yikes.
Town Grill: Home to charming, just-this-side-of-trashy servers and decent diner food, this Jefferson City stalwart produced an “open face roast beef sandwich” this week that consisted of a pile of grocery store deli slices topped with canned gravy. A piece of white bread lay somewhere beneath this mess. I tried in vain to conjure an adjective for the mashed potatoes. They were nothing. No flavor, no texture, a white void on the plate. I’ll stick to burgers and pork tenderloin.
El Maguey: None of these lowest common denominator Tex-Mex places are going to blow you away, but the West Broadway location is the best of the bunch. Stick with the basics – tacos de carne asada, chili verde, fajitas – and you’ll be fine. Plus, the service is friendly and they’re great with kids.