Today we were inside all day, we both had the day off and didn't really go anywhere because of the heavy snow we got last night. There was a little over a foot on the ground and even the Wal*Mart was closed. (I know, right? I think that's one of the signs of the apocalypse.)
We drove around for a bit and decided that we didn't feel like cooking. We bickered for a bit about where we would go and finally decided that Tumbleweed sounded good. We had been in Florence for a while and had not yet been there. We often ate at the Tumbleweeds in Dayton, Ohio and had good experiences.
When we walked in the door we were greeted by a sign that said "Prepare to be WOWED." A bold statement, we noted. That sets the bar pretty high right from the start. We hoped the experience would live up to the sign.
We ordered an appetizer of chips and salsa and cheese. We saw the presentation of the cheese on a nearby table over a flame and thought it looked good. The $4.29 for this seemed a bit steep but, again, the presentation intrigued us, so we bit. Brian noted that the hot salsa was his favorite and that the cheese was pretty tasty.
We looked over the menu and ordered our food. Brian chose the chicken breast dinner and a Caesar salad and I ordered ribs, no sauce with some corn bread.
We had decent service on our drink refills. It took a bit for the salad to come out, but our server did inform us that it would be out soon, they were chopping fresh lettuce.
When our food did come out, it was a scene we were used to. I order something a bit weird, they mess it up and I have to send my food back. Of course my ribs came out with sauce and I had to send them back to the kitchen. Brian then has to eat his food alone while I watch. Then by the time he's done I get my food and he gets to watch me eat. This happens to us a lot.
His food looked like something we could have prepared at home. The presentation was lacking quite a bit. Even if his rice has been put on his plate rather than in a bowl, it would have looked a little nicer. The chicken was a simple filet breast, grilled with a couple of spices. For $9.99 we thought they could have thrown some melted cheese and salsa on top or added another breast. We rated the true value of the dish around $6.99.
My ribs finally came back sauceless and I began to eat. Now, if I don't know what something is, generally don't have any desire to find out by putting it in my mouth. I have no sense of adventure in that category as I am the pickiest eater you will ever meet with a very discerning pallet. There were green specks in my cornbread so I decided to leave it alone. Brian decided to give it a try and we were both confused to find there was some sort of pepper chopped up in this bread. Odd. I would have liked to have been warned of that, seeing as how that's a pretty strange feature.
My food was alright, but also maybe not quite worth $9.99 when I know what I can get at a certain rib place across the street for that money. Over all we were underwhelmed by both presentation and food quality. Service was average, but not stellar. At this point we're thinking they should consider taking that sign off the door. We were full, but not satisfied.
A manager never came to ask if the food was alright or to check up on us after our food mix up.
And no one said goodbye to us or told us to have a good night when we left.
The check was around $30.
(scale of one to five
Presentation Overall experience
Will we go back? Probably not.
Why? For the money, we know there are places in the area we can get a better meal at, hands down.