I'm not sure if this is where a restaurant review would go, but a moderator is welcome to move it if it's in the wrong place. Thanks!!!
I ate at the Yankee Clipper at 397 Main Street in Beacon NY with my mother yesterday and wanted to comment, since the manager said I was welcome to.
Jerry, our waiter, was pleasant and helpful. We appreciated that and most of the salad was fresh with a good homemade house dressing (you can't really blame them for hard, pale pink tomatoes out of season).
That is where the positive review ended. Everything cooked that arrived at the table was inedible. The split pea soup was too salty, even with the croutons to try to mask some of it. The chicken noodle soup was supposed to have been homemade, but I am at a loss for how anything resembling a chicken spent *ANY* time near it. The broth was flavorless, colorless except for a generous helping of bright yellow grease and PAINFULLY salty. There were a few small pieces of chicken, but mostly the bowl was full of mushy noodles.
The main courses were roasted chicken and corned beef and cabbage. My mother poked at her chicken and declared that it was the worst chicken that she'd eaten since her ex-mother in law cooked chicken for her. I've had my grandmother's roasted chicken and declined her offer to taste it to see if it was exactly the same. My mother just kept repeating to herself that she had no idea how they managed to make the dark meat so dry. Needless to say, after giving up on the inedible thigh, she didn't attempt to choke down the breast.
The sliced corned beef was somewhat flavorless, though I wouldn't have returned it just for that. The whole carrot was surprisingly well cooked because I would have imagined that it was all made in the same pot but the cabbage and potatoes were SO badly overcooked. The potato was soggy and mushy, something i might have overlooked if the rest of the meal was edible, but the cabbage was the offensively, inexcusably overcooked. It wasn't just tender, it was MUSHY. If I speared leaves with my fork, they fell apart and had to be scooped up from underneath. Teeth were definitely not required for this meal.
Worst of all was the manager's attitude. When I brought it back and said that I couldn't eat it because it was all overcooked, she told me that it was hot they ALWAYS make their vegetables and that it how it's SUPPOSED to be cooked. Frankly, I'd have been willing to chalk it up to a bad day and given them another try... but if she's going to insist that it will always be inedible, they've just lost a customer. Since they're walking distance from both my sister's house AND the office where I'll be working, it would have been a steady customer.
The icing on the cake was when she said to go ahead and tell people what I thought. Thank you, I *WILL*.
Final word, if you want to overpay for inedible food and an arrogant attitude from the manager, go for it. Just try to get Jerry as your waiter. At least you'll have good service.