Last night after getting my first haircut in a year (maybe 2 years…I don’t really remember) we went to Wine-n-Diner in Delmar for dinner. I had heard/read some good things about it and wanted to try it. Their menu is rather extensive and covers everything from sandwiches and salads to full entrees. It’s certainly not your average diner menu and seemed worth a try.
We started with Fried Deviled Brie which is described as “Wedges of Brie bathed in buttermilk and ground mustard, covered in Panko bread crumb. Served w/ Balsamic Glaze.” Since I love melted cheese and anything that involves balsamic I was looking forward to it. The dish arrived and it looked good. There were three decent sized wedges of breaded cheese stacked on a plate that had been pattered with balsamic glaze. Unfortunately, the dish had no flavor. I expected the mustard to give the brie a little bit of a bite but was met with bland, gooey cheese coated in bland crumbs. The parts that were on the balsamic were good but the glaze was pretty much glued to the plate which meant it was difficult to get on any other pieces.
Moving on to dinner. I ordered Classic Macaroni and Cheese. (Are you catching a theme? Cheese…I love it.) There’s no description on the menu because, well, there shouldn’t have to be. It comes out in it’s own little dish as if it has been baked just for you. Again, it looked good (minus the unbaked panko crumbs on top but whatevs). So, I stuck my fork in and noticed that something seemed to be missing. After some poking, it seemed like there was a lack of cheese. Where was my gooey cheese that I love? After some more deconstruction I found all of this…
It seems as if they had made a cheese sauce that broke or put way too much butter on top before baking because all there was was a lot of butter. Unfortunately, whatever it was, it made the cheese kind of disappear and again, my dish was bland. It was like eating noodles with butter and some crusty crumbs. I was sad…and a little pissed but, mostly sad.
Finally, we had dessert because I had heard the most about how awesome dessert was there. We ordered Fried Double Stuffed Oreos with Vanilla Ice Cream and Toll-House Pie.
The Fried Oreos were good. There was one that wasn’t quiet fried enough but they were still good. The ice cream, however, well…they should probably upgrade to a better brand. The Toll-House pie was also good but nothing to write home about. It has marshmallow in it which was an unexpected but welcome surprise. I would honestly save my $5 per dessert and go down the road to Emack & Bolio’s.
After everything that I heard about the place, I was really disappointed. The food was mediocre at best and while it is very reasonably priced, it’s not worth it in my opinion.
Two notes that don’t deserve their own paragraph:
- There is no wine. They don’t have their liquor license yet. So it’s not quite Wine-n-Diner yet.
- Apparently the banana sauce that is on the table is awesome. It’s hot so I wouldn’t try it but, I was told it was great.
This is all just my opinion and I’m certainly not a seasoned food critic so, take it for what you will. Has anyone else been there yet?