Did you figure out what restaurant was reviewed last time? It was Riviera Maya, 2704 Corner Court in Alton. The food was so good, I forgot to mention the four flat-screen TVs, one in each corner of the dining room. But beware! The website and Facebook page are totally outdated. The location and prices are different.
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While doing business in a public place, I overheard a spirited discussion about local restaurants. I dropped everything and rushed out to the one that I had never heard of before. My companion and I walked into a small lobby where a whiteboard listed the specials of the day, but as I had an urgent call of nature, I abandoned my friend and made a beeline for the restroom. In a few minutes, fully rested, I made my way to the desk where a sign indicated patrons should wait to be seated. Three employees were standing there, talking. After five minutes of being ignored, I put a hand on my hip and allowed myself to look annoyed. Only then was I asked if I had been helped. I was shown to a table but could not see my companion anywhere. I waited for awhile, until my astute server figured out that we were together. My friend had been seated at a corner table out of my sight.
Once reunited, we perused the menu and found a nice variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner items. Senior pricing and house specials were available. I decided on half of a fried chicken, broccoli, with chicken and dumpling soup for $8.25. My friend ordered ribeye steak and eggs for $8.99.
The dining room was large, with partitions that allowed for both extra seating and a feeling of privacy. There were TVs in two corners, one of which advertised local businesses and in-house specials. The table was equipped with real butter, an assortment of jelly, coffee creamer, sweeteners, steak sauce, a napkin dispenser, salt, pepper and hot sauce. The restroom I visited was spacious, but the paper towel dispenser was not dispensing, the wastecan was full and the floor needed sweeping.
All minor irritations were forgotten once our food arrived. My chicken and dumpling soup was a startling, brilliant yellow, but very tasty. It came in a wide-brimmed soup bowl with a soup spoon. The steak was large and cooked perfectly to order, as were the eggs. Hash browns and a biscuit rounded out the plate. I had four pieces of steaming hot chicken and a LOT of broccoli, all my heart would desire. I also had a fresh, soft biscuit.
I was so completely full that I could not eat another bite, so I ordered the dessert of the day — carrot cake — to take home. The cake was priced at $2.99 per slice.
Our server was quite attentive and went the extra mile to make us comfortable. I mentioned his exceptional service when I paid the bill. Toothpicks were available at the payment desk.
Overall – 4 1/2 stars
Service – 4 stars
Cleanliness – 4 stars
Food – 5 stars
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