The eatery reviewed last week was Polly’s Restaurant, at its new location at 15 South Stanley Road in Cottage Hills. If you go, you will receive large portions at reasonable prices.
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My regular dining companion and I went to a restaurant I had been wanting to visit for some time. We parked in a public lot and walked about 30 feet to the front door. After passing through a small lobby, we came flush up against a purple-painted podium, where we waited perhaps two minutes to be seated. Our server settled us in a clean booth and took our drink orders while I attended to an urgent call of nature. I was pleased to see that both restrooms were roomy, clean and had baby-changing tables. However, both restrooms also had paper-towel dispensers that would not dispense and could not be persuaded to do so. I walked back to our table, wiping my hands on my shirt.
The front of the restaurant had large windows that let in the light. Booths lined both sides of the long dining room, and a few tables for four were placed in between the two lines of booths. Each table held salt, pepper, creamers, sweeteners and jelly. An ice cream display case was at the back of the room, near the door to the kitchen. On the right, a red brick wall stretched across almost the full wall and was devoid of decoration. The rest of the wall and the opposite wall were covered with framed photographs, wall hangings, small figurines and other paraphernalia regarding a famous musical quartet that was extremely popular during the sixties and seventies.
Our table had our drinks and flatware — knife, fork and spoon — in a napkin. My lemonade was perfect, and I nearly drained the pint tumbler immediately. My companion had water. The restaurant specialized in horseshoes, but neither of us felt up to tackling something like that. I requested a fried cod sandwich on a Kaiser roll for $9.99, which came with a choice of a side order. I took fries. My companion requested a cheese steakburger for $3.99 and a bowl of chili with cheese for an additional $3.24.
Our food came quickly, smoking hot and savory. I had a new glass of lemonade without having to ask, and all I needed to request was catsup for the fries. Actually, they were battered fries, and I really didn’t need the catsup, but I used a little since I had requested it. The cod filled the roll and hung over a bit. There was shredded lettuce and diced fresh tomatoes on the roll. The tomatoes kept falling out. Slices would have worked better, and a little mild onion would have been good, but the sandwich was delectable and I enjoyed it very much. The chili was in a 4-ounce bowl. Personally, I think when one orders a bowl of chili, he should get a larger serving. The burger came with mayonnaise, lettuce, onion and pickle. It all disappeared quickly.
Our server was marvelous. We enjoyed the music wafting through the air, but oddly we heard no songs made famous by the quartet the restaurant was dedicated to while we were there. Our visit was enjoyable and I look forward to visiting again.
Overall - five stars
Cleanliness - five stars
Service - five stars
Food - four stars
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