THE CHIMNEY HOUSE--FT. LAUDERDALE--RESTAURA
Saturday, February 02, 2013
As a server for 38 years I bend over backwards when it comes to rating restaurants and I am seldom that negative but this was a disaster from beginning to end. When you ask a server for recommendations and they answer "Everything is good" you know you are in trouble! A good server will always suggest 2-3 items when asked.
I read about the Chimney House and since we were going to the Broward Performing Arts Center, and it was only a block away, we decided to give it a try. It is a small place with very small tables with more on the patio and we were seated right near the 'fireplace' which meant the constant coming and going of servers. It also provided a direct line to seeing who came and went from/to the restrooms.The lighting is low which is okay but Allen, even with excellent eyesight, had a hard time reading the explanations of the dishes because it is in a very light gray color.
We both had the Arroz Marinero ($16) which is described as 'Spanish Seafood Rice made "Paella Style" (I am reading the menu on the Internet). It consisted of 3 small slices of sausage, 2 little-neck clams, 2 muscles, 1 shrimp and a lot of small pieces of calamari on a lot of lukewarm yellow rice. Allen had a can of soda ($1.95) and I had water--didn't want to chance coffee going to the theatre. The check, with tax, came to $35.99 and we left a $7 tip.