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Review - The Park in Quarry Park

Dropped by for dinner with husband. Restaurant has been closed on 2 occasions (one fire, one flood) and has recently reopened. We were not impressed the last couple of times we were there, but thought we'd give it one last chance.

Visited The Park on a Thursday night. When we walked into the lobby, the first thing we saw was a dirty rag and spray bottle on the hostess counter. Not a great first impression.

Asked for a seat in the lounge and was escorted to a small booth, and drink orders (iced tea and glass of Pinio Grigio)were taken promptly. Server was very attentive and answered any questions we had.

Thursday is wing night, so we asked if wings were breaded. Server did not know, but asked and came back. She advised that wings are very lightly breaded (and we could not get them "naked" We ordered one order of salt and pepper wings, a pizza and sandwich with French onion soup.

When wings came, they were VERY breaded, covered in a thick coating, but HUGE. One bite of braded coating, and we realized the reason they were so large, is that they must have came form a very old chicken. Along with being heavily coated, they were very tough and flavorless (remind me of they very large but cheap stewing hens)Assuming that they were a frozen type wing, which is why we could not get them without breading

We did not finish the wings.

The remainder of the good came, pizza, soup and sandwich looked good (dough is made in house). Soup was cheesy and sandwich was good, pizza had a biscuit type crust (reminded me of the chef boyaredee boxes we had in the 70's), that was very dry, crumbly, and flavourless.

Husband ate approx. 1/3 of pizza. I finished most of sandwich and soup. Not the worst meal we have ever had, however, will not return. Server took 20% off of our bill as we did not like the pizza or wings.

Will go to Original Joe's (across the parking lot) for wings next time

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