I’m having a hard time remembering if I have ever been as disappointed with a restaurant as I was with J.W. Finn’s after dining there one night last week. My savvy sis snatched up a $10 off $20 coupon on Seize the Deal, so we had a pretty good incentive to give the place a visit. Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be going back anytime soon.
We should have known what to expect. As we walked through the front door an angry looking couple were on their way out. They actually wished us ‘good luck’ and advised it was ‘horrible’. We should have made a break for it then, but we had a coupon, so we put on our brave faces and got a table. I was pleased to see they had Landshark available, so I promptly ordered a cold one. We perused the menu for a few moments, noting they’d added some pleasant additions to their previously boring menu. Ultimately, we decided we’d share the chicken, bacon, jalapeno appetizer (Texas Bites) and the grilled shrimp entree. It was all downhill after this point. Looking around at the other diners in the restaurant, we couldn’t help but notice all the scowling faces. I also noticed each time a check was delivered there would be a dispute over at least one item.
It really pains me to say such harsh things about a locally owned business who I’d like nothing more than to support. At the same time though, I also believe that restaurants owe it to their patrons to provide quality food (food that is also properly cooked) and not to cheap-out and try to fool us with half-hearted attempts at success. I believe that J.W. Finn’s could succeed with a little hard work and TLC, but I’m pessimistic about their longevity if things there remain the status quo.
6011 South Broadway Avenue
Tyler, TX 75703-4410