We placed our orders. Savannah ordered the "build your own burger" with tuna (ordered medium), avocado and sprouts on a brioche. The tuna was bland and dry, no flavor, no burger juiciness, no nothing, and served with frozen fried onion rings; our server never provided or asked if we've liked condiments either. I'm going to go off on a tangent here about onion rings. I understand that some people like the fat, thick onion rings (get your mind out of the gutter) but as a huge fan of the thin, lightly breaded onion ring I feel like a minority. You can rarely find these, unless you're in my kitchen, so in the next public election I vote to bring back the thin onion rings. OK I'm done with onion rings, and will get back to our meal. Emily and I both are trying to lose weight so we attempted to be healthy and both ordered the goat cheese and spinach salad, I ordered a cup of chili to accompany mine and she ordered the spinach artichoke dip as an accompaniment. We'll start with the spinach dip-bland again, tasted store bought from the freezer section at the grocery store, maybe not even that good. The chili, well you can get better at Wendy's and for cheaper if that's you're thing. It also came with cheese and onion, which according to the menu was available upon request and I did NOT request.
Before we go into our rant about the goat cheese salad, I'd like to comment on the beverages. We both ordered martinis for our first round, come on who can resist a $4 martini. We ordered different drinks, but both had the same complaint, too strong. I like my alcohol, but damn, I don't want it to blow me away on the first sip. Second round, Emily says her pineapple up down cake was better than her first drink. I ordered the "cherry bomb," but no cherries were present when delivered; our brain dead server did recognize this mistake and returned my drink with a cherry, it was better but nothing special.
THE SALAD: the epic fail of the evening; please note that if you order this salad it is not what is advertised on the menu. Let me begin with the one positive of the salad: the panko crusted goat cheese. It is delicious, good portion size, cooked well, no complaints. So the salad on the menu is described as "panko crusted goat cheese with spinach, kalamata olives, roasted red peppers and cherry peppers stuffed with prosciutto and provolone dressed in a red wine vinaigrette." So for the not so positive, consistency seems to be the first visual problem as Emily's salad is thoroughly coated in the vinaigrette, however mine is not. The salad was also topped with whole garlic cloves, I like garlic, but damn, I don't want a whole clove much less 8 in my salad.
Just so you know, if you have the Foursquare App on your phone and you check in at BE you can get a free mini dessert. We were so disappointed in our meal that we decided to skip our free dessert. Overall a poor experience, especially when you consider being charged $2.59 for a glass of lemonade; as a career food service employee a glass of lemonade costs about $.04, quite a profit they're pulling from that one glass, huh?
Although we've had good meals here in the past, we're both now reconsidering whether we'll return to BE in the future.