This was my first visit to Buzzard Billy’s Flying Carp Cafe. New restaurants always make me nervous. I haven’t had Cajun food in a very long time and thought this was an awesome choice that my co-workers made.
After a long day at work, we all were looking for a cold beer and some great food. We got to the door and had to pass a waitress out side smoking. She really didn’t seem concerned that we were coming in.
While we were waiting to be seated, we looked at the menu. I saw Gator Fingers: Farm-raised alligator tail. Sliced into thin strips, hand breaded and deep-fried to a golden brown. Served with a Creole honey mustard dipping sauce. And I thought they are kidding, right? My co-workers who suggested said, nope. Well, the movie Water Boy with Adam Sandler came into mind and I said well they say it tastes like chicken. But something about a alligator that can eat humans just didn’t turn me on – farm raised or not. I will skip that option.
Fifteen minutes goes by and we still haven’t been seated. At this point we were wondering if we should just leave. They weren’t very busy but we stuck it out. Finally someone seated us. As she seated us, the waitress told us the people behind us had just gotten engaged. We all had intentions of congratulating them when they got back to their table.
We ordered our beers and one of the beers they thought they had they didn’t. Quite disappointing but doable. Everyone ordered a different beer but oddly, all of our beers tasted the same. Being that we live in Wisconsin, a state were we are not only a cheese state but a beer state. We know our beers & cheeses. One of my co-workers beers never came and the waitress never corrected the beers that were the same & never did bring my co-workers beer, so there was a trip to the bar to get the proper beers. Yep, we paid for those too.
The happy couple came back and we congratulated them and only got a strange look on the girls face and the guy looked at us and said a shaky thanks. Oh boy, did we let the cat out the bag? We died laughing and then it was on to see the ring and figure out what was going on.
Finally the waitress came back to take our orders. I asked about the alligator and what it tastes like. Supposedly, it does taste like chicken but it tougher and more chewy. That further confirmed I would be skipping that. Nothing on the menu really was intriguing my taste buds so I went with seafood stuff mushrooms and hush-puppies.
While waiting for our order to come, which seemed to take for ever, the girl in the booth behind us left to use the restroom and one of my co-workers asked him what the deal was. Did we totally ruin the surprise? The guy told us on the “down low” that he pretended to get engaged so his underage girlfriend could drink. The wait staff fell for it. We laughed even harder.
Meanwhile, people were coming in the restaurant waiting to be seating and weren’t getting seated. They turned around and left.
Twenty minutes later our dinner finally arrived. Now remember what I said earlier about cheese. I know real cheese from fake cheese and my stuffed mushrooms had fake cheese on them. I was not pleased at all. The hush-puppies were great but if the waitress would have stayed around long enough she would have gotten the plate of stuff mushrooms back.
We ate our dinner. The couple behind us left. Of course we wished them a great evening and a wonderful honeymoon.
We paid our bills, finally got a take home box and left.
We had a great time but the service was horrible, my food wasn’t the greatest, they mixed up the beer orders and didn’t bother to correct it on our tab. Honestly, we never should have left a tip.
I know this is one customer that will not be back.