884 W State Road 436
Altamonte Springs, Florida
When we go out for dinner, we generally stay in Altamonte Springs, and usually go to the same few places. We decided to go to Macaroni Grill yesterday evening for something different. John had been there once, but I had never been.
The first thing that I noticed when we were walking up to the door: numerous benches outside, empty. And no one waiting outside, or inside, to be seated and it was 7:30 pm on a Saturday evening.
We were greeted and seated at a nearby table very quickly.
Our waitress was Bianca, which she aggressively scribbled across our paper tablecloth with a crimson crayon. She seemed very young, inexperienced, a bit scattered and somewhat inattentive.
The atmosphere reminded me of a cafeteria. It was quite bright, open, and loud.
John's water glass was dirty. Our glasses sat empty for quite a while.
We ordered pepperoni flatbread as an appetizer. It was tasty enough.
I ordered the shrimp portofino. The entire dish was dry and unappetizing. I basically ate nothing but the mushrooms, and declined when I was asked if I wanted a box to take the rest.
John got a sirloin, that he also deemed unappetizing.
The live Italian Opera singer might sound like a good concept, but holy geez. Before I realized it was a live person singing, I kept wondering why in the heck they had "turned it up" so loud. Every time he passed us, we made sure to not make eye contact in hopes he would not stop to loudly sing "at" us.
Before our entrees arrived, John pointed out the view underneath the hostess station to me. From our table, we had a straight shot view. It was disgusting. The most disturbing part was it was on wheels. If they can't clean something that is on wheels, I don't even want to see the kitchen.
We were asked to do a survey online about our dining experience. We did, even though we will not be using the coupons that were received from doing the survey. Meh. We most likely will never go back.