Our 'nice' dinner for the overnight trip to Georgetown, KY was at "Wilshire's". Before leaving I checked them out on a couple of sites. Arriving, I was full of hopeful trepidation. The reviews are so hit or miss I was
worried especially since we were a group of 28.
The old building is
...the trash around it is
not. This mess is next to the entrance.
Beware that the walkway around to
the back of the building where you enter is also the roadway for golf
carts. We were nearly clipped by some
Throughout our visit there was
only one other table of 5 dining, so they definitely were not busy. We were seated in an addition to the house,
basically a sports bar area. Zero
atmosphere tho ‘historical’ is what they push in their ads.
First, we were told because we
were a group, we could have a limited menu.Four entrees were offered... a steak, catfish, fried chicken, or a salad
on an unpriced computer printed menu.That was all we could choose from... couldn’t even order a burger!
Hubby ordered a cup of
coffee. Twice he was offered a refill,
which he took. Come check time he had
been charged for EVERY cup he drank...$6.57 for coffee. The server did not inform us that the refills
she offered were charged each cup. What
a rip off.
Someone's fried chicken that was set down in front of me.
Both Himself and I ordered
the catfish: mine fried and his
Catfish came with broccoli
which I don’t like, so I asked for green beans instead (served with both the
steak and fried chicken). The waitress
actually gasped, saying the chef wouldn’t like that and probably wouldn’t make
the change. Excuse me??
She said if I didn’t like broccoli I
should order something else. I insisted
for the substitution. No rolls or
crackers were offered with the meal.
Forty minutes later our food
was served. My fried catfish was hot as
was Himself’s grilled fish. Both styles of fish were
tasty. He enjoyed his broccoli which was
nearly raw. My green beans (yes, I got them) were straight
out of a can; not rinsed and no seasoning at all. They were served in a third cup size
ramekin. The rice pilaf was overcooked
and tasteless; the serving was smaller than the beans.
Towards the end of the meal,
the owner offered 2 options for dessert~ cheesecake or cherry pie. The cheesecake had no topping and the pie was
soggy crusted and very little fruit.
Only when we finally got the
check (a long process) did we know what we were charged. The catfish was $14.00 each and the pies were
$6.00. Ice tea was $2.69 and then there
was that $6.57 for coffee.
With all that has been going on, we have not made it out to the produce auction much this summer. Time for us to get busy putting up produce to last us until next summer, plus load up on some fresh goodness to munch on.
I've never seen a horse decked out so pretty. Did you notice the little heart on his chest brace? When he left he was driven by two ladies... imagine that!
Below is eye candy. It's a bit of this and that up for auction that day.
(Heirloom cherry tomatoes)
This is where I do most of my buying... the small lot tables. From our latest trip we brought home a half bushel of bell peppers (26) for $5 - bell peppers at the local big box were right about $1 each, a half bushel of green beans (about 20 pounds) for $11 - Big Box is selling at $1.18 a pound, and a half bushel of slicing cucumbers (about 20) for $5 - Big Box price .58c each.
Corn was selling a bit dear that morning so we stopped at a farm stand on the way home and picked up 12 ears for the same price as Big Box. Except these had been growing yesterday...
Himself isn't into the auction buying part. He'd rather read or talk to someone.
However sometimes he has to step in when 2 things I want are close together (the way the auction is done is a bit chaotic - there is an auctioneer on either side of the row/aisle going at the SAME TIME. So if you want something on both sides you have to have someone to help you bid. And I always need help at the tables.).
He also comes over when I've won a bid and totes it back to our seat area.
Our lunch stop was here to eat at Hayden's Stockyard Eatery.
We opted out of the meal as yet again we were thrown "a limited menu". The choices were Pineapple Chicken Salad served in a half pineapple (pineapple and mayo together? Pass...), Shrimp & Grits (reviews said to pass this one by so I did and Himself won't touch grits) and then finally a Bourbon and Caramelized Onion Burger (I can't do onions and the tour leader would not ask them to do a plain burger! Seriously!!).
I had brought plenty of healthy munchies with us and that was quite satisfying. Instead, we looked around.
It really is a stockyard but there were no sales at the time.
The sale ring.
"Ol' Bossy"... cobbled together from 2x4 odds and ends.
We looked around the Farrier shop and had an interesting talk with the manager.
Lovely meat market, I wished I had brought a cooler!
But there were other things to be had... like that Cheddar Summer Sausage. Yummy!
And some jerky came came home with us too.
There was a small museum to enjoy.
And a fantastic learning center. School tours come out for programs.
This area was for hand-outs and samples.
And for the small area, it was full of educational displays.