My husband was out with the guys tonight for the football playoffs so the kids and I went out to dinner. Today we chose Four Corners Restaurant and Pub in Thompson CT. It is really at the border of Southbridge MA. So it was just the kids and I headed out to a playground, then dinner. With the help of Restaurant.com and Four Corners Restaurant and Pub
Our certificate was for $15 off our order. We purchased the certificate through Restaurant.com (which at the moment is just $6 for a $15 discount. The way it works, with this particular restaurant, is we needed to spend at least $22.50 out pocket in order to use the $15 off coupon. Well that certainly is not a problem.
We didn’t have a chance to double check their menu before we went. We have an autistic 13 year old with some food related challenges but lately he has been more willing to try new foods so I figured we could give it a try even with the menu “sight unseen”.
The restaurant is split nearly in half – half restaurant and half bar area. We were the only people in the restaurant and there were five people in the bar area. Now keep in mind that it was the football playoffs and the Patriots were losing – but, there was a whole lot of very loud conversation going on. There are no doors to close off the bar area from the restaurant. Definitely something to consider. There is a TV in the dining area, but it was off. Had it been on at least that noise may have helped distract my kids from all the other noise.
The food was really good. All of it was different than what I would consider traditional recipes but I was pleasantly surprised by the cooking with each item. The presentation was definitely not there but the food was good. However, even though we were the only ones eating in the entire restaurant we still had to wait 1/2 an hour for an order of onion rings. The main dinner came rather quickly after that. The kids wanted mild buffalo wings. I specifically asked if they were still really spicy – no, they are mild. Well, they were still overwhelmingly hot for kids so by the time we got them after sitting there for 45 minutes I immediately had them boxed up to go and asked for an untoasted grinder cut in half for them to share. They may have been willing to not charge us for the chicken wings if I asked but that really wasn’t a problem – we just brought them home for my husband. He loves hot chicken wings. The building was clean enough but the building itself seemed quite overdue for some routine upkeep. And the last thing that I found odd was when we were brought the appetizer of onion rings we weren’t brought any plates. Rather – we were asked once they were on the table – “you didn’t want plates did you?” Hmmm – I guess we didn’t. And of less importance – we weren’t automatically brought ketchup with french fries. We had to ask for it. Not a huge deal but it just seemed kind of crazy since they had no one there but us.
We were warmly greeted by the bartender when we arrived and she brought us drinks very quickly. When we asked for the check we received it promptly but when we went to pay we couldn’t quite get her attention, even though we went up to the bar and stood there for another ten minutes with the kids and I listening to the bar patrons.
The serving sizes were plenty large enough and like I mentioned earlier – the food was pretty tasty. But because of the atmosphere we will not be going back. If there was a way to block off the bar area from the rest of the restaurant – we might consider it. Still well worth the actual meal based on the price and definitely worth it if I had ordered the items to go.
I referenced earlier that I didn’t have time to check their menu before deciding to go there. But I also didn’t get a chance to check reviews. Restaurant.com has a great review feature so you can see what other patrons liked or didn’t like about specific establishments. I highly recommend checking those before choosing your certificates. Some of the reviews are very informative and will help you decide to or not to purchase a certificate for a certain restaurant. Also I am HUGE into couponing and Restaurant.com often has coupons to make their certificates even less expensive – so making their great deals even greater! At the moment there is a coupon for just $4 for a $25 gift certificate with coupon code: APP. This coupon is valid through 1/22/14 only but there will be more soon.
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