Omnivore - Foodie fails to fawn
I received the following from a friend who is a major foodie:
I noticed in your Creative Loafing food column that you reported (secondhand) good things about Floataway these days. We are stalwart fans of the place. So we went there for Valentineâ€™s Day. I know: probably not the best night for a restaurant. Nonetheless, we had by far the worst meal that weâ€™ve ever had there â€” and weâ€™ve eaten at Floataway a lot over the years. Everything about the experience was bad: startlingly inept service (an almost entirely new staff); a diminished, unremarkable wine list; and (worst) muddy, gummy, over-salted, half-hearted cooking. Even the basic rough material of the food â€” the vegetables, the fish â€” seemed second rate. It didnâ€™t even seem like we were at Floataway.
Astonishingly, Annie herself was there, though not cooking. It seemed like less than just an off night and more like a paradigm shift in what the place is all about. (You know that they opened that new bar/lounge space.) I donâ€™t know if youâ€™ve ever had the experience of a meal being so disappointing that itâ€™s actually embarrassing â€¦ that you donâ€™t want to make eye contact with your server â€¦ that you just want to slink out of the restaurant. The meal was so bad that, upon my very specific (though painstakingly polite) complaints, they didnâ€™t charge us for the meal. We just paid for the wine and left a tip. We had to console ourselves with the boxes of chocolates we each bought each other.