Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sam & Betty's

I went to Sam & Betty's on the Mileground today with Kristen. I've had my eye on this restaurant for awhile, ever since my other friend, Kayla, mentioned going. She really enjoyed its small-town country feel, and it's close. I expected some homestyle cooking judging from the sign on the outside.



It's near the Morgantown airport, near the Indian restaurant "Saffron." I didn't have much trouble finding it, and luckily it wasn't too busy because there wasn't a ton of parking. When we walked in, the decor was more elegant than I imagined. The middle picture shows one dining area, the first you see when you walk in. There are another two dining areas, and we were seated in one that had a lattice area with vines and grapes on the ceiling.

Surprisingly, we saw Kayla (the one who mentioned the restaurant in the first place) and her boyfriend, Michael. In fact, we were seated right next to them. I took this photo from my seat, so it was basically like we were eating together. Kayla looked like she had a fried fish meal, and Michael had a hamburger. Then, we browsed our menu.
As soon as we ordered our drinks, they brought out warm complementary appetizers. The first (which isn't pictured because we gobbled them up) was a warm, homestyle version of a pepperoni and cheese roll. The pepperoni, cheese and dough were quality products, with cheese oozing out of the dough. Fantastic. What is pictured is the cornbread. This was very moist, and tasted excellent. However, when Kristen broke hers apart, there was a hair. That was a deal-breaker. My appetite was lost. Hence, I was able to snap a picture of what remained because we couldn't finish.


I ordered a fish sandwich with lettuce and mayo. I ordered a half and got waffle fries instead of the whole sandwich. As you can see, it was more than enough. In fact, I couldn't even finish my waffle fries. I ended up giving them to Kristen. The fish was tasty, but the filet was definitely thin. The bread was somewhat overpowering, and I would've liked the fish/bread ratio to be more balanced. The fries were ... well ... fries. I'm not a big fan of fries, but they were complementary to the sandwich.

Unfortunately, my dish came out before Kristen's. The waitress said hers would take longer, and that's fine, but I don't want my dish while she's waiting for hers. I picked at my fries (the waitress brought out her fries, but not her burger) until her large hamburger finally arrived. It was huge and slathered with BBQ sauce. I commented that it looked doused in BBQ sauce, but she enjoyed it. She ate about half of it and took the rest in a doggie bag.

Because I knew I wanted to write about this, I ordered dessert, as well. I was pretty full, so I didn't even finish the dessert, but I opted for a 9-piece miniature cheese cake dish. Three squares were regular, three were turtle cheesecake and three were raspberry cheesecake. Kristen liked the regular the best, but I, of course, liked the turtle. I'm a sucker for anything chocolate and caramel. The raspberry tasted similar to a cough syrup, so we only had one of those squares.

All in all, I'd rate the food average, the service was great, and the price wasn't bad. I paid $20 for a coke, a sandwich and fries, dessert and tip. The one major downfall was the hair, but that happens sometimes. Our waitress was very attentive, so that's a plus. I drink a lot with my meal, and my glass was never empty. Constant refills mean a bigger tip. 

Grade: C
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