Vital Information wrote:Generally, I've been very happy at Grota.
I've been to Grota three times over the years, first time was for a private party and the Polish buffet, including that Polish 'classic' corned beef and cabbage, was pretty darn good.
A couple of months later we were out for drinks with a small group, talk turned to food, image that
, I mentioned Grota and the Polish buffet, next thing you know we are in two cars trundling out to Grota.
Truly, I was embarrassed, we walk in around 7:30pm on a Friday, there's one heavily intoxicated man yelling at a thin browbeaten woman in the back, an older couple, customers, seemingly a cross between embarrassed and scared and an overall pallor, dismal cast, almost palpable coating of despair tinting the lens of our eyes with a sulfuric yellow ocher cast.
And that was before we made the mistake of looking into the chaffing dishes on the line. Suffice to say the buffet offerings that evening looked a bit fatigued. We walked out, did I mention I was embarrassed.
We drove up to Red Apple on the 6400 block of Milwaukee and had a very nice meal, I love the red cabbage, for little money.
I went back once to Grota thinking that dismal evening was simply an anomaly, death in the family, everyone in management at an out of town wedding, something, anything, but, while it did not reach the Cold War Bulgarian prison atmosphere of my previous visit, it would take an act of congress, or assurance that there had been an ownership change, to get me back in the door.
Sauce on the side, always, implied, axiomatic..........never a doubt, BBQ sauce without. Low & Slow