New Neptune’s Restaurant in Alameda, CA Lab

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2017-04-21 11.50.14

I am working from home today, so I tried a new Alameda
restaurant for lunch. Neptune’s is
located on Central Avenue where the old Fosters Freeze was. Let
me summarize by saying that I will go back, but I would not
order the same thing.

Here are the events as they unfolded:

  1. I walked over and entered the building. Everything is clean
    and new. I was immediately greeted by a hostess. The place was
    full, so I was told there would be a 10-minute wait. I had my
    phone with me (so I could read work emails), so I figured
    “Why not?” I gave the hostess my name.
  2. I waited a few minutes and was the seated. I was given a
    food menu and a drink menu.

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  3. I scanned the menu, made my selections, and waited about
    10 minutes before a waiter approached my table. When he
    did, I ordered an Arnold Palmer and the Cheesy
    Shrimp & Grits. The waiter asked if I wanted a
    glass of water to start, but I declined.
  4. A few minutes later, the waiter brought my
    Arnold Palmer.


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    Although it was not very sweet, it tasted OK. I would
    probably opt for something else next time.

  5. I sipped my Arnold Palmer while I browsed
    on my phone. A few minutes later, a different server dropped
    off my food:


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    It certainly had plenty of shrimp. They had a funny
    ketchup-like aftertaste that I did not care
    for — that was probably the “Brekkie sauce.” The
    cheesy grits were actually great. Combined with the fried
    egg over medium on top, that was quite good. If only the
    shrimp didn’t have that aftertaste.

  6. A few minutes later, as I was taking my last sip of Arnold
    Palmer, my original waiter checked on me. He asked if
    everything was OK. I said fine. Of his own volition, he told me
    that he had an Arnold Palmer yesterday and loved it. I was
    hoping he would notice that mine was empty and ask if I wanted
    a refill or another, but he didn’t. I finished my meal,
    liquid-free, and regretted my decision not to accept that
    initial glass of water.
  7. About 10 minutes after I was done, the waiter asked if
    he should close out my check. I said yes, and he brought me the
    bill — less than $20. The check came in a cup. I
    added $25 to cup, left that on the table, and
    departed.

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