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:
- 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.
- I waited a few minutes and was the seated. I was given a
food menu and a drink menu.
- 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.
- A few minutes later, the waiter brought my
- I sipped my Arnold Palmer while I browsed
on my phone. A few minutes later, a different server dropped
off my food:
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.
- 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.
- 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