Boston Market has good chicken, but what about the silverware?
Written: May 9, 2012
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Rostisserie chicken, creamed spinach, and mashed potatoes are good.
Cons:Dry meatloaf, plastic silverware, and plates.
The Bottom Line: For a similar price to Boston Market, you can go to a Mom and Pop style restaurant, and eat similar food, and be waited on.
Isn't it amazing to find, that you have eaten in a chain restaurant several times, and not written a review about it. This is the case with Boston Market. We have one in an out parcel, of our local mall, and it is right next to Bob Evens. We tend to go to Bob Evens at least once a month, for their biscuits and gravy, but each time I suggest Boston Market, Len pulls a face.
We have probably been at least half a dozen times over the past 10 years. The 2 locations have been Port Richey, and Tampa. There is always plenty of parking in both locations. The outside looks bright and cheery.
Upon entering the restaurant their are booths, and tables. However, you go up to the back of the restaurant to place your order. I normally go for the rotisserie chicken, and choose a half, and Len tends to order meatloaf. These come with 2 side orders, and corn bread. We both go along the line watching the serving staff put our meals together.
I love the chicken, and find it to be tender, have a good flavor, and be moist. Len was disappointed with the meatloaf, and I am wondering if it had been sitting too long. It had probably dried out. Another time I had the roasted turkey, and that was good, but I preferred the chicken. As to the sides, I enjoy the creamed spinach, and corn. Len had the red potatoes, and I knew that was a mistake, as they were out of their mashed potatoes, which are so good. The price of our meal ran about $6 to $7 each, and Len had a diet coke. I had iced water.
I really want to go back and try the Chicken Pot Pie, but at 800 calories, I will be eating it at lunchtime, and walking those calories off.
The downside of this restaurant is that your food is served on plastic compartment plates, with plastic silverware. Well, we call it cutlery in England, and that sounds better when it is plastic. That doesn't go down well with either Len, or myself. If I ever get Len back in to a Boston Market, we will take our own, with us.
The price is higher than a fast food restaurant, but you do get a 'home style meal'. I would rather pay an extra dollar or two, and go to a sit down restaurant, where I will be waited on, get a china plate, and real silverware. Probably the best idea if you are craving Boston Market food would be to order it to go. That way you get the best of both worlds.
The Port Richey restaurant is always clean, but I have to say that the Tampa one is busier, and tables are often left without being cleaned.
An alternative is to pick up a rotisserie chicken from a supermarket, with sides, or make your own. This way you will enjoy your meal, eat it on your own plates, and not have to worry about the 'silverware' breaking.
I would give it 4 stars for my food, but 2 stars for Len's food.
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