I hadn't tried Brownstone Cafe before, so I thought I'd check it out with my girlfriend and her parents. Menu looked appetizing and so we sat down outside.
It took our waitress 3 attempts to locate a beer they had in stock. Mind you, they only have 4 beers on the menu... We ordered our drinks and made our selections from the menu consisting of soup, salads, wraps and sandwiches. To start, we had the bruschetta which was great... and then it all went downhill.
After noshing on the Bruschetta we made our decisions and ordered the Brownstone Blast (BLTA), Villa Club sandwich, Chicken Club and a bowl of their "famous tomato basil soup."
None of our adjustments to the sandwiches seemed to get to the cook, but after walking around downtown we were hungry and didn't care. Comments came from around the table... "This soup tastes like pizza sauce... They put mushrooms in my salad (my friend is allergic)..." and then I took a bite of my chicken club. First taste, the squaw bread was great... then the rubbery texture of the chicken struck me... I put down my sandwich only to see that the CHICKEN WAS RAW in the middle. Shiny, pink and RAW. I couldn't believe it. I spit out my bite into my napkin and went to seek out the manager.
I found her inside near the dimly lit kitchen and preperation area; I told her about my sandwich and she argued with me! She said that the chicken was freshly grilled and couldn't believe the chicken in my sandwich was raw. I couldn't believe it! What happened to the customer is always right? I had a table of people who agreed the chicken was raw!
The manager took the sandwich and explained she was short staffed and offered to get me another sandwich; I cut her off... First, why was she arguing with me? Second, no way did I want to play Russian Roulette with Salmonella! I told her no thank you, that I'd just eat the fruit I'd ordered. Needless to say, this ruined our lunch experience and we were eager to leave.
Upon paying the check I had hoped for a sincere apology... instead I received an argumentative manager who left a bad taste in my mouth.
If you'd like to take your chances with food poisoning... eat here.