When we aren’t sure what we feel like eating for lunch, I sometimes whip out my book of discounts. I still call it the Dine-A-Mate book even though the name is now “Entertainment ’09” I call audiobooks “books on tape”. I am old school like that. My daughter, who greatly enjoys making fun of my oldness anytime I slip and say “book-on-tape”, was flabbergasted when I acquired an actual book on cassette tape via a winning eBay bid.
But on to the task at hand: a review of lunch at Mr. Wilson’s.
It was mighty difficult for me to walk past Sitar on a lunch buffet day to enter the doors of Mr. Wilson’s. I probably asked Misty several times: “are you sure you don’t want tikka masala???”
The place is roomy and clean. So clean, in fact, that there are no fish in the aquarium (see photo above) and hardly any items in the glass-front cases we walked by to place our orders.
The dry-erase specials board greeted us immediately, announcing the daily special and low-carb wraps. I quickly went past “chicken salad” knowing I would never order that much mayonnaise unless it was included in spinach-artichoke dip (my favorite is a tie between Chili’s and Applebee’s – what about you?)
I decided to investigate the low-carb option and inquired at the counter what the carb count is on these babies. Turns out, they were out of them. Could you, Mr. Wilson, perhaps hold the dry-erase marker in your hand – cap off – and make a horizontal mark through the phrase “low-carb wraps” when you realize you’re out? I thought you could! Thanks!
Since I was already at the counter, I chose a sandwich from the pannini section of the menu board which qualified for coupon usage. After we sat down, I noticed the hamburger and grilled chicken options on the specials board and had a mild case of food regret. Oh well, during a parting conversation with an employee I learned the hamburgers are frozen, pre-made patties so I wasn’t disappointed I didn’t try the burger after all.
My, oh my! What do we have here??? None other than an offensive pickly pickle transferring it’s pickly pickle juice onto my pressed pannini bread. Egads!
As you can see, the southwest turkey pannini, priced at $5.99, is comprised of turkey (duh), pepper jack cheese, tomato, red onion, and mayo. The mayo was 86’d faster than you could say “gag me with a dirty spoon”. (Yep, I too love the eighties.) I asked to add green pepper and lettuce, which was no problem, and no extra charge. You receive chips with the panninis but since I am trying to only eat non-healthy things that really light my fire, I passed.
I was missing the red onion and the lettuce but thankfully the mayo was also missing as I had requested. I could have taken it back, but it wasn’t that important to me to make a fuss. Now, had they slathered the mayo….different story altogether. The quantity of tomato was a bit anemic and the cheese covers about half the bread. I am very particular about having all the ingredients distributed evenly throughout the item. When I approach the end of a plate of chicken and broccoli, I have to pair up all the bites of chicken and all the bites of broccoli that remain and then divide them both into manageable little piles so I have a bit of both in every mouthful. (I really have to – it’s a force stronger than I can resist.) As you can imagine, I was forced to do some reallocation on my lunch.
There was nothing wrong with this sandwich. It tasted good. The problem: there were only enough components to adequately dress half the bread. So I scooched all the goods from the second half of the sandwich onto the half I was examining. Rearranged in this way, the bread:stuff ratio was pleasing. The price? Not so much. I feel $5.99 is too much for this sandwich and a bag of chips when I consider the other local sandwich shops.
Since we had a BOGO coupon, my pannini really only cost me 3 bucks, which I felt was fair. I get so much more at Deli Fresh for $3. Chips aren’t included there, but that’s a super heavyweight sandwich and this one is in the featherweight category.
Suggestions: throw another half of a tomato slice on there and more cheese. Make sure customers know what all the choices are. The menu board did not indicate that chips came with our sandwich. The specials board is another whole menu with a great price on a burger or chicken sandwich combo (including drink) for $5.69.
Sorry, Mr. Wilson – I have to go with TWO FORKS based on this experience.
Mr. Wilson’s 710 Lee Street East Charleston, WV 304-342-8384