Review: VJ’s on the Runway

20 Dec

 Today, I met my hubby (we shall call him “C”) for lunch at VJ’s Cafe on the Runway.  We’ve been there once before, and although it was on the disappointing side, I decided I could give it one more shot. 

 

We arrived before a major rush (if there is any at all), and we chose a booth near the window.  Normally, half the fun of the restaurant is watching planes take off and land, but there wasn’t much of that going on there today.  A waitress came and took our order pretty much immediately.  I ordered one of the Tuesday specials, Fried Chicken Breast, and I chose mashed potatoes, turnip greens, and fried applies for my sides.  C ordered a Cuban sandwich with fries. 

 

The first problem we encountered was small but still annoying – our food didn’t come out at the same time.  Apparently, each plate of food is written on a different ticket, so they’re served up as they’re ready.  This might not be a big deal to some people, but mine came out first and I had to watch it get cold while we waited for C’s food. 

 

 

Once C’s Cuban came out, we dug in.  The potatoes were standard cafeteria style mashed potatoes.  They were nothing special.  The turnip greens were soggy, bland, and mostly inedible.  The apples were ok, but not knock-your-socks-off or anything.  I prefer cracker barrel fried apples.  The fried chicken was really tasty, though, and it wasn’t too greasy.  Unfortunately, I didn’t snap a photo of the Cuban, which is a real shame because it was effing delicious.  If we ever go back (I’m sure we will, options are limited where we work), I’ll definitely be getting that.  It was a pressed sandwich with what tasted like plain ol’ pulled pork, mustard, melted cheese, and a generous heap of pickles.  The fries were crisp and golden brown.

 

While this wasn’t the best dining experience ever, I think I may have just ordered the wrong thing.  Sandwiches are apparently the thing to get at VJ’s on the runway.  The service is decent and I like that it’s family owned rather than a chain.  Overall, I rate it a 5.5/10. 

 

xoxo,

Sam

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