We stopped here on the way out of town for lunch, thinking it looked cute and since Function is very local, it would be better quality (like the Wild Wood that used to be out there, or Alpine Cafe up north of town). Looked very nice inside and the menu seemed to promise good food. I ordered a falafel wrap, and my husband ordered a burrito. The waitress seemed pretty tense, even thought it appeared to only be moderately busy, and there were some folks who looked as though they were just sharing some coffee and visiting. Food took FOREVER, and when we got it, was a complete disappointment. Falafel wrap tasted like plain polenta/tamale cornmeal filling, no crispy outsides, no tzatziki, wrapped in a store bought tortilla. The "home fries" were barely warm, much less crisp. Husbands burrito was a skinny, sad, overcooked looking mess, with chicken rubbery. When I asked the waitress "aren't falafels supposed to be at least cooked or crispy on the outside", and did I even get the right thing, she coldly responded "that's the chef's "take" on falafel, I should have told you when you ordered" and claimed it was a chickpea and hummus blend , but I'm telling you, it was polenta! And after we got our food - that table that looked like they were just havin' some coffee? They got their food, s l o w l y, one dish at at time, not everyone at once. The last woman finally said "just put mine in a box" because her companions were almost done. The tension mentioned in the other review was noticeable - this staff does not know how to smoothly operate a SMALL restaurant. I think this place is destined to close, and we will definitely not be going back. Should have gone north to Alpine, it is ALWAYS super delicous, no matter how busy.
Have been twice here for dinner after getting brunch one weekend in the fall. The servers were very friendly and welcomed us back.
Twice we went on weekend evenings (one Friday one Saturday) for the Southern BBQ menu. The Saturday night was very busy but the servers were very pleasant. The food was amazing. Hushpuppies were to die for and the fried chicken was awesome. Portions were huge. We had so much food leftover that we were able to make another meal out of it. Great value! The last time we were there, the chef came out to talk to us so we were overall pleased with the place and will definitely be back! Great neighbourhood and local feel to the place.
On November 3rd, 2011 I went into the Burnt Stew Cafe for the first time since it opened, I had been thinking of going there for a while. Once getting there it was very busy which was fine because they were still taking orders and getting people's food out. I placed my order and was patiently waiting for my food when I realized I forgot to ask if I could have pickles on my sandwich as well. The cafe was beginning to clear out and so I thought I would ask if I could add pickles. To my surprise the server flat out told me "No" so of course I asked why? She said the chef was slammed and that if she asked him he would explode on her and be super rude. I gave her a funny look and thats when she offered to go into the back and see if she could get me a pickle on the side. I feel like the service in Burnt Stew was horrible I would never say no to one of my clients or tell them one of co-workers might explode if you ask him something. I understand it was busy but maybe think about putting it in different terms, this experience makes me not want to return to the Burnt Stew Cafe.