Six golf guys went to Studabakers on the Monday night after Labour day. The tourist season was over and we did not expect it to be crowded but to play it safe we called to reserve a table. No reservations required was the answer. The location of the restaurant is downtown but quite close to the water if you want to go for a stroll through the park after your meal. The parking lot behind the building is small so you may need to hunt for a space. The building is interesting architecture and unusual layout leading to mostly one large open room which I could imagine being noisy during a busy seating.
Our friendly waiter was quite prompt and attentive but after handing us our menus and taking our drink orders, he was no where to be found to answer questions nor did he suggest any specials or favourite dishes. Three of us were in the mood for chicken wings but the only ones we could find were in a combo with a half rack of ribs (which became my order) but there were sandwiches, burgers, pasta and other entrees to choose from. We asked about the wings and he said "Oh they are on our wings menu". Too bad we didn't know about this menu.
The restaurant was not quite half full but it took nearly 45 minutes for the food to come out. My ribs were ample in size and the wings were huge. I ordered their hottest sauce because the options were Frank's Red Hot or house made Ghost Pepper sauce. I love hot. I braced myself for a trip to the emergency ward. One of my buddies ordered the same meal but mild wings. I was disappointed, the breading on the wings was overdone and I had a little touch of heat by my standards but nowhere close to what I wanted. My friend was having projectile sweating, turning beet red and gasping for air. I kind of suspect the dishes got switched but I was too tired and hungry to re-order. My associate survived until the next morning. The biggest disappointment was the ribs. Both racks were gorgeous looking but you need a chainsaw to cut them because they were so overdone. The remainder of our group all had burgers which were really good with a nice presentation and well cooked.
Because this was after the peak season, I will give the restaurant a break and give them a passing grade this time and might even try again next year on our annual golf trip to Orillia. The place has great potential, The menu does have tempting dishes and our waiter tried to be friendly it is just too bad the kitchen let us down.
I hope for better next time.
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