I've been patronizing Ripple's Drive Inn since 1998, and I've seen what happened to this particular drive inn restaurant that went downhill.
Recently, I ordered fish & chips to go.
It's overpriced for what it is. It costs over $12 including tax, yet this restaurant copped out with their cheap and poorly cooked fried halibut that is actually SMALL in portion compared to the competitors whose fish and chips recipe is actually well-portioned including fried halibut.
The cooked fish is overfried to the point of burnt. It came with French fries that is ironically the biggest portion that makes the set of three fish pieces look small.
I had ordered french fries as a standalone menu choice for quick lunch before, but I noticed that the fries taste a little soppy and perhaps overfried. Maybe that's their way.
It matters not that this shop is Mom and Pop type. It's definitely divey and it's an eye sore. It's like they haven't bothered to update, and are willing to keep operating until this shop falls apart due to maintenance and aesthetic issues.
I understand the expense of rebuilding/refurbishing the independent restaurant shop, including the overhead cost. However, they copped out by serving the lamer version of fish and chips that is deeply disappointing.
I also had ordered the fish sandwich for lunch before, and it's a slap-dash process not unlike the current McDonald's. Bland-tasting for what it is.
It's impressive that Ripple's Drive Inn is in the business for six decades, but the current quality of cooking and processing by the husband-and-wife team is almost deplorable, judging their output while overcharging for small portions that are overcooked and bland.
If you doubt me, order fish and chips while paying over $12, and see if you will leave satisfied.
I think it's time that this shop should either be bought out by someone more knowledgeable and competent to update and improve the menu, or shut down for its poor quality of food production output and run-down (divey) building look due to the cheap nature of the operator-owner team.
I enjoyed the fries with fry sauce, but I was so disappointed by the wretched quality of the fish and chips that this shop deserves one out of five scale, even with some understanding that it's an independent restaurant.
But, refusal to improve the menu due to customer complaints means bad word of mouth, and the shop should have closed a long time ago rather than drag out its life trying to earn profit by ripping off the customers by overcharging for laughably cheap grocery store-brand output.
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