Marcus Cafe, Richardson, TX

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This restaurant is right across the parking lot from Frankie’s Mexican Cuisine.

I get the impression that Marcus can’t really decide what kind of eatery it wants to be. It has Italian, steak, fried chicken, tex-mex, and hamburgers on the menu. It has a pretty nice and classy interior, but big TVs up with ESPN on. The male servers have nice shirts and long pants, and the ladies wore polos and shorts. No one was coordinated. I’m not saying that is good or bad, but the place has an air of class, but implementation, not so much.

I ordered iced tea, and the crispy chicken. I wasn’t terribly hungry, and so skipped salad and such. My server brought out a couple slices of rough bread that was very good. It was accompanied by a dip of olive oil and some kind of think balsamic vinegar. The “vinegar” was very thick, and pooled at the bottom of the dish.

When the entree arrived, I was impressed enough with the presentation that I took a picture of it:

So this is the layout: A “bowl” of mashed potatoes. This is filled up with some veggies. I didn’t think much of these, and didn’t eat most of them. The mashers were pretty good, and they got eaten. On top of this was the chicken thigh, and then on top of that was the breast piece. You can tell from the photo that the chicken was lightly breaded and well fried.

The thigh was really good, the skin was nice and crispy, not too greasy, and the meat was juicy and tasty; it was boneless. The breast piece was not as good. It was dry in places, and the chicken tended to be stringy in next to the bone. It could have been pulled from the fire a bit sooner.

I didn’t see my server often, and towards the end of the meal, he would work with other tables and not even look my way. I sat for probably 15 min before I could get my check. At that time, I asked for a to-go cup for my iced tea, and didn’t ever get it. I waited about 10 min before I said frack it and headed out.

My check was $21.38. A little expensive for two pieces of fried chicken. It was OK, but not spectacular, especially given that the chicken was not cooked perfectly. Service was disappointing. I don’t know that I would go back.

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