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Re: “Big Picture Theater and Café

Terrible food, disappointing experience
My partner and I ventured to the Big Picture Theatre to take in a movie and eat dinner. Sadly, it was one of the worst dining experiences we've ever had. Upon entering the theater, we were greeted by unswept floors covered in old popcorn and broken chairs. The bathroom sinks were filthy. There was toilet paper all over the floor and the rolls were not in dispensers. We were seated immediately for dinner. I ordered the spinach salad with blue cheese, dried cranberries and hazelnuts to start and the mushroom ravioli for my entree. The salad was fine, if not a bit overenthusiastic with the amount of spinach. My partner got the ceasar salad with "rustic croutons," which it turns out were just pieces of slightly burned toast. When our entrees arrived, we were surprised to see the "rustic croutons" making a second appearance on both our plates. My partner got a bowl of bacon butternut squash soup and I got the mushroom ravioli, both of which came with pieces of charred toast. However, my toast was blackened to the point that it was inedible. The burned toast was the least of my dish's problems. The six raviolis ($16) arrived on a bed of uncooked spinach, which the menu gave no mention of. It also came with four pieces of toast, which seems unnecessary with a pasta dish. There was no sauce to speak of on the pasta, just sauteed button mushrooms and some parmesan cheese. The raviolis were filled with button mushrooms as well, so it was mostly just a plate of mushrooms. The pasta was completely overworked and chewy like a stale gumball. The raviolis either had terrible freezer burn or somebody in the kitchen is completely unaware how to make fresh pasta. The whole dish was a mess — the charred toast, the raw spinach, the lack of sauce, the undercooked pasta, the sallow appearance of the raviolis, the overwhelming number of mushrooms. And for $16. The meal was a great disappointment. Sadly, Big Picture Theater, popular as it is with locals, isn't really able to deliver on all fronts. Food: 1 Ambiance: 3 Service: 2

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Posted by impniron on 02/19/2012 at 12:46 PM

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