Thursday 3 November 2011

East Side Mario's, Barrie, ON

I had three enrolment seminars to conduct this afternoon in Barrie.

I stopped at East Side Mario's beforehand for lunch which was about five minutes from the client's site.

I ordered Mario's Classic Chicken Parmigiana (a seasoned chicken breast, hand-breaded with herb breadcrumbs, topped with Napolitana sauce and baked with pizza mozzarella cheese; served with Penne Napolitana).

It came with herb garlic bread and salad or Italian Wedding Soup ... I went with the soup.

I love Italian Wedding Soup! It was okay ... there was a lot of bland broth and not a lot of meatballs or the little round pasta. Knowing I had the chicken parm coming, I poked around for the meatballs and left the broth. The bread was good!

Here's my chicken parm.

It was a hefty portion and looked good ... alas, it was also bland.

Nick was my server and he took good care of me ... he was friendly and quick. I thought the back of his teeshirt was a hoot!

BTW, if you bring a new unwrapped child's gift here, they will give you a free appetizer.

It's been a while since I've been to an East Side Mario's ... and I think it will be a while before I go back to one again.

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Unknown said...

Sorry for the bad food. Every time I have gone to an East Side Mario, I have been disappointed too. Their food is always bland and not worth the prices.

Cindy said...

I enjoyed the ESM out in BC, there isn't one here in Winnipeg, so I haven't been to one in several years. Too bad it was so disappointing.

LeeAnn said...

I went in august after not going for awhile and had the chicken parm too... not impressed. Hard to find a good chain restaurant anymore..the food is so mass produced.

Mass Hole Mommy said...

That shirt is totally aweso!!!!

Teena in Toronto said...

LeeAnn: even though it says that it's "hand breaded", it seems mass produced to me. Maybe hand breaded by some guy in a factory.

Adaptable Kay said...

Hehe! That shirt is the greatest xD
It totally is something I should get my bf!