It was a date night. The sky was clear. The weather had left behind its usual thick Florida humidity. Therefore, my request was that we could eat outside. Live music would be a plus. Ivy Lane Bistro fit both of my requests. We sat at an outside table in the alley, where other diners sipped on wine and enjoyed the acoustic guitarist. The table was dirty, and it was not automatically cleaned when we were greeted by a server :( I was stoked that it was Ladies' Night, and I could enjoy a bottomless glass of wine and an entree for $20. Awesome, especially since my HunBun was driving. Unfortunately, this did not mean any entree. You were limited to just a couple entrees, so I selected the Chicken Marsala ($16). We chose the Cheese Spread Trio for our appetizer. He chose the the Blue Flatbread. I believe he found it acceptable, but I thought the crust was obviously purchased (not made in-house). The cheese spread app featured some crackers and granola (??). The chicken marsala was nice, but I prefer my own recipe. The sauce was sweet, we were told that they use a sweeter Marsala wine for their sauce. Eh.
To make a long story short, don't go to Ivy Lane Bistro if you are in the mood for prompt service. There were 2 wait people for the place. Our waitress was nice, but started talking to us about the new wine list and wine room for such a long time, that she forgot about the other table and they canceled their wine order. The owner was there to socialize, and walked around leisurely, from table to table. He hung around for toooo long at our table, chatting.
I don't feel that my experience was all that uncommon. The next evening, a group of work associates dined there, only to have their entire party's check comp'd. Everyone's meal was mixed up. It was over 2 hours before their cheese plate was served.
I hope it was a good cheese plate.