NOTE: This restaurant is now closed
I had spotted this place on Wade Hampton in Greer a couple of weeks ago, and thought it might be a nice target for lunch. Today there was an article in the Greenville News about Anna’s, so one of my colleagues and I decided to give it a try. Here’s the result…
Nice tablecloths and napkins try to cover a sparse utilitarian diner with only moderate success. It’s small and comfortable, but I wouldn’t call it cozy. There are few distinguising features to set it apart from the meat-n-three places nearby. The musical interpretations of Zamfir, Master of the Greek Pan Pipes wafted through the small dining area.
Eclectic is the order of the day, including an odd assortment of French, American, Colombian, and Cajun dishes. The selections aim for a dinner crowd, with most entre’s ranging from $10-$15 dollars. There is a small selection of salads and sandwiches. Today there was one lunch special from the regular dinner menu.
Our meal started with chips and salsa. The dip had some unusual flavors – heavy on citrus and cilantro. I suspect that it is more Colombian in origin. It was still quite good. I ordered the lunch special, Chicken Francais, served over rice. Rick had a grilled chicken salad and the soup of the day. My food was delicious. the chicken was lightly battered with egg and a heavy lemon sauce, then lightly baked. The lemon was almost overpowering, but was still very flavorful. Rick’s salad seemed adequate, but not stellar.
Service was somewhat lacking. Rick never got his soup, even though it did show up on the bill (but was removed when we pointed out the error.) I never got a refill on my drink, although at least one would have been nice. It took some time for them to bring the check, and when our Colombian hostess realized this, she began apologizing profusely, almost to the point of annoyance However, we eventually get the bill and extraneous charges fixed.
The problem was that bad service was not limited to us. Several people around us had food delivered late, menus not distributed, etc. This is certainly a problem that needs to be addressed.
A restaurant like this is needed in Greer, but the review was very mixed for this visit. Given the limited lunch offerings, it won’t become a regular stop during the week. Certainly not if they don’t correct their service problems.