Oysters Mexican-Seafood Restaurant/Kingman AZ
On our day off the wife and I travel quite a bit to shop and take care of business.
Part of our weekly journey is usually to take ourselves out for a date, and find somewhere enjoyable to eat at.
It isn't uncommon at all for us to make a 160 mile round trip to Laughlin NV just for sushi at Minato's.
This week we found ourselves at a new venue in Kingman.
Oysters restaurant. It sounded good, as I don't recall anyone offering oysters in Kingman.
There was very little parking, and all the spots appeared taken, so we parked out back.
Upon entering the restaurant a sign said to wait for seating. As we looked around, there were only a few folks at a couple of tables. I began to wonder who owned all the cars out front.
The place looked clean, and had a Mexican theme, with Mexican music in the background.
We were seated by a gentleman, and shortly after a lady came for our drink orders.
Unfortunately she spoke very little english, but we managed to get a coke and a budweiser.
We picked up our menus, and were completely lost.
So many different choices, consisting mostly of the same things.
A breakfast menu, a lunch menu, and a dinner menu.
Well we were too late for breakfast, and too early for dinner. So we tried to concentrate on the lunch menu, where I didn't see anything offered for oysters, which was what brought me in in the first place.
On the dinner menu I noticed oysters on the half shell for $11.00 a dozen.
The gentleman returned and we were still trying to figure out what to eat.
I asked him if we could have a dozen oysters, and off he went to place the order.
Looking at the lunch offerings left me bewildered.
When I check out a mexican restaurant I usually get my first impression by how well they make a relleno. I looked the menu over and didn't see it until the very last item listed.
It said it was a beef filled relleno. I have never seen a beef relleno offered before, but thought I might give it a go, but still uncertain.
The gentleman returned with our oysters.
There were a dozen fair looking oysters smelling pretty strongly of their previous environment.
Instead of being served with the usual lemon, cocktail sauce and horseradish, we were given lime, and a bottle of ketchup. No oyster forks either.
I tried dipping one in the salsa that was provided with the complementary tortilla chips, and was blown away by massive quantities of cilantro!
That didn't work, so I just stuck to salt.
I was trying to find out what else they offered for seafood.
I did see a shrimp taco or something like that, but most of the items that contained seafood were just labeled "Fish". Fish taco, fish burrito, seafood plate for two, with no description.
We finished our oysters and decided they were pretty run of the mill, nothing great, but not the worst we had experienced.
My beer was now empty, and I began to wonder what happened to our waiter.
We sat there for a good ten minutes waiting to place our order and I was beginning to think
we had been abandoned.
I could tell a table behind us was feeling the same way too.
Finally the waiter makes a pass through the room and the couple asks rather loud and impatiently, ISN'T OUR FOOD READY YET!!!!!!!???????
The gentleman turns toward the kitchen and pulls some plates from the pass through window. (I had no idea how long their food had been sitting)
He brings them their plates and vanishes again.
After that the wife and I came to the same conclusion.
We tallied our total ourselves, placed the money on the table and left.
I was somewhat sorry I didn't get to sample anymore of their offerings as I was starving, but I cannot tolerate bad service, and when it appeared the couple had been waiting an extreme amount of time, I didn't want to go on any further with the experience.
If this is the norm I would suggest not even bothering with Oysters restaurant.
I don't think we will be returning, once was enough.
We decided to go with something tried and true. Our safety net if you will, and ended up having pizza and beer at the bowling alley.