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Dec 28, 2010 03:19 AM

Half Off at Columbus Inn in Wilmington, DE

I have never been so can't comment on the food. But if anyone likes it, here is a link to save some $:

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    1. re: gfweb1

      I was going to say it but assumed that it was best to leave things unsaid. At least they are not on yet.

      1. re: bluehensfan

        I was going to say it too, but I've already said enough bad things about Columbus Inn that I figured I'd let someone else do it ;-)

        That said, is anything that appears on Groupon actually good? I've been getting the Philly e-mail for a while but never participated until recently, when I bought a coupon for half-off wine tasting at a place in Kennett. (Haven't used it yet, so I can't report.) I didn't know there was a Wilmington Groupon until I saw your post today, so I signed up.

        1. re: travelmad478

          I got a great Groupon for the Naked Chocolate Cafe in Philly. I also snagged some half-price Living Social Deals certificates for the Charcoal Pit a while back!

          Charcoal Pit
          714 Greenbank Rd, Wilmington, DE 19808

          1. re: bluehensfan

            I got a special offer once for $50 coupons / gift certificates (for $25) at Simon Pearce via OpenTable once.

            Re: Columbus Inn -- I live down the block and finally got around to trying it out just before Christmas. I didn't have super high expectations since I've seen grumblings here on this list, but I did enjoy the food. Good pizza with a nice, cracker-y crust and some decent salads. The service was a bit... odd. The dining room was not full but they seemed short-staffed. We had to wait quite a while to place our order and receive the bottle of wine that we ordered. At one point, the waiter grabbed my partner's salad plate and actually said, "Are you finished now?", at which point we just kind of blinked ("Did he really just say that??"). We chalked it up to stress and laughed it off, but it was pretty unprofessional -- especially having waiting longer than normal to be served in the first place.

            It won't be a regular stop for us (a little on the pricey side for what we got), but it's nice to have the building up and running again. I could see making better use of it on a nice summer evening when porch-seating is available.

    2. I had high hopes for the reNEWed Columbus Inn. One "ok" lunch on the patio lead me to believe there might be hope. Because I know new ventures take time to develop, I went back. Again and again it is so incredibly slow, bland, disorganized and just plain annoying that I MUST now say Stay Away! The brunch is the latest fiasco. Because they serve until 2 pm, we called to ensure that a 1 pm reservation would be acceptable. They insisted that service continues until 2:30pm. Wrong!

      No plates, no bacon, no sausage, no way to get Eggs Benedict or an omelet. They ran out of eggs, béarnaise sauce and everything else needed. The only thing that didn’t run out, were people in line waiting and then giving up and walking away. I never saw a waffle (I did see whipped cream). I saw the French toast (dried up and cold) with no syrup. Only the sugary remains in the bottom of a container.

      All of the above might happen over the course of a brunch. However, all of this happened within 20 minutes. By 1:20 pm there was literally nothing to eat. I had to ask twice for plates. I don’t know why I asked, there wasn’t any food. I was not alone in asking them to refill the serving containers. The restaurant guest were standing around looking in all of the containers hoping to find something to eat. I was simply told “we’ve sold out”. Really, they actually said WE’VE SOLD OUT. Sold out of food yet still charged us for the entire brunch. I ate three shrimp and two oysters and they charged me and everyone in my party for full price of brunch.

      I think I should have told them that my wallet was empty…. Just like their brunch. The staff is far too impressed with themselves and not at all interested in taking care of the patrons that will ultimately pay their salaries with recommendations to others. They are far too "cool" to worry about something like... doing their job. Stay away and save your money. Spend it where someone cares about the quality of your meal and your dining experience. One last note of interest - As we were leaving we saw the staff eating everything they just told us was “sold out”.