Anyone Tried the Conway Muse?
I visited this place yesterday, but did not dine there. It's as much a music venue as restaurant, but it has a decent menu. The vibe is a strange Country Cabaret. The Maitress 'd is a Tarot reader and a "quantum healer". The smokehouse is a beached paddlewheel river scow. Veerrrrrry diffffffferent.....
Anyone tried it?
18444 Main St, Conway, WA 98238
Well, to respond to my own OP, I *tried* trying this place Friday night, and it was quite the theatre of the absurd.
There was a decent crowd (maybe 30, including a table of 12 women) and ONE person working the entire front of the house. This young man appeared affable enough, but we were not greeted (no seat yourself sign), assiduously avoided eye contact, and he was doing the finest Mr. Bean Tries Uni-tasking I have ever witnessed. When we entered, the four nearby tables held no food, no drinks, no menus. By the time we left 35 minutes later, he was serving an entree to one end of the 12-table--the other end had long finished, their linen on the table, drumming their fingers, looking at watches. We had no water, no cocktail, no excuse, no apology, nothing. No one else had been served, either.
Best money I've never spent.
Finally got around to trying the food at the Muse, and I suspect it will also be the last time for everyone in our party. Mostly it wasn't terrible, but for the price it wasn't good either. Things we tried:
The Reuben sandwich: this was pretty good, although very skimpy on the fillings.
French Dip sandwich: I didn't try it, but looked like a normal, not-very-meaty french dip.
Caesar salad with chicken: this was disgusting, I think the dressing was made with Miracle Whip. The chicken was very bland and cold, and the croutons were dried-out scraps of white bread.
Mixed greens salad: the dressing was an odd tropical melange of mango and coconut and not sure what else - some folks liked it, but the greens were getting a little wilty. The optional shrimp topping was the little pink kind, not prawns.
Soup of the day: we were pretty sure our waiter said "tomato-vegetable bisque" but what arrived definitely did not have tomato in it. The person who had it liked it well enough but couldn't identify what it was actually made of - it was sort of off-white and creamy.
Appetizers (what the menu refers to as "small meals") were very small indeed and not very good, based heavily on grocery-store style French bread.
Drinks, however, were just fine - they had a short but good draft beer list, some drinkable cheap wine, and the well drinks were reasonably priced.
Our conclusion - the Muse is a fun (and unusual) place to go to hear music, but eat before you go, and stick to booze once you get there.