Recently my wife and I had dinner at Casey's Family Restaurant on Route 8 in Allison Park. The interior of the restaurant was immediately different than what I had pictured....essentially a room from the 60's or 70's that was all tables, no booths. Oh well, I thought....some of the best places I've ever eaten at were small ma and pa establishments that were short on decor, but long on flavor and value. We were promptly greeted, by a friendly waitress. The menu itself is large, with a lean toward Italian dishes. I ordered the Fettuccine Alfredo with the Twice Baked Potato Soup, and my wife ordered the Fettuccine with Imitation Crab, with coleslaw. As we entered the restaurant I noticed on their highway margue sign the words "Cook Wanted". I should have taken that as an omen of the food to come. The Twice Baked Potato soup was interesting. It was more of a porrage than a soup. You literally could stick your spoon in it and it wouldn't move. It was chock full of potatoes, but lacked flavor. My wife's coleslaw was also interesting. Most likely homemade, it was essentially mayonnaise with shredded greens. Neither one of us has had a more "mayonnaise" saturated coleslaw than this night's. As for the fettuccine, the noodles were good, but it swam in a liquid sauce totally inconsistent with traditional fettuccine's I've had elsewhere. The fettuccine could have actually been billed more as a soup than the Twice Baked Potato Soup I had. The amount of liquid was startling! It was close to Chicken Noodle Soup without the chicken to give a visual description. To salvage the meal, I can say that the coffee and bread was very good, and the service was excellent and extremely pleasant. As mentioned earlier, the highway sign said it all: "Cook Wanted"....for on this night, virtually all aspects of the food was poor....from the soup to the coleslaw to the fettuccine. A real disappointment. I can't see us returning anytime soon when the North Hills is booming with many new quality eateries. For Casey's survival, hopefully they find their cook soon!
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