Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Station 22 Cafe

Where: 22 West Center Street, Provo, UT (near Comedy Sportz and Sammy's)
Distance: 1.2 Miles
Website: station22cafe.com
Restaurant Type: Single Location
Cuisine: American, Sandwiches/Subs, Soups
My Frequency: First Time
Who: Benson, Kaitlyn, Janson, and John
Food: Caprese, Fries, Hush Puppies, 22 Club, Chicken N Waffles, and Grilled Cheese Kid's Meal
Price: $36.61 (Caprese $7.50, Fries $4.50, Hush Puppies $4.50, 22 Club $8.50, Chicken N Waffles $8.50, Kid's Meal  $3.99 though now looking at it, I don't think we got charged for the fries)
My thoughts:

First off sorry for the lower quality pictures. I also realized that most of them are vertical rather than horizontal. That's what I get for forgetting a card for my camera . . . One thing that I didn't realize until going to write up this post, was that the name comes from the address. It's 22 W Center, so it's Station 22. I know it's a little detail that's probably pretty obvious for most people, but I thought it was neat.

The decor is basic, but fresh. Station 22 is part of the Provo Town Center which gives it a fun, downtown feel. It's connected in the back to the other offices and restaurants. The only problem is that they don't have their own restroom and you have to travel pretty far to get to it.

The deep American roots and flavors describes the southern, soul food found on the menu. It's also always fun to see that the ingredients are fresh, local, and made from scratch. Out of everything on this sign though, the part that we truly had to stretch was the "Order Here, Then Relax." We ordered, but had a hard time relaxing while we were waiting for what seemed like eternity.

Luckily for the long wait, they had this bookcase with games. Janson was a trooper, but I don't know if he could have made it the whole time without it. I've alluded to the long wait a couple times now, so I might as well tell you just how bad it was. Almost an hour for our food. That's right, we were shocked. They also never even really apologized. There were only two people working, but not really that many people in the restaurant. Other customers were visibly and vocally angry though. One told us that "they didn't have everything that we ordered." I'm hoping that we just caught them on a bad day.

After forever, the Hush Puppies came first. They were very good and unique. They're covered in the house 22 sauce which we pinned as a type of sweet, chipotle sauce. They were very crispy and fresh. Overall a good dish, but anything would have been good for how hungry we were by the time our food came.

I love southern food and one of my favorites is Chicken N Waffles. This dish looked amazing and I was really excited for it. Unfortunately the waffle was cold. The bacon was good, but it's hard to mess up bacon. The chicken was a bit dry, but the breading was flaky and tasty. Besides being cold, the waffle was fairly ordinary. What made this dish unique was the sauce. It came with a sweet, caramelly sauce that was delicious. My guess with the waffle being cold is that they made mine earlier, but were waiting for the sandwiches and it got cold. Giving them the benefit of the doubt, I'd order this again. 

I asked Janson how his food was and he said it was good, but that his fries were cold. I snuck one and though they were a bit cold, the waffle was way colder. Though I didn't try his grilled cheese, it looked good. My impression in the past with kid's menus is that they normally aren't too unique but rather simple which I'm fine with.

Both of the sandwiches looked pretty good, but this just reminds me that we had to wait forever. Wait forever for a cold waffle and sandwiches. I can whip up a sandwich at my house in 2 minutes. Granted there's more prep for hand-pulled mozzarella. Sorry to focus on the wait again, but it was just really hard for me to get past it and see the food in a fair light. Benson did really enjoy his sandwich. The flavors mixed well and it had a perfect amount of ingredients.

Our fries never came, but in retrospect I'm thinking they just missed it on the order. I'm thinking that we didn't even pay for them, but Benson got them in a box to go.

Do differently next time:
Go in with a different mentality. I'm fine waiting for my food if it's worth it, but I was in a rush that day and I wasn't up for the wait. I'm hoping they're normally faster, but either way I could have been more patient. Also I'd like to try a sandwich for myself.

The Verdict: 
Try It. I really think that there's much more potential here, but based on this experience I wasn't that excited. I do open this up to lovers of Station 22 or management to offer me a second go. I'd normally try a place more than once on my own, but this time I need a bit more motivation.

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  1. I'm going to "try it" this Friday night! Ever since I heard about the waffle and chicken, I've been craving it. I don't think I've ever craved something I haven't tried, so I thought I'd better try it.

  2. I gotta admit that this Chicken and Waffles at Station 22 was not my favorite. They messed up on my order and the waffle ain't big enough for a brotha like me! It's hard to find some good southern cookin' and soul food in the 801. Any suggestions?