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Our experience was vastly different from the two reviews I just read here. My husband and I were returning to DC from a road trip and decided to try Family Meal. I had a delicious drink (a Sidecar) and our food was excellent. He had the fried chicken and it was all that it was promised to be, along with some cold pea/mint soup that was delicious (and I don't even like anything made with peas!). He had chicken livers also as a starter, and pronounced them to be delicious. I will say that the crabcake was good, but given that we were in Maryland, it could have been better. Nothing wrong with it, as It was very similar to the griddled crabcake at Hank's Oyster Bar in the District. Everything was fresh, delicious and great service.
I'll start with what I liked about this visit. The staff were polite and responsive. The food came out fast. The fancy biscuits were nice as was the homemade jelly and peach ice tea. Now for the real review. This place is a real OXYMORON. It's an ala carte menu and it calls itself a family restaurant. A la carte menu means they charge you for each item individually so they can run your bill up to top dollar which I thought I was willing to do to eat chef Voltaggio's food. Never again. As I said my food came out immediately, I ordered the fried chicken, and instead of hot and crispy it was limp and cold, you know like KFC out of the refrigerator the day. The beans and biscuits were cold too At least 3 tables had screaming kids.
We came for breakfast and ordered the corned beef hash. The flavor was good. Unfortunately the beef was uniformedly chopped into ball bearing size and was just as tough and chewy. The service was not exceptional. No one was at the door to greet us and our waiter forgot to bring the milk we ordered. It was not very busy either. No bread with the meal was also disappointing. $13,00 for one egg and a little terine of CBH was pricey.
While the dinner fried chicken can be mouth-watering, the restaurants’ pedigree does not show at breakfast. I tried it again Sunday, 1/13 at 8:30 and I think that I am now done trying. Only one other party was there. They need to hire a morning-person to seat guests and have coffee brewed and ready to pour. My wife’s order was underdone; eggs over easy with runny whites, undercooked bacon, un-toasted toast. My hash was not grilled nor had any crisp to it, lots of grease that ran over the plate, and little bits of meat. This plus orange juice (tasted fresh squeezed) and coffee came to $37 w/o tip. Service was good and they did ask if everything was ok. When the food is so off, and they serve it, where do you start?
My wife and I and our daughters family,two adults and two children, went to Family Meal on Christmas Eve. Service and food were both excellent, not sure what other reviewers are talking about. Our server was very pleasant and brought anything that we asked for, extra plates,extra side dishes etc. We are from Pa. her daughter is from Va.and we would go back.
I've got to wonder where the people complaining about portion size are used to eating. I'm a big guy and I haven't left Family Meal hungry. Family Meal is an upscale diner. It has comfort food with just a little bit extra. My personal favorites are the Ranch Eggs for breakfast and the Steak Salad for lunch. My kids are big fans of the fried chicken and duck fries.