I never thought I'd say this but free food is not always a good thing.
This past Sunday I was slowly meandering my way to Blockbuster to pick up another cinematic masterpiece to add to my collection (this week, it was Superbad...and if I could rate movies on n49, I'd give it a 6/5...GENIOUS) when I stumbled upon "The Family Thai". I checked out the plethora of newspaper reviews plastered to their windows proclaiming their mastery of thai cuisine and decided to pick up a take-out menu for some gastromic pleasure to be enjoyed with my Oscar-worthy film later in the evening.
Listen up kids...NEWSPAPERS LIE! This place ripped me off worse than my fast-depleting pocket has ever been ripped off before. Let me count the ways:
1) The Family Appetizer Platter - $11.95: This consisted of enough food to feed a goldfish...and I think the goldfish would have still been hungry afterwards. Not to mention everything tasted like fish food to boot.
2) Thai beef steak - $8.95: I kid you not, there was probably a half cup of beef in this dish, piled on top of wilted ice berg lettuce.
3) Ginger chicken - $8.95: Since when do onions look like chicken? I'm pretty sure they thought I'd be fooled by this 1234908091234;1 ratio. If I wanted onion instead of chicken, I'd have paid 50 cents for an onion.
The only thing I can say was decent about this place was the fact that we got free pad thai because we ordered over a certain amount. The pad thai was decent but come on, you're a thai food restaurant...if you can't make pad thai then you should just quit now.
Bottom line, the moral of the story is this: do not be fooled by free food. If they're giving away food, it's probably not worth it. I'm definetly going to stick to the better known chains, such as Spring Rolls and Lemongrass, where I KNOW what I'm getting will be good.