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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bringing in the New Year-Kodiak Style

New Years aren't a big deal for Patrick and I and he agreed that it was fine if I went to dinner with Karen and Jeremy this evening. Bless Patrick's heart. He agreed to put the kids to bed and everything tonight!
Jeremy, Karen and I went to (newly opened) Angelos in hopes of some dinner before the 8PM fireworks. Karen and Jeremy had never been there before and I wanted them to try their calzones.

We got there, ordered calzones and noodles. And waited. And waited. Good conversation was had, but still waiting for food. 1 hour after arriving we still hadn't received our food and Karen saw the people next to us who arrived after us get their food. I asked the waitress to check on it, as the restaurant wasn't at all busy...she came back and said the order had been misplaced and it would be another 20 minutes before our food would come. Which would put our wait time at close to 1.5 hours.

At this time, it was 7:30 and we were nearing Kodiak Fireworks Showtime at 8:00 PM. Jeremy had been invited to a Fireworks New Years Open House at a local friends house, so we opted to just head there for some snacks. Word was that there would be great fireworks viewing and food by Joel and Martine.

Upon leaving Angelos, the owner/manager was trying to apologize, I believe. But what she said was, "Sorry, but we're serving half the town. You weren't the only ones who were waiting."Interesting, because half the town definitely wasn't at Angelos. She must've been talking about takeout.
As customers, I think we were waiting for an apology such as "Hey, we're sorry we messed up. Here are some breadsticks for you to enjoy while we get your food" ...or something along those lines. But nadda. They weren't doing much to try to make up for their error. ( but hey-At least they didn't charge us for the diet coke and wine.)
Anyhow...It felt good to just move on to a great fireworks party.

The spread of food was fabulous, the hosts were gracious and the view of the fireworks was perfect. I must say, Kodiak put on quite an impressive fireworks display. Word on the street is that it cost $6000. Its nice to see a display actually go without a hitch because so often the fireworks are cancelled due to rain and fog. Tonights cold, crisp weather was just perfect. It was a blessing in disguise that our food never came at Angelos because there was so many yummy treats which we wouldn't have enjoyed, had we arrived with full stomachs. Everything happens for a reason.

We cheered in 2009 with The Times Square Crowd, which was perfect for me. Got to see Hilary and Bill dance together. Now I can go to bed and not feel like I missed a thing!


kodiakgriff said...

Angelo's, the food is so good, but ahh, the wait; the wait.
Glad to hear it all worked out.
We are off to a fellow flat ratters abode for good wine and even better company.
Happy New Year to the Saltonstalls!

Karen said...

Well said Zoya! It was fun to ring in the New Year with you. Thanks to Patick! Happy New Year Saltonstalls. Love, the Larsonstein's

Pixie said...

Isn't that building cursed with bad karma? Seems like the owners of Angelos should put more effort into a good reputation. The food could be fabulous...but if there's no service, what's the point? Looks like you have better recipes on your blog anyway.

Happy New Year!Best wishes for many blessings!

The Yellow Porcupine said...

I've eaten lunch and dinner at Angelo's and the service was mediocre and so was the food. The prices are way too high. I won't be eating there again.