Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives!!" It's got that vibe. Run down little diner with the promise of GREAT food...or so one may think.
On entering the diner, my family and I stood awkwardly at the "Please Wait to be Seated" sign gazing into the sea of open tables. When a waitress finally came to seat us, she gave us about 3 different options where to sit. Lady, just sit us already!! We're hungry! The decor was All-American. I think if I would have let them know my shoes were made in China, I probably would have been strung up by my laces and been beaten until I was red, white and blue. Trust me, I am as conservative as they come, but it was hard to swallow the shelves lined with Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Ann Coulter books. I'll just make sure I don't invite my liberal friends next time.
The menu offered a large selection of hamburgers and sandwiches. We had heard great things about the hamburgers, so my hubby decided to order Craig's Bacon and Egg Cheeseburger. I was lured by the sweet song of the Reuben. The call of crispy sauerkraut and succulent corned beef was just too overwhelming. I had to give into temptation. I did request ground mustard instead of the fatty 1000 Island dressing. They were happy to make the substitution. We both made ours a combo, which included fries and a drink (only one refill...lame-o.)
Food came quickly and was good and hot...a plus. My Reuben...well, the saurkraut was delicious and the rye bread was still soft , but beautifully toasted. The corned beef was way too thick and fatty and I could have used more mustard because the meat was so tough. Chad, my dear husband, was kind enough to let me sample a bite or four of his hamburger. The hamburger itself was dry and alsmost had the texture of gravel in my mouth. The egg was cooked well and the bacon was the burger's saving grace. Fries were...meh, ok. They did have a good "fry sauce" that came with the greasy lil' goodies.
The prices were anywhere from $9-$12 for the combos. Pretty out of control if you ask me, but we fortunately had a restaurant.com certificate with us, so it helped to alleviate some of the costs.
All in all, not impressed with Norma's. Food was sub par and I left with the overwhelming urge to go watch Fox news and get angry at something. To top it all off, I was completely taken back when I read on their menu that they will charge you $5 if your kids leave a messy table. This was probably the nail in the coffin for Norma's.