We had a very enjoyable evening but since our family is getting bigger we were seated at a long table and it was slightly difficult to converse with everyone. We had planned on going bowling after dinner but Jeremiah's work schedule changed and we needed to cancel going bowling. We have decided that we would go bowling another time instead. Yay! I am not sure when we will do that though.
I will say that the family dinner was much better than doing the family gifts. We talked and laughed and made memories for ourselves and the kids. I personally think that these type of evenings are better than having stuff sitting around our house. I appreciate the creative gifts (honestly) but memories will last a lifetime. We are all getting older and it is better to spend time together.
As for the restaurant itself... It isn't a place that I would recommend going to eat. It has a casual atmosphere and our family didn't have to worry about noise or anything like that but the food wasn't the best. I would say that half of the family liked their food and the other half was on the it's only ok side. Madi and my father-in-law ordered the same dish- hot roast beef and fries with gravy-they both said it was lukewarm and didn't taste good. I felt bad for Madi as she has recently started to try eating meat again and received an icky dish. Boo... I had ordered a chef salad and it was huge and good. Jeremiah and Ryder each ordered a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich and fries and they were in the it's ok group. The portion sizes were giant but the taste just wasn't there. Quality vs. Quantity- Quality lost. Those that ordered steaks and ribs said their orders were good. My mother-in-law ordered some sort of pasta and shrimp dish and she said it was good also.
Jeremiah ordered a plate of nachos and it was giant! We passed the plate around the table several times and it never seemed to get smaller! HaHa. Madi snapped this picture of it (the only picture of the evening-my apologies) You can see how small her thumb looks. This was taken after the first pass around! :-) There was also an order of cheese sticks, jalapeño peppers and an onion blossom going around the table too. I didn't try any of those but was told they were really tasty.
Overall, the dinner was a huge success (in my mind) even if the food wasn't great. The company was and that is all that mattered! Take the time to spend with family and friends if you have the chance and make some memories!