Went there to meet a friend for brunch. it was a lovely sunny day in Calgary so we opted to sit in the patio. Food was reasonably quick though the quality and taste did not stand out . The worst part about the brunch menu is that they only serve that on Saturday and Sundays ( come on, Friday is part of the weekend too) . As the patio is right on the street we hand to keep swatting away the cloud of flying dandelion seeds that seemed to be everywhere. Good place to catch up with friends .
The waiter asked if we wanted anything to drink and my sister said water. I said I would have water and a diet coke and water. He came back with one water and the diet coke. I had to ask again for the water. It was hard to understand what he was saying to both of us. There was an additional menu along with their paper menu. On it was a flatbread with chicken artichokes and chicken. The price was $9.95. My sister asked how big it was. The waiter indicated that it was an appetizer. She said that is not what I asked but that she wanted to know how big it was. I said, it is as big as half the placemat, or perhaps the size of the folded napkin? He laughed. Not sure what was funny about a simple question. He said about the size of the folded napkin. It was certainly not worth the price they were charging. He said at his former employer, the Olive Garden, they charged much more for the same item, this comment was not relevant.She decided to have the Roasted Garlic Grilled Chicken and asked if the linguine noodles could be substituted with French fries for $18.35. The waiter said yes. My sister indicated that she hoped there would not be additional charge and he said no. I had the Spaghetti with Mushroom Sauce for $12.85. I then asked, doesn’t it come with a salad and he said, oh yes, what kind of dressing and I had blue cheese and my sister had minestrone. I don’t think we should have had to prompt and ask him.The waiter brought bread and we told the waiter he could take it away. He said but it is good bread, which it is not. After we finished our soup and salad we placed them on the empty part of the table. He said to us are you finished? Not sure many people would place their virtually empty plates off to the side.The kitchen put the grilled garlic chicken breast right on top of the fries, which made them soggy. I got very little spaghetti and there was maybe a couple of tablespoons of tomato sauce and perhaps a dozen mushrooms. His service was poor and the food was average. We won’t be going to this location again.
Unless the place is empty it will take at least 15 minutes to get your drink. Most recently this weekend they ‘lost’ the orders for at least 4 different customers in the 30 min I was there.I’m not sure what people mean about the atmosphere it’s nowhere near as nice as the other coffee shops in the neighbourhood.Would love to love it, but the service time is inexcusable.
Large sandwiches with good portion sizes! Add a retro diner feeling with friendly, helpful staff, and you have Alumni Sandwiches. The menu is very valuable and if you want to call in advance, you can get the pickup of your meal. Definitely worth a visit. Happy Hour is also 3-6pm with cheap beer and cocktails $4-5)... Enjoy!