Even after reading several uninspiring reviews about King and Mane, a group of us decided to chance it. We sure were happy with our decision. The bad reviews made me really apprehensive, but maybe they have served as good constructive criticism. First and foremost, the waitstaff was extremely attentive. The hostess was where she should be (at the dining room entrance). Definitely can't complain about the service.
Drinks...happy hour is nothing too exciting, although a $5 glass of wine is a decent deal. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed that I didn't notice some of their fun drinks before I ordered a tap of Crispin. It was actually really good...I just wish there had been a drink menu on the table in the bar area.
Food...everything was great! It was not over the top amazing food, but overall all of the plates were flavorful and you got a good size portion, their was a nice variety of items from which to choose. My only hope is that they change the menu up a few times a year to keep people interested. To me some of the items on the menu aren't very exciting, it's not like this is a crazy big menu or anything; I find it odd that they consume some of their choices with guacamole, chips and salsa, nachos, and quesadillas that don't seem to be that far from what would typically be expected. While I am truly a fan of a big plate of nachos (probably one of my all time favorite appetizers actually), I was just hoping for a few more trendy, or really creative options. But, who knows, maybe I just don't understand the restaurant's gastro cantina concept.
In our group we tried the Cuban pork torta, the tenderloin torta, the chile relleno which was one of the specials for the night, the albondigas, the duck fat potato cake and the blue cheese stuffed figs. My absolute favorite was the figs. The figs were coupled with a thin slice of cured meat and chopped pistachios. YUM! The tortas were both good, if you are hungry, get the Cuban, it will take care of that for you...it is HUGE! I think there was a breaded pork cutlet of sorts, a kielbasa type of sausage, an omlette with cheese, all on a nice big bun...there may have been more on there, I only had a few bites off ot it, but what I had was really good...definitely comfort food! The albondigas (meatballs) had flavor from the chorizo, but to me that was pretty much where the flavor ended, which was fine because in the end everything came together and as a dish it worked. They were in a red sauce, covered in cheese and then baked. Served with toasted bread...all together yummy goodness. The duck fat potato cake is just a glorified order of hashbrowns in my mind, but they were good; crispy and hot with enough greasiness, but not too much. Pretty darn good.
All in all I think that King and Mane is doing a good job. For those of you that didn't think so highly, go back one more time and hopefully you will have a better experience.