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Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2013
I was hoping to love The Cardinal but it was just a bad experience. We were drawn in by the atmosphere, it looks like a fun place and who does not like southern food. The BBQ platter was very dry and bland and chewy, the sides lacked any form of flavor the fried chicken was only ok. It seems like a good value but thats only if you can eat the food.
Posted by LESider on 06/04/2013
I absolutely love the fried chicken at the Cardinal. And they have fried okra which they do right!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/29/2013
My wife and I recently ate at the cardinal, the food was bland, overpriced and the waiter was rude. We ordered the bbq platter which was dry, and the sides had no flavor. We only saw our waiter twice, once to take our order and he was barely pleasant, the other to drop of the bill. he never asked how the food was or if we wanted anything else. The only redeeming factor is the place has a decent atmosphere.
Posted by anonymous on 08/14/2012
Went to this cute little restaurant and totally loved everything we had. From the BBQ to the fried catfish to the mac and cheese and the baked beans. Great owners. The waitress also was very friendly. Can't wait to go back. A great find. All in all it was a great dining experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/23/2012
Went here with my family for sunday brunch. We ordered several different dishes. The food took a bit long to come, but I now know why. Everything is made to order from scratch. Best grits ever! All the dishes were very flavorful and not greasy at all, not even the fried chicken. The banana pudding is reason enough to come here. Very highly recommended.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/22/2012
When I think southern cooking I think of delicious flavorful comfort food. and that was what I was expecting from cardinal. Im sorry to say I was very disappointed. I love bbq so I ordered the bbq platter, for about $20 I felt th portion was small. It came with 2 small slices of brisket that were dry and bland, ribs that were fatty and tough, and sausage that was bland. my wife got the fried fish that was good, and we shared our sides, collard greens, black eyed pees, and pickeled eggs and they were all bland, salt would have helped. I had high expectations but was really let down.
Posted by anonymous on 02/13/2012
First of all, get the sweet potato pancakes, they are unreal. I didn't believe it either, but just trust me. The restaurant was pretty cold since the door kept opening and there's not much to stop the winter air from coming in. The waitress was nice, but it took around 45 minutes to get our food, and the palce didn't seem crowded. The table next to us ordered something at the same time as we did, and ours came at least 20 minutes after theirs, which wasn't cool. But that being said, I will definitely be coming back here. Just be prepared to wait a bit, I guess perfection takes time.