I don't care much for the show or the host, but I'm amused by the whole theme restaurant thing, and a couple of years down the road when I met my girlfriend she spoke positively about the place. So, when an opportunity to pick up a $45 voucher to Donnie Mac's for $20 through LivingSocial, I could hardly pass it up.
We decided to make it a family-type evening and bring the kids along, since there are some rather amusing children's options on the menu at Donnie Mac's. We showed up rather early on an evening shortly before Christmas. I was instantly amused by what I saw, namely plastic flamingos, toilets used as planters, and Halloween decorations still in the windows.
|Donnie Mac's VIP seating|
Sweet Potato Fries
The fries themselves were good, but didn't quite live up to the hype as far as I was concerned. I have to fess up that the most likely reason is that they just weren't as good as Boise Fry Company's sweet potato fries. It may be a slightly unfair comparison given that fries of all kinds are the crux of BFC's business, but theirs are amazing and I can't help but compare. The sauce that came with them definitely didn't grab me, but I was able to make do with the other provided fry sauce.
My girl had decided on the Single Wide Cheeseburger, and though I don't remember what cheese she chose, knowing her it was very likely bleu cheese. I decided to cough up the few extra dollars for Grass-Fed Beef Burger. The girlfriend snickered, saying that if I were blindfolded I'd never be able to tell the difference just because the cow's diet was different, but I was able to resolve that by letting her try a bite when it hit the table. Interestingly enough, she didn't care for it, saying the flavor was too strong (she's not a huge beef fan, in case I haven't made that abundantly clear in previous entries).
|Grass-Fed Beef Burger with Mac & Cheese|
All in all, I can't see this being a place I would go to on a regular basis (it's not near to home and the atmosphere was at times a little too authentic for my taste), but I'm sure the kids will want to return, and I know there's good food to be had there so I won't put up too much of a protest. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't curious about what they could do with a BLT.
Final Grade: B