I went to Gary’s for the first time with a group of 15 to celebrate a birthday. I was met at the door by Doreen who was very pleasant. We spent a few minutes chatting while waiting for other arrivals. Some early arrivals had drinks in the bar upstairs which was presented but not pushed. We were set up on the ground floor which was great since other diners opted to be upstairs so we didn’t need to worry about our noise level. Everything was ready for us when we arrived.
We had 2 pleasant servers who explained the specials thoroughly and took drink orders efficiently. After drinks were delivered, they quickly took meal orders. The servers continued to keep water glasses refilled and inquired if folks wanted fresh drinks throughout dinner - aware but not annoying.
Our group had a bit of everything - grouper, filet, scallops, shrimp & grits, hot brown toasts, meatballs - and there were no empty plates at the end of the meal. We all commented on how delicious the food was. As another reviewer mentioned, the food is prepared creatively but not weirdly. A few of us had a dessert - bread pudding and creme brulee - both good but I agree with another reviewer that the brulee was not a light custard. It was a good pudding and had a nice crunch on top that I enjoyed. I would have liked more than the single thin slice of strawberry that garnished it.
The location is easy to reach, the atmosphere downstairs was low-key but not stuffy. At the end of the meal, the checks were presented, collected, and returned efficiently - without the confusion that sometime occurs with a big party. My one peeve with checks - bring back the detail check with the copy to be signed.
One of the things I really appreciate is not having white napkins which are not generally compatible with dark pants - it’s the little things!
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