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C W Cowling's Restaurant
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Reviewed 5 March 2014

Their food quality began declining, and suddenly they were closed. Too bad that Smithfield lost another restaurant but, in this case we are better off.

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Thank Mark and Teresa C
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

Food took forever. My salad was bitter and had obviously been sitting out for a while. My sons nachos we just chips with what seemed to be microwaved cheese on them. Hard and tasteless. The rest had burgers which were fine.

Thank Desiree M
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Tried this place a decade ago and then more recently when asked by associates to join them. Food is OK only if you have low expectations.

Thank cjdotheworld
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Reviewed 2 May 2013

I am surprised at the earlier reviews that state the restaurant was getting a remodel a couple of years ago because you certainly can't tell. I hate to think of what it looked like BEFORE the remodel. It is dark, dingy and dirty. Wallpaper was dirty, booths were dusty, dirt all over the carpet and looked like it hadn't been vacuumed all day.
I was expecting more of a seafood or home cooking style restaurant but the menu was all over the place. Mexican food like fajitas and taco salad as well as seafood, burgers. Weird. Plus there's a bar--also dark and dingy.
The server was very competent and pleasant. The low marks are not a comment on the service.
The food was not good. I ordered the half order of scallops (fried) with mashed potatoes and green beans. The scallops were adequate. Green beans were tasty enough. The mashed potatoes were terrible. Not warm, obviously not fresh, and dry. Ick. There were two hushpuppies and one was inedible....rock hard. Literally. Could not bite through it.
My husband ordered the chef's salad. Kinda hard to ruin a chef's salad. They didn't have any low or no fat options for dressing.
Total cost was around $25-$28 with tip I think. Not worth it.

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Thank Tammy G
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Reviewed 25 October 2012

Service was fine. Staff was nice. We always stopped here on the way home from VA BEACH. The BBQ is not the same as it was maybe 5 years ago? Not sure what was different, but it is not the same.

Thank Diane721
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