Jergel’s Rhythm Grille
Last night, I went to Jergel’s.
With a menu that looked delicious online and Bon Jovi/Journey cover band aka Bon-Journey set to play the night, I was extremely stoked to eat Chicken and Waffles and sing Livin’ On A Prayer at the top of my lungs.
However, my experience wasn’t as great as I would have liked. Here’s what happened.
When you arrive at Jergel’s you are greeted in the parking lot by a bunch of guys directing traffic. When my friends and I pulled up, the parking lot was PACKED and we were lucky to find a spot. The directing of traffic is helpful so people don’t fight each other in the parking lot for spots. Note: If the lot is full when you get there, parking is available at the near-by Park and Ride with a shuttle to bring you to Jergel’s.
I had a party of 7. I understand that seating a large party in any restaurant will require a bit of a wait. But, when I put our name in, the gal said there would be a 1-3 hour wait. I get that, but 1-3 hours? That’s a large window of time to tell a party to wait. But ok, we waited.
After 2 hours of waiting and a few cocktails at the bar, my party and I finally got seated. Our waiter, George, was great. Though when he asked us for our drink orders and 5 of us wanted waters, he said he was unsure if there were enough glasses. Enough glasses? For a establishment that has a few hundred people in it, there isn’t enough water glasses? Luckily, George found us 5. We then ordered our food and waited about an hour for two appetizers to arrive: mussels and a chicken quesadilla. Another hour later, we got our meals: cold, flavorless, and completely not exciting.
So, a total of 4 hours of waiting to eat. Ridiculous! We asked George when our food would be arriving after an hour and a half of waiting, and he said “We’ll you’ll be here all night, right?” No George, at this rate we all wanted to run out the door and get MTO’s at Sheetz. After saying something to a nice manager gal, our food finally came.
I ordered the Berry Grilled Chicken Waffle. And at $12, completely not worth it. A basic, flavorless, waffle was topped with fresh berries (thank you for fresh berries not frozen ones) and about a softball of whipped cream. The piece of unseasoned chicken breast was tossed on the side. Not great. Let me offer a tip. To make this better, add the berries into the waffle batter to give the waffle some flavor. Grill and season the chicken breast and place it on top of the waffle. Add a few more berries for garnish and maybe the smallest drop of whip cream on the side, though I don’t think its necessary at all. Serve with syrup AND hot sauce. And chop that price down.
Sweet potato fries: These were actually not bad, but there was no dipping sauce served with them. Not even condiments on the table.
Original Philly Cheese Steak: Three people I was with got this sandwich and each of them said the meat was fatty and cold. All three of them didn’t even eat their sandwiches.
I arrived at 6 pm and ended up leaving at 10:30 pm. And you know what? I didn’t get to see any of Bon-Journey. NONE! We were so hungry, we left and headed to Eat’n Park!
My recommendation: Go to Jergel’s for the music and to drink. I think the place is a great venue for music, but I’ll leave that up to the professional music writers to judge. Don’t go here for food. Go to one of the many chains or local restaurants on 19 then head to Jergel’s.
I think Jergel’s is a good idea, but the execution still isn’t there yet. There are a ton of employees and a huge space, but something isn’t working yet, and I’m not sure what that is. Maybe more kitchen staff? I’m not sure.
I want to like you Jergel’s, but I just can’t yet. Maybe one day I’ll be back to sing Livin’ On A Prayer… maybe…
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