Boone >Food & Dining > Gigglin' Goat
628 Story St, Boone, IA | Directions 5003642.061983 -93.880004
Roll The Dice – This place was fantastic the first time we went there just after it opened, food was excellent, service was outstanding, prices were more than reasonable.
The second time we went there, the steak just wasn't as good, but everything else was perfect.
The third time we went there, back in March, the steak was average at best, my wife's french dip was cold, the cheese wasn't even melted. It took forever to get the waitresses attention, then she seemed to have forgotten us so we got someone else, who then brought it out warm, it had obviously been nuked. OK, one bad experience.
So today, their posted hours stating their open till 9PM, we invited our family from Fort Dodge and Webster City, we show up at 5:45PM, closed. there were people in the bar drinking and watching a game, so we called the number on the door, and someone matter of factly said oh yeah, w switched to summer hours and just haven't changed the sign. No apology.
Forget this place, they started out OK, but obviously they slid downhill. It's apparently a crap shoot whether or not you hit them on a good night, or even f you catch them open.
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Good food and price – We were driving through Boone and found this gem on a Saturday afternoon. We stopped in about 4:30 (before the dinner crowd had arrived) and had sandwiches & drinks.
The lunch menu had a decent selection of sandwiches, salads, etc. for a reasonable price in my mind. Of course, there will be those who say $6.50 is too much for a burger, but this is a real restaurant folks.
I had the Californian... a grilled turkey sandwich with pesto, roasted red peppers, artichokes & provolone on grilled wheat. It was great. My daughter had chicken strips and my wife had tenderloin that was excellent.
The service was a bit slow - even on a Saturday afternoon at 4:30. We waited quite awhile for a refill on drinks. The parking lot needs some work. I imagine that will come in the future.
Overall though, we were pleased with the food and that's the main reason we stopped by. We'll be back and hope they keep improving what looks like a good place.
Bad Experience – I visited the Gigglin Goat despite negative reviews from a co-worker. I found that I should have headed her advice. The wait staff are slow and provide very poor service. Additionally it took close to an hour to receive our order. The only reason I would go back is for the Diablo Pasta which was delicious. If you are a very patient person who has time for slow service you will enjoy your visit but most people will have a poor experience due to poor management of both waitstaff and time management of the chef/cooks.
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