It’s a bit of a running joke in our family that, whenever my mum goes out for a meal, we need an extra hour for her to make up her mind about what to eat.
She always struggles for ages to choose ... and then goes for Cajun chicken every time!
So, after looking up the menu for Frankie & Benny’s before we went, I was a bit worried about whether we’d get out before closing time. The choice of foods available is huge – from the traditional pasta and pizzas, to burgers and steaks, as well as a whole host of delicious sounding house specials – and I just knew mum would be toiling to choose just one.
It was a pouring wet Sunday evening when we headed to the Retail Park, and stepping inside the warm and bright restaurant was a welcome relief from the wild weather outside. The place was bustling and thriving, with lots of families enjoying a meal, and there was a lovely atmosphere.
After much deliberation, mum finally made up her mind about her starter, choosing the loaded skins - only to realise there was then a choice of four different toppings. She opted for the goats cheese and bruschetta filling, which she said was lovely.
I went for a starter of Mama’s cheese bake – three cheeses baked in a Neapolitan sauce, served with garlic ciabatta bread for dipping. It was rich, full of flavour and absolutely delicious.
For my main course I chose the Boston 7 pizza, which was topped with slices of meatballs, spicy pepperoni, ham, crispy bacon and chicken. There are two sizes of pizza available. I went for the smaller one, and I’m glad I did as it was more than enough.
There was no scrimping on the toppings and the meat feast was really tasty.
In the absence of Cajun chicken, Mum had the barbeque chicken skewers, which were served with corn on the cob and coleslaw – and another choice for mum, fries, baked potato or salad. I had a bit of food envy when hers arrived and she confirmed that it was a really lovely combination.
After our first two courses we really were too full for anything else, but in the name of good research we struggled on to have a dessert, with both of us opting for one of the ‘lighter options’ on the menu – a chocolate pancake, which was topped with brownies ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce – divine!
As we rounded off our meal with a cappuccino, mum was already planning a return trip with my dad ... just as long as they leave early enough for her to peruse the menu!