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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 2:35 pm 
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Just thought Id remind everyone, this place has a great brunch (food served outside, eating indoors) with really wonderful live music. Easter Sunday is a great time to check it out, we will be there this year.
Just a tip!


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Can someone give me a few more details on the Gospel Brunch? My mother is wanting to go and my first question is are tickets usually hard to come by during peak season? Should I order now online? Do you just go anytime between 9 & 2 or is it a specific time? Is it worth the $20?

Any info would be great,
Deanna


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 9:49 am 
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Yes, its worth it.
We have only gone for Easter so I dont know if its the same on any day. We really enjoy the food and the music and atmosphere.
We have called a few days before for Easter reservations, not sure about regular Sundays.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2011 8:19 pm 
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The passage below was taken from my most recent trip report to MB, August 9 -16, 2011.

We were not imoressed with the Brunch. Read my narrative below for our experience.

When we arrived at HOB, we were told that we had a 30 minute wait. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1d60 ... /ry%3D400/ We walked around a little bit and then sat down on some metal furniture outside of the building. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1d60 ... /ry%3D400/ After being bitten by fleas and having assorted bugs crawl on us, we were called in to be seated. We were escorted to the very last row of the booths in the left-hand corner of the dining room. This put us in the furthest booth from the stage where the gospel singers were performing and behind a series of posts. If this was a sports venue, our seats would have been labeled as “restricted viewing seats”.

Quite a few minutes after we sat down, our server Trey(?) stopped by to introduce himself and tell us how the food service worked; Trey was a small man with red hair in dreg locks and a beard. He went through our instructions very quickly, so quickly that I wasn’t really sure what we should do or where we should go. I asked him to repeat what he had just said. He did and then took our drink orders. When he left, we walked toward the front of the room to where we thought the buffet line was located. I didn’t see any place that looked like a buffet line, so I asked a server who was walking by us. She told me to take a sharp right into the kitchen area. So we walked into the kitchen and saw a bunch of serving trays filled with various breakfast and luncheon foods.

The serving area was tight, about 12 feet long and occupied the wall and the front surface of the kitchen storage area. It looked a little disorganized and unkempt. On our initial trip, there were only a few people in the room getting food. When we went for seconds, the line was out into the dining room and it took quite a while to get any food. The food itself was OK, at best. However, the scrambled eggs were truly outstanding! Overall, the food was not very warm and it was not presented very well. And as an old Army guy, I would have to say that this was the worst presentation of food that I have seen, including having chow served in the field.

Our beverages were dropped off on the edge of our table by the server. My coffee was filled to the top (I’d asked to leave room for cream) and the other drinks were served without straws. We ate our food and didn’t see our server until we were about to leave. He never came by to bus our table from our first time in the buffet line and he was very inattentive overall. I had to track him down to get our check. The service was marginal.

The entertainment was three guys; a lead singer, a man on the keyboard and another on a saxophone. The vocals were good, as was the music. The group invited people from the audience to join them as they sang “Oh Happy Day”. It was fun to watch about a dozen folks get up on the stage to sing and sway to the song. http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1d60 ... /ry%3D400/ Good job done by all.

In total, we stayed at the brunch for less than a half hour. Not that there was a rush to get us in and out of there, like some very busy restaurants that I have been to, it was just that we had eaten our food and the gospel group were taking a break. We weren’t really enjoying ourselves, so when the singers took a break; it was time for us to go too.

Overall, this experience met our “been there, done that!” list. We had talked about going to the HOB Gospel Brunch for years. Overall, we would give this experience a grade of “C”. The food was fair (except for the exceptional scrambled eggs), the environment was fair and the service was just getting by. For $60 plus a tip (which I thought was questionable), we wouldn’t go again. And if our daughter Jessica was with us on this vacation, we probably would not have gone to the brunch and if we had, we would have walked out as soon as she saw the food serving line. . .


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