Review: Effie's Attic & Tea Room
Posted in the Milan Forum
#1 May 9, 2013
I’ve been to Effie’s Attic several times for many years, before this new owner. Food used to be quite good, but standards and quantities (*) have dropped sharply through the years. Today was the worse experience I’ve had—so much so that I won’t be going back. I called them to figure their hours, since there is nothing online. We ordered their berry iced tea; we sent it back because it tasted like water, but it came back just a little better and the server made sure we saw she was not pleased... My friend and I tried to read the food listed in a black board on the wall, but the words in dark blue on black made it impossible to read. When the server came back (a young girl) I told her we could not read the board so asked her about the quiches again.“That is why I told you before,” she chided me.“Well, then you’ll have to tell me again because I forgot!” I answered, getting annoyed. She repeated, very unwillingly and we placed our orders. The quiche’s dough was soggy instead of the normal crunchy and was tiny. The (banana?) bread/muffin tasted like some kind of artificial flour or something, quite bad. While we were eating, a woman (owner?) barged in and asked very loud “Are you the person who called and couldn’t find us in the Internet?” I swallowed the food I was chewing and said, yes, that I found them, but there was nothing about their hours. When she allowed me a word (and believe me when I say I’m not bashful) I suggested she should add the hours, but she complained it cost money. Well, I don’t know about her, but I live in a world where advertising actually works… Effie’s Attic is surely not there to please the customer and that is when the beauty of Capitalism comes to mind: we’ll just take our business somewhere else!
(*) As for quantities, I don’t eat a lot: I’m 6’1” and weight 145 lb.
#2 May 17, 2013
We love Effie's and go as often as we can manage. It's a 40 minute drive, but worth it. I love the berry pretzel salad. The food is carefully made, all from scratch. The owner and her nice staff make us feel welcome. I can feel the tension from work melt away. It is good that a few of these special places still exist.
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