How is , Marie's Deli in Chatham?
Was that the place on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives', where Guy was long-time friends with the husband/wife owners? Known for a certain sandwich or two and their meatball?
Yes. The actual name is Marie’s Italian Specialties. I’ve seen that episode (been rebroadcast many times). We’ve never eaten there.
OK, thanks...so, since we are talking about the same place...yes, I've been there...and like others I went specifically because I saw it on DD&D's and it was in NJ.
So, I went, I ate...and I did NOT like at all. We went, ordered appetizers, made sure to get the meatball, and a couple of entrees. First, neither owner was there. We asked. Second, the help was all young, high-school type help, and while I am all for internships, giving young people a chance, etc. -- they didn't do a very good job.
The meatball -- and we ordered two -- was very salty. Extremely salty, to the point where I couldn't eat mine, and granted I am a bit overly sensitive to salt. My friend's was edible but still, very salty -- even she said so, and she's a salt-o-holic, LOL. I don't remember the other appetizers, but I remember we both agreed one was very "bland" and didn't have any flavor at all. For the entrees, we got a hot sandwich, which was so-so, and one of their "drunken" specials -- and that too was bland, so so at best. Overall I was not impressed. I'd have to be in the area to even consider trying it again, and also not have someone recommend another place to me. I wouldn't really want to try it again, unless people I knew and respected said it was very good, my visit was an anomaly, etc.
Another DD&D place I went to was the Vagabond in AC...and that place is excellent!!!