Monday, October 28, 2013

pop-we Dinner Club Reviews Blair Marina

Nebraska's Blair Marina restaurant.

This month population-we™ (pop-we) foodie Marv decided we would head north near the Missouri River to dine at the Blair Marina. Located at East Highway, Blair, Neb., follow Highway 30 east till you reach Marina Drive (coming from the west), take a right head south. You will see a small building on the right side of the road. Since opening in 1959, the restaurant has been a bait shop surrounded by four lakes stocked with fish. The marina has also seen two longhorn steers, buffalo and bears housed on the property.

When you arrive, you walk into a lobby where there are a few benches with old pictures on the wall showing the history of the area. One picture that caught my attention was a picture of a train bridge with a caption that talked about how they tested the strength of a new bridge. It said by driving back and forth across the bridge adding cars to the train on each pass. I thought this was comical to think compared to today’s standards, but back then that was standard practice. The dining area looks unchanged since opening, with moderate wall decorations and a dimly lit atmosphere.

Looking over the menu, I decided on a steak for dinner that came with a salad, potato and vegetable. It was a nice size steak cooked to my liking, a good medium temp. My meal I enjoyed, well seasoned and tasty. However, in talking with the rest of the group, it seemed everyone that ordered a steak enjoyed their meal; those that ordered something else seemed less than pleased. My wife had ordered the coconut shrimp. When the shrimp was brought out you could tell that it was over cooked. Instead of the golden brown you would expect--it was a very dark brown. If you do try the Marina, I would highly recommend the steak, as our waitress would not even recommend the chicken.

After compiling the surveys from the other foodies the pop-we Dinner Club gives Bair Marina a 3.44 star average on a scale of 1-5.

Atmosphere/Decor – 3.14

Steak and hash brown dinner.
Cleanliness – 3

Wait Staff – 3.85

Menu – 3.42

Food Presentation – 3

Food Portions – 3.85

Food Taste – 3.57

Cost (was the cost worth meal?) – 3.57

Noise Level – 3.7

Overall Experience – 3.28

Fellow population-we™ readers, if you've been to Blair Marina leave us a comment and tell us what you thought?

Want to do this yourself? To review how to start your own dinner club, visit our January post about doing just that. Remember it is a template; tweak it to fit you and your friends’ tastes. pop-we Dinner Club: good food…good friends…good times.
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-population-we™ blog post by Brian Brown
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1 comment:

  1. Brian: Thanks for the review. My tip, if you’re not going to order steak at the Blair Marina--stay at home or eat closer to home. To date, this is by far the worst restaurant I’ve ever ate at for our dinner club. As Brian noted, the waitress didn’t recommend the chicken; instead, I ordered shrimp. It took so long to get our meal when they set it down in front of me obviously overcooked, I didn’t send it back. When I bit into the first coconut shrimp, it wasn’t just overcooked, but burnt. I moved to the sweet potato fries, which were cut like steak fries. They were good but over salted. Another item to note, we ate there on a Friday at 7 p.m. and they were already out of prime rib. Come on people you tout yourself as a marina and can’t serve a decent fish meal...very disappointing!

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