The CFS: The cube steak was overdone and chewy. The stringiness of the meat made me exercise serious jaw muscles to swallow.
Breading: A bit too crispy, suggesting it was overdone. Combined with the chewy steak, it made for a most unpleasant bite.
Gravy: Southern cream gravy. The flavor of the milk was fresh but it was a little bland.
Knife: A steak knife was provided and much needed.
Sides: Choose two. I had the queso mashed potatoes (mashed potatoes with queso poured on top) and the cole slaw. Although the concept was inventive, the execution fell short. The mashed was dry, unsalted and without much flavor. The balance of flavor needed to be better between the queso and the potato. The cole slaw was also subpar – it was crunchy but not enough acid to make the perfect creamy/acid nexus required of good cole slaw.
Cost: $ 11.95. Frankly, too much for the quality and quantity of the lunch.
Service: Efficient and friendly. We were in and out quickly.
Music Selection: contemporary pop.
Kelley’s didn’t serve up a great CFS but it was a nice place with a lot of potential. The creativeness of the menu and the great location downtown. I could easily see strolling over after work for a beer or just a quick lunch.
1422 Avenue K
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