Charred Nebraska Corn Chowder @ Storytellers Cafe

Price: $8.00

When: July 16, 2017, 3:10 PM

Reservations: Recommended

Verdict? Not recommended

Elaine, Chris and I are at Storytellers Cafe, and have polished off the (excellent) BBQ Pulled Pork Pizzetta. That dish has significantly boosted our optimism. We’re looking forward to the rest of the meal.

Elaine orders the Charred Nebraska Corn Chowder as her second.

The dish arrives in a wide, shallow bowl with a wide rim. The chowder seems fairly thick. Good color. There are bacon bits and green veg on top, to boot. This seems promising.

Spoons are procured. In we go.

Gah. Bland.

To be honest, I feel a tad defensive about all this. I mean, it’s chowder. Chowder is often comfort food, and it’s not supposed to be too much of any one thing – not too spicy, not too salty, not too rich. Chowder is flavorful, easy eating.

In this case, they played it too safe. The chowder is thick, but unmemorable. The corn flavor is very faint. It’s filling, but not satisfying … and certainly not rewarding. The bacon is a bright spot, but not bright enough to turn things around.

Elaine was slightly more positive than me: “it might be okay,” she said, “For someone who likes a safe, simple, creamy soup.” And she’s right. But that’s not what we expected, and it’s not what I think most people would expect, either. I certainly wouldn’t order this again.

Not recommended.