Report Card: Lilman’s

Just a few of the items available at Lilman's

Just a few of the items available at Lilman’s

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http://www.lilmans.com/

 

Overall GrubGrade B-

 

The Breakdown:

Atmosphere:  Grade C-:  We got lost trying to find Lilman’s in Lewis Center.  Now I admit that I am fairly hopeless finding my way around, but Katina has an unreal sense of direction and ability to know where she is going.  We probably drove right by the place because Lilman’s looked more like a rundown 7-11 than a restaurant/bar.  We peeked inside, saw the interior, and left.  But, it was getting late and we were all hungry, so we returned and decided to give Lilman’s a shot.  First, the interior looks like the illegitimate offspring of a sports bar and a convenience store.  There were just a handful of tables in the place, and only a couple of them were open.  Lilman’s was pretty packed, so it was noisy and very unorganized, with chairs not matched with tables and most of the open tables in need of a good wipe down.  We might have given Lilman’s a lower score if they hadn’t been so busy and the place was in the same condition.  We are going to assume we just caught them before they had a chance to straighten up.

High marks:  We made it out alive

Low marks:   Crowded, noisy, slightly dirty

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Service:  Grade B-:  Normally, we’d name our server for this part of the report card, but we really liked our server’s attitude and effort, so we’re going to keep mum.  Overall, our service would have been good if we could have heard our server over the music and noise and if we hadn’t sat at our table for 10 minutes before anyone stopped by to take our order.  We think this had less to do with our server and more to do with the overall organization of the place.  Once the ball got rolling, the staff at Lilman’s did an okay job in taking care of us considering how busy they were.  If we go back, it won’t be on a Friday.

High marks:  Good effort by server, no mistakes

Low marks:   Service slow to start and food slow to arrive

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Food/Spirits:  Grade B:   Overall, the food was pretty decent at Lilman’s.  We started out with an order of Spicy Teriyaki chicken wings, which were actually really good.  They were cooked nice and crispy and they were tossed with plenty of sauce.  For drinks, Katina had a Midori sour, which tasted an awful lot like a melon ball.  But it was smooth and very drinkable.  I decided to just go with a couple of Blue Moons, so nothing new to report there.  We ordered the Big Poppy pizza (large), which was aptly named since it was huge.  Unfortunately, it took a really long time for it to arrive.  The pizza itself was decent, but it still didn’t measure up to Massey’s in our opinion.  The pizza did have a nice balance of ingredients, which is fairly important since it was meat laden.  No one meat dominated the pizza, which was nice.  But we just weren’t blown away, and given the wait and difficulty finding the place, we were overall disappointed.

High marks:  Good chicken wings, decent mixed drinks 

Low marks:  Pizza not as impressive as anticipated, long wait for food

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Value:  Grade C:  While the quality of the food at Lilman’s wasn’t bad, the price was a little steep overall.  The pizza itself was reasonable, but when you add chicken wings and the kids food to the tab we quickly found our bill getting a little high.  We have been to pizza places where we’ve spent a decent amount of coin (like Blue Moon Pizza in Atlanta, Ga), but we left those places thinking we just eaten the best pizza we were ever going to eat.  We certainly didn’t get that same feeling from dining at Lilman’s.  We recommend you pass by this place – you can find similar quality pizza and wings for less.

High marks:   None

Low marks:   Too pricey for the quality

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