Michael’s has great views, but food not up to par

Telegraph correspondentDecember 7, 2012 

What a beautiful neighborhood. Just south of the Museum of Aviation on Ga. 247, take a left into the most charming area you never knew existed. Stately homes, manicured lawns and happy children playing outside give the feeling of community and coziness. In the midst of this quiet solitude -- where the golf cart paths meet -- is the golf center of the community, and in the middle of it is Michael’s at the Landings.

While we were not blown away by the food, it was nice to have a quiet lunch while we watched the golfers play a few rounds. Membership is not required, but the prices can be a bit steep. Our lunch for five was more than $80, even with three of us drinking water.

To be fair, we ordered two meals from the dinner menu: the Filet Mignon for $23.95 and Dianne’s Shrimp and Grits for $12.95. The filet was correctly cooked medium well but had an unfamiliar flavor. The accompanying fries were thick cut and enjoyable. The shrimp and grits were a bit overwhelming, heaped high over the top of the bowl and covered with cheese. More than three fourths of the entree was not eaten, and it was ordered by the World’s Biggest Fan of Cheese and Grits.

As appetizers, we chose the Southwest Egg Rolls, the Incredible Skins and the Sweet and Tangy Shrimp. For $7.95, the egg rolls were the best item for the money, filled with chicken and cheese, served with a jalapeño ranch sauce. The $6.95 potato skins lacked something, as the chicken and bacon just sat upon the baked potato halves. The shrimp for $9.95 was OK in flavor but a bit too chewy.

For $5.95 you can get a tremendously huge bowl of chili full of meat and beans. It was such a huge serving that it was hard to tell that we had even eaten any of it before we had had enough. Both diners who ordered it left most of it behind.

Other items to try are the array of burgers and the grouper sandwich, your choice for $8.95. Other appetizers include Phil’s Pork Skins for $3.95 and a pound of Buffalo wings for $8.95. For dinner, there’s a pork porterhouse for $13.95 and a 12-ounce prime rib for $19.95 (full pound for $24.95).

They have several different cheesecakes for dessert, but none of them is made in-house.

Considering that you don’t have to pay for a membership, the prices are really not so bad. I always enjoy finding a place that makes me feel like I’m on vacation, especially if it doesn’t take long to get there. I recommend that Michael’s create a special that draws in diners and wows them into visiting more often. We came at lunch time on a beautiful Saturday, but we were the only diners there. The dining area is huge and seemed cavernous instead of matching the cozy feel of the neighborhood.

Take a nice toodle around the neighborhood and stop in for a meal and try it out.

Perhaps with more diners, Michael’s will step up to the plate and make the kind of food that matches its surroundings.

Michael’s at the Landings

Address: 309 Statham’s Way, Warner Robins

Phone: (478) 923-5222

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays

Payment: Cash, credit

Smoking: No

Alcohol: Yes

Kids Menu: Yes

Noise Level: Low

Health Rating: 83

Price range: $6.95 and up

Rating: 2.5 stars

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