The Velvet Elvis is a bar that serves food.
That was the best description that my two trusty dining companions came up with following our adventure to this establishment in downtown Milledgeville.
The pair, both men, said it would be a great place to watch a big football game or hang out with friends, but that the food was really secondary.
I couldn't agree more. But it is disappointing considering the vast menu that is set in front of you once you are seated. The list includes the usual appetizer and sandwich choices, as well as soft tacos, seafood platters and Italian dishes. The descriptions of all looked especially yummy, but unfortunately that did not transfer onto our plates.
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We got there at happy hour, which runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, and were excited to find $.50 wings and oysters. Shipments must have been a problem, however, as the 12 wings we ordered were the last around and the restaurant was completely out of oysters. As we found out, they were out of a lot of food.
The most notable thing about the wings was the inedible blue cheese with which it was served. The blue cheese turned out to be all sorts of bad as it completely ruined a hamburger later in the evening. Needless to say, stay away from the blue cheese - or whatever it was.
We ordered a number of items off the menu, including the hamburger, spinach-artichoke dip, a house sampler of seafood, and a chicken and pasta dish.
Both the sampler and pasta dish were almost $20 and should have cost about half that. The pasta was unseasoned and the fried chicken breasts had a dash of some sort of sauce over it. That was left half-eaten. The sampler, which came with shrimp, oysters, catfish and crab cakes looked more like an appetizer than a meal, and according to the two men, it needed a bit of seasoning.
The spinach-artichoke dip was incredibly bland and served near cold. The lone highlight was the hamburger, after it was sent back following the "blue cheese" debacle. The burger was cooked just right, and it was served on a tasty ciabatta bread.
Overall, sticking to the sandwiches is recommended. But an even safer bet is just trying the assortment of beverages, because the wide range of menu items doesn't stack up.
113 W. Hancock St.
One and a half stars
Phone: (478) 453-8226
Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Payment: Cash, major credit cards
Price: $2.50 to $19.50
Children's menu: No
Vegetarian selections: Yes
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Noise level: Moderate
Smoking policy: No
Latest health code rating: 100