After our tour through the William H. Seward House on South Street in Auburn, the son and I ventured for a quick burger in a relaxing establishment. One of the young ladies at the Seward House recommended the Parkers Grille on Genesee Street. The place looked inviting, so in we went.
We sat down at that wonderful period of late lunch – early dinner, so we practically had the restaurant to ourselves. As we finished our meal, the place was rapidly filling up with the dinner crowd, so I’m glad we got in when we did.
The restaurant is casual– you walk through an inconspicuous bar to get to the lovely wooden booths and tables toward the back. I can imagine this was perhaps once a diner, as it had that narrow shape with the counter toward the front and seats toward the back. The restaurant is decorated nicely with a very large television near the bar. The TV show was marvelously docile, a soccer game with the volume turned low. I was so glad I wouldn’t have to endure a raucous “woman’s” show or a soap opera!
Service was a little slower than you’d expect for a quiet room. The waitress was pleasant and took our orders: the Bacon Cheeseburger with curly fries or the son and Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger Wrap with steak fries for me. Intrigued by the “Honking Big Pickle,” we ordered two. I wondered just how “honking big” they’d be.
What do you think?
Service was simple and we were out very quickly. The checkout process was a bit confusing– there’s no counter with a cash register. Apparently, the waitress takes your card and does all the work. It’s very convenient and I like it, and it seems more restaurants are doing this method now, but I wish the servers would let us know. I’m still used to the “take the check to the counter” method, so I never know what restaurant does what anymore.
Parkers Grille definitely seems geared toward informal and younger patrons. Auburn is a college city and I can imagine the younger set filling the wooden booths and high, bar-stool-sized chairs at the tables. On a Saturday night, this place must be very crowded and noisy. An older couple seeking a quiet night out would be better off finding a cozier atmosphere.
For a quick, pleasing lunch, Parkers Grille fit the bill. I loved the privacy of the high-backed booths and the buffer from kitchen noises. The bathroom was small but tidy. The restaurant has several locations: in Auburn, Geneva, Seneca Falls, and Newark, NY.
129 Genesee Street
Auburn, NY 13021