Casper Food Critic- Full House Leaves A Full Belly
A group of co-workers and friends wanted to get together recently in honor of a departing employee's last day of work, the proverbial "last lunch". As usual time constraints limited our traveling distance, and we all agreed to visit Full House in Mills. You know how sometimes a former restaurant building seems to host an onward march of failed restaurants, one right after the other - and you get the impression that the building is in some way cursed? I always thought that about the Mills location. Many, many years ago, probably about the mid-1970s, which most of my readers are probably too young and won't even remember, the building was originally built as hamburger chain, "The Red Barn". I even remember the Red Barn-costumed characters in the Casper parade each sweltering summer, in particular a giant chicken leg weaving its way through the downtown parade route, with its giant white-gloved hands waving and handing out candy to the kiddies. Imagine if you will how hot it must have been inside that costume, maybe the chicken leg didn't just appear to be golden brown and crispy, but perhaps it really was. The owners apparently eventually parted ways with The Red Barn franchise, leading to its three restaurants in town called Peaches. One still exists today on 2nd Street.
We all arrived at once, having shared rides as much as possible. Pull in parking was plentiful and we were right near the entrance. Despite this sudden bombardment, the servers were very kind and seated us immediately. The place was bright, with mostly windows all around the dining room exterior. No smoking is allowed, and no smoke smell was detected. The former booths have been updated so the place doesn't feel like a hamburger fast-food restaurant. The server took our drink orders and brought them right away. Bathroom seemed clean and fresh.
There were at least two dozen lunch specials on the menu, which includes the entrée, fried rice, an egg roll, and soup of choice. Throughout our large party, we had quite an array of items, and we took advantage of this wide variety to try some of each others mains and sauces. A couple of our party wanted something that was not on the menu, and the servers (and subsequently presumably the chef) kindly complied with any special requests. I for one have never had Hot-and-Sour soup, so I thought I'd give it a try. This was a very good soup, a little bit of a peppery bite, bu t not too much. It was a thickened broth with finely shredded strips of pork, tofu pieces and bamboo shoots. Those who got the egg drop soup or the won ton soup all liked their soups as well.
Most of the dishes I tried were very tasty, and served nice and hot. I may have stated this for my readers before, but I'm a little finicky about really sweet savory foods like the sweet and sour dishes, but the base flavors were good and the fried chunks of meat were crispy. I prefer to save the sweets for cake or cookies or ice cream. The sesam e beef and beef with garlic sauce were my favorites. The egg roll was good but greasy. But, how do you deep fry something and not have it seem a little greasy? The rice was tasty, not overly mushy, which I tried in small bites which I mixed with a variety of everyone's sauces. The portions were moderate sized, plenty for most people. Some of our crew couldn't finish all of their plates, so I and those like-minded polished everything off in short order. I liked being able to mix and match and try all the different dishes. I noted that on the menu, you can order family dinners so you could sample different entrees. Beverages were refilled promptly and drink glasses were very generously sized , I liked that.
Our servers were quick, efficient and I was quite surprised that our large crew got sufficiently stuffed and was out within an hour, we even had a little time to visit before we left. Each individual ended up paying about $10.00 for their mostly-inclusive lunch and beverage, before adding on a tip. Before departing I grabbed a couple of menus to take home, as they take call in orders and you can pick up.
This place garners a very well-deserved 8 out of 10 chopsticks. Will try this for dinner sometime or maybe a "phone-in-and-pick-up" order for the crew.
Have you eaten at Full House? Comment below and tell us what you thought!