I visited Mags 99 today on the way home from an awesome adventure in Whistler. I stopped by because I was craving deep fried chicken and I didn't want the usual fast-food filth that I often served at most places. Upon doing my research I discovered that Mags 99 has extremely high reviews, so I thought it must be great. This is the one time where other online reviews have failed to show the truth.
Upon arrival, I noticed that there were plenty of interesting Mexican-style murials painted all over the building, in the washroom and all throughout the dining area. Quite colourful murials, pictures and paintings that bring a vibrance to the restaurant that would make you feel like you're in Vancouver's Gastown area or Winnipeg's Osborne Village. This was a very welcoming feel to the restaurant. Unfortunately, everyone there is basically there to eat and socialize. Socializing is easy, but eating not so. The server mentioned that it will be a 30 minute wait for the food. 30 minutes for an order of fried chicken and a side of medium gravy? I thought it myself that it is either spectacular or they have a butcher shop in the back that no one is able to see. Either way, I had extremely high expectations at this point, and given other online reviews I was already expecting a lot. Realistically, about 20 minutes later I was called up for me order. I looked at the gravy and I looked at the fried chicken. It didn't look anything different from anywhere else, and the portion size wasn't anything spectacular. The pricing was fair for the portion size but it overall the experience was poor. Aside from the friendly staff, the colourful artwork, and the welcoming environment the restaurant failed to meet my expectations. If I lowered my expectations by half, it still would have failed. Realistically, I've had better fried chicken at a more reasonable price, served much quicker at fast food franchises. I would avoid the disappointment of dining here.
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