You know sometimes you go somewhere and get really great service and good food? The Keg is like that. We save up money to go out to The Keg every once in a while; it’s pretty much a guaranteed good time all round. Expensive… but good.
Milestones, however, is pretty much the exact opposite. I’ve had a really, really bad experience there (and vowed I would never go back), and it turns out that just about everyone I know has had a bad experience there of some kind.
And it’s not just one thing. You go to Kelsey’s or something and you get what you expect. The service isn’t great and the food isn’t great, but the prices aren’t bad either. Kelsey’s is what it is. It’s authentically itself; it doesn’t have any pretences of being anything other than itself. And this is good. You don’t feel like you’re being deceived when you eat at Kelsey’s. (McDonalds is the same way; we all know it’s crap, but it is what it is and doesn’t pretend to be something else.)
Milestones on the other hand is all about the upscale. It’s like they took The Keg, changed a few wall hangings, and prayed very hard that things would go well.
Milestones is Kelsey’s with inflated prices. The service still isn’t good, the food is still sub-par, the atmosphere is alright but nothing special, yet we are being asked to pay a premium to eat there.
Everyone I know will say the same thing: The Keg is worth it, Milestones is not. The Keg is somewhere you plan to go to eat. Milestones is where you go to eat when all other plans have been exhausted and you just don’t care.