A group of my four closest girlfriends and our mothers went for a "Daughter and Mother" A.K.A. "DAM" dinner at Sarna's in Fridley today. Being my first dinner at Sarna's, I wasn't sure what to expect, but since Mother's Day Brunch was so tasty, I figured it had to be good. We arrived approximately 6:30 and sat inside due to the chilly/breezy weather - they do have a patio when the weather is more accommodating. As usual, the ambiance was nice and the restaurant had patrons but wasn't so crowded and loud that you couldn't hear each other speak. We even managed some orders before happy hour ended. And random fact: when a member of our party called to make reservations, she was asked if we would be on separate checks... a bizarre question to ask when making reservations... but ok.
Our waitress was oddly brusque every time she answered you, but her second and consequent sentences of every response were quite a bit more friendly - usually you get all or nothing, but we got bi-polar. Despite that oddity, we enjoyed each other's company amidst some tasty drinks and eats. I devoured the Shrimp Poppers and Spinach & Artichoke Dip appetizers - both absolutely delicious and a couple dollars off for happy hour. I tasted my mother's Sangria (a slightly alcohol-infused version of Dimetapp) which was good, but my raspberry lemonade and Jeremiah Weed was a good twist on an old favorite. Kudos to Sarna's for having a Jeremiah Weed page in their drink menu! We moved on to our main course and I enjoyed a Caprese Chicken Sandwich that had fresh basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette on a ciabatta bun - very tasty! I upgraded to their sweet potato waffle fries (that I dip in honey instead of ketchup) for an extra $1.50. Honestly, wouldn't do that again - they were very thin and crispy. The regular french fries looked more appetizing - so I'll stick to those in the future. A great meal made even better by our company. I'll return, but won't be getting the sweet potato fries and will hope for more consistently friendly service next time.