If I never, ever go to Home Plate Diner on University again, it'll be to soon. That store has gone to the dogs. Last week, I drove up to the speaker, as did 5 other cars after me. After waiting 10 minutes for someone to get on the speaker, and take my order, which they never did. I decided to go inside to see if they were "OPEN". When someone finally got to the counter, and I ask them if they were open, I get a smart ass remark, "What does it look like?" I should have left right then, but my family was hungry. What do you do? I informed this person that I was out by the speaker, along with the other 5 cars, and nobody took my order. They give me this, "So?" look. I went ahead and placed my order. Bad mistake, on my part. They then tell me to go sit in my car, and they'd bring me the order. I said, "No, that's OK. It's hot outside, I'm almost out of gas, and it seems to be a little cooler in here." Then, it got interesting. The so called staff were having a good ol' time in the kitchen. All talking to each other, bitchin' about having to work that weekend. Telling who ever that was listening that they weren't doing the dishes, or cleaning the place up. All this time, I'm wondering, "Where's the manager?" After 25 minutes, they finally get my order ready. They head out to my car, I'm still inside waiting where I'd been the whole time. Guy walks back in, telling everybody that I had left. I tell them that I'm still there. Finally, get the food, if that's what they call that slop. My chicken fried steak was terrible, salad was even worse. Nobody even came close to finishing. All in all, that was $35.00 wasted for my family supper. So, what did I learn? Listen to your heart. If it says this place sucks, it probably does. And that experience sucked big time. Also, I didn't rate this restaurant. They didn't have a ZERO!