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Everything here was perfection. The Rosemary's Baby cocktail, the fries, pork belly, duck sausage pizza, the Washboard Rodeo, the non-smokingness of it, the general vibe of the staff and the patrons. There was nothing to fault here, though it'd be great if they could expand and let more people enjoy the experience!
Sometimes, you can just taste the love in the food. This is one of those places. Food lovers make these poboys, and they want you to love them, and you can't help but love them.
Plus, they read their audience well when they knew they could tell my friend that he'd enjoy his hot muff in the face without him getting offended. And he most definitely did revel in that hot muff. I'll take mine Dark and Stormy, with an frozen irish coffee from Erin Rose to wash it down.
I am a fan of the happy hour -- that's all I've tried, so I can't speak to much beyond food that is worth happy hour prices, and a bright blue cocktail that was quite enjoyable. The cupcakes were a great deal at 5 for $8. Cute decor and theming, nice big, airy space, good service. The museum itself is pretty great, too.
Oh, John Besh, I love all of your restaurants. I especially love that my meal was comped here, but even if it wasn't, I would've still thought it was worthwhile. The biggest surprise was the beef candy salad. I really can't not order things labeled "meat candy," and often they're too sweet, but this was just perfect: crispy, sweet, spicy beef over refreshing lettuce (there isn't that much lettuce in this town).
I was with a giant group, so I got to try little bits of many things, and everything was up to par. All the meats were amazing. The lobster tail was perfectly cooked - best I've had outside of Maine. For sides, the pommes frites with the rib eye were properly crispy, the onion rings were huge. Desserts also on point. Yeah, life was good that night, even though the more intoxicated you get, the more troubling those giant blue dogs with the neurotic eyes seem to be (they judge you and your gluttony, but you'll get over it).
When my friends are all at the fifth Bourbon Street bar of the early afternoon, and my tolerance is waning, I leave them to come and sit at Cafe Beignet. I sip some cafe au lait, listen to some music, and eat half an order of beignets. After that, I can go back and deal with at least a couple more stops on the tour of shenanigans before I ditch them for the quiet of my hotel room. I am clearly getting old.
This place was Turtle Bay, but since it had its facelift (see Spike TV Bar Rescue), it seems like it should get a new yelp site, right?
It was kinda cheesy, with the shot chair, and really bad dueling pianos. But, they let my friends and I sit there for 10 hours and play Scrabble and drink, so I can't really complain. I didn't hate the root beer schnapps based cocktail, either.
This is the kind of yarn store you want to come across when you're on vacation. The selection is well-chosen (lots of those yarns that you only want to buy in person because the dye lots can be so different -- malabrigo, noro). The women who work here are friendly and helpful. There is a cute dog. I buy a skein or two every time I'm here, so that I can knit myself something that reminds me of this wonderful town.
So I'm in Vegas for a 530-person Scrabble tournament, where I'll get to see a ton of my similarly-geeky friends. Leading up to the event, the thing I was most excited about after the chance to revel in wordsmithery was being able to return to Bouchon, this time with the husband in tow (which meant I had semi-control over ordering two meals, not just one, which we would then split in whatever fashion I deemed acceptable).
He got the breakfast jardiniere (eggs, brioche toast, potatoes lyonnaise, spinach, fruit, juice, tea, and a pastry -- we got chocolate almond croissant). I got the brioche french toast and a side of corned beef hash (not on the menu, but they'll make you whatever you ask for here, within reason -- it was $8.50 in case you're curious) and a coffee.
Everything was great. Eggs cooked perfectly, toast light and fluffy, spinach buttery and rich, potatoes well-crisped (and also buttery and rich). The french toast was quite rich and sweet - I definitely wouldn't have been able to eat a whole serving, but about 40% of the serving was perfect for me. The corned beef was well-seasoned and savory, the potatoes were small cubes, well-crisped -- I'm not sure that the two married perfectly, as I think the potatoes were a little too crispy to integrate just right into the meat, but I still ate all of it. The chocolate almond croissant was crazy good. I have read this recipe in the cookbook, and all the steps that go into making it, and now I can see why it's all worth all that work. If there's an almond or chocolate almond croissant on the specials menu when you're there, get it.
Service was smooth early on, though it got a little slower as the place filled up (it was surprisingly full by 830am on a Friday), and we got someone else's toast delivered to us, so he went toast-less for longer than he probably should have until they figured it out. Thanks for the extra toast, Bouchon :)
Any time I'm in Vegas, this will be a breakfast stop.Our first full day in Vegas was a Wednesday, this was our first dining destination, recommended… En savoir plus
Y'all don't know how good you have it. How I wish this Whole Foods was my Whole Foods, rather than being the Whole Foods that is currently a five-hour plane ride away from me.
The beer selection is large and well groomed, with informational messages to help you out if you left your phone in the car and don't have access to your Untappd app/ Beer Advocate website. This store in general is quite large with great food options, a layout that makes sense, and friendly employees.
We were also there while the farmers market was braving the 110 degree heat, and bought a tasty cold brewed iced coffee.
Please bring this Whole Foods to Jersey.
To avoid being chided, call at least two hours in advance and make a reservation. We called an hour in advance for a 630 dinner on a Friday and were scolded, but we'll take our punishment if it means getting delicious food.
Menu is overwhelming. make sure you check the list of 'most popular items' written in marker that's over the kitchen. I think I still missed a number of items that were on signs on the walls, but that just gives me reason to go back next time i'm in town.
And yes, the food was delicious. And plentiful. And completely haphazard as to what came when, but we'll take it. Some restaurants course things so that you have a specifically orchestrated experience -- this is not that kind of place. When the food is ready, it shows up at your table.
Between three of us, our food came in more or less this order:
pork belly with egg, spinach salad (goma-ae), gingko nut skewer, vegetable roll, beef tataki, jalapeno fried rice, shishito pepper skewer, okra skewer, bacon-wrapped mochi, agedashi tofu, okonomiyaki. I ordered a yakitori skewer right at the end to try it, and then the famous honey toast.
Of that, I would order the pork belly, tataki, goma ae, gingko nuts again. Gingko nuts were just kind of novel and fun. Pork belly was perfectly unctuous with the creamy egg on the side and almost-but-not-quite-too-salty broth. Tataki was buttery and rich, with a nice portion size. The spinach was a nice balance to all the meaty richness I didn't try all of the vegetarian things. the fried rice had a good flavor, from what I hear,
the server was really great about trying to keep the vegetarians from accidentally straying to the meat side. we were able to order the okonomiyaki meat-free, and she steered us away from things with hidden shrimp paste and such.
all the food plus two alcoholic beverages came to 90 after tax and tip, and was totally worth it.
My meal suffered only because I had so many other ridiculously rich meals leading up to it. A group of eleven of us showed up -- randomly, in the middle of a weekday, but even so, it's nice when you can get a group of that size seated by someone who's super-nice about making it happen and making you feel welcome rather than being distraught that you have no reservation.
The iPad drink menu felt a little over the top, but it was shiny and fun to play with.
Duck poutine was a little too fancy to seem authentic, but it was tasty. Portion was a bit on the small side for the price, but it might've been that we were starving and just ate it really fast. I had the giant burger and more fries (yay more fries -- tasty, handcut fries). The tomatoes felt like a little too much on balance with the other toppings, but it was juicy, good bun, and I swapped in lettuce for the advertised frisee, which I much preferred.
Yeah, everything was a little more expensive than I'd want to pay, but that's Vegas. I'd still go again.
Showed up around 1230 with a group of four and we were seated right away. Tons of options, some labeled, some not, which made sushi choosing that much more adventurous. at least I've gotten reasonably good at identifying the things I'm allergic to (oysters, scallops -- not that these things are that hard to identify), so I managed to eat without needing a follow up ER visit.
The tempura was fresh and the batter was light. If you're looking for sweet potatoes (my favorite deep fried and battered veggie), there's a white yam option. Or at least it tastes enough like a yam that that's what I'm calling it. The tempura dipping sauce is not the standard -- it's a little sweeter and tangier -- but I liked it well enough. I tried a bit of yakisoba and a bit of beef teriyaki. Both of those were also fine.
Red bean ice cream is among my favorite desserts, and theirs is quite fine. I stayed away from the chocolate fountain as there were too many unaccompanied children wandering around near it, and who knows what they're stuck into that fountain. The blueberry mousse was tasty, as were the sesame cookies.
All in all, a fine meal. I wouldn't pay the dinner price if the food quality/options are the same at dinner, but for lunch prices, it seemed a reasonable value.
Wove through the maze of the hotel to find this location, which wasn't particularly easy. It was totally freezing inside, which i'm sure during the worst part of the day is great, but at 8am, it was a little much.
We were seated and had coffee quickly. Food came out superfast, was fresh and, obviously, plentiful. I ate about a quarter of the Sage Fried Chicken Benedict, fed some to my fellow diners, and took even more back to our hotel for others. The chicken and biscuit were moist and flavorful, the bacon was crispy and plentiful, and the potatoes were great. I pushed aside most of the sauce on top and just went for the chicken -- sauce on the side would've probably helped control the balance better.
I cannot imagine anyone eating this whole crazy thing. I wish there was a tasting portion so that you could just have three perfect bites, as I think that that would be more satisfying and in line with how I like to eat, but I totally get that that's not the idea here.
So, bring your friends (or let them sleep in and bring them leftovers), and come early, and it seems like the worries about sogginess, slowness, etc., aren't an issue. But bring a sweatshirt. Brr.
Thanks for telling us about this place, Yelp! The food was like Sunday breakfast your mom would make, if your mom was really good at making breakfast. I had perfect french toast with a generous side of five pieces of bacon. The boy had giant blueberry pancakes. Everything was moist and delicious -- we barely even noticed that we were having Log Cabin instead of real maple syrup (which they do offer -- we're just cheap and didn't order it). The coffee was quite good, and the tea selection was wide ranging. The owner was super nice, too.
Quite yum. Corned beef hash had big, juicy hunks of corned beef, was not overly salty and well balanced with the amount of onions and potatoes. The over medium eggs were, in fact, over medium, and the griddled biscuit was over the top in its guilty pleasureness. Our group of three got there around 8am, so no problems finding seating, and our coffee mugs stayed full and service was efficient and friendly.
This place is so random. If you are an indecisive diner, you will probably stare at the menu for 30 minutes and get scared and leave -- there are just too many choices, and they're so diverse that it's hard to narrow down and commit to options. But, the quality of the food is such that I'm sure that they could move into a bigger, fancier space and cater really well to larger groups. I went with a group of six, and they weren't busy, so they were able to squeeze a couple of tables together for us. There is zero ambiance. Every time the door opened, we froze. But, as soon as the food started showing up, we forgot all about it and just had a great time eating. The steamed buns are the fold-over variety, and the fillings are amazing. The bubble teas are slightly overpriced, but enjoyable. I had a special banh mi that was great. We ordered about fifteen dishes between all of us -- rice bowls, noodle bowls, arepas, mac n cheese, dumplings, empanadas -- and everyone was satisfied with their choices.
it's a diner! it's what you'd expect from a diner -- regulars, lifer waitresses who call you 'hon,' cheesy st patrick's day themed clothing in the countdown to the green beer festivities. i was sad that sweet potato pancakes were just battery pancakes and not latkes (glad i asked before hand), but my breakfast sandwich on a roll met all of my expectations of diner breakfast sandwich on roll. potatoes were good, too.
I ate here two days in a row, and ate chicken mole poblano both times, and would've eaten it a third time if my friends were completely lacking in creativity and had dragged me here a third time. I love mole -- this one was on the sweet side, not very spicy at all, rich, and thick, which is the way I like it. They also screwed up and brought us the free dessert before the main courses, and then brought us another round of the free dessert after dinner. I reward their error with an extra half a star, since it meant more delicious fried banana goodness for me.
The beer selection included a cider, so I was sated. The server was pretty knowledgeable about the offerings, too, which is always nice.
A friend and I split the bacon flight, because it was offered and hard to pass up, and the burger. The bacon flight was kind of silly, but what can you expect. The chocolate covered bacon and bacon-wrapped brussels sprout were the highlights. The other two things (I think it was a pork belly something and a broth thing) were kinda gross. The burger was quite good - well matched with its bun and toppings. The fries were super good! Thick and crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I actually ordered a second side of them because I was being nice and sharing the first order, and then had remorse and wanted more for myself.
Atmosphere was a little rambunctious for me, but it was also beer fest or some such in town, so it was potentially a busier than average sort of night.
I hate loud places. I hate when there isn't much food available. I hate jostling for seats. Dieu has all of these bad things, but it's so good, that I will forgive it. I don't even like beer that much, but something about Peche Mortel and Aphrodisiaque hit all the right notes for me, and I will happily sit here for hours drinking these two beers (except I really can't, because I don't have the tolerance for it, but I try to anyway).
The falafel is really great -- nice balance of veggies and falafel and tahini. The pretzel is good too. Can't charge less than 25, but it's easy to get to 25. save your cash for the metro ride home, because after a couple of these beers, you shouldn't be driving.
We sat on the Chuch Bistro side, where you can eat both the bistro style food or the fancified Thai food that's available on the other side (no idea whether you can also eat both on the other side as I've only been once).
The cocktail menu could've been a little more forthcoming. Titles of drinks don't really tell you anything, so we had to ask about all of them. I had a blushing geisha, which is a refreshing blend of vodka, sake, elderflower syrup, ginger beer and maybe a couple other things. It was super-sweet and also not particularly strong, but tasty enough.
The food though. Oh man. So good. We started with a (mock) beef poutine with lemongrass and arugula (maybe? some kind of green). It was the best. Highly, highly recommended -- it doesn't perfectly match Thai food, but it has shadings of the flavor profile, so it doesn't contrast in a bad way.
We had five people with a ton of dishes. The least successful was probably the pad thai. I knew going into ordering it that it was probably just there for the unadventurous whose friends dragged them there scared and distraught at the thought of fake meat and contemporary Thai, and so it's meant to comfort and console them. But, I can't not order a pad thai, so I did, and it was fine, but everything else was much better. The highlights for me were the crispy duck and the crispy spinach that came with the chicken in peanut sauce (my friend ordered the chicken ultra-spicy, and I couldn't try it because I'm a big spice wimp in comparison). The spinach is light and a little bit sweet and the crunch is perfect. The duck even replicated that fatty layer that happens between the skin and the meat, and the spice was rich and deeply flavored. There were also a couple of curries and an eggplant dish around the table, and a drunken noodles (pad kee mao). All fantastic, and no one missed the meat at all.
Service was supernice, attentive, good water service. Rice was a touch overpriced for serving size, but whatever. I'll be back for sure.
This is a nice, big space, and table service is our preferred mode of ordering in a non-English language, as I get stressed out trying to speak French with other people behind me, potentially impatient, while I try to string together words. So, it's a good mix of fast food and regular resto.
We had a poutine, a grilled cheese with apple and honey, and a side of fries with mielnaisse (honey mayo) between three of us. The grilled cheese was a little too much bread for the other ingredients, but the fries were perfect -- fairly thin, good and greasy without being gross, hot and fresh.
The bathrooms in the back are Asian-themed with different Asian characters on each door. This was a little stressful - going from French/English to Asian. Still not sure if they are actually men's/women's or unisex, but I'm going to assume the latter. Clearly not worth docking them stars, but it was funny watching a little girl (maybe seven) walk to the bathrooms and then yell for her dad in a worried voice to come and help her choose which bathroom she was supposed to use.
Getting our check was slow, but this may just be a Montreal on the weekend thing, because the same was true at every restaurant we tried. Overall, it's just what you want (or what I want, at least) from a poutine/fry place.
Somehow, we managed to squeeze ten people around a table that's probably meant for eight. They were super-nice about trying to get us all comfortably put at our table. We fit at the table a lot better before the meal than after the meal.
The menu is minimalist. It basically reads like "duck, pig, duck, seafood" without mention of sides or prep. Between the internet and accommodating servers, though, you can figure out what makes sense for you.
Ironically, I ordered no pork. With ten at the table, I figured I'd be able to snack on others' pork (which was true -- I had my fair share of feet). I got:
-- hen liver terrine: so smooth and rich, with nice sides of picked onion and fruity compote.
-- duck carpaccio: came with paper thin slices of mushrooms and an egg yolk. perfectly balanced and creamy. I just slurped it up on the endless supply of slices of the hearty bread.
-- foie gras poutine: i would've preferred more fries to balance out the amount of other richness. i almost ordered another side of fries to dump in, but realized that i might die of richness if i did so.
i also tried the duck with mushroom sauce and aforementioned pied, both of which were great. It took so long to get the bill that i was getting a little nauseous from fullness and the meaty smell that pervaded everything, but i made it out alive.
giant mirrors help you stalk the bathrooms (one on each side of the bar) so you can catch someone coming out and jump in. one bathroom has a tv mounted at eye level (i watched a bit of hockey) and the other has a giant trough sink. random.
so yeah - try it. bring a group so you can sample lots of stuff. don't be afraid to ask questions. wear stretchy pants.
This place is done up in the style of Home Goods/TJ Maxx -- the art, decorations, etc., make you feel like you're in such a store, which is fine -- I have nothing against such places, and that's the vibe it's going for. It seems to be meant to seem kinda homey, comfortable, family friendly.
The management/staff was super friendly when we went. They were warm, they knew my friends (who have been in with their months-old baby a bunch of times and always felt good going), and they seemed to really want people to enjoy the time there.
The breakfast, alas, was just not good. It took forever to serve five of us, to start. The eggs benedict was served on toast instead of an English muffin, and the hollandaise was just not appealing. The potatoes had peppers cooked in, and I don't like peppers at all, and you can't eat around them because the flavor just saturates everything. My french toast wasn't saturated all the way through, so it was basically eggy on the outside and bread on the inside. The fake syrup was a sugar free packet of generic food service variety, which the server hadn't even realized was sugar free until we pointed it out. The tea was probably Sysco brand or some similar as well - not very inspiring, and the coffee was just eh. At least it's reasonable cheap, but it gave me no reason to choose it over Young's. Maybe they'll work the kinks out over time.
Full disclosure: I did not pay for anything here, including the open bar, so I am reviewing this place through the haze of work perks. That said, the bartender put up with my indecision at drink ordering ('just make me something sweet that doesn't taste like alcohol') and made me lovely amaretto sours; the mac n cheese bites were addictive; the filet was perfectly cooked; the key lime pie, best part of the meal, with its bits of candied lime peel. The service was fast and friendly, but again, we were in a private room, so they were probably extra attentive about it.
I was too full to eat when I came here, but I still managed to finish half of my bowl of brisket noodle soup with handpulled noodles. I ate the rest tonight, and even though it's 90 degrees, I wished I had more. It was bustling, but we never felt rushed. Food came fast, portion was huge for the price, water stayed full. Good reviews from my dining companions on sesame noodles and stir fry, too!
This is the first food truck I've encountered in Philly, and I was impressed. There are carts I like more in Portland, sure, but this is an hour drive from me, versus a four hour plane ride, so I'll take it. Had a pulled pork grilled cheese, and loved it. The texas toast was buttery and a good heft for the amount of meat and cheese and sauce that it contained. It was a bit pricey, but since I'd probably get it again given the chance, I guess that means it's priced just fine. Nice choice to park outside the immensely busy Yards Brewing, and good for them for letting their patrons bring these delicious sandwiches in to accompany their delicious beers.
Attended my first Phillies game (though actually was there to see the Red Sox, who lost in spectacular fashion). I felt compelled to try the fries -- local, specialized, and somewhat mythical as they are. I showed up during the Phillies half of the first inning and the line about half the length of the maze that you have to go through to get to the fries, and it moved quickly -- was probably in and out in about 5 minutes.
Anthony N does a good job of characterizing the fries: thin, crinkle-cut, hot, crispy, salty. I tried to eat all of the ones that were less seasoning-heavy, leaving those for the boyfriend. Having some ketchup to cut the spice/salt was helpful. The portion is huge -- I didn't have to snarl at bf for eating more than his share for a change -- I got good and full on less than half of the giant cup o' fries. I probably won't go out of my way for these in the future, but they were quite good, and seemed a reasonable value for the portion size.
We arrived around 11 today, and the wait was about fifteen minutes - not bad at all, and it was a well-organized wait list.
Once we were seated, we got coffee and water promptly, and perused the specials. The Leo the Lion King special featured root veggie hash, pork cutlet, poached eggs and mushroom gravy. Sounded pretty tasty, so that's what I ordered, by the "Leo the Lion King" name, with the gravy on the side. What I got was an omelet with peppers, a scone, some sausage, and gravy on the side. Apparently they had changed the specials in the kitchen, but they had only changed some of the menus to reflect the new specials. By the time I had alerted my server, gotten a new menu (which still didn't have the new specials, because they had run out of menus with the new specials), and flagged down the server again to put in a new order, my friends were done eating.
So yeah - the food around me all looked good. My food wasn't particularly interesting, but my feelings about it may have been colored by the complications, and it couldn't be ordered off the specials menu, so it was just a couple of eggs and some very tasty potatoes, and not particularly interesting bacon. The stuffed french toast that the boy had was a little dry, and there was too much cream cheese - the balance felt off to me. In any case, they were super gracious about comping the meal and apologizing for the mixup, but it's still a little bizarre that the kitchen and front of the house were out of sync to the point where I could put in an order, get food, and have it be completely the wrong food, with the exception of the side of gravy, and have no one notice.
Wandered through the maze in the Rockefeller concourse to get here around 11:04am. Sign says it opens at 11. Watched two employees wander around behind the locked doors. Hipsters cannot be rushed to open -- you will appreciate your coffee more if you wait those extra few minutes, staring in at the shiny machines.
Once we were in, got a New Orleans style to go, and an espresso shot to stay. The shot was oily and mouthfeely in the right ways. The NOLA was smooth and milky. I can't discern a chicory flavor in either of them, but I'm okay with that. I order a similar beverage at Small World in Princeton, and the Blue Bottle version is a hair better in that it's slightly less sweet (in a good way) and feels a little more balanced -- I'm not sure how to explain it more specifically than that. It may or may not have to do with it being cold brewed (I don't remember whether or not Small World cold brews theirs). Cookie overpriced but tasty. Yum.
I had a delicious pork bun and sweet potato tempura fries. It felt a little overpriced, but since it's an order at the counter place, you do save on giving a bigger tip, and the food is on par with sit-down places, so I guess in that respect, the price is reasonable. The food was ready quickly and the flavors meld really well on the pork bun. The fries were what I wanted them to be. Plus, they do this cool rounding math on the bills so that the numbers come out all nice and even. I give them an extra half star just for the smart math on the bill.
No, they won't make modifications or substitutions, but it's easy enough to pull the sprigs of cilantro out if you're a devil parsley hater like me, and the balance of everything else is so great. The pork belly is my favorite, with the hints of sweet against the fatty savoriness of the meat. The veggie options are also well-reviewed by the vegetarian husband. I'm especially pleased that there are locations near many of the areas of the city that I tend to frequent. Now just throw one of these into the Theater District and all will be perfect.
After eating at ornate Thai places in the area that had pulsating music and/or scary holograms in the bathroom, this was a nice return to old school, family business feeling Thai. Got there are 6pm on an excessively rainy Friday night, seated immediately (at a table near an outlet where I could charge my dead cell phone - extra bonus!) and started working through the giant menu. We ended up going with classic/boring choices of chicken pad thai and chicken green curry, plus a thai iced tea. The iced tea was meh -- small serving, overly sweet. The food came out almost immediately after ordering -- so fast that it probably means they keep stockpiles of the tourist-friendly, high-popularity dishes sitting ready in buckets. But, everything was hot and tasted great, and the portion sizes were reasonable for the price. Water service was great, servers checked on us, got the bill promptly, and then back out into the rain satisfied by the tasty comfort food.
I'd give them a 3.5 or so stars, but egg-wrapped pad thai is one of my favorite things, but shrimp pad thai is not. They didn't taunt me at all for ordering with the substitution of chicken for shrimp, so they get an extra half-star for that. Our server was super-friendly, and somehow able to hear us over the noise of the restaurant. Four of us ordered a combo of meaty and veg foods, curries and noodles, and all were satisfied. Nothing super-special, but certainly worthwhile to jog over here before a show rather than staying in the chaos and overpricedness that is the theatre district.
You pay for the scenery, and the fact that you can walk in without a reservation an hour before a show at Lincoln Center without a reservation. The minimums required per diner were annoying -- I was hoping to split an entree and a naan and then grab a waffle at the cart before the show for dessert, but instead, we had to cobble together a lot more food to meet their price requirements. That said, the food itself was quite good -- lamb, naan, rice, some vegetarian spicy thing that the boy ordered that I have since forgotten -- and we were in and out in plenty of time for the show. We would've had enough leftovers for another meal, which would've made it more worth the price, had we not forgotten our bag of leftovers under a seat at the opera. I hope someone took it home and ate it. It was definitely worth eating.
I've eaten here three or four times, both dinner and buffet, and the food has always been quite fine. The mixed grill was a ridiculously good deal - I'm not sure if we just hit a lucky night when they wanted to pile meat on a plate or what, but I got a giant heap of salmon, chicken and lamb, well spiced and well cooked. The malai kofta ordered at spice level five was also pretty darn spicy. The lunch buffet is fine -- there's enough variety to keep me happy.
The service has often been slow, but not on the kitchen side. I think they give you a pitcher of water as an excuse to not have to check on you too often. Tonight, we waited about 25 minutes between finishing our food, staring into space and waiting for a server to emerge from the kitchen and notice us, and managing to get the check. Also, they kept opening the back door and letting in cold drafts.
So, the food is good, the service and ambiance is pretty meh.
Not much new to add: authentic, hole in the wall, cheap and great. The boy lived in Oaxaca for a few summers back in college, and the food is true to what he remembers there. it's a much more colorful experience if you understand Spanish and can listen in as all the guys sitting at the bar/counter get progressively drunker and raunchier in their conversations.
Mole was great, guac was cilantro laden, just like the boy likes it, portions were generous, beer was plentiful.
Excellent, big kernels, nothing unpopped in my bag of half white cheddar / half caramel. It's a Chicago thing, possibly an acquired taste, but to me, it's the best combo. The flavor here isn't quite as vibrant as Garrett back in the midwest, but it's still a totally worthwhile investment (and the white cheddar doesn't turn your fingers bright orange like Chicago orange cheddar).
Guatemalan cold brew was a perfect cure for a rainy summer day. It made up for the scones being sold out. I should set an alarm at my desk so I manage to walk over early enough to be assured a scone. Turn one one of your filled punch cards in for a 16 oz cold brew -- it's a little pricey at $3.75 (less with your refillable mug!), but I think it's a refreshing change of pace.Oh Small World, I love you because you're open early and late, you almost always have a place for me… En savoir plus