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Re: “The Handlebar

This was my first visit to Handlebar, but the fourth for the one member of our party who is vegetarian and who recommended the restaurant. My husband and I were pleasantly suprised by the experience as we had the impression of Handlebar being long on agenda but short on flavorful food. Good news...we were so wrong!
The waitstaff was perfect...attentive but in no way overbearing. Also, my request for my selection of tuna steak to be presented not as a sandwich, as it is on the menu, but as an entree, was artfully and gladly accommodated. The tuna was cooked to perfection--medium rare, extremely tender and full of flavor. It was accompanied by an avocado-cilantro spread which nicely enhanced the flavor without overpowering it. The mac and cheese side is a richly adult version of the classic and I savored every last shell.
My husband enjoyed his panfried perch special, which he described as lightly fried and not at all greasy. The beet chips on the side made a colorful and inventive addition to the dish.
Our dessert of plaintains Foster was made disappointing when the warmth of the plaintains melted the accompanying ice cream, creating a gooey slosh. Big soup spoons would have rendered it still edible, but the forks and teaspooons we had at the table proved useless. Too bad too, as the few bites we had were delicious.
The room filled up during our two hour stay, but never got too loud to converse.
Service was outstanding. This was the variable about which I was least confident given previous reviews. We were greeted immediately, given a choice of seats, brought drinks within minutes of ordering them, and checked in on just the right number of times. We stayed a long time but never felt overlooked--our water glasses stayed full until we left. This restaurant is a great value and we will all absolutely return.

Posted by Cheryl Woolley on 03/03/2006 at 8:12 AM

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