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Re: “Cellars Bar and Grill

The name "Broadway Cellars" sets the expectation that the wine list will be great and I'd read that flights were available. Well, you can "create a flight" by asking for 3 3oz pours of any wines by the glass. They don't do the Bin 36 thing for you and create tastings. That was fine, but overall we were unimpressed by the wine list. Our Australian friend pointed out that the only Australian offering was a Greg Norman. If I had one word for our experience at Broadway Cellars, I would say "fine." Not great. The food was...fine. I had scallops served with sweet potato puree of some sort. It wasn't very appealing to the eye. They seemed lacking in the plate presentation department. We ordered coffee and dessert and we were done with the cannoli by the time they arrived with our coffees. The waiter finally told us they were brewing new pots. I wasn't wowed by the decor...again, it wasn't quite the "Cellar" the name indicates. Oh, but the bathrooms. They were fabulous! There were hair products, mints, candies, etc. Very clean. Overall, a fine experience, but I won't be running back.

Posted by Julie Tippett on 02/19/2007 at 2:05 PM

We went to La Tache for dinner the night after Christmas. I was expecting it to be dead with the holidays, but there were a surprising number of people there. The front bar area was empty and we were immediately seated in the dining room at a table in the front window. The wine list is substantial, if a little on the pricey side. The waiter recommended a Cote du Rhone for us, which was good. We skipped the appetizers and went straight for the entrees. I had the duck, which was prepared in a fig confit with some sort of a crepe on the side. My husband ordered the NY strip steak, which he found somewhat underwhelming. My duck, while tasty, was cold when it arrived. I'm not usually one to send something back, but I really wanted it to be warmed up a bit. Our server was nice about it, but it took longer than I expected for the reheating and my husband was nearly done with his meal by the time mine came back out. For dessert, we ordered the apple tart with some coffees. We finished our coffees and there was still no sign of our apple tart. We signaled the waiter and he said it had gotten cold in the kitchen and they were making us another one. By that time, we decided just to skip it. I left La Tache feeling pretty positive about the whole experience, despite the few flaws we encountered. The atmosphere is great--small, romantic, dimly lit. There was a French foursome sitting next to us. I figure if they like it, La Tache must have something going for it. I think it's definitely worth a second chance. It just seemed they weren't on their game that night.

Posted by Julie Tippett on 12/28/2004 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Tweet Let's Eat

I really wanted to love Tweet, but it came up just short of being a great experience. When I made my reservation, I spoke to Michelle and she was so friendly and helpful on the phone, telling me about parking and directing me to the Tweet website for menu information, etc. She had me really looking forward to the Saturday night dinner I had planned with two other friends. Upon our arrival, we waited next door at Big Chicks for our table and the host came over to personally retrieve us when our table was ready. We entered through the back door, so my original impression was of the not-so-great 1970s wood-paneled walls in the back entryway. However, inside, they've done a nice job of either sprucing up the dining room--or keeping the lights just low enough to create a nice ambience. The waiter was friendly, but a little inattentive, particularly as the evening wore on. Our evening started at 8 and we didn't walk out until 11:30 or so (with much of that time spent waiting for our entrees). I'm all for a leisurely dining experience, but there's definitely a happy medium. The menu is also unclear and confusing (and the waiter agreed with us on this point). Some items are written with a description and some are not. We thought we were ordering a goat cheese appetizer but it was actually individual goat cheese salads. We would not have known had the waiter not tipped us off. The menu suffers from a lack of clarity and could use some editing. Our waiter recommended the pork chops, which is what I ordered. He was back ten minutes later to tell me that they were out of pork chops. Always a disappointment, but I went with the chicken instead, which was good. Overall, I thought the food was about an 8, but the whole experience just wasn't there for me. It took far too long for our food to come out and we rarely saw our waiter. We were placing bets on whose entrees were coming out of the kitchen because it seemed everyone else in the restaurant was served before us. The desserts, however, were marvelous (and worth waiting for). The chocolate souffle was one of the best I've tasted. I won't run back to Tweet, but I may go there again if I have enough time on my hands.

Posted by Julie Tippett on 11/08/2004 at 1:01 PM

Re: “Bistro Campagne

Bistro Campagne was a delight from start to finish. Our waiter was really friendly, but not pandering and he gave good, honest recommendations about the food. I wouldn't normally order the chicken when I'm out to dinner, but it is not to be missed. The lightly fried onion rings and mushroom ragout coupled with the chicken combined the perfect tastes together. The chocolate dessert was amazing. Even on a rainy night, the covered patio looked inviting with candles giving it a nice glow. The whole restaurant seemed full of genuinely happy and satisfied diners.

Posted by Julie Tippett on 06/11/2004 at 3:08 PM

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