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Re: “Blue Bayou

Blue Bayou was quite a nice place. It was a little loud for my tastes. I went there with my wife, sister and father and we found it hard to talk. It seems like it would do better as more of a restuarant instead of a bar since the food is restuarant food and not bar food. Speaking of the food, it was very good and served in large portions. The best thing was the shrimp and andouille po' boy that my wife had and andouille sausage quesadilla. I had a budger that was huge and cooked just right, the meat was also good, but for having a spice rub, I couldn't taste it. However, the price was very reasonable for the burger, something like $8-9 with a choice of cheese and a baked potato with sour cream, bacon, chives and cheddar cheese. I would go there again. But if I was to go to talk, I would pick and off night (maybe Monday or Tuesday) and try to sit in a both along the left side of the resuarant. In the middle, where we sat, there was a lot of hustle-bustle and the music was quite loud.

Posted by Adam Kashuba on 03/13/2003 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Gioco

The experience my girlfriend and I had was not as good as the $110.00 we paid might suggest. Although my girlfriend did like her wine, it was $8.50. I have a Menabrea Italian beer, but when I ordered another one, they were out. We had two appetizers. One was Gorgonzola pizza with potatoes that did not have enough Gorgonzola taste if one like sharp cheese. The other appetizer, mussels with fennel, was very good. Both were large portions and reasonably priced. Consequently, we couldn't finish the pizza so we had it wrapped. The busboy brought it to our very small table where I had to place it on the floor for the rest of the meal. I think they should have held it in the kitchen until the meal was over.

My girlfriend had a salmon special that was tasty but seemed very small next to the appetizers. I had a beef filet special with pome frites (fancy french fries that were shaved thin and very good). The fries outsized the very decent sized filet 2 to 1. This made my meal seem cheap because the nice cut of meat looked so small next to the mound of fries. It turned out that our specials were about $3-6 more than everything else on the menu. I wish the waitress had mentioned the prices when she told us about them. My filet was $29 itself.

The decor of Gioco was nice. It is a large place with exposed brick and that weathered former warehouse look. The Sunday night we went it was deserted. There were maybe only about 10 other people in there. However, the table we sat at was very small and almost could not hold the dinner large plates, glasses and silverware for the two of us. The rest of the place was open. Why not give us a larger table? The kitchen is placed behind a bar in the dinning room, and it is cool to watch. However, the chef, having a slow night no doubt, loitered on the customer side too much making us feel like he was inspecting what we did with our meal.

Maybe sometime I will try Gioco again, but I think that there are better places out there that are much cheaper.

Posted by Adam Kashuba on 12/12/2000 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Roong Petch

Roong Petch used to be one of my fqavorite places, especially because I live only a blco away. Recently it seems to me that it has gone down hill in a number of areas that made it great.

First, the service seems a lot slower these days. It looks like carry-out orders get first priority and not the people in the restaurant. Also the service is not very attentive and, at my last experience, we had to wait about 15 minutes for the check. I think some of this has to do with its growing fame and I know that I am not helping by adding my comments here.

Second, the portions seemed to be bigger on previous visits. I used to get so much for in one entree that I could have it again for lunch if not twice again. Now the portion was normal sized. This is not bad, and Roong Petch is still inexpensive, but not the great bargin it used to be.

However, I do still enjoy it and would recommend it. It is BYOB so bring your booze and plan to hang out and drink and chat between courses, because you eill have time.

Posted by Adam Kashuba on 11/01/2000 at 1:22 PM

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