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Re: “One North Kitchen and Bar

Walked into One North Kitchen and Bar with a group of 20 on a Saturday night. First bad sign - the place was empty. We were the only ones there. Still, the staff was completely overwhelmed by our one party. Orders were forgotten, the staff didn't know the advertised specials, service was typified by "OK, who had the soup? who had the BLT salad? who ordered a
Guiness?". Worse yet, the disorganization led to several overcharges which wouldn't be resolved by the management. The food was OK, but nothing you couldn't find better at tons of places for somewhat cheaper. I really don't give this place long to go. I know you should never walk in to an empty restaurant, but our big group didn't allow for much searching.

Posted by Dennis Churilla on 08/24/2003 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Green Tea

Green Tea is a really good sushi/sashimi value and its BYOB. We had a nice 14-piece sashimi selection, fresh and appealing, for only $19. And it came with edamame, two miso soups, and some rice. Its really small with table seating for only 10 and another 5 spots at the sushi bar. But it looks like it does a pretty fair takeout business. Easy to find a parking space on the street in the area also.

Posted by Dennis Churilla on 06/18/2003 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Thai Classic

Thai food always seems to be a great value, but Thai Classic has really exceptionally-done food at modest prices. On top of that, its BYOb, which makes the value even better. The spring rolls we had were better than other Thai places and the freshness and variety of the ingredients in the entrees were tremendous.
The fornt room looks like it could get a little cramped, but the back room has plenty of space. The decor is really bright and there's no background music, so you can't really hide anything from your fellow diners.
The portions were enough to fill us up and then some.
Parking in the area on a weekend was, as expected, tough to find.

Posted by Dennis Churilla on 02/09/2003 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Cafe Sushi

At the South end of the Wells Street Old Town district, Cafe Sushi is a bright, newer, clean room. Its BYO, which kicks up the bargain level a notch right off the bat. No corkage fee, either. We had a 20 piece sashimi boat, consisting of a fairly typical asortment of tuna, mackerel, octopus, yellowtail, and salmon. The presentation was beautiful and the fish was fresh. At $30, the price was pretty reasonable, too. We also had a spicy tuna hand roll which was about average. We just walked in to the place off the street and we're a little concerned to see only two tables occupied at 8:00 on a Saturday night. But, we didn't see any problems with the place and it started to fill up as we left at 9:30. All-in-all, a good value for BYO freaks like us.

Posted by Dennis Churilla on 02/03/2003 at 9:24 PM

Re: “Coobah

Its not that Coobah has bad food. It's more a matter that for the high prices and crowded-to-the-gills seating, you expect something fairly innovative to be going on with the food. Instead, you get really small portions of things that are being served at hundreds of other places in the city at two-thirds the price. The tables are barely big enough to hold a dinner plate and are so close together that you can't move an inch without disturbing other patrons around you. On the plus side, the mojitos were good, although pricey, and the decor was fairly hip and the bathroom sinks are the coolest in the city. But a cool bathroom is no substitute for bland, over-priced food.

Posted by Dennis Churilla on 01/12/2003 at 2:41 PM

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