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Re: “Elephant and Castle

Normal, but really good, assortment of pub fare. Noise level was terrible; we had to shout at our companions a foot away. Burgers and fried fish were really good, as were the "English chips," however, I suspect the chips were fried either in beek fat or scrapings from the burger grill, which bothered the vegetarian in the group. We had to wait about 15 minutes (with unused tables standing by, which was annoying), but once we were seated we ordered and received our food really quickly. Would go again soon.

Posted by Tyra Schutt on 07/14/2005 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Dixie Kitchen & Bait Shop

The decor was fun and the waitstaff friendly, and if reviews stopped here, they'd get a great rating.

BUT -- they should be ashamed of themselves, serving swill and calling it cajun food. While I realize i'm VERY picky about food calling itself "cajun" or "creole," as I'm from southern Louisiana, this wasn't even marginally acceptable.

The crawfish etoufee was made with rubbery, fishy crawfish and a lumpy brown sauce, probably tomato based vs. an actual roux. Roux is the basis for most cajun food and if you screw that up, you need to toss it and start over.

They didn't.

I can't even describe the flavor. It was just bad.

My dining companion ordered the shrimp po-boy, which was okay, but nothing to write home about and 'way overdosed on cayenne.

Chalk this up as yet another restaurant unable to deliver the promised cajun food i miss so much.

I also ordered a side of greens which were stringy and cooked with too much cayenne.

SPECIAL NOTE: Cayenne is an ACCENT, not to be really tasted. IT IS NOT A FLAVORING.

I wish more restaurants serving Cajun food would get that through their heads.

Posted by Tyra Schutt on 06/20/2001 at 9:08 AM

The burger was soggy, undercooked, tasteless and a waste of money. The chicken sandwich was undercooked and tough. Never going back.

Posted by Tyra Schutt on 06/12/2001 at 4:18 PM

Re: “Firehouse Grill

I'm rating it "good enough - 3" for several reasons.

The food is good, but not out-of-the-ordinary good and a little bit over priced. The decor, however, is fabulous and fun, and the booths are huge -- easily accommodating 6 people.

The waiter forgot to put our order in, which delayed us only by about 30 minutes. It was annoying more than devastating, as my sister and i took the time to catch up with each other. But they also took a long time to get us our check, also annoying but not devastating.

Never found the free parking listed, but then when we saw a spot on the street we grabbed it. Parking was full but not overly tight, as there were cars coming and going, so you could get a street spot (we were there on a weeknight, though). Meters are cheap -- $.25/hour.

We were scoping out the place to see if we could bring our 4 and 5-yr-old nieces here, and it is definitely someplace you can bring kids. It also has a very friendly bar area that i would feel comfortable stopping in by myself to grab a beer and watch hockey or baseball for a little while.

Posted by Tyra Schutt on 05/10/2001 at 8:04 AM

Re: “El Mariachi

This was my first visit, and i was expecting good, home-styled Mexican fare. My boyfriend had enchiladas and tacos, and he described them as runny and stringy with little flavor. My chicken taco salad was extremely wet -- at least an inch of water standing in the taco bowl, which mushed the bowl, the lettuce and all the ingredients.

The chicken was mushy and stringy -- canned?? -- I picked the tomatoes and avocado off the top and ate that, but had to leave the rest. The salad had no flavor, certainly nothing even close to what you might expect a "taco" salad to taste like.

It was, in general, repulsive. Very disappointing experience.

Posted by Tyra Schutt on 03/30/2000 at 5:07 PM

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