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Re: “¡Duino! (Duende)

Given all the great reviews I was disappointed. I ordered the falafel plate, what I received was a falafel inside a cold slightly musty tortilla wrap, no pita bread, which would have been culturally accurate. My dining partner also thought their tacos were musty. It was a Monday night so perhaps not the best night.
It is too bad because I love eclectic food. However, the atmosphere and decor is great.

I will watch the menu for specials, and might try it again based upon that.

Posted by tickytl on 05/03/2016 at 12:51 PM

Re: “The Blue Stone (Waterbury)

They forgot what a pizza is... I guess this happens a lot, but a pizza needs to rise, it needs the toppings to cook evenly, it needs to be properly "loaded." The last 2 pizzas we got here were soggy due to overloading with wet items, and also causing the crust to harden without rising. When that happens, the chance of ever again getting a good pizza disappears. Good-bye.

Posted by debunker on 02/24/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “The Spot

The Spot was our favorite go-to neighborhood dinner joint with an eclectic and affordable mix of well executed dishes. Weekly visits were enjoyed as the nightly specials kept it fresh during times when the menu seemed stale. But that all changed in the last week or so. I'm guessing the chef has ambitions. The menu changed dramatically, the prices rose significantly, and the the dishes we ordered were carelessly prepared and served. The quality of the food we were served fell well below the expectations of the price point. The waitperson had ignored two simple requests. Several of the classic items were gone (like the pulled pork nachos). I like it when restaurants mix up their menus frequently but you have to have the chef skills to be consistent in the area of quality preparation and execution in order to pull that off. We were very disappointed and left with a chill, not sure we could go back.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by South Ender on 12/15/2015 at 7:36 PM

Re: “Down Home Kitchen

Everyone wants this slick redo of the old bear Pond Books space to be great, and it is clearly a very popular new destination. Unfortunately, the food is disappointing at best. First the good: a very nice (but very small) side salad, good coffee and nice personnel, friendly service, and a great atmosphere. Now the bad: the food. My $15 chicken plate was somehow apparently engineered from a single chicken back, and the 4 little shriveled pieces of chicken were not identifiable as to where the skin had been gathered on the bird. There was not enough meat under the skin & over-fried breading to even be worthy of mention. The mac & cheese included some macaroni but no cheese was evident... rather the macaroni appeared to be congealed with a bland flour and water paste and something that made it somewhat yellow. As far as any spices or flavoring- nada. It seems that sugar is the spice of choice here. There was certainly plenty in the cornbread, which had a pudding-like texture. The biscuits are served sliced (???) apparently because they do not split or flake... again very sweet and cake-like. The entire experience was somewhat demoralizing due to the high energy of the place. The potential here is serious... Montpelier clearly wants this type of casual diner. I hope they can get their food service up to a professional level sooner than later.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by debunker on 10/14/2015 at 11:51 AM

Re: “The Lighthouse Restaurant and Lounge

Disappointing. Went to "Sunday Brunch" on September 13th around 11:30am. Was a guest of a friend. She thought there was a Sunday Brunch Buffet. There was a limited menu of breakfast or lunch items. Salad Bar was not set-up. The asparagus & ham omlette and homefries were ok at best. It came with a fruit cup which was mushy and more than a day old. My friend didn't finish her Fritatta. The place was empty and the server decided to seat us in a small 2-top table. We asked to switch to a booth. The service was slow and not particularly interested in their customers. A gentleman guest from the motel arrived and waited for a good 15 minutes to place his order. My 2012 dinner visit was excellent food & service. Was that a different owner?

Posted by Pamela Palmer Jacobs on 10/13/2015 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Guild Tavern

I didn't say anything during dinner as it was a very nice birthday dinner for me from my wife and daughter, but my ribeye was very tough, full of gristle, and even seemed to still have a piece of silverskin on it that the butcher missed. I have had much better ribeye steaks from our local Hannaford.
The steak was also gritty. It was almost as if had been dropped on the dirt or the grill was extremely dirty.

Not an impressive dinner, especially for the price.

Staff was great however.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Michael Smith on 09/05/2015 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Sukho Thai Restaurant

The food is good, but the service is extremely unpleasant - at least the one guy in the dining room I always see (he has large biceps). He's rude, cold, abrupt, and inconsiderate, not to mention slow and unhelpful. Thai food is my favorite kind of food, and this restaurant is the closest to my work & house, but even though I think about coming here twice a week I actually only go maybe 3x a year (opting for tiny thai in winooski instead) because the guy in the dining room is so terribly unpleasant. Every time I think of calling and placing an order, or going to eat at the restaurant, I remember how he uncomfortable he makes me feel and 95% of the time I decide against going. I don't know who owns this restaurant but you should really think about the people you have representing your place, because you are literally losing money because of that guy.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Icculus on 08/27/2015 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Starry Night Café

Their new porch is beautiful and the waitress was competent. I used to love this place. I still love their calamari appetizer, and the gin and tonics were excellent, but the rest of our meal was a real disappointment. In the mixed grill with sirloin, the beef was too tough to cut with a steak knife, the sausage was overcooked and dried out, the potatoes were blah, and the entire plate was a uniform brown color. My dinner companion had to send it back and didn't want to start all over, so he went without dinner. The small, thin piece of grilled halibut was also overcooked, dry, and served on a bland tasting bed of rice with a few shrimp in it. At $30 per entree we felt ripped off when we left. (Seven Days listing should be updated to reflect the higher prices.)

Posted by technofool on 06/12/2015 at 8:25 AM

Re: “AJ's Kitchen

My wife and I stopped there for lunch today 2/19/2015. Had been to their old location years back once and never went back due to so-so cooking.

We tried again today and it seems worse then the last time we eat there.

Waitress gabbed for 10 minutes w/ someone else before finally bringing us our water.

Ordered double cheese burger and fries. Burgers were ordered medium-rare and came well-done. Fries were that dark brown color only well used frying oil can give them The fries had little flavor due to the old oil they keep re-using.

Really a lousy experience there and my wife and I can't figure out how they stay in business.

We do not plan to go back there until someone in charge figures out how to manage the food prep and staff better.

Rarely do we ever write a complaint (last one was 8 years ago), but, AJs really needs a wake-up call. This restaurant just doesn't cut it at all.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Benny on 02/19/2015 at 4:02 PM

Re: “Grazers (Williston)

The food was okay. Nothing original and nothing I would go back for. Also completely shocked by the "head chefs" lack of professionalism when asking about the food for my 22 month old son's peanut allergy. He couldn't have been more annoyed. I wouldn't recommend this place for children or families.

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by vermontmom29 on 10/10/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Juniper

Beautiful Space! Nice vibe, great atmosphere.

Unfortunately, it seems that no one in the kitchen has any idea what "food" is supposed to taste like.

Bland would have been an improvement.

In all honesty, everything could have been sent back to the kitchen, but instead we just won't be back.

I am intrigued by the asado night idea, but have no anticipation that it will be done acceptably...

I hope somebody new takes this over.

0 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by debunker on 06/26/2014 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Pascolo Ristorante

I had heard Pascolo described as a family style restaurant but found it does not fit that description. "Family style" to me means ample portions and a relatively affordable price, so I took my father to dinner a few weeks after Pascolo opened. He ordered the cheapest dinner he could which was a plate of house made spaghetti with marinara and basil for $12. I had the eggplant parmesan on a bed of the same spaghetti for a higher price. While the eggplant dinner was certainly not ample, it was delicious and allowed me to have enough room for dessert (a $9 sundae that was also very small). My father's plate of spaghetti was pathetically meager....he's a small man and he could have eaten twice the amount plated. The sauce was also scant. I'm willing to give Pascolo a second chance, but based on this experience it won't be anytime soon. I love the Farmhouse and I appreciate restaurants sourcing local food, but I don't understand the scant portions. At least when it was Three Tomatoes I knew a $15 dinner was likely to yield leftovers.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by QueenFiat on 06/17/2014 at 10:42 PM

Re: “Pauline's Café

I'd heard good word of mouth, but we weren't very impressed. We were the first brunch customers of the day, and we started out with dirty mugs. I let that slide as it was just a smudge, but our food, which seemed to have come from good recipes (i forget the name of my meal, but it had crab and hollandaise), was inadequately cooked. My husband's bacon was overdone, all out us with benedict-type meals had burnt toast/muffins, and our juices were more ice than juice, it seemed. I didn't have any, but my dining companions said the coffee was really bad. I really wanted to like this place, but I doubt we'll go back. Ambiance and setting were okay, but nothing particularly notable. Food: 2 Ambiance: 3 Service: 3

Posted by Krixee on 06/01/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “New Moon Café

I want to love this place. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is beautiful. However, the customer service, especially at the register, is seriously lacking. I have now been over a dozen times, and every single time I am treated rudely when I go to pay (same person, every time). I am understanding that we all have bad days and know working with the public isn't easy. However, if I am going to pay $15 for a salad, I don't think it is expecting too much to be treated with even a moderate amount of courtesy (is asking for a receipt really a "bother"?). After today, I do not plan on returning which is unfortunate as they as conveniently located to my work place and I love the fresh salads. There are plenty of other places nearby who are far more appreciative to have returning customers.

Posted by HungryinVT on 04/17/2014 at 12:26 PM

Re: “M-Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House

This place just needs help - some things are good, some are so bad as to be inedible. The beef bahn-mi is usually good; I had the tofu and I couldn't even discern what I was eating, some crazy assortment of cold fried ingredients. I knew there was trouble when the take out I had ordered was looked by the cashier and placed under the counter, only to have him go back and have a long discussion with the sandwich maker. If I hadn't already paid for the item I would have left - and should have. I am not sure exactly what is going on here, but whatever it is, it is not good. I would like to see this place do well as it is a convenient place to stop, but they need a massive clean up/organizational agenda.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by miss trixie on 04/10/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Our House Bistro

The staff is extremely friendly, but they are sooo slow. Our last trip to our house included us waiting 20 minutes to have our order taken, while we were the only table and there was 3 waitresses, after we finished our meal we had to wait an additional 25 minutes to receive the check. The food was okay, greasy, staff is just really slow.

Posted by Amanda on 02/26/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “Crop Bistro & Brewery

Not going back
We dined there using a living social coupon. We're not cheap people, but we're not paying stowe tourists prices for lower quality food. We'll happily shell out the benjamin's for Kitchen Table Bistro quality, but not for overpriced crap. Soup: French Onion- delicious. Entree- steak frites. NOT delicious. Entirely under seasoned with "roasted" root veggies that were not well roasted. Frites were pretty good. Standard hand cut fries. Nothing to write home about. We both got the same entree. Mine was medium, his was medium well. His showed up close to rare and mine was well done. Dessert: Decent. Coconut cream pie was awesome. Apple tarte...eh. Nothing exciting. Service: The poor guy seemed overwhelmed, but very friendly even though we had to ask for things more than once and he forgot about us for a while. During the middle of our dinner a large (read 12+) party were sat- adults at one table and children- you guessed, right behind us. They were screaming and yelling and laughing. The youngest was not less than 12- they should have known better than to behave like barn animals in a restaurant. We were unable to have any conversation for the duration of the meal and had to repeat our dessert order THREE times so our poor waiter could hear us. We will not be back. There are much better places in stowe. Food: 2 Ambiance: 1 Service: 3

Posted by LamoilleValleyEats on 01/30/2014 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Sarducci's Restaurant and Bar

Downhill slide for 20 years!
They are tooting their horn about being in business 20 years... so what? Now is what matters, and although I have had great meals at Sarduccis over the past 20 years, and even a pretty good one within the past year... I gotta say that the marginally acceptable meals are becoming few and far between. Most recent visit yielded a soggy mess across the board, with eggplant parm that was not identifiable... and not even able to be differentiated from the pasta that it was served with in a giant steamy pile. Fish entree that you could smell all the way from the kitchen (that went back!) and old faves that were not even identifiable if you simply tried to discern the ingredients list... much less the concept of a professionally prepared "dish." There was a "reek" of gorgonzola across everything, and even the salad seemed old & worthy of discarding. I wish they would get back to basics... and hire a chef. Food: 1 Ambiance: 3 Service: 3

Posted by debunker on 01/22/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “Revolution Kitchen

A bit disappointed
I've only been here once and will not go back. We shared the mock salmon rolls which were good, but I don't really understand the idea of making vegetable matter taste like meat. I was glad we got the appetizer--the tacos I ordered were tiny and full of barely lukewarm hard cauliflower and mushrooms all smothered in sugar syrup. I did not like it at all. The best thing on the plate was a miniscule dab of black beans. Service was friendly but a bit slow. Food: 2 Ambiance: 2 Service: 3

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Catalina on 01/21/2014 at 5:00 PM

Re: “Junior's Italian

Blech...
Brought home a pizza last night and now convinced the pie was baked by a Thai, Vietnamese or Chinese cook. Perhaps all three. Surely no pizza chef would serve this awful, banal product to a nice fellow such a myself. The pie was tasteless, boring and, in general what a medical student might order to fill the void between shifts. Said student would have good access stomach medications. An awful product... Food: 1 Ambiance: 1 Service: 3

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by JEB on 11/11/2013 at 9:33 AM

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