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thenurse | | Jun 11, 2007 09:14 AM

All over this board you'll see me mentioning Barrio as a great place for brunch, drinks, dinner and dessert, whether you live in the nabe or not.

I'm off my bandwagon.

I've been there half a dozen times in the last few months and have been disappointed every time. Brunch is tasty, but the service and serving sizes are way too small for the price (huevos rancheros has one egg, and the cornbread is the size of a small biscotti - beans are good though). Service is slow for brunch, and the last time the server had the worst breath and B.O... very off-putting any time, esp. in the morning. Also, by the light of day, the place is dusty and quite shabby - hidden at night when the lights are low/out.

A month or so ago I went in with a friend for drinks and dessert. When the server told us the specials of the night (after he took our original order), we decided to order one of them and I asked them to hold the dessert (WARM chocolate polenta cake). Apparently they had already plated the dessert and instead of re-plating it later, they put it in the freezer and served me the half-frozen cake and ice-cream, which is disappointing when not warmed. I accepted it as partially my fault since I changed my mind after ordering it, but it would have been nice to know the specials upon ordering our drinks - we would have ordered accordingly.

Friday night's visit was probably the worst. With promises of a new summer menu last month, nothing has changed - it's June and the menu still has Winter Vegetables and heavy meats. Apparently they have been having issues with their chefs... it shows. My friend and I ordered the frites with mayo dipping sauce - they were ok - too many tiny pieces and very salty. Next was the Tapas plate - brandade, CANNED, PITTED black olives, and about 6 thin slices of chorizo, about the diameter of a quarter - for $11. Next was the Roasted Stuffed Rabbit with Pistachio Risotto - they ran out of rabbit and I accepted a substitution of duck. The duck, all measly four slices of it, was cooked medium-well - and underseasoned. The risotto was pretty good, although I'm not a good judge of risotto.

I want to love this place again so much! Really I'm trying, but I'm going to have to move on for awhile. I'm hoping the Comrade gets a proper kitchen - we should have stayed there for their well-priced, well-chosen cheese plate!

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