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Beast at Bergen and Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights

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Beast at Bergen and Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights

mrbeaniac | Sep 18, 2005 10:15 AM

Seems to me that Beast's best and worst points are being overlooked in the threads so far.
The food served is more ambitious than one might expect, with the fried manchego, crab cakes and roasted market vegetables standing out as examples of what the cooks have in mind. These simple dishes make use of top-notch ingredients prepared with minimal fuss.
The wine and beer choices are wide and good, too. I'm not going to quarrel about the prices, which I think are fair.
What's not to like? The service is spotty and sometimes amateurish. Feels like some of the folks tending bar or waiting tables haven't even patronized restaurants or bars before much less worked in them. I recall one bartender who didn't even offer me my change back, assuming the remainder was her tip. She wasn't far off but it was presumptuous and bush league.
My biggest gripe about Beast is the absolutely ridiculous insistence on showing fantasy/sci fi/horror movies on the two TVs in the bar area. The movies may appeal to the owners, but the patrons, by and large, don't even look at them or avoid them.
I can tolerate, though I don't like, the freaky gargoyles hanging off the back of the bar and the talons ripping through one of the bathroom's back wall, but the moronic video show has got to go. Dungeons and dragons don't mix with fine dining.

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