We decided to drop in on the spur of the moment after planning to go for a first outing to Tony's and finding out it was a self-serve, better suited to a quick meal.
We had always liked Out Take Cafe and their new location offered a nice change. A bit dark, but very friendly and we were seated at the last table immediately. The server was very sweet, although she had a heavy accent which impeded understanding.
We began with the spicy shrimp potstickers. It would have been better re-named field greens with 4 pot stickers and lots of greens. The waitress never told us not to bother ordering their famous $1 salad, so we had lots and lots of field greens. Nothing to write home about. Compudad didn't taste any heat, I thought they had a bit of an afterburn.
Main courses consisted of two orders of their white fish on a bed of goat cheese mashed potatoes with fried little curls of onions all rather tasteless and the sauce drizzled on the plate was an overly sweet balsamic reduction. There was an herb on the fish, I can't identify that I didn't care for at all, so for the most part I played with the fish. Our friend had the fish too, which she pronounced rather tasteless with way too many mashed potatoes. My husband opted for their beef bourginon over a bed of fettucine in a red wine sauce. Its really a short rib, which we remembered from the their other restaurant, but this one was over cooked, dry and flavorless. All portions were generous, but not at all to our taste.
I wanted to like this cozy and friendly (everyone welcomed you and then bid you adieu) place, but realistically, I don't think I'll be returning any time soon. We opted for coffee at the Coffee Bean down the street for the remainder of the meal.
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