Just opened up on 45th and Burnet. Rumored to be the owner of 34th Street Cafe, which I like. Well, I'm sure rent there must be overwhelming. Talk about overpriced for what it is...
Went during "happy hour" $3 beers (yeah, $3 for a Shiner is "special") and $4 appetizers. James took the safe road and got the $10 Blue Burger - looked like a burger, nothing special, and James said it was overcooked and he needed to ask for more blue cheese to cover half the burger.
I went for a few of the appetizers to see if I could tag a winner. I ordered the fried artichoke hearts, the ceaser salad and the crab cakes (which the waiter highly recommended and would have been $10 on regular prices).
Artichoke hearts were eight pieces (eighths, so one whole artichoke heart) and were okay, but about half the calibur of NxNW. The crabcakes were fied to the color of a UPS truck, but we ate them anyway. Worst of all was the ceasar salad. Okay, lemme analize this more than I should...were they trying for that Furr's Cafeteria taste? Were they going for the "I"m in Terrytown but I know how to slum it" vibe? I mean this salad was covered in the pseudo "fresh grated cheese" little stringy, waxy things and the dressing tasted like jarred, less than Luby's dressing. I'm sorry, it was pathetic.
On the positive side, I enjoyed the fries. They were curly fries with an interesting mix of spicy/sweet with chayanne, cinnamon, sugar, salt.
Will it succceed? Yeah, probably. Will I go back? Probably not. WAY too expensive for what it was.