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Caveat fresser....or, why did I go to Myron & Phil's?

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Caveat fresser....or, why did I go to Myron & Phil's?

Giovanna | May 2, 2003 12:26 PM

Let me state at the outset that I rever the chowing and writing skills of so many of you on this board. Would I have ever entered the wilds of Cicero to go to La Quebrada without your collective guidance? Of course not.

I've driven past Myron & Phil's for so long that my foot still grazes the brake to slow down for the train tracks that aren't there anymore. Never went in; didn't look that interesting. Saw several favorable mentions of it here & worried that I was missing something. So, I went to dinner there last night.

Nothing in this world can be always relied upon. Dinner was pretty dreadful.

To be more specific about my discontent: the bread in the basket was stale and cold. I thought the chopped liver was very bland. I ordered a glass of pino grigio to go with my entree. The first glass I was brought was room temperature with some bits of ice clinging to the rim of the glass [my assumption is that they chilled the glass first in order to attempt to chill the wine]. The second glass I was brought was a bit colder, and I decided to quit while I was ahead, even though it still wasn't very cold. [When the check came I discovered they had the gaul to charge me $9.50 for the warm glass of wine.] I ordered chicken vesuvio [I know this is a steakhouse, but I consider chicken vesuvio to be a Chicago steakhouse standard], and was deeply disappointed. The chicken was very overcooked & dry around the edges...I suspect that at some point in its preparation it had been deep fried & then maybe baked or sauteed? There was little sherry flavor in the sauce, and apparntly no-one remembered that there's supposed to be garlic in the sauce because the chicken was GARNISHED with raw garlic when it was served to me. I don't think the potatoes had been cooked with the chicken; the texture of the potato made me think it was a stale baked potato that someone took the skin off of and sauteed briefly with the chicken. [Oh, and the chicken itself, for $16.50, was quite small....which of course reminds me of the old Catskills joke..."Oh, the food here is no good!" "Yes, and the portions are so small!!"]

So, now my curiosity about Myron & Phil's is satisfied and I'm content in the knowledge that I'm not missing a thing. Every kitchen is entitled to an off night, of course, but this was malfeasance.

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