I can get the ball rolling with two. I have to have lunch in Pasadena every week and was really excited to hear about Daisy Mint. I wasn't thrilled at all by the food at all and was sort of grossed out that all the garnishes--carrot slices, lemon wedges, etc. were pathetically tired and wilted. My kids ordered a pretty expensive Korean style ribeye steak. It was 3/4 fat. I showed the waitress how much was inedible and she just giggled and there was no adjustment on the tab. My kids, also against my better judgement, ordered desserts which were pretty lousy (and not something I'd expect to be great in a what is essentially a Thai restaurant that panders just a bit towards fusion). I will add, that with the exception of the steak and the desserts, the other Thai dishes were o.k. for what I consider the wasteland of Pasadena but I really wanted to be wowed. Even the most mediocre joint in Thai Town would win in a smack down with Daisy Mint.
The other great disappointment was Skaf's in Glendale. The falafel was mealy, the borek (called "cheese stick" on the menu, I believe) was under cheesed and over salted and the chicken and beef shwarma were bone dry and gnarly. On kid ordered lamb chops which looked great and were scarfed down before I could sample. Maybe we ordered incorrectly and I'd be willing to give it another try but whenever the server wanted to pick up a plate or refill a glass in front of me, instead of stepping around the table (there was plenty of room) she just glowered at me, snapped her fingers and pointed to the item for me to hand over to her.
I usually don't dis small family run independent joints but I think this joints are both really flourishing and a lot of it is due to Chowhound love. I just don't get it. Did I hit an off day at both of them? And I'm sure there are places that I adore that others here would find mediocre and disappointing. Right???