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So disappointed in The Vine


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So disappointed in The Vine

bythenumbers | | Apr 13, 2007 05:19 PM

I so wanted to like The Vine. I had heard some praise of it from a couple of people, it seems to be recommended often on this board and the menu had many items on it right up my alley ....but I was so disappointed. The food was mediocre and the service, while friendly, was zoned out. When our server took our order we were ready to give him our appeziter order along with our entree order but just turned and walked away after he wrote down the appetizer order. When he came back with our meat and cheese board we was carrying another appetizer and trailed off in the middle of his description. I don't know what we missed, though. He described one of the items as sopressata, when in fact if was a hard salami. The procuito (sp?) was sliced too thick and the fat, which should have melted in my mouth like butter, just became a chewy, inedible mess. My entree of Flat Iron Steak was not only missing the carmelized onoins promised, but was unevenly cooked and very chewy. The sauce was too liquidy and lacked flavor and the candied walnuts were well, only some of them were partially candied and other were not. The one saving grace for the dish was the delicious and perfectly seasoned mashed potatoes. My friend's pasta was equally disappointing. The pasta and sausage were fine but there was essentially a soup at the bottom of the bowl. There was too much time between our appetizer and entrees and we had to ask a busser for our check. We didn't see our server again and no one asked if we wanted dessert. The food was not horrible mind you and the server was not rude, everything was just very disappointing. Was this just a bad night or had anyone else had this experience?

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