A new restaurant just opened in Two Commerce Square located at 20th & Market. "Du Jour" replaces the old Salad Works which unfortunately closed a couple years ago. I have mixed feelings about this new restaurants - so I'll highlight my observations below.
Pros: It's a new restaurant in an area that doesn't have a huge selection of places to eat.
I had the Thai Noodle Salad, which was absolutely delicious. One of my friends had the house salad with chicken, and she said her salad was very good. Another friend had a flat bread (pizza) and he enjoyed it, although it came with peppers and onions on it, and he's not a vegetable fan. The menu didn't mention anything about the veggies on the flatbread.
There's a fair amount of seating and fortunately we didn't have to wait for a table.
Waitress service is always appreciated (our waitress was very sweet) and something the other nearby restaurants (Paganos, Au Bon Pain, Coventry, Kennedy House) don't have.
Seating is comfortable with some nice booths, and the restaurant appeared to be clean. The kitchen cooking area is open for all to see, as well.
Cons: Expensive. $8.95 for a hot dog and chips (seriously!). Granted, the thai salad was "only" $7.95, but add a couple more bucks for chicken add-on. Figure a minimum of $10-$12 for a lunch, per person.
Plastic drinking cups. With a wait-staff service, nice big white plates and stainless steel silverware, I'm not sure they they've opted for plastic cups. That seems to take away from the more "upscale" ambiance they're trying to project.
Noisy. Maybe it's just the building - glass walls, hard tile floors - nothing to absorb the noise. It's a little hard to hear others at your table talking. Tables were also pretty close together.
Temperature. Granted, it's 30 degrees outside today and there's lots of glass walls, but the restaurant was definitely chilly. They did keep one of the entrances to the restaurant locked to help minimize the cold air coming in, which was definitely appreciated.
Limited Menu. Hopefully they'll add more items to the menu - maybe I'm being a tad bit critical since they've only been open for about a week or two.
All in all, it's not a bad place to go. The food was good (or at least what we had was good!) so that's definitely a great starting point. It's just a shame they haven't set themselves apart much from their competition. They would probably do much better if they were a couple dollars cheaper than Paganos and/or had an area dedicated to take-out service. They could also have a bigger menu and be open for breakfast (at least I don't think they're open for breakfast yet). While take-out is probably available, there really didn't seem to be a place to hang out.
I certainly wish them much success and I'm sure I'll be back.
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