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enjoyable dinner at brasserie jo

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enjoyable dinner at brasserie jo

chownewb | Oct 20, 2003 10:16 AM

After scouring the chowboard for months and reading all of the posts, I wanted to contribute to this wonderful board.

I frequently try to search for middle-priced restaurants with good food and this board has given me many great suggestions.

Anyway, one place that caught my interest was brasserie jo. I decided to give it a try after reading how great their french onion soup is or 'Onion Soup Gratinée' as its called on their menu. I have passed by this restaurant many times before, but because of the vast choices in that area I have never given it a try until this past friday.

I had intially thought that brasserie jo's atmosphere was going to be more like cheesecake factory, but when my date and I arrived most of the patrons were wearing suits. We were definitely underdressed in jeans/sneakers. Perhaps this was due to the fact that work just let out and people were coming straight from work? Regardless, the atmosphere that brasserie jo tried to project was a bit more upscale then cheesecake.

We were seated immediately on a friday night at 6:30pm at a fairly large table in the corner. The menu has a fine selection which you can check out at www.brasseriejo.com

We had the following:

Onion Soup Gratinée (french onion soup)
Chicken Liver Mousse (type of pate)
Classic Steak Frites (steak and fries)
Pommes Gratin (potatoes a gratin)
rice pilaf with herbs
napoleon scallops and some type of sausage salad (special that evening)
glass of dufoulor chardonnay

we both decided that the soup and pate was very enjoyable. the steak was ok...a bit burnt. the pommes gratin sucked...potatoes were overly hard and wasn't very cheesy. the rice pilaf was also terrible. they mix in traditional rice pilaf with some of that healthy grain/rice you can find at wholefood stores. that healthy rice stuff is really hard...like uncook rice almost. finally the napoleon scallops salad thingy...well we wouldn't know as it never came out. eventhough that was the first thing we had ordered, the waiter never brought it out.

anyways, service was very good in the beginning until after they brought out the soup. after that we never saw our waiter again until the check. the bus boys brought out the rest of our dinner. our water glasses went empty through the whole dinner. normally this wouldn't be a big deal for us, but it was obvious that brasserie jo was tryint to perpetuate a more upscale image so therefore it wasn't cool.

we sat there for 5 mins after our plates were cleared twirling our thumbs. the waiter did a 'walk-by' and dropped off the desert menus and before I had the chance to ask for the check he was gone. We kinda wanted to catch mystic river over at loews so we were pressed for time. anyway, we took turns goin to the bathroom and left instructions to get the waiters attention and ask for the check. well we both went to the bathroom and neither of us saw him anywhere or any waitstaff near us for that matter. we both got back and were sittin there once again...he finally came by and said "everytime i wanted to stop by one of you was missing." finally we got the check...we made sure the salad thingy wasn't on there since we never got it. the total came to $48 and something cents before tip. Fairly cheap I would say...we were both full, the only things we didn't finish were the fries(too plentiful) and rice pilaf(too hard).

I know this was a long review, but it was my first and I wanted to get everything right. I know I appreciate it when someone writes a detail review instead of something like...restaurant was good, the end.

Overall food was enjoyable, will definitely go back for the pate and soup. Service was sub-par for that type of restaurant. Price was also extremely reasonable. We will both go back soon.

p.s. decor sucks and atmosphere was not romantic or anything...go here for a good dinner/wine but don't expect anything special. its a step up if u're use to cheesecake, but otherwise not a 'special occasion' type of place.

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