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gr/eats mini review

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gr/eats mini review

igj | Mar 10, 2005 12:51 PM

My GF and I headed over to gr/eats for a quick dinner last night. We both had sandwiches - she had the seared tuna sandwich with a salad and I had the tofu burger with mixed fries.

First, the bread. This was one of the most notable components of both sandwiches. The bread was that Asian cotton fluff with no detectable salt that masquerades as bread. Some people like this stuff, but not me.

Second, the fillings - that was actually one of the hopeful parts of the meal. My GF declared the tuna to be very good (sashimi-grade according to the menu). Luckily, gr/eats serves that same tuna as part of a salad, so when we go back, she can have it w/o the bread. The tofu burger was maybe the most tofu-y burger I have ever tasted. It actually wasn't too bad - not exactly a cohesive patty...more of a fried seasoned tofu scramble.

Third, the fries. Well, I wanted to love these. I really did. The mix of potato, sweet potato and banana sounded intriguing...but they were mostly too limp. They could have used another round in the fryer. The bananas were the best part of the trio - they were surprisingly good as a complement to the tofu burger. But I will probably stick to salads as a side dish in the future.

Although rereading all of this sounds mostly negative, I came away with hope of a decent cafe, quick salad, pasta type place in my 'hood.

The decor is, as described below, rather 5th grade classroom (except for the nymph-like naked cartoon character by the front door). The chairs may be designy, but they are not exceptionally conducive to a long sit.

Because it is so close, I will definitely give this place another shot. Not sure this place will ever have destination restaurant written all over it though.

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