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Joe Squared: off night or downhill warning?

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Joe Squared: off night or downhill warning?

baltoellen | | Feb 24, 2008 05:45 PM

I returned from Joe Squared a few hours ago where I had dinner with three other people. It was easily the worst meal I've had there, and is #1 on the list as the worst meal of 2008 so far. Three of the four of us had eaten there many times before.

Anyway, without going into tons of detail, the chicken wings were fried to a crisp with very little sauce; my friend's gumbo looked like Stovetop stuffing, and had no liquid. The fried calamari was almost too salty to eat. (For me , this is a big one, since I'm someone who could salt anchovies.) The Caesar salad was tasteless. The pizza was burnt.

The one Joe Squared newbie was someone I just met, and a bit of a fussy eater, so I'm not sure if her claim that her shrimp and avocado salad was just too salty was justified, but since everything was just so off I saw no reason to doubt her.

I told our server about our substandard meal. She said she would talk to the cook. And, she talked and he yelled. We could hear him in the kitchen:...calamari......salty...I don't care!......I'm tired!

Anyway, our server comped us a few dishes and offered us a round of drinks on the house, but at that point, we were just so disappointed that we just paid and left.

Of course, I'm hoping that this is an anomaly, but am posting in the event that anyone out there has experienced something sadly similar.

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