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Joe's of Westlake - review

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Joe's of Westlake - review

Don't Ask | Aug 3, 2005 01:18 PM

My Experience:
-Walking into the dark, beautiful main dining room and then being asked by the hostess if we'd like to sit in the "Cascade" room. Sounds fancy, right? She led us into the most tacky dining area I've ever been in. It was like a dining room you'd expect to see at a really tacky wedding. The obvious security cameras mounted on the walls didn't help either.
-I can almost bet the house wine comes out of a jug or a cardboard box.
-Really stiff mixed drinks, which may or may not be a good thing, depending on what stage of alcoholism you're at.
-When the (somewhat snotty) waiter brought out my dining companion's food and told me "Yours will be out when it's ready" and walked away. WTF?!
-When my food did finally come out (linguine with clams) it was the most foul thing I had ever seen. A large amount of cheap, undercooked pasta was COVERED in a heap of grayish out-of-the-shell clams. What "sauce" there was with it was a milky pool at the bottom of the dish which I'm almost positive was merely the water that was with the can of clams (I'm sure it was canned and not fresh). There was no trace of added flavor; garlic, herbs, etc. and the smell was totally foul. I took one bite and sent it back. The waiter said "ya, I thought it looked kind of weird"...then why the hell did you serve it to me???? He offered to get me something else but by then my dining companion was almost through with his food so I declined and just ate bread. My dish was taken off the bill but that was it.

I know this place is supposed to be really great with meat but that's no excuse to ignore the quality of other things on the menu. Going up the street to Boulevard Cafe would be a much better bet, IMO.

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