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Kali's Applebee's: eatin' fast in Fells Point

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Kali's Applebee's: eatin' fast in Fells Point

PaulaG | Jul 8, 2007 05:28 PM

A friend and I decided to try Mezze last night, based on a number of postive reviews on the board. We had a 6:30 reservation, and were seated downstairs immediately.

Bad sign #1: the ledge/chair rail that runs across the back wall was all dusty. How do I know this? It's right there, at dining eye level.

Bad sign #2: Dry/stale pita triangles and pitted olives. I've had better from SuperFresh's olive bar.

Bad sign #3: A "valley girl" waitress who repeatedly refered to us as "you guys.'

We ordered a bottle of wine, which turned out to have a screw cap. Not a problem, except that after she opened it, she turned with a flourish and set it on the table in front of me, as you would with a cork!

We chose six vegetarian plates, and they began arriving in rapid succession unitl the table was full. There was no pacing whatsoever. It was comical, trying to balance all the plates. All of our food was on the table within twenty minutes of our arrival. When it comes to fine dining, this is not desirable.

How was the food? In a word: eh. The best was the spinach fritters; the worst was the dandelion greens. Served cold, they were waterlogged and overly lemony. The eggplant with haloumi was tasty. Goat cheese stuffed peppers and a lima bean dish were okay, but underseasoned. Gazpacho was standard.

Plates were whisked away and the check came faster than a speeding bullet. We felt shell-shocked. I could better understand if there had been a crowd waiting for tables, but there wasn't. In fact, they had some empty tables.

I won't be back.

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