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Lucy - Blandest of the Bland (long)

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Lucy - Blandest of the Bland (long)

Kay | Dec 29, 2003 08:37 AM

After reading the posts here regarding Lucy, I wasn't expecting all that much, and that's about what I got. But it is in the neighborhood, and E wanted to try it, and sometimes I have to let him choose...

Called last minute for a Saturday reservation for 2, and was told that only a 6:30 or 10 seating was open. 6:30 is a bit early, but I was too hungry to wait until 10, so off we went.

Arrived and were seated promptly in the empty dining room. The room is white, with white linens and chairs, with photos on the wall providing the only color. While I appreciate that they were trying to get away from the stereotypical Disneyland-esque explosion of color so prominant in Mexican restaurants in this city (um, Chango???), the total effect didn't really work for me. It was kind of bland. Which was a sign of things to come...

Started with the "fresh-made" guacamole. Now, I foolishly thought that "fresh-made" implied made to order, when it really seemed to mean "fresh-made at some point in the last 2 weeks in mass quantities and totally lacking any sort of heat or flavor." Bland blandy blandest bland.

Had the sopa sampler and a tamale next. I realize that tamales are sort of inherently bland, but neither the tamale nor the sopas really had any flavor. They weren't bad, really, just "eh." (And by "bland," I don't just mean the opposite of spicy. It's just that none of the food seemed to have any sort of crisp, defined flavor.)

E had the pork tacos, which he thought were also so-so and tasteless. I had the chile relleno salad. The chile was fried, which was not indicated on the menu, and not a preparation that I have seen before. I don't particularly recommend it. It was stuffed with cheese and chicken, and while it did have sort of an interesting smoky taste, there was really nothing beyond that. No heat, no spice, no flavor...

The dessert list looked interesting, but at that point we were too disappointed with the food to try any.

I tried some sort of margarita with strawberry and mint (OK, but not worth $11) and a good and beautiful pisco sour.

Service was very gracious and professional.

Dinner (2 cocktails for me, 2 beers for E) came to $110 with tax and tip. Not horrible, I guess, but I would have been a lot happier with a burger at Old Town down the block.

The restaurant was still 7/8 empty when we left at 8. So unless they had A LOT of cancellations, the line they fed us about having only a 6:30 or 10:00 available was complete BS, and that's reason enough for me not to go back.

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