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North 110 Disaster


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North 110 Disaster

QTWO | | Sep 15, 2008 07:41 AM

Six of us went out on Saturday to North 110 for a friend's birthday- we made a reservation and let them know that it was a milestone birthday for our friend. We thought that, given the positive reviews, it would be a good experimental night for a birthday dinner. Wow, what a calamity.

The service was atrocious. It was a somewhat busy night, but the dining room is not the size of a banquet hall...? The waiter took our order and then disappeared for 45 minuites (where he went to is a leprechaun mystery). We asked the hostess to retrieve the manager and the waiter miraculously appeared minutes later to take our order. The manager later appeared and offered to get us an appetizer "on the house." Following the dinner service, the waiter was again slack in tending to the table. Overall, I have often recieved better service at Denny's.

We also felt the food was lacking. Mockingly, we suggested the place be re-named "The Fritter House." We had several appetizers that we thought would be distinct (we had ricotta fritters, croquettes, wings and samon something-or-another), yet each one was presented as a deep-fried fritter and most fritters had the same consistency and very similar tastes. We recieved our entrees (not at the same time, mind you) and two of the entrees were cold (literally), while two of the entrees were too hot. The ribs were okay, the shrimp dishes were overcooked and my steak was overcooked. The side dishes were suprisingly bland. Though, the table did get a complimentary plate of mushroom risotto from the chef that was pretty good. All of the food was very salty: I found myself, literally, drinking a gallon of water after the meal. The did bring a dessert out for our friend- surprise! blueberry fritters- but most of us did not have the heart or stomach to eat it.

The dining room was crowded (I bumped into several people while trying to navigate the room) and we, literally, were covered in a sheen of perspiration throughout the meal.

So.... I doubt, very seriously, that we will ever return. It was sad that our friend, the uber-foodie, had to have a not-so-great experience on his birthday. We consoled ourselves by reiterating that at least we were in good company. I don't know what happened: if our experience was typical or if the dishwasher had taken over the kitchen that night (in the chef's absence) and appointed the groundskeeper to be our waiter... ??? Some of us noticed a private function for 12 going on in the rear of the restaurant... but I feel that if the kitchen and front-of-house is properly staffed, no one should suffer because of a bigger party... ???

Just thought I would share my experience so that others can be wary when checking out this place (if they do)...

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