I was reading the worst on Cape Cod thread with great amusement. And I thought, why should they have all the fun? I get up to the Cape about once every fifteen years. But what about New Haven? Much has been written about the great and good food here. What would you warn people about?
In the overrated, I'd have to say Modern. I just can't fathom why people like it. It's cheese death, is what it is. For mediocrity, I'd give the award to Delaney's in Westville. It is just a bar, but I've ended up there with groups. I wish they would step up their game, food wise.
Geronimo's iz phail. I've lived in the southwest and that ain't no southwestern fare. Frustrating because there is potential here.
The place that actually pisses me off is Pot au Pho. The Vietnamese Ministry of Cultural Affairs should hire a lawyer to go after these people. The half-assed approach they take to such a wonderful cuisine has got to be grounds for some kind of legal action, defamation or such. I've had overcooked food, undercooked food and just funky stuff here. I've been served main dishes that would have barely made adequate appetizers. And I am not the kind of person who feels she need a huge plate of food.
Last time I went (with a group, because I would not chose to eat at this place) several people in the group ordered pho. The side dish of sprouts and herbs never showed up. When we asked about it, the server hemmed and hawed and said, oh, it was coming, as if it had just been delayed. That was a lie, because many tables in the room were having pho and not a single side dish of vegetables was to be seen. The sprouts finally arrived, with a sprig of basil. No lime, no chili, no cilantro, no mint. Really annoying. I am never going back there, no matter what the situation. I was pissed.
I've never, as a matter of fact, gone to a place that has such a vibe of weirdness. I do not know what goes on in that kitchen, but it can't be good.
So, what are your tales of woe?