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Redeye Grill goes downhill

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Redeye Grill goes downhill

Josh Mittleman | Nov 24, 1998 10:32 AM

The Redeye Grill is still a fun place for brunch or
apres theater, but the food and service are sliding and
I think we're seeing the beginning of the end.

Six months ago, service was courteous and prompt; now
it's spotty. The guy with the water pitcher was almost
frenetic in his need to keep my glass full, but the
waiter barely noticed when I wanted to order coffee and
then got my order wrong. He brought a main dish from
the kitchen a good ten minutes before the ones from the
smoked fish bar. All signs of an inexperienced (and
therefore underpaid) staff. And in an odd development,
the restroom attendants -- whose presence I've never
understood in the first place -- have been replaced by
a lone woman handing out paper towels to people as they
walk to the restrooms.

At the table, some dishes are grossly overpriced and
skimpy (two slices of smoked salmon with a bagel and a
scoop of salad for $13) while others are grossly
overpriced and over-abundant (Cobb salad for $19 that's
big enough to serve four). The bloody mary was awful
unless your sole goal is to get drunk: Too much vodka,
too much horseradish, no hot sauce, no pepper, no
worchester sauce. When we ask for bread with our meal,
the waiter brought a basket of rolls that tasted like
styrofoam.

Overall, it looks to me like a place that's trashing
about trying to increase its profit without cutting in
obvious ways. I expect they'll close within a few
months. Too bad.

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