Are there any restaurants out there you used to think were good but not anymore? Another poster somewhere said the Helmand and I would have to agree. The Helmand was one of my faves for years but the last two times I've been there were disapointing. The entrees lacked the usual subtle distinction of flavors. They just seemed thrown together. The beef on one of their regular specials was also so chewy it was had to swallow. The big price increase doesn't help either. Although I would grant them higher prices if the food hadn't become so average. My other choice is Salt. That restaurant rocked when it first opened and for a year or so later. I have been there since ,about four or five times, and don't even remember what I had. I keep expecting to taste something like the sublime Hungarian goulash they used to have on the menu. The last time I was there I had the ginger beer marinated ribs that came highly recommended. They came out tasting sickly sweet with no other flavor to speak of. Never again.