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Universal Cafe-slow slow slow

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Universal Cafe-slow slow slow

christine | Oct 27, 2002 01:09 AM

Late dinner at Universal Cafe last evening and although it wasn't especially busy, plates coming from kitchen were SO SLOW!! Unbearable waits!! People were ordering their desserts BEFORE their entrees came so they knew they would show up. We almost left, since we had to wait an hour between our salad and entrees. When entrees did arrive, they were splendid---"brick" chicken atop beans done "santa maria style"[my description] and broccoli rabe. We also had small but intensely flavored short ribs with perfectly cooked peas, carrots and cippolino onions on all time favorite spaetzle. Our waiter constantly expressed his appreciation of our patience for the wait---but still was WAYYYYY to long for all of us. Anyone know what's going on? Shouldn't happen given longevity of the place. Also, had same wonderful bus boy---who is a gem with winning smile, despite delays.

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