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Whisknladle (SD)--What Did I Miss?

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Whisknladle (SD)--What Did I Miss?

ginael | Feb 7, 2009 10:14 AM

After a wonderful happy hour at Nine-Ten, hubby and I decided to try Whisknladle. We were craving shellfish, and I figured the latter restaurant would have something of the seafood sort. Sitting at the bar, I became turned-off by: the loud (not overly strident) dance music and the $30,000 millionaire clientele. Did we mistakenly stumble into Jack's of La Jolla?

We purused the menu and were greately disappointed by the options. Looks like we should have stayed at Nine-Ten. The bartender recommended an off-the-menu skillet shrimp dish that sounded pretty amazing, and so we hungrily obliged.

Let the disappointment continue. The wine menu, at least the wine by the glass choices, was paltry. Pinot Noirs from NZ but nothing from Oregon or even Napa Valley? Really?

Oops, our bartender reports, the kitchen is out of the chili oil needed for the shrimp. Can't make the skillet shrimp, sorry.

I have to admit, the cheese plate from Venissimo sounded pretty tasty. Too bad we had already snacked on goat's and cow's milk cheese at Nine-Ten.

Nothing on Whisknladles menu sounded appealing, even for two hungry and wine-buzzed foodies.

Underwhelmed and undernourished, we stumbled out.

I'm not ready to completely dismiss this place. What dishes on their menu are really tasty? Their atmosphere, just like Fresh's before it, was pretty uncomfortable and annoying.

It won't be the aesthethics that bring us back, but I know that Chowhounders have raved about this place, so I'd like to give it another try if the food is worth it. I can find the previous posts on this topic, no need to refer me to those. I am requesting a recent recommendation or comment.

Cheers.

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