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Woodrow's, Bransfield's, Bialy

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Woodrow's, Bransfield's, Bialy

TJS | Sep 4, 2001 02:54 PM

Woodrow’s on Lincoln for breakfast Saturday. Cannot recommend it. The eggs benedict was marginal and the hollandaise sauce thick as porridge, cold and utterly flavorless. The hash browns were cut up left over French fries. Quite disappointing. The service was desultory at best. Sad, as I am looking to move into this neighborhood and will need to find a worthy location to indulge in my hedonistic eggs benny fetish.

Saturday evening found us celebrating a birthday. Pre-cocktails at Café 28, the mojito was fair, but not nearly the revelatory brew experienced on a recent visit to NYC at Sol in Brooklyn.

Dinner was at Bransfield’s, the restaurant formerly located in the current Woodrow’s space, confused? Don’t be.

The meal was barely mediocre, which is quite a let down as in its previous incarnation Bransfield’s was quite enjoyable. Party of five, a birthday dinner, everyone at the table ordered steak in varying degrees of doneness. Each and every one of those steaks arrived cold to the touch and rare. When the waitress FINALLY deigned to respond to our beckoning she removed the dinners. They were returned promptly and hot. The state of the various potato sides on each indicated a strong likelihood that they had been nuked. When a dish is returned in a restaurant because it is not acceptable NEVER nuke it and send it back. NEVER. I find this practice quite appalling and do not return to establishments who engage in it. Aside from the potatoes achieving perfectly inedible state, the texture of those well-priced steaks was done no favors by the microwave oven.

Breakfast on Sunday was at Bialy Café on Chicago Ave. Great little place with very attentive service, excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere. It is located across the street from Flo, a perennial favorite but by far more crowded on a Sunday morning. I will try Bialy again for lunch and certainly for breakfast, the Spanish Omlette was nice and the house salsa was also very good.

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