Restaurants & Bars 7

Andrea's and Blaze on Thayer, Providence

Bluebird | Jan 14, 2008 05:36 PM

My husband and I headed down to Thayer for a late lunch on Saturday (~1:30ish). We are foster parents for an organization that raises and trains assistance dogs. We often dine out with the assistance dog and he was with us this weekend. We stopped in at Andrea's and I requested a seat that was big enough for him to fit under (ie - not a two top). We were escorted through the restaurant, passed diners and available set for service tables into an empty back room where none of the tables were set for diners. We were seated at a four top and presented menus. At this time, we were abandoned. We waited ~15 minutes, then decided to leave the restaurant. My husband informed the manager, and host we were leaving because nobody waited on us. There was no apology or attempt to correct the situation. I'm hoping that this was just a misunderstanding because I requested a table the dog could fit under and not how they conduct their business when dealing with clientele that are not their norm. I have heard great things about Andrea's but this experience left a very bad taste in my mouth and I would probably not return even if I didn't have the service dog with me.

We walked a few doors down to Blaze. They seated us immediately. Our waiter was prompt and friendly. My husband and I split the spinach and feta salad and a steak wrap. The salad was very good and a perfect size for sharing. The waiter had the sandwich split and plated on two plates (we did not request this and it was a nice surprise). I thought the wrap was ok, but the fries that were served with it (we got the regular fries) were phenomenal. Our drinks were never empty and our waiter couldn't have been nicer. Despite the just okay wrap, I will likely return to Blaze to try a few other things that caught my eye.

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