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Avenue 5 in Bankers' Hill - San Diego


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Avenue 5 in Bankers' Hill - San Diego

Alice Q | Dec 6, 2007 07:22 AM

What are people's thoughts on this place? After reading Naomi Wise's relatively favorable review in the Reader, I dropped by for lunch the other day, and I was not impressed. They have trimmed and sort of dumbed down the dinner menu, getting rid of some of the more interesting entrees like duck breast and pork belly - now they have salmon, chicken, lamb, steak, etc. The interior is bland and boring, and the service was really mediocre. Even the iced tea was so bad that I swapped it out for a diet coke.

I ordered a burger from the lunch menu, and it was just like something you would get at a coffee shop - stale bun, pre-formed patty, yellow mustard and some under-pickled onions. The side salad had slimy lettuce in it. The fries were excellent, but they were drizzled with truffle oil which I wasn't crazy about. They also cost $3.00 extra, bringing the whole thing up to $15.00 for burger, fries and diet coke.

The website talks about "market driven cuisine" and the review mentioned artisanal ingredients, etc. but I certainly wasn't served any. Anybody else have a different experience?

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