I think it is only fair to warn you about the miserable experience we had last night at Laurel Bar and Grill. We decided to go bc of some recommendations on this board for it being a modestly priced restaurant with a good menu.
Upon sitting down, we couldn't get over the fact that the ambience and clientelle made us feel like we were on some bootleg cruise ship. The appetizer we had (turkey meatballs in a decent tomato sauce with mozarella) wasn't bad, so we were pretty open-minded about the reasonably priced and creative-looking menu.
I got braised shortribs with mashed potatoes and an "avocado bernaise sauce" - sounds good, right? I thought so too. Well, the meat tasted like overcooked bad stew meat (worst braised short ribs i've ever had): it was tough, about 60% inedible fat, and flavorless. The mashed potatoes tasted like they were out of a box, and the grayish muck on top that they called avocado bernaise tasted like herb butter - way too rich and it took me about two hours for the potent unpleasant flavor of it to finally vacate my palate.
My girlfriend had a prosciutto and basil stuffed chicken breast with mashed potatoes and eggplant caponata. One leaf of basil and two pieces of some low-grade ham were tucked under the skin of the "rotisserie" (oven-baked) chicken and the eggplant caponata tasted eerily similar to salsa.
This is the first time we've ever trashed any place on this board, but we thought we needed to post this as a way to let folks know what's happening over there. Is it new ownership?