We all have places we love, places we tolerate, places we will never set foot in, and places we go to only because somebody else chooses the venue. Every once in a while, though, one comes across a chowhound surprise.
Sometimes it's good - a new find, or a surprising improvement in a place we thought we knew. Or maybe you try a certain dish at a familiar place and begin kicking yourself after the first bite for not ever having ordered it before.
On the flip side, sometimes we go to an old standby, or a well-regarded place, and find ourselves decidedly underwhelmed. So maybe you give them another try, because any place can have an off night, and guess what? The sad truth is that the old fave or the "big name" place may be in decline.
So, my fellow 'hounds, in the inbterest of turning our peers on to pleasant surprises and putting up early warning of trouble looming, what's your biggest recent chowhound surprise, for good or ill?