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Bistro St. Michaels - Avoid like plague


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Bistro St. Michaels - Avoid like plague

Mark DiBlasi | Aug 8, 2003 03:28 PM

Dinner at Bistro St. Michael's last weekend was as lousy a dining experience as I've had in a while. Cramped little table, loud dining room, no tablecloth, unreal prices (St. Michael's is not the east 50's in Manhattan), really mediocre food, half a glass of wine at $7.50 and room temperature coffee at $2.75. Soft shell crabs ($26!) were OK, no more. The other menu preparations were unnecessarily complicated and contrived.

I realize that restaurants in tourist towns like this need to make their money when they can, but gouging diners with the "fine dining" pretense is really obnoxious.

The other thing that was totally weird was that the "fish of the day" ($25 if I remember correctly) was salmon, which is just about as cheap and plentiful as chicken breast tenders, if not more so. Where was the local rockfish, or anything that would suggest that you were near Tilgman Island "the birthplace of the Chesapeake seafood industry?".

This place is really a disaster, and will only please
those who enjoy shelling out big bucks and don't really enjoy eating.

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