I finally got around to trying brunch at Blue Ribbon and I don't get what all of the fuss is about. It's probably the noisiest restaurant I've ever eaten in(upstairs at least). The service was piss poor(the waiter didn't tell us of any specials even though after ordering we noticed everyone in the place had ordered the special frittata)
The "famous" French Toast was overdone and had almost no egg batter. I feared a sandwich wouldn't fill me up as everything is costly(eight fifty for one steamed artichoke?) and a la carte. I got a small plate of smoked salmon(again not extraordinary quality) for like 13 bucks. The food was all quite uninteresting. Even the bread they gave us was very ordinary peasant bread, later we noticed the other tables all were received twisty things and dried fruit stuffed sweet breads. I appreciate the purity of good ingredients as much as the next guy but everything was pretty average. My BBQ pork sandwich was very good but no better than you can get at Virgils without the attitude.
My wifes chicken salad was very average as well.
All this and you get to wait forty five minutes in the cold to sit in such a cramped space. This sure isn't a bargain. Was it just an abberation or is everyone there just for the scene? My lunch ended up costing over thirty bucks for not much food at all. Next time I'll try Deborah down the street or go back to the comfort of Shopsins.