Tried Bulldog Coffee today, largely on the recommendations on this board. What a joke.
The woman in line before us asked for a coffee. "This is an espresso bar. You have a choice of latte, bulldog or cappucino," said the owner, pointing to three cups on the counter (three sizes - just like Starbucks!) "You get two shots of espresso in each. You choose the amount of milk." The woman was immediately confused. "OK, I'll take a latte size with a quarter milk." The "barista" repeated his schpiel, speaking more slowly this time. "This is an espresso bar," he said. "It works differently from other places, so if it's your first time, it's best to just listen." The woman was clearly embarrassed, and agreed to order a latte. (He did not offer her an Americano, which was clearly the closest thing to what she wanted.)
We were up next. My wife liked the latte art. "How did you do that?" she asked. "Obviously you've never been served by a real barista before," said the man proudly.
Oh. My. God. Served with that kind of attitude, it had to be the best damn latte in the world.
So what was underneath the pretty design and the decent microfoam? Mediocre taste. Lukewarm. More milky than flavourful.
I think I'll go back to Ideal, where you don't get a lecture with your latte, and where no one calls themselves a "barista."