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Canary Square, first thoughts...


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Canary Square, first thoughts...

celeriac | Dec 7, 2010 11:45 AM

I'm surprised that there haven't been any posts yet about Canary Square, the new place that opened in JP a few weeks ago. My understanding is that it's owned by the same folks that own Coda, which I've never been to but I've heard good things.

I've only eaten there once thus far, and grabbed a beer but no food their opening night. The burger, I had a few nights ago was decent, but definitely not great. The beef itself was not all that flavorful, and surprisingly dry given that it was quite pink - a shade past the med-rare I requested, but not quite to medium either. A few bites were juicy, but by and large it really fell down on that count. Didn't love the bun, which was a faux-brioche, also on the dry side. The upsides were a nice, smoky flavor from their wood grill and decent blue cheese (my request). For $12, though, they REALLY need to be sourcing tastier (and fattier) beef, unless they're doing something in the cooking process that's drying it out. The fries were equally unexciting. They had a decent potato flavor, but also suffered texturally. They were marginally crisp with a fairly dry, mealy interior, and didn't taste particularly fresh. The brighter points were the house pickles, which were pretty good, and one roasted radish I stole, which was simple and nice.

After all that there were some things to be happy about. The service at the bar was terrific and friendly. Our bartender was endearing in a very neighborhoody way, asking folks their names as they left in a way that seemed quite warm and genuine. The beer list is good -- not quite fancy-beer-bar-good, but a solid craft selection and well priced. My critique is that it needs more variety - I love IPAs and pale ales, but they need to mix it up more.

Overall, my early read is that it's a place with promise, but not really firing on all cylinders. I hope that they improve just a bit. I feel like they're not too far off, and would make a good addition to the neighborhood.

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