Friday night, the bf and I stopped in to Chef Geoff's (downtown) before grabbing a few drinks at Shelly's around the corner. Wish we would have just eaten something at Shelly's.
Arrived at 8ish, bar area was loud and crammed with people. Didn't bother me all that much as they sat us more toward the back - but right near the kitchen entrance. Oh well. So I plan on ordering a glass of merlot and a pizza...we really just wanted something relatively casual. Waiter informs us that the pizza oven broke, so I order my wine and decide on a crabcake sandwich, while the bf went for the bacon cheeseburger. In the meantime, someone dropped off a basket of rolls (appeared to be mini ciabatta-like rolls) that were hard. Like, not able to tear them open hard. The butter was literally frozen solid. My wine arrives, I sip it and discover that it was so warm, it was as if it had been sitting under a heat lamp, with a rancid flavor to it. My bf wisely got a beer. Another person drops by to ask if its ok (not the waiter or roll guy) and I say no, he runs off to find the waiter. When the waiter gets back, he brought me a sample of another merlot by the glass to try (which was very nice of him). It was marginally better but at $9.50 a glass, was certainly not worth it. I gave up, and ordered a Stella.
Food arrives literally within 8-10 minutes of ordering from yet another person. Sum it up: crabcake = filler with a bit of crab, bit of a fishy aftertaste. Came with a nice green tartar sauce though. The fries were what got me though - so insanely salty I couldn't eat them. And I love salt. I would eat one, and down my glass of water. So, I gave up. The bf said his burger was fine, seemed to enjoy the chipotle mustard spread that came with it the most.
Needless to say - we won't be returning. Should we have ordered something less "casual"? Was it an off night? Ick.