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costa azul restaurant, ridgefield, ct

mclean04 | Apr 26, 2008 10:17 AM

This small restaurant across from the firehouse, formerly a Mexican cafe named Gringo's, is now a nice Tapas place with a Costa Rican chef. We had some excellent tapas, especially stuffed jalapenos with great cheese and a spicy bite, yucca stuffed with shredded beef, eggplant rollatine and ceviche. All were very well prepared.

The welcome and service were another matter. Our American waiter was gruff and unfriendly (though the other, Latino, waiter seemed nicer, he didn't serve us). A chili spread was placed on the table immediately. We stared at it for a while, until asking what we were supposed to do with it. The waiter said the bread was "warming." I guess it still is because he never brought it. We made the mistake of ordering seven different tapas at the same time, thinking they would be brought out in series. But they were all dumped on the table at the same time, leaving them to get cold as we hurriedly ate. Next time I will order one or two at a time.

Finally, we were there later on a Friday evening, there was only one other table occupied as we finished. The young chef, and I believe owner, came out and spoke with the four ladies at the other table. Perhaps he knew them. He glanced over at the two of us as if he would come over, but didn't. I wanted to tell him about how good the food was but ask why it would all be served at once. I didn't feel like calling him over to complain. I was sorry he ignored us. Overall, good food, needs better attitude.

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