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Dish--Quality Creep?

kaleokahu | Jan 8, 2012 09:33 AM

Wahine and I have always loved this B&L place in the Ballard-Fremont DMZ. We hadn't been for about a year, but the stars and an errand trip aligned yesterday and we stopped for a bite.

We were sorely disappointed, I'm sorry to say. There were still patrons standing outside in the cold like the old days, and many of the servers are the veterans of the original ownership, but the food was of substantially lesser quality. I had a half order of Biscuits & Gravy, and Wahine had what was once one of her all-time breakfast favs, the Slacker Special (Dish's version of chilaquiles). Both were soggy messes, without even a show of garniture. The Special, in fact, could not have had less texture had it been run through a blender. The B&G's gravy had a strong, sour cream-like *whang* to it, but the server informed me that no sour cream was used. The roast potato dice was also sodden and crispless (We were seated at the counter where you could see the line cook draping tortillas OVER the 4-inch-thick layer of cold, pre-roasted potatoes, in an effort to reheat/steam them faster. The end result was, if you closed your eyes, you might as well be in any military chow line.

Am I just slow on the uptake, and the talent and quality moved with the original owners to Icebox four years ago? I hope my disappointment there was an anomaly, but I'm curious if other fans of Dish have had similar letdowns. Without hearing disagreement on that, I'm not likely to eat there again.


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