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Ford's Filling Station "Out of Gas"

Wiley's Hungry Again | Apr 21, 200603:43 PM

The Emperor is in the house. The front of the house that is, but he should have spent more/some time in the back of the house, namely the kitchen. I was hoping that all the press and buzz about the restaurant was due to the food, service, and atmosphere. How naive am I? This is Hollywood. Instead of seeing to the expediting and finish of the plates leaving the kitchen, the "Chef” spent the entire evening chatting up his bevy of bodacious groupies (I guess they’ve heard about his “cured salami”).

Last night’s experience at FFS was less than underwhelming.
4 people, 2 starters, 2 salads and 2 entrees = $60 per person, not including beverages. (We only ordered 2/2/2 because frankly the rest of the menu was totally uninspiring).
And that's the good news.

Now, the bad news.
Ordered a cocktail... cocktail never arrived. Went to the bar, got cocktail (apparently we’d been seated at the "Self Serve" pump).
30 minutes later, cocktail arrived... Oops, wrong cocktail.

The "Cheese Platter" - 3 small slices, not even properly cut wedges, tossed on a plate.
The "Cured Meat Sampler” - 3 types of cured meats, haphazardly strewn about the plate with a hunk of bread.
Flat Iron Steak...whatever.
Risotto... Decent, at best (but I’ve been spoiled by Ago’s Risotto al Fungi).
After dinner I ordered a double espresso. Fifteen minutes later I was informed the espresso machine was out of order.
Outside patio looks like Starbucks.

Somebody stop me.

Well, I may not be alone in my thoughts because last night being Thursday night, the crowd was quite light and had all but cleared out by about 10:00pm.
Used to be that a satisfied customer would tell one person, and an unhappy customer would tell ten. But, that was before the internet.

To be fair, I’ll try FFS one more time. Fool me twice?

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