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ford's filling station - mediocre at best . . .

dtud | May 7, 200610:44 PM

i really wanted to like this place since it is walking distance from my house and really a nice space. . . but then i ordered food.

we had 2 beers, 1 cocktail, 1 hamburger, and one appetizer: $51 before tip.

hamburger - $14: this sounded really good since it had blue cheese and carmelized onions on it. unfortunately, it was extremely bland. the meat had little to no flavor - just grilled ground beef without any spices. the carmelized onions were fine. again, nothing special. i think they were just grilled in a little oil or butter. there was no taste of blue cheese on the burger. i'm not sure what kind they used - but it was not noticeable. i'm a FO addict - i love that burger and this didn't even come close! it was more like the nook's burger (which i also think has flavorless ground beef). the burger came with french fries and onion rings. the fries were real quartered potatoes which was nice: real potato flavor. the onion rings' coating was sort of like a fritter batter and tasted almost like a donut rather than an onion ring - sweet, not savory. that was too bad.

6 baked oysters - $13: these were described as baked oysters with a spinach souffle topping. completely accurate description. these were fine but lacked punch. i think adding a dollop of a strong cheese or a dash of tabasco or cocktail sauce would have really helped this dish out. it was just too plain. the souffle tasted like stouffers - which i like, but can make at home.

i thought the prices were really high for a "gastropub" which seems more like a bar than a restaurant. so, i was thinking the menu would be tapas type dishes for around $10/each. i was wrong.

i really liked the space - it was very pretty. and the service was good. and it was great to be able to grab a real bite to eat at 11 p.m. which used to be impossible in la - esp. on the westside. but, overall, i was just not impressed by the food and would never crave it again. so, we definitely won't be back. c'est la vie.

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