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Great Bay and Sunset Cantina

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Great Bay and Sunset Cantina

Joanie | Oct 15, 2004 09:41 AM

Two ends of the spectrum on Comm. Ave. these last two nites. Wed. a group of us met at Sunset knowing there shouldn't be a problem seating 8 or so. Huge menu, tons of tequilas and beers, altho I don't know if that's the place to try pumpkin ravioli which was a special. The waitress steered one person off from ordering the caliente margarita saying it always gets sent back so he settled for a regular one which he said was good. Two beers ordered weren't in stock. One person wanted coffee and they didn't have anything that wasn't flavored (?!). She was helpful I guess and the food was fine. My jerk chicken sandwich w/ mango salsa, fancy ketchup and curly fries was good, chicken had a spicy bite, good deal at $7.95. Had a taste of fried calamari and sweet potato fries, both were good. Burger and crabcake sandwich looked good. No complaints.

Dinner at Great Bay was weird however. The first room was pretty busy, we told the hostess two for dinner and she offered the first lounge table saying they were "fully committed" (wasn't that a one man play a couple years ago?). We ate at the island bar with a perfect room of the mostly empty 2nd dining room, maybe 3 tables. Reminded me of the Via Valverde review in the Calendar just that day of the hostess saying she could "squeeze them in" only to find there's two other tables seated. Whatever, service was weird all around. The guy at the island I guess really is just supposed to shuck the oysters and put together fish tacos or whatever cuz he sure wasn't too helpful waiting on us. We did order drinks from him and those took a good long time coming and we couldn't figure out why the delay. Then one waitress would come over, then she'd come with a 2nd woman, and a guy would come deliver and take things away, so we didn't know who to deal with. We split halibut tacos ($12) which were 4 tiny ones, interesting enough but I prefer Bonfire's. The person next to us had great looking scallops so that was my main. Too bad they came barely warm and seemed a little sandy which my friend agreed with. We noticed lots of things sitting for a while before being delivered to their destination so I guess that's what happened with mine. A few potato gnocchi and green beans were nice sides. Tuna was the other entree with a great salty crusty exterior (both $28 I think). Then we sat there with empty plates and drink glasses for quite a while, the island guy was watching TV and finally asked if we wanted something else. I said how about a dessert menu which eventuallly came. Some good sounding desserts, we ended up with the chocolate tasting ($11). A pistachio coated little ice cream sandwich, mousse, some truffles and a chocolate soup I guess. With a latter it came to $105 w/ tax. Nothing had me oohing and ahing and I'm very happy we were able to trade in the lost Centro discounted dining things for Great Bay. Overall, food okay, service weird, not on the short list.

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