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Hungry Cat: Thumbs Down

jcwla | Jul 20, 200501:39 AM

WAY too loud inside -- terrible acoustics. You hear the people at the adjacent tables all too well... Pounding rave-style music by nine o'clock...Of course everyone outside is contracting cancer (i.e., smoking) and sitting on backless benches. No thanks.

Out first came the peel and eat shrimp: One bite and we sent these awful things back. Frozen, then defrosted, mealy and gross. "Anytime you get shrimp at a restaurant, it's frozen," the waiter said. I don't think so!

Next came the crab cake: decent enough, mushy and overpriced for one midsize cake but certainly mostly crab.

Next came the Alaskan crab leg: about half of it doused in a mustard sauce like the one CPK uses on its grilled chicken sandwich, the other half in dire need of sauce. Don't ask for their cocktail sauce, though -- it has no flavor, let alone any kick.

Then came the lobster roll: a couple of bites of this were tolerable but I could tell that I would get sick after a few more: way too much tarragon, and definitely stingy on the lobster, though the waiter claimed "it's always been exactly 4 ounces." Don't bother asking them to go easy on the mayo -- "they're pre-made" -- but fortunately there's not too much...

Next came by far the yummiest dish: the Pug burger, which between the bleu cheese and the bacon was way too salty -- the onion didn't do enough to cut it -- but is definitely made of quality stuff and, as they say in Waco, "it tastes good" or "it doesn't taste bad."

For dessert, what else but the chocolate bread pudding, decent enough to eat a couple bites but not rich enough to tempt me too far off my regimen...

Friend had a glass of rose' which was almost clear it was so light; I had a Diet Coke. Bill came to $96.33 before tip...

Overall: Not worth the schlep and not up to the hype.

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