After reading so many raves about Palate Food & Wine in Glendale, I was really disappointed by the experience I had there. First of all, the decor is very strange--those giant urns with grapes and the 80s-style neon light are off-putting. And the table clothes were rumpled and messy-looking. But I would have happily overlooked those things if the food had been as good as promised by many reveiwers. But it was really average: the "Porkfolio" plate was skimpy for the price and not as interesting or varied as similar plates I've had at Lou or AOC. The pickled root vegetables consisted of about 4 tiny carrots that tasted like they'd spent about 5 minutes at most being pickled. The larger dishes we tried were OK, but pretty bland--all of them could have used more salt. I will say the services was very good--our waiter was engaging and helpful, especially with wine suggestions. But I came away underwhelmed by the food and annoyed I had schlepped all the way out to Glendale for such a blah meal. Did I miss something?