Had a late dinner last night at Kendall's, one of the many Patina Group restaurants in downtown
I ordered the KB burger with bleu cheese, carmelized onions and fries, another at our table had the endive salad with a side of fresh oysters, and another friend tried their "chateau" steak (sirloin) with spinach and bordelaise sauce
Service was very good, but overall the food was a disappointment. My KB burger's meat was OK; a thick patty with decent flavor, but fries were on the limp side and the bun was way too heavy and dense. My friend's chateau steak was nothing special, in fact he commented for the same price the filet at Houston's is much better. My other friend commented his endive salad was good and the oysters appeared fresh. Also, the bread served at the beginning was cold and flavored with onion. Why is it so hard to serve a plain, good and warm baguette?
It seems like Patina restaurants focus more on marketing than the actual food they serve. The restaurant itself is nice inside, but the food does not live up to the decor. This is the 2nd time I've been disappointed with their restaurants (a very overpriced and bland lunch at Patina last year was the first), and I can honestly say I have never had a meal at some others (Cafe Pinot, Zucca) that I would consider truly excellent