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Market Restuarant- St. Helena---SKIP IT!

Christine Tejada | May 18, 200307:03 PM

Excited to try Market Restaurant on Main St. St Helena, given stellar group of owners (their bios are attached to menu!!)---and American comfort food menu, so off we went Saturday for lunch. We should have listened to the "clues":
1) Half full of people on beautiful Saturday at 1pm;
2)Water so chlorinated, it was not drinkable (know this is City issue, but serious restaurant would at least put slice of lemon, sprig of mint in water)
3) $1.00 Charge for bread and butter!
4) Servers in half full restaurant were totally unavailable.
5)Upon asking about the much mentioned fried chicken, learned it was only served at dinner???
Well, we didn't listen to our inner chowhound and ordered.
Market Salad (came with FREE bread roll, no butter)--described as a salad on menu, but instead a very heavy mush with barely destinguishable ingredients, most not listed on menu (avocado, eggs,peas) etc. all mixed with too rich bleu cheese dressing with virtually no lettuce.
Fresh corn soup (came with FREE bread roll, no butter)--very good flavor, but again way too rich and heavy with cream.
Fish and Chips---two big pieces of fish glistening with grease, almost inedible---a shame, since it looked like the white fish used was of decent quality. Fries ok, but definitely cooked in beef fat.
Finally, Market hamburger and fries---very small burger so greasy,that bottom bun was SOAKED with grease. Only taste was carmellized onions on top of burger---no meat flavor at all.
Service non-existent:
1)asked for butter for our rolls, it never came
2)never got refill for iced tea (which we felt we had to order given the horrid taste of the water),
3)totally ignored before, during and after meal, so no opportunity to discuss food quality.
Alas, $45 dollars later, and hungry, we sadly wished we had gone to Taylor's Refresher instead. SKIP IT!!

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