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Meetinghouse follow up

Jill D | Nov 9, 2002 09:25 AM

As I mentioned a couple of screens down, my husband and I ate at the Meetinghouse yesterday and since jen maiser (I hope I recall the spelling of your name correctly!) reported serious service - reception - problems after sending friends there, I wanted to offer my own experience.

We arrived a couple of minutes early for our 8pm reservation. The front standing-around waiting area was crowded, and it's not at all a great space in which to wait, but in the drizzle and cold last night, we didn't have much choice. My husband told the greeter/hostess/whatever her title is that we were there, and she was lovely, offered to take our coats immedately, offered us a drink while waiting, and gave us and other patrons updates every few minutes, discreetly pointing to which table would be ours. While it took too long to seat us - I think we were seated by 8:15 - it wasn't at all a bad wait experience. Definitely different that jen's friends.

The food was up to the excellence I expect. I had the romaine salad with lemon dressing - a caesery sort of deal, likely not their best appetizer but that for which I was in the mood and quite great. My husband had their rock shrimp johnnycakes which were fantastic - very flavorful, not dry, and light while still substantial. YUM.

I had the porkchop for entree, with a nice amount of varied fall veggies on the side - onion, kale, sweet potato, etc. The chop was juicy and delish and yet, the veggies stood out the most brilliantly for me. I could eat a bowlful at every meal. Really much more transcendent than the usual side. Kevin had the duck breast, which he reported as terrific and on which I cannot comment as I was too deeply into my own dinner.

For dessert I had the mint chip ice cream sandwich, have had it before and adore. Too huge to finish and I am not a dainty eater. Kevin had the pumpkin cheesecake with hazelnuts. I am not a fan of the desserts avec pumpkin but it was lovely for what it was.

Service was great - the waiter had a casual vibe but spoke thoughfully about the food. All restaurant staff were apparently cheerfully busting their asses to turn tables over. The food came promptly but not too fast; I felt like we didn't wait noticeably between courses yet were there for 2 hours all told, meaning that while we didn't wait for food, we weren't rushed through our food either.

So, that's my experience last night.

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