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Mixed review for Tupelo

fishmanator | Dec 31, 201007:28 AM

Last night my wife and I had dinner at Tupelo. We also ate there a few months ago for brunch.

While brunch was good, dinner was a disappointment. The fried oysters as an app were the highlight of the meal. They tasted fresh, properly seasoned and were served with a piquant dipping sauce. They also came with cumin/ginger pickles which were quite good.

Everything else was OK or bad. The cornbread served with dinner was cloyingly sweet served with unsalted, cheap butter. I had the pan-fried catfish which was properly cooked and fresh although under seasoned. It was served on unremarkable mashed potatoes with a roux or cornstarch thickened jalapeño sauce that was muddy and mushy. There might have been 2 pieces of mustard greens under the fish.

My wife had the chicken legs/thighs with black eyed peas and mustard greens. The chicken was undercooked, stringy, cooked at too low a temp so the skin was slimy and not crisp as well as being incredibly over salted. The peas were well cooked but again, quite salty. The mustard greens were tasty but portion size was small.

Overall, prices were reasonable to a tad bit high. Service was friendly and prompt.

For brunch I had the chicken and waffles which were excellent. My wife had a quiche/egg dish that was OK.

Maybe it is a case of too many chefs in the kitchen, I have no idea. There is clearly someone talented in the back however there is no excuse for over salted food and no excuse for undercooked chicken. If you can tell when you pull the chicken out of the oven that it isn't right, what do you put it on the plate? And bad cornbread is just a shame.

I wont go back again but I wouldn't advise others not to go. Just order carefully I guess.

1193 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

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