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Napa Rose...Do not be deterred by surly host

Paige Marino | Jan 21, 200312:29 PM

Saturday night....my dear friend, her brother and I find ourselves in culinary poverty...Downtown Disney. Fortunately, I have compromised my professional career by spending my days reading this message board and recalled hearing Napa Rose was worth a try. Sans reservations, we walk in. The bar was full, yet not crowded and the restaurant seemed well equipped for a few more hungry patrons.

We were immediately confronted by the host who told us in no uncertain terms that nothing was available. We very nicely pleaded to no avail. His comment was, "Michael Eisner could not get a table right now." Clever, perhaps, but his attitude was not so impressive. This guy seemed to take pleasure in saying, "no". At one point, he said there was nothing he could do, it was not his fault and basically implied we should be on our merry way. When we asked about eating at the bar, he looked at us as though we were insane, pointing towards the bar and saying, "the bar is completely full."

Well, we were hungry and not about to spend our evening consuming Wetzel's Pretzle's. So, my lovely and blond friend sought out a few gentlemen about 15 mins away from being seated and we commandeered their posts at the bar. Turns out we could be fed at the bar. Thanks to Chip, the ever so kind and entertaining bartender, our evening ended well. We sampled the cheese plate, a roast chicken, a salad with beets, scallops with a lobster sauce and the special pizza of the day, which was mushrooms and cheese. The scallops were my least favorite. They endured a very familiar problem...too much cream sauce. Scallops are great grilled...why kill them with extra butter and milk? I did ask for the sauce on the side and was talked out of itÂ…I wish I had listened to my instincts.

Cheese plate was excellent, a beautiful variety and enough for three, although one of us is a light cheese eater. The salad with beets was delicious, the beets were roasted perfectly. The free range chicken was prepared very well and the pizza was delicious.

The highlight was the wine...we had a great bottle of Dynamite Cab, which for $33 dollars a bottle, I thought was a fair deal. The wine list is impressive, and I was really pleased to see some great offerings by the glass, which seems rare these days.

I would not go out of my way to visit, but if you are in the area, and particularly if you enjoy wine, Napa Rose could be a fun evening. Just be wary of overly ego-ed hosts.

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