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The 'New' St. Clair on Atlantic

shindiganna | Mar 1, 200801:13 PM

We tried it out tonight.

GONE are the fishnets, the plastic lobsters, the booths with built in coat hooks, dazzling chandeliers, and family pictures. The space is modern and elegant with a giant flat screen tv (and homage to St. Clair the patron saint of TV perhaps?) nice lighting: feels more like a library than a diner though. What shocks one into reality are the black polyester clad waitstaff. Yes everything black poly, shirt, pants, vest, EXCEPT the unbelievably ugly striped polyester ties, even on the ladies.

GONE are the great Greek specialties (see my profile for best meal): kolokithopita, Cypress spinach pie, 'way better than Junior's' cheesecake and the best chocolate pudding of all time. In their place: wraps and endless pasta dishes.

GONE are the NORMAL portions: I ordered a tuna melt, he, a turkey burger deluxe. The pickles and coleslaw were good, but then the platters arrived. Wagon wheel sized plates with enormous piles of spoke sized fries. I could barely find the English muffin under the gargantuan mound of dry tuna salad. His turkey burger was the size of a normal plate. Both were less than palatable, unfortunately. These are basic diner items. Totally basic on every diner menu.

Maybe their specials are better...

We also ordered egg creams (very good) and cheesecake (not bad). The cheesecake is creamy and flavorful although the crust is a dry chocolate sponge. My strategy: Eat the creamy part first, then dip the dry cake into the raspberry sauce.

The best part of the visit: THE WAITRESS. You know her: the fabulous one with the curly hair? She's still sassy and vibrant, despite the scratchy looking uniform and horrifying tie.

The Verdict: The charm is gone. Have an egg cream, sample the cheesecake & a coffee and chit chat with the waitress.

Has anyone else been there since the reopening?

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