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Nix on Mix

Deenso | May 12, 2004 09:44 AM

I dunno. Maybe I expect too much for my money. Aside from the rich and delicious clam chowder with the buttery croutons, the three of us were quite disappointed last night.

Salade Frisee was really just a small chopped salad with a couple of poached quail eggs mixed in. Tasted okay, I guess, but not what we expected.

The BLT was a Big Loss Too -- a couple of wedges of iceberg lettuce, some sundried tomatoes and ultra-crisp pieces of bacon/pancetta, all perched atop two small, thin pieces of what looked like toasted pumpernickel. A "cute" but ultimately unsatisfying twist on a deconstructed BLT.

The Mac & Cheese was surprisingly tasteless: four or five thick, 5-inch long macaroni-like tubes on the plate, filled with bechamel and covered with what purported to be a cheese sauce. Next to that, a line of a kind of catsup-like tomato sauce. The macaroni had some flavor if you put some of the tomato whatever-it-was on the fork at the same time. I don't know about you, but I don't usually eat catsup with my mac 'n cheese. This was a huge disappointment. It was extremely rich, due to the bechamel, but remarkably without flavor. I ate about 1/3 of it. I was still hungry when we got home and ended up making myself scrambled eggs at midnight.

The steak, served with a huge potato cake and a side salad, was not great, but good enough that my husband took home what he didn't finish.

Service was okay, maybe a little intrusive -- servers reaching between us, across the table, or over us. But nobody asked how we were enjoying our meal. Fortunately. (We were with a friend who is also a client and didn't want to start acting all nitpicky with her there.)

We all agreed, however, that one visit to Mix was definitely enough, if not too much.

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