So I stole this topic off the MSP and Manhattan boards. Not trying to be a Negative Nancy but would like some conversation on the board besides just restaurant recommendations, And ok, I like to complain sometimes. Not trying to call places out, just pointing out what may be my own taste or ordering deficiencies. Would love to hear counter-arguments or suggestions on how to better enjoy these places.
Dmitri's. Only been to the Fitler Square location but have been there several times. Never had an outstanding dish and the dishes they are most known for, the Grilled Octopus and Shrimp Pil-Pil, I do not like at all. The grilled octopus in particular is some of the worst I've had anywhere (to my taste). Swimming in oil, too much lemon, and no charring whatsoever. Pil-Pil just tastes like fried shrimp and is not spicy to me. It's also greasy and I do not like that it is just a pile of shrimp with nothing else to balance the flavor.
Vietnam Restaurant. I don't get what the big deal is. Some of the dishes are good but the menu is limited compared to Nam Phuong in South Philly and the prices are higher. The Pho is just bad. Maybe I am biased because most of my Vietnamese experience is from a friend's home cooking and Nam Phuong.
Tinto. It's actually good, but every meal I have had there is a let down compared to my experiences at Amada. I still recommend it to people because I know the overall dining experience is good and everybody else likes it. Maybe Basque isn't for me.
Mercato. Long waits, crowded and uncomfortable, standard Italian food though the Olive Oil flight is fun. What's the appeal?
Pudge's Cheesesteaks. Only went once. Service was atrocious. Not rude but efficient like Pat's/Geno's but slow, painful and indifferent. Waited 15-20 minutes to be approached by waitress, and she seemed just about ready to jump off a bridge. The steak was average; seemed to put emphasis on the size of the portion rather than the flavor.