Just trying to figure out if I am hypercritical or if the only way the proprietors fill the place up is so people can get good seats for the shows afterwards.
We certainly aren't regulars, as there are only a few touring acts that come there that we are interested in, so if we get there once in 3 years, that's a lot. But, the service, unless you get there very early is relatively disorganized and the food is uniformly mediocre, although I confess that my husband's wasabi mashed were good enough for me to stick my fork in for 3 bites.
Every time we go down 3rd street to Serrano, I think what a con this is since we could be going to any of our favorites in the area for something distinctly more memorable, ie: Zahav, Amada, Han Dynasty, Fork, Bistro 7, even perhaps Sassafras if their burgers are still as good as I remember. In fact, I could kick myself for ordering coq au vin instead of the kobe burger, thinking I was picking something lighter. Even I, who always prefers to cook with boneless skinless chicken breasts, will never use them for this dish as it needs the fat and juiciness from skin and bones. In the chefs less than deft hands, the chicken was dry and not really brought back by the obviously thickened mushroom gravy. Who, by the way, thinks coq au vin should sit in a thick brown gravy?
So, in my opinion, they should just enlarge Sassafras and make it one with Serrano. A good bar menu before a show makes a lot more sense.