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Spring Street Cafe, WRox and Sweet Finnish, JP


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Spring Street Cafe, WRox and Sweet Finnish, JP

adp0 | Jan 8, 2005 02:33 PM

Thought I'd give a report on last night's dinner and dessert:

Hubby and I went (for the 2nd time) to Spring Street Cafe in WRox. In short, the food was good, service was slightly off in ways that annoyed me but aren't unforgiveable. For app we shared pan fried Italian greens over crispy wedges of polenta, in a gorgonzola and pancetta sauce. It was a bit salty but yummy anyway.

For entrees I had cheese lasagna (from the specials menu), and hubby had butternut squash ravioli in a creamy sage sauce. We were pleasantly surprised by the large portion size of the ravioli, as we are used to smaller portions in most restaurants. The sauce contained large chunks of butternut squash, a nice touch as well. I'd say the ravioli was the better of the two, but the lasagna was very respectable.

The service was friendly but little oversights bothered me. Despite my asking twice, my glass of wine didn't arrive until our entrees did. When my hub asked for his water to be refilled (my glass was also empty and RIGHT NEXT to his), the waitress filled his but not mine. The empty appetizer plates weren't cleared until the entree plates were, and the plates were so large (and the table small) that I had to eat my entree with the plate schooched over to the side.

The restaurant was half full on a Friday night. Many folks seemed to be regulars.

Waddled into Sweet Finnish in JP for dessert. This was my first trip. They have way too much space for what they are offering. I'm not sure they will survive like this. I do like that they were open at 8:15pm on a Friday night(Fiore's up the street, which has no seating, wasn't). Anyway, hubby had a slice of carrot cake which he liked very much, and I had a single "pulla" which was described to me as a "finnish cinnamon-raisin roll". It tasted more of cardamom than cinnamon to me, which is what I was secretly hoping for anyway. It was not as tender as one would like, but it served its purpose next to my cafe-au-lait.

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