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The Stinking Rose is at best, average.


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The Stinking Rose is at best, average.

I_Love_Oysters | Jan 24, 2004 04:39 AM

Friend from out of town wanted to try this place, so I caved in...for those that who do not know, its a touristy theme restaurant in Little Italy based on garlic. I believe this is the first in a chain.

Started with the Baked garlic cloves in olive oil - oil was slightly burned and tasted of petroleum.

Garlic butter Mussels were perfectly done and fresh, but not particularly innovative.

40 Clove Garlic chicken with garlic mashed potatoes was tasty but overcooked, and a dissapointment when compared to a Costco chicken.

Spicy Lamb Ravioli showed only a hint of a meaty taste contained no visible lamb when inspected, and appeared by all accounts to simply be a generic cheese filled ravioli by taste.

In short, the Stinking Rose was precisely what I expected it to be, a place where the restaurant's primary excellence is marketing, not food.

Meal for 2 with a drink was about $60.

If you're ever in the neighborhood, head for L'Osteria del Fornio instead.

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