Last week i had a late dinner at Bobby's (corner Manchester & Sutton). It was just fair. The room seems cold and unwelcoming, and the ceilings are too high. The decor is faded and tired. Granted, i only had one dish: jambelaya, but this should be a signature dish for a creole place. The chicken was kind of tough and (not much of it) just laid on top of a large mound of rice. There were also too few pieces of sausage and these were nothing special. The overall spicing was neither deep nor complex-- just hot with an overpowering flavor of sage and thyme. Disappointing. The Schafley hafweissen (sp?) on tap was good, though.
Later in the week i stopped at Maya Cafe (down the street from Bobby's) for a quick beer. I ran into a colleague who informed me that their dinners were over an hour overdue at their table because the chef had just walked out! Stay tuned.
Finally, i had one of the best pieces of fish that i have ever eaten (really) at Wonton King on Olive in (i think) U. City. Absolutely fresh, steamed to perfection in a garlic soy broth with sliced scallions. I look forward to working my way through their deceptively simple menu. A couple caveats: Almost no English spoken here--though they are extremely nice and helpful. Liquor license applied for, but no booze yet. Soon, i hope.