My in-laws took us there last night for our anniversary, and about the only really great thing we had was one shared appetizer. It was so bad that we bailed on dessert and went to Rita's for water ice! Let me elaborate...
We sat in the bar for a bit even though an indoor table was waiting for us (1 hour wait for outdoor seating). The rice cracker mix was a nice change and the two martinis were tasty, but all the drinks were a little short. After we were seated if took about 15 minutes for the waiter (who was unfailingly pleasant throughout the night) to take our order, then probably another 15 minutes before the appetizers came. Hubby and I shared the stuffed tomato: a sliced tomato had been re-assembled with ham and herbed chevre in the layers. It was served with a light olive oil and balsamic dressing. My in-laws shared the roasted pear and goat cheese salad. Unfortunately, the pear wasn't roasted and the greens were completely dry. For bread, we were served very tasty mini biscuits that were still warm. I enjoyed them but FIL much prefers good, crusty bread.
Next, we had to wait almost an hour for our entress to come out of the extremely disorganized exhibition kitchen. Maybe the patio was hopping, but the dining room wasn't busy enough to warrant such a delay. When the food arrived, FIL's NY Strip was "dry as a bone," MIL's Baltimore crabcakes were almost entirely devoid of crab, and Hubby's beef stew was tasty but not what he was expecting. My seafood paella was quite tasty and well-laden with shrimp, clams, mussels, and scallops, but it was also studded with Kalamata olives which clashed terribly with the rest of the flavors in the bowl. Both MIL and I found many undercooked grains of rice.
We give 'em a year, tops. They definitely didn't surpass the 10th birthday dinner I had there, back when it was the original Lavender Hall.
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