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Tree House Italian Grill


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Tree House Italian Grill

sgarland | Aug 19, 2007 06:15 PM

Has anyone had other atrociously bad experiences at this place? The bread tasted like the pre-made HEB kind that has been sitting in those slightly perforated plastic bags that I bought in college, while the calamari, which is typically best when it's flash-fried, with a light, airy batter, was too densely coated (to see how this is done properly, I urge you to go to Asti, and for the same price, no less)--almost like Top Notch's onion rings (not a shot at Top Notch, of course). The 5 dollar dinner salads which arrived at the same time as the onion rings, were middling, with iceberg, carrot shavings, and a bland vinaigrette--that's right, NO tomatoes, bell peppers, etc. The service was shockingly bad. Our meal arrived 50 minutes after the appetizers, and while I understand the discomfort for the waitstaff to return to the table repeatedly to effusively apologize for the delay, we maybe saw her once during this span. I had veal romano and, I believe, the volume of sauce probably outweighed the cut of meat. The meat was flavorless-something hard to do with veal. The culinary technique seemed to be inspired by the wizards at Olive Garden or Applebees, where everything is drenched in a hastily thrown together sauce to mask the blandness of the main course.

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