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Triangle: O'Neils

David A. | Feb 23, 2005 10:56 AM

I finally made it to O'Neils (Meadowmont, Chapel Hill)for dinner after having been for lunch and having had my interested whetted by an excellent banana bread pudding. Dinner was an unmitigated disaster; nobody liked anything, and even the bread pudding, which I ordered again in order to rescue some pleasure from the meal, was off its prior form. I won't go too much into the guesome details. I had a pizza for an appetizer and lobster ravioli for an entree. The pizza was just about the worst I've ever had: a thick, mushy, doughy pita bread topped with inferior low-moisture mozzarella. It was sub-frozen pizza caliber, and infinitely worse than the rather good pizzas I make at home without much trouble. A hint to the chef -- rather than unbagging some pita bread, why don't you try making a fresh dough? The lobster ravioli was salty and the filling was oddly chalky. My wife, sister, and mother were no more happy with their meals. My wife probably did best, ordering crab cake and fried chicken. The service was friendly but incompetent. Our entrees arrived before our appetizers had been cleared; our dessert was sent to the wrong table; etc. The bill for four was something like $125; the next night we dined at Elmo's for $45 and came away much happier.

David A.

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