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Westlake Eateries and Boccaccio's

LesThePress | Apr 7, 200511:54 AM

Since moving to T.O. a couple of months ago we have been trying various restaurants in the new area.

Piatti: Average with bad service.

Bandits: Good, nice upbeat atmosphere, good service, acceptable but not great "Q" but fun.

Rustler's BBQ: Pretty good "Q", no atmosphere, lunch only.

Leila 's in Oak Park. Good food, nice atmosphere but overpriced for what it is. Also, arrogant chef (owner?).

Provencale: Outstanding food and value. Great atmosphere (Kinda funky) but a very enjoyable experience; we will be back.

Los Agaves: (recommended by snakish), very nice place, good but a little pricey for Mexican food. Worth a return trip though. I liked the food, which was a little fresher and better quality than most Mexican places.

Lupe's: Excellent food but for lunch or a very casual dinner only. Very standard Mexican food well prepared and quite tasty. No atmosphere though.

Paul's: As written up ealier not very good at all. The place (used to be Red's BBQ which to no-one's surprise is gone) is nice, the corkage is great, but after 2 trips the only good thing is the Caesar salad. Good prices though if you want tasteless and mediocre food. Nice bar though.

Roxy's Famous Deli: We like this place, not up to the level of Brent's but similar to Weiler's. Good food and not at Art's or Jerry's (UGH!) prices.

Exotic Thai: Okay food, way to expensive for Thai.

And, finally, Boccaccio's. Had 7:00pm reservations and requested a window table. Arrived at 7:00 but no window tables available (wasn't guaranteed). Unfortunately it was dark and not too much of a view anyway.

We were seated immediately and waiter promptly took our drink orders. Unfortunately we were seated next to a party of 10 and the noise level was totally unacceptable. When our drinks came we asked if we could move to a quieter table. After a short wait we were moved to a table which was really not near anyone else except the table at the lower level (set for 4 but only 2 seated) and it was perfect. It even had a view out (though not near) the windows!

I had Caesar my wife the blue cheese wedge. Both good.
I had the rack of lamb my wife the pork. Both excellent, very tasty with good size portions. I even ate the vegitables!! My only comment that for 2 drinks, 1 corkage ($15) and two meals, one desert and one coffee the tab was $120.00. Not terribly expensive for this nice of a place and the quality of the meal, but not for a casual during the week dinner, more of a special occassion place for us. We definitely will be back.

We're open for any other T.O. area recs. TIA.

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