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Is Whisknladle becoming predictable, even a bit stagnant...?

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Is Whisknladle becoming predictable, even a bit stagnant...?

CTDub | Oct 18, 2010 02:57 PM

Whisknladle is one of our top go-to restaurants, where we take out of town guests and where we head for a spontaneous night out.

But while we once thought their "short" menu was a plus, since it was delicious, fun, promised focus on good ingredients, and had something for everyone, I have to admit I've become a little bored as "favorites" have staked out a place on their menu and there is little room for turnover. Every time we go we order the flatbread and then search for something new.

I understand that date fritters, scallops of some kind, and tagliatele bolognese deserve a spot on the almost permanent rotation. (In addition to the chicken, steak, burger, and even the fish entree.) Every time we go there is a usually interesting new salad, and last night the (new to us) shrimp conchiglie was fantastic.

But I while I admire their focus and attention to detail, I increasingly think the novelty is at risk of wearing off for those of us that go there often. The one page menu has a lot of spots taken, apart from the reliable flatbread and salad of the month. Doesn't leave a lot of room for new dishes.

If they are going to start staking out places on their menu for certain dishes, shouldn't they consider expanding their repertoire or offering specials? The more we go, the less we know what to order to keep things interesting.

P.S. The pumpkin bread pudding was a rare miss. Overly bready, indiscernible pumpkin flavor.

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Whisknladle
1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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