Zuni is probably my favorite restaraunt in the area. I love the food, the atmosphere, the hours, and on and on.
Anyways, I took a friend there on Saturday night. We didn't have reservations, and were seated at a bar table around 9:45 or so. We checked over our menus, but when we ordered, they were out of a lot of things. They were out of the white shimp we wanted from their seafood bar, they were out of the leg of lamb they had as a main course, they were out of the linguine they had as a main course, and they were out of the quail they had as a small plate/starter. I've been to Zuni dozens of times and I've never seen this happen before. I love this place, and was kinda embarassed at having promised my friend a great meal when they were out of the first three things he tried to order (he wasn't interested in the squab and doesn't eat seafood, so the other maincourses were not an option for him). Luckily it was close enough to 10 that he could order one of their hamburgers, which he was very satisfied with. Still, not cool.
Anyone had similar experiences recently? Is this somehow a function of renewed popularity (as might be indicated by the new kitchen and the cookbook)? Any other ideas? The service and quality of the food we did get was wonderful as usual, so no complaints there.
(As an aside, I got the cookbook. Reviews are right - it really is a good read as more than just a recipe compendium. I love the philosophy of food and the attention to detail that's captured in the writing. It's worth the money.)