Chow vs. Home?
Trying to choose between Chow and Home (at Church and Market) for dinner tomorrow (4 of us total). I know the price point is a bit lower at Chow, but is the food a notch lower also? And what about noise level? Thanks.
I haven't tried Home yet but I've been to Chow many times. The food is excellent for the price but it is extremely noisy and their tables are crowded for 4 people. Chow also does not do reservations (does Home?). You can however wait at the Pilsner Inn bar next door and someone will come get you when your table is ready.
I'll give the nod to Home. I've known and worked with Chef Lance Dean Velasquez for over 5 years now and, I believe, he's probably one of the best neo-American chefs in the business right now.
I first worked with him at the now defunct Epicenter. He made these lemon-pepper grits that are to die for.
The food at Chow appears to be a bit more straightforward, "simpler" and heartier. Home on the other hand, has slightly smaller portions and the food can show a tiny bit more finesse. One the whole, I think both demonstrate similar value; Home's food is slightly better for slightly higher prices.
Both places were loud and crowded the times I've been there, and it wasn't even Saturday.