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Quaint in Sunnyside

Hi all,

I had visited Quaint one evening...I think the week they opened. My experience wasn't all that good and I voiced my opinion on this board.

Last night, I was in no mood to cook in this heat so
we figured we'd take a walk over to Quaint to try it out again.

I must say, our experience was a great deal better this time. The food was yummy, the service was nice and the owner kinda talked to us. I think I've figure him out, he seems a bit shy, not at all snotty as I first thought.

The BBQ chicken breast was really nice. Juicy and tasty.

My husband tried the hanger steak again. He practically licked the plate!

The banana bread sundae was to die for. Loved it.

Anyway, I'm glad I gave it another try.

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  1. Agree about the hangar steak. Coffee sauce?! Intrigued me and then - wow. Tender, beefy, and nicely presented.

    Banana bread sundae - again, just spectacular. I don't know if they flambeed it for the foster sauce, but it sure tasted like it, lovely carmelized sugars and the gelato was a good choice, not overly butterfatted, and the mild vanilla flavors didn't conflict with the rest of the sundae. I'm not an ice-cream sundae guy, but this was a solid ground rule double, if not a home run for me.

    1. Went to Quaint recently again and have to say I am a fan of the mac and cheese as well as the cod and mussels appetizer that I've tried there. But I was sad to learn that they've taken their burger off the menu. While the food is solid the three or four times I've been there, I also have to note that they have a nice wine selection - some choices are quite usual.

      My friend gives raves to their pork chop entree as well. Definitely will try the hanger steak upon next visit.

      1. I asked the owner why he took the burger off the menu - he said it was seasonal and it would be back by fall. Apparently no one was ordering it (probably b/c it wasn't a standout - just ok).

        I really like Quaint, but I want the menu to offer more "every day" type options: spinach salad, cobb type salad, burger, veggie burger, ground tuna burger, etc.
        Sometimes we pass on going b/c the menu is so tiny and some of the flavors are so specific we don't feel like repeating them every week.

        With regards to the wines, I really hope they change their wines by the glass. I have tried most and find them to be just okay. Also, they seem to have lost their bartender and the waitstaff has been manning the bar. Though nice, they aren't very knowledgable.

        I'm still really pulling for this place, but I'm hoping they'll step it up a bit for fall!

        1. i still want to try the brunch while the weather is nice...anyone tried it?

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          1. re: ceeceee

            I went 2 weekends ago.
            It was okay. Nothing amazing, but not bad, either.

            I did have one weird issue:
            Their brunch entrees all come with a biscuit. Not being a fan, I asked for toast and was told that they didn't have any. I pressed and asked what they use for their BLT's. Even though they use toast/white bread for those, they were unwilling to give me toast with my eggs. If I hadn't already been to this restaurant many many times before, it probably would have been enough to make me not want to go back.

            I definitely prefer dinner to brunch. I think dinner's a bit of a better deal, as well.

            1. re: tracyk

              No side orders of toast - sounds like the famous diner scene in "Five Easy Pieces"!

          2. a lot of places have problems with subsitutions...but that's so weird, what's the big deal about the side bread that comes with brunch!?

            1. The pork chop is good. Can be shared if you order a salad. Breakfast is ok. Service is decent. As a neighborhood person, menu gets old fast. Specials are not always interesting. Pasta is often time lukewarm.

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              1. re: clairelight888

                Was there last nite. This was the first time I'd been since their chef left.
                Menu has been even more streamlined, which is definitely a bummer. (so much so that if we hadn't already been poured our water and my husband weren't so tired, I would have walked up the street to La Flor, instead.)

                The bbq chicken with guac and rice was gone (replaced by grilled chicken). Flatbreads are gone. They didn't have the mussels that were on the menu. No soup of the day.
                I can't remember if the pork chop and mushroom crepe were still on the menu.
                Cheeseburger is back (decent. not a rave, but not bad at all. choice of american or cheddar). It's pretty hefty (was a little overcooked, so tasted more lean than juicy and greasy) and the fries it comes with are pretty delish.
                I had a special salad of mixed greens (very fresh) with grilled shrimp (3 large, nicely spiced) and a corn/eggplant relish/salsa.

                Service was nice/polite as usual.

                It was pretty quiet in there. Though it was completely dead when we passed by Bliss on the way to Quaint.

                1. re: tracyk

                  their chef left!?!!!!!
                  what is this curse on skillman avenue? same thing happened at bliss and we all know what happened to them.

              2. I went to Quaint last night for my birthday. Had never been before, and had noted the reviews on this thread, but I figured it'd be worth it for that banana bread sundae (for me, it's all about dessert on a birthday).

                Around 8 pm, the place was decently full (just a couple of tables empty) and humming nicely. The owner was shy but polite and nice, and the two folks who waited on us were extremely friendly and attentive (lots of water refilling; asked if we wanted a second round of drinks soon after we finished our first).

                The mac and cheese w/bacon: to DIE for. My BF reports that his hangar steak was so tender it melted in his mouth. I ordered the cod only because I wanted to save calories for dessert--cod was just fine, as expected.

                The big disappointment: the much-fabled banana bread sundae--the birthday dish I was so looking forward to--had been taken off the menu!!!! And it's on a separate dessert menu, so I didn't notice when we sat down to order. The waitress was very apologetic, and said it was just a seasonal item. Grrr! Instead, we got a chocolate cake that was extremely dry (did have fresh whipped cream on top, though).

                Overall, nice birthday evening, but ended on a somewhat sour note. I do wish someone would update the menus on the website to reflect these changes...

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                1. re: janbrady

                  It's supposed to be a seasonal menu, so I guess they have to change it from time to time.

                  I had the salmon with rice. The rice was very good with pine nuts and raisins. The night I was there, they had a chocolate tart which was excellent.

                2. i've heard that the menu has changed...since someone posted about their chef leaving! (i still haven't heard news on that front).
                  hope things don't change too much or go the way of bliss after they lost their chef...
                  quaint's a nice neighborhood option!

                  1. Revisited Quaint a few nights back. I did notice that the owner was in the kitchen doing the cooking. I don't really notice a difference in the food from the time the chef was there and now that he's gone. I echo the sentiments of many posters-I wish they'd expand their menu a bit. Nothing really blows me away. My date had the steak. It was good, but I believe the coffee sauce option (which is no longer offered) was tastier. I had the cod dish. It was fresh and cooked nicely, however, the vegetables and home fries were bland. The chocolate tart for dessert was nice. I wish they'd invest in an espresso machine. Although I like the energy of the place, I'm never really pushed to go there, despite the fact that it's
                    a hop, skip and a jump from my house. Their drinks are good, although the nite I went the waiter was indeed manning the bar. They need a focus. I'm pulling for them.