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Spring, can someone rates their non-Fish entrees?

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jcooper Aug 31, 2006 02:00 PM

I was hoping to go to Spring with my kids (ages 12 and 15), but the younger child won't touch fish. Can someone comment on Spring's non-fish entrees? I can't seem to pull up their menu on my web browser and can't even see what they serve. Thanks....

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    Amata RE: jcooper Aug 31, 2006 02:36 PM

    Hi jcooper,

    I know what the problem is, having gone through this myself. The Spring website uses pop-ups for their menus, so if your browser is set to block pop-ups you won't see them. (You should be able to click something to temporarily enable the pop-ups.)

    HOWEVER, the pop-up only shows a small sample of dishes, and they change their menu on a regular basis. I think it always includes a chicken dish and a beef dish, though.

    Probably the best thing to do is to call or email the restaurant and ask what the menu for this weekend has in the way of non-fish dishes.

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      Pugman RE: jcooper Aug 31, 2006 04:39 PM

      My friend and I almost always share both a fish entree and a meat entree when we go to Spring. They always have one poultry dish (chicken or duck) and one beef dish on the menu...and they're just as good as the seafood. They have a good selection of sides/veggies, too, so it should be easy to put together a meal that would appeal to almost anyone. The online menu is just a sampling and is probably not current. Best to contact the restaurant.

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        aelph RE: jcooper Aug 31, 2006 04:58 PM

        I dined at Spring this past Friday. Wow! They're running on fumes. The waitress didn't know the small wine list and made innapropriate amusing(?) remarks. I was underwhelmed by the oxtail wonton/Thai broth app.: the filling tasted desultorily of middling pot roast and and the broth was hardly Thai---bland, vaguely citrusy...a bit of a shrug. Friend's app. of tuna tartare fared much better, but I'm over tuna tartare---still, that was the app. to order. Out of sheer perversity I chose the chicken dish(chicken skin crisp, chicken planks, trumpet mushrooms, pork belly, chicken jus, polenta cake). Not good. If they got rid of the oversalted, dry chicken meat and bizarre polenta cake(it was coated in something granular and displeasing) leaving the chicken crisp, pork belly, mushrooms and broth they'd have an excellent appetizer.

        This was an unfortunately middling meal chosen by a visiting friend who wanted to try a Shawn McClain restaurant(we steered him away from Green Zebra and Custom House). To spotlight matters, he enjoyed a supposedly stellar meal at Scylla the next night.

        so, if you must go to Spring(I wouldn't be surprised if they closed within the year...they're clearly just going through the motions)...stick to the seafood as much as possible(I realize you're in need of other options for picky eaters)...my fellow diners all chose fish or skate and fared better if not still circling mediocre...

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          goat RE: jcooper Sep 1, 2006 06:31 PM

          Aelph, sorry to hear that your experience was not a good one. I have only been to Spring once, but I thought it was great. In terms of non-seafood, my brother ordered a sliced sirloin served with chinese mustard and trumpet mushrooms. It was really good. As a couple people have mentioned, they have at least one chicken and one steak course for the non-seafood people. I must say though that my overall experience was great. Our server was spectacular and recommended wines for each course we had, so Aelph must have caught a new server. Hope this helps.

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            aelph RE: goat Sep 2, 2006 12:09 AM

            as per the server: actually, a fellow diner has had our server before(several months ago). :( So, she should know the menu and wine list by now. I specifically remember her mentioning she was in school...which gave the unintentional vibe that she really wasn't into waitressing.

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            jrj RE: jcooper Sep 3, 2006 10:15 PM

            spring will always accomodate to a child. they have beef and duck to offer. and if that will not do the kitchen will create something a little more simple.

            as for the mediocore meal i feel that you need to give spring another shot. and i am pretty sure that spring will be around for a while

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              aelph RE: jcooper Sep 4, 2006 03:12 PM

              Yes, I should have known better than to criticize Spring. I lived in the neighborhood for six years...my partner, much longer. We're both very familiar with Spring. We hadn't eaten there since we moved to the lakefront awhile back. Having known the restaurant over a period of years I stand by my assertion that it's past it's prime. That's not to say one can't enjoy a good meal with good service at the eponymous. IMO: there're better options in that neighborhood.

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                Akatonbo RE: aelph Sep 4, 2006 05:49 PM

                My husband and I ate at Spring fairly recently, and while the food was good, we really wondered what all the hype was about. I posted elsewhere about our meal there, saying that we had a server who was clearly a college girl - chatting too long with another table (maybe 10 minutes) before coming to give us our menus, casual about bringing us our wine, friendly, but clearly not a professional (same for the young man who seated us). At the time, we thought the meal was comparable to the old Atlantique in it's waning days - competent, but not knocking any socks off. The too-laid-back service put the coup-de-grace on the evening.

                People always say, when someone pans their favorite restaurant, "Oh, you can't judge it by one meal - you have to give them a second chance!" Well, I guess I don't agree. What my experience at Spring says to me is that this is a place that doesn't hire professional wait-staff - and I prefer professional servers who know what they're doing. Also, this is a place where the food is good, but since I know of several places where I can get the same or better food at a lower price, with better service, my incentive to go back to Spring is vanishingly small.

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                aelph RE: jcooper Sep 5, 2006 04:56 PM

                I wish I had thought of your comparison to Atlantique; definitely apropos. :)

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