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Cheesy Oysters Sep 26, 2006 08:36 PM

Boy I just got back from a fabulous lunch at 900 Grayson. There were so many items on the small menu that looked tempting that I had a hard time deciding. I ended up with a fine bowl of curried squash soup with a tasty crouton on top. At many places, this would have been the star of the meal but with my other dishes, it ended up being rather pedestrian. I also got the seared scallop with pea tendrils, eggplant, some type of roe, and a few Chinese sausage medallions. The pea tendrils were dressed in a light vinaigrette. The server described it as a seared scallop but that the cook was still working on the details. I'm a sucker for scallops so I went ahead and I was glad that I did. My lunch companion and I shared a side of vegetables and these were absolutely outstanding. It was corn, asparagus, mushrooms, an two types of beans in a flavorful broth. I used some of excellent baguette to sop of the last of the broth. My friend ordered the waffle with gravy and seitan--she loved it.

We skipped dessert. The meal was so satisfying that dessert wasn't necessary.

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Cheesy Oysters Sep 26, 2006 08:41 PM

    Breakfast and lunch only.


    1. Cindy RE: Cheesy Oysters Sep 26, 2006 09:02 PM

      Was service pretty fast? I'd like to go for lunch, but worry that it might wind up being a 2 hour lunch. Thanks!

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        Cheesy Oysters RE: Cindy Sep 26, 2006 09:19 PM

        Service was prompt. We arrived just before noon and we left right about 1:00 so it was pretty quick. We would have gotten the check a little sooner if I wasn't so keen on the broth from the vegetables!

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          Cindy RE: Cheesy Oysters Sep 26, 2006 09:44 PM

          Sounds great! I'm looking forward to checking this place out. Thanks.

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        Keith94 RE: Cheesy Oysters Sep 26, 2006 09:45 PM

        We were there on the weekend - for breakfast - and it wasn't good. My wife's poached egg was like it was hard boiled and my eggs weren't good either. The service was the slowest I can remember anywhere. Nice silverware and plates doesn't make a good place.

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          Morton the Mousse RE: Keith94 Sep 26, 2006 09:50 PM

          Sounds like you hit them on an exceptionally off day. I've probably had 10 meals there since they opened, including a wide variety of egg preparations. Not a clunker among them.

          Hard boiled, "poached" eggs are inexscusable, though. I would have sent them back.

        2. oaklandfoodie RE: Cheesy Oysters Sep 26, 2006 09:53 PM

          I've been many times for breakfast and really enjoy it, in fact it's pretty much our go-to place for breakfast now. I do think, though, that the service needs improvement. Everyone is friendly and polite, but sometimes I feel like I have to try really hard to get more coffee, or just get service. That being said, I'm eagerly awaiting dinner service.

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            Morton the Mousse RE: oaklandfoodie Sep 26, 2006 09:56 PM

            I kind of enjoy the leisurely pace of the service, though I tend to go on Saturdays when my schedule is not at all rushed. I think part of the reason for the relatively slow food is that they prepare everything from scratch and the kitchen is very small.

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            santoku45 RE: Cheesy Oysters Sep 27, 2006 09:11 PM

            Have had lunch there twice. Food is fine, service is indeed "leisurely." Can be a bit maddening if you really need something, and there's no waitperson in sight. Our table on the patio was missing one fork; we waited several minutes for a waitperson to appear. When none did we grabbed a fork from another table (which is probably how the fork on our table initially disappeared).

            The patio, BTW, gets a fair amount of noise from street traffic, especially the tables next to the streetside hedge (where we sat.)

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