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Nov 14, 2006 11:46 PM

Kate Mantelini: yay or nay?

The last time I went to Kate Crapelini (10 years ago), I ordered the split pea soup. It looked a little odd, so I moved it around with my spoon and discovered that they had served soup with a huge hunk of moldy, congealed mush. The soup smelled OFF as well. I have not been back since. However, I now live about a block away and it seems a shame not to go sometime. Is it worth it?

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  1. I've never had a food problem such as you describe (yikes!)--we've always found the food to be adequate or a bit better; the atmosphere is not bad, especially if you get window seats, and the service has usually been pretty good. Decent drinks. But it always seems sort of pricey for the quality level. We prefer the Daily Grill for a similar vibe and more consistency, but Mantilini's good enough to drop in once in a while.

      1. I was last there about a decade ago too. If the food was good, I would have been back by now. But it wasn't, and it was overpriced for what it was. But since you live so close now, give it another try, what the heck. Just don't order the split pea.

        1. NAY! I've eaten there three times in the last two years (strictly convenience, or a large group of people who wanted to meet there.) Haven't liked anything there. Can't understand why this place has stayed open for so many years.

          1. Real sceney, no lunch reservations, and OK food. If you want lunch, try to get there really early. If you get in at 1:00, you are going to stand around for an hour.

            I have a friend who swears by their white chili. The hamburger platter is good. Their French fries are REALLY good, very skinny, crispy shoestrings. I typically get the Kate's club sandwich. Prety hard to mess up a club sandwich, but it is pretty good as well. i would rather go to a lot of other places than Kate's but I would have to say that, overall, it's aight.