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The Chart House (moved from Not About Food)

Covert Ops Oct 16, 2006 06:12 PM

The Chart House is famous for their salad bar (though the Miami location no longer has one, I don't know why) and I've often enjoyed their food, except when they slip and dump too much sherry in the lobster bisque. . .

  1. pilotgirl210 Oct 20, 2006 09:16 PM

    OMG....and their mud pie. I gain five pounds just thinking about it!!!

    1. rcheng Oct 28, 2006 03:27 AM

      I guess it's personal preference, but there are quite a few places and I prefer and would recommend above the local Chart House.

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        Sharuf Dec 23, 2006 09:53 AM

        Haven't been in a Chart House in years, but my impression of the chain is that they were conceived to be tourist traps. Here's what I observed --

        (1) The architecture is wonderful, be it an old atmospheric building or a snazzy new architectural wonder.

        (2) The service is this type - young dude comes by saying "Hi, I'm Randy and I'll be your waiter. How are you folks tonight?"

        (3) The food is prefab fish dishes from their frozen food warehouse.

        (4) Everything is wildly overpriced.

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          irwin Dec 23, 2006 10:02 PM

          Sharuf I think you are wrong. Their food does not come pre-fab.They are a high-class restaurant, and try very hard to maintain that image. We have one in Sarasota Florida that we frequent regularly and love it there. Yes, their prices are steep, but lower then most other high quality restauarnts. If you want 10% off, then become a member of their club, and when you spend $250 (drinks and food) you will get a coupon for $25.
          I really don't see anything wrong with the waiter stating the above. I've had lots of waiters begin with wonderful phases at other restaurants, but lousy food. I also don't want the waiter hanging around too long talking or braging about himself.

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            Loren3 Dec 26, 2006 08:10 PM

            Perhaps it varies by location, but I think Sharuf is right. I usedd to get dragged to the one in Annapolis for group affairs that were deemed more formal than just a birthday lunch. Almost any seafood place in Annapolis had better food, and it did taste like commissary cooking, not individually prepared food. But the atmosphere was nice - a great big colonial style building on the water.

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        jim1126 Dec 27, 2006 04:24 PM

        "(3) The food is prefab fish dishes from their frozen food warehouse."

        Chart House is operated by Landry's... that says it all.

        http://www.landrysrestaurants.com/pag...

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          rjw_lgb_ca Dec 27, 2006 08:24 PM

          Actually, since Chart House IS a Landry's operation, maybe it should have stayed in the "Not About Food" topic...!!!
          Lovely setting, food that is at best pedestrian and at worst plain inedible. You can do so much better in so many other places.

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            gina Dec 27, 2006 10:17 PM

            I've been to the Chart Houses in Alexandria, VA and Philadelphia, and they are exactly as you describe. It's a terrible shame.

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            9lives Dec 27, 2006 10:24 PM

            We had a great prime rib in the Boston Chart House on Xmas eve(no salad bar)..keeping to form..historic old building on on 1 of the wharves ..properly done MR to the rare side. Lobster bisque was very flavorful, lots of lobster but a little salty.

            I don't go often, but I always enjoy their prime rib..never ordered the fish items.

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