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rafer madness Jan 31, 2007 12:13 PM

Any feedback about these 2 places - Da Guido's & Vintage Chophouse?

  1. alex8alot Jan 31, 2007 01:38 PM

    Vintage Chophouse was fine ie) not a memorable meal. Way too much nutmeg in the creamed spinach.
    Da GUido's is good for pure, traditional Italian.

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      Shazam Jan 31, 2007 03:06 PM

      Vintage Chophouse is run by morons. The food is mediocre and service is trite.

      1. John Manzo Jan 31, 2007 06:12 PM

        What's trite service?

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          Shazam Feb 1, 2007 01:07 PM

          The last time I was there, they gave me a well done steak instead of the medium rare I ordered. I told the waiter that they brought me an overdone steak.

          He said "Looks like medium rare to me!" and left. I was ready to snap his neck.

          1. re: Shazam
            John Manzo Feb 1, 2007 05:31 PM

            Okay, that's terrible, but "trite" is what confused us. "Trite" means "cliched." I thought you meant the waiter did that pop thing with his hand to his mouth like you see in 1950s and 40s movies!

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              Shazam Feb 1, 2007 10:16 PM

              Nah, I just meant that the waiter did the usual run around because he was lazy.

        2. sharonanne Feb 1, 2007 05:58 AM

          Thanks for asking, John Manzo. I love the phrase but also wondered what it means to the poster. I have a picture of very tired waitpersons just going through the motions. "Waitpersons"? There has to be a better way to put that ...

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            yen Feb 1, 2007 08:14 AM

            Stole a definition out of a dictionary which makes sense to me. Trite service (as an adjective) would mean:

            trite (adjective)
            repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse; "bromidic sermons"; "his remarks were trite and commonplace"; "hackneyed phrases"; "a stock answer"; "repeating threadbare jokes"; "parroting some timeworn axiom"; "the trite metaphor 'hard as nails'"

            1. re: sharonanne
              John Manzo Feb 1, 2007 08:20 AM

              Servers- or better yet- WAITERS. "Waiter" is gender neutral. "Waitress" is its feminine form. "Waiter" has been taken to refer to males only because they typically work in more esteemed establishments which reflects not (etymologically) the gender of the worker but the disempowered position of women vis a vis men. Thus, a "master" is male (even though there is no "masculine" -er form in English) not because the WORD is "masculine" but because sexist hegemonies DEMAND that people with power, prestige, respect, etc, are male.

              Call female servers "servers" or "waiters" as a social experiment. Give it a try.

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                sharonanne Feb 1, 2007 11:05 AM

                I thought if the word I needed instead of 'waitpersons' at 11 AM. I guess I shouldn't post early in the day before the vocabulary begins to flow. I think I'm ok on the "social experiment" end. I must be one of the original feminists. Thanks though.

                I still wonder what trite service means to the poster.

                1. re: John Manzo
                  Wiley Feb 6, 2007 01:12 PM

                  "Waitstaff"

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                Hart50 Feb 2, 2007 06:15 PM

                I had a similiar experience at Teatro's a couple of years ago and I swore I would never return. What a pretentious and vastly overated restaurant!

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                  Bob Mac Feb 3, 2007 10:02 AM

                  LOL....thank you for the "howl" John...I would have been hard pressed to suppress a "tortured" reply referencing being "slow to tip", "slow to come back" and "slow to recommend" .....

                  Funny thing about Teatro. When visiting Calgary I have had some very good experiences but always at lunch where I have enjoyed whatever fish course they were featuring and some decent wine options by the glass.

                  However, without exception the dinners have been disappointing for some of the same reasons mentioned by others.

                  Up here in Edmonton fighting the weather and flu, glad that I decided not to drive down on Highway 2 yesterday afternoon but grimacing that as a result, I had to cancel my reservations at Capo....next time!

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