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cynjl Mar 3, 2007 04:52 PM

Which Todd English restaurant has the best food?

  1. NiKoLe1625 Mar 3, 2007 05:51 PM

    if i had to choose one that was the best i would say figs.

    1. MC Slim JB Mar 3, 2007 07:43 PM

      Long, very recent discussion of Todd English's restaurants' relative merits here:

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/376860

      I agree with NiKoLe1625: Figs is my favorite of that lot. I'm only familiar with the Charlestown and Beacon Hill outlets.

      Since this is the Boston board, it's probably not appropriate to say that I thought Tuscany at Mohegan Sun was the worst expensive restaurant I've been to in the USA outside of Las Vegas.

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      1. re: MC Slim JB
        BostonZest Mar 3, 2007 08:14 PM

        In the summer I sometimes order a pizza to go from Figs on Charles street and take it to the Public Garden to picnic. Every time we ate there we had such awful service that we finally decided that there was a nightly contest with a big prize for the server who made the least contact with customers during the night.

        I was amazed that in a space that tiny the servers could make it through the room entirely without eye contact with anyone.

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          emilief Mar 4, 2007 08:14 AM

          The manager of the Welleley Figs that closed, Donna, is now the manager at the Beacon Hill location of Figs. She is amazing, keeping an eye on everything, food, waitstaff, customers, crayons in her pockets for kids etc. I would be surprised if she has not transformed the service and atmosphere at the Figs on Charles Street.. I recommend you give it another try.

      2. wittlejosh Mar 4, 2007 05:05 AM

        I think you can still get a good meal at the Charlestown Olives; the executive chef there is pretty good. And you can get AMAZING skirt steak tacos at Bonfire.

        1. ChefJune Mar 4, 2007 05:07 AM

          It's really a shame. Todd English is such a talented Chef, but I don't think it's any secret that he's spread himself too thin. He's not the only one doing that.

          Id take my business to a place where the chef is in the house.

          1. Gio Mar 4, 2007 05:18 AM

            The first time we went to Olives our table of eight was opposite the bar and the man himself was seated there. Not in the kitchen, but having a conversation with a member of his staff.
            I cannot remember what I ordered, but I do remember the oyster apps were delicious.
            The service was fine, considering we had with us a 13y/o who was a very picky eater. Our waiter did everything possible to make this boy's dining experience there a happy one.

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              NiKoLe1625 Mar 4, 2007 08:57 AM

              i've never had a bad experience at Olives. The service has been great every time and the food has always been very good also. When a friend of mine that I recommended the restaurant to had a bad experience there i was really shocked because I have always enjoyed the place. I know this is the boston board, but my mom ate at English is Italian in manhatten (without knowing it was a Todd English restaurant) and LOVED it!

              1. re: NiKoLe1625
                ChefJune Mar 4, 2007 09:00 AM

                Wonder when that was. It has not gotten good reviews here. The NY Olives is MUCH better.

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