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Bobby Flay's Restaurants

Which is the best one? Bolo, Bar Americain, or Mesa Grill? Just wondering since nobody really ever talks about Bobby Flay's restaurants. I really like his shows- Throwdown and Foodnation so I figured I would try one of his restaurants also.

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  1. My favorite of the three Flay restaurants is Bar Americain. The atmosphere as well as the food is great. After Bar Americain, I would have to say BoLo and then Mesa. Bolo is great because they have tapas! The last time i was there Bobby was in the kitchen which was awesome!

    1. "...[N]obody really ever talks about Bobby Flay's restaurants."

      You must be new to this board. Do a search and you will find a boatload of posts regarding all his restaurants. That said...

      I would definitely not recommend Bar Americain. The food we had there was horrible!

      We have not been to Bolo since '05. It was just after Grimes in the "NY Times" had awarded the restaurant 3 stars. Based on the meals we had there, I thought the stars were well-deserved. Obviously, I can't say whether it's still as good.

      As for Mesa Grill, my experiences there go back much, much further, so any opinion I had then would be irrelevant now.

      1. I have to disagree--been to Bar Am. twice now and thought the food was great both times. Have had the hot brown, the shrimp and grits, onion soup, fresh chips w. cheese sauce and some other tastes of my wife's food and have always been impressed. the cocktails are original, well executed and in line with the overall theme. Have not had the raw bar yet but the stuff seems quite fresh. Not sure what your experience was but mine was good

        1. I completely agree with johleer. I love Bar Americain and have been many times. You can't judge a restaurant that accurately on 1 visit. The food is so flavorful and unique and the atmosphere is really fun. The steaks are excellent and I love the grilled pizza app and the cocktail tasting.

          Bolo is so well done and I love the neighborhood feel to the place. The tapas are so delicious but my favorite has to be the lamb shank (falls right off the bone and is so juicy).

          Mesa Grill is my all time favorite Bobby Flay restaurant. I like spicy food with a kick and this place satisfies my cravings every time. I actually think brunch is their best meal.

          1. Bolo over Mesa Grill. Have not been to Bar Am. yet.

            1. They are all mediocre not bad. They are filled with Food Network/Flay fans who come because of Flay and not necessarily the food.

              1. Bar Americain - Bolo - Mesa Grill. I've been to Bar Americain many times, and recently took my sister, who loved it. I like Bar Americain b/c the food is consistently good and the atmosphere is fun. I love their lobster and avocado salad!

                1. I highly recommend the Flay restaurants, especially Mesa Grill. I don't know where anyone can find better Southwestern food. I think Chef Flay's true talent is in the kitchen, not just on tv. Actually, I think he's only ok on tv.

                  1. sorry but think both bolo and mesa grill are terrible. been to both several times and they are typical "famous chef" restaurants. big plates, small food and the staff has an attitude. i just don't get what people see in these places. and the prices!!!!

                    1. I haven't been to Bolo or Americain, but I really think Mesa is a great southwestern place and have excellent meals everytime

                      1. Bar Americain is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. I understand people slighting the celebrity chef machine--agreed on many counts--but BA is worth the sticker shock. try the cippolina (not sure about the spelling, it's the fish stew), and the oysters.

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                        1. re: bubbabear

                          bubbabear, it's called the fulton fish cioppino. it is one of my fave dishes there. i agree with you, bar americain is fantastic. perfect for me since i work near there and i take my clients there all the time.

                        2. I recently ate at Bolo (within the last month). We were a group of four. Only one person actually like their food. Steak wasnt cooked to order. The fish dish was terrible. A shrimp dish was greasy. The $16 appetizer sampler was laughably small. The service was utterly indifferent. The Somelier didn't seem to really know Spanish wines all that well and could not properly pronounce words in the wine description. Out of four, NONE of us said we would return. The level of disppointment was so high, my friends talked about it as one of their worst meals for days.

                          1. Well, as I have stated before, our favorite place for brunch is Mesa Grill...Wonderful!

                            1. Bar American is way OVERPRICED and the quanity of food is too small. My husband ordered a bowl of soup and it barely covered the bottom of the bowl ( that could have been used to serve the whole table). The hanger steak was about 3 inches. Way too much attitude at this place!.