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Do people really like Town Hall?

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Had the most disappointing dinner there tonight - so bad, I can't sleep right now. We had a $100 GC so we felt obligated to try many many dishes. We had the following:

Veal Meatballs w Mashed Potatoes
Softshell Crab w Squash Noodles
Ribeye w Bacon Cheddar Potato Balls and Asparagus
Scallops w Shrimp and Grits
Side Jambalaya
Strawberry Shortcake
Creole Cream Cheesecake

The meatballs were very cheesy and the potatoes tasted like powdered.box crap
The crab was decent, but needed some pepper (on the table)
The ribeye was unusually rough and chewy (medium), and when paired with the au poivre there, Overly Salty.
the potato balls tasted like the oil, and very pasty (i was hoping more like Bix's potato pillows rather than fried cotton balls)
The Scallops (there were 2) were cooked perfectly - Grits matched well, Shrimp (there was 3) was overcooked. Morels were nice, but unfortunately like the rest of the dish, WAY OVERSALTED
The Jambalaya was WAY too Spicy and WAY OVERSALTED AGAIN - could not take more than 2 bites
The strawberries were very tart and ruined this very simple dessert (whipped cream, strawberries, and shortcake)
The cheesecake was just so large and thick, we couldnt finish even half of it, but it did taste okay.

This experience has totally made me wonder if anyone in the kitchen tasted anything before sending it out. I love salt, and I am not trying to get on a soapbox to say I have a great palette (although I do cook in a restaurant), but i cant believe the quality of the food here doesnt get slammed. I am also not usually one for complaining about prices or portion sizes, but, the scallop dish I thought was horribly overpriced considering what I actually got - 2 scallops, 3 peeled shrimp, 4-5 morels, grits and corn for $25??? WTF? I have to ask, why is this always one of the top 2-3 booked restaurants on OT? Are people serious when they post that they like the food there? I didnt even mention the atmosphere, but you can bet we will definitely not be back and do not want to try Salt House either.

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  1. There have been quite a few reports like on here and in talking to my friends about that place. Salt House in quite good though.

    1. 3 years ago Town Hall was very good. It has gone quite downhill.

      I've not been to Salt House.