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Jun 3, 2007 11:00 AM

Minx in Glendale - Amazingly Awful

Invited to a birthday party at Minx in Glendale last night. To start, they charge $10 up front for valet. Did I mention this was in GLENDALE? Then they check my ID at the door and stamp my wrist. I tell the doorman, "they do this at Spago too." He gives me a dirty look. We had a reservation for 12 people. 11 of us were there, the 12th on the way so we cannot be seated. At the bar, a vodka tonic is $10. 90 minutes later we were lucky enough to sit down, not because our party took 90 minutes to get there, but because they don't have a table for us. The waitress comes over once we sit down for a lecture - to explain to all of us that if we would like to visit the club next door after dinner, we must all spend $25 per person. So now, they are telling us what we can order. Soup and salad? NOT FOR YOU! Anyway, I asked the waitress if that minimum included tax, since the main course my SO wanted was only $24. She said "24 is ok." Ohhhhhh, thanks. Unfortunately, that was the last we saw of her for about 35 minutes. After finally flagging her down, she says "oh, you are ready?" Duh. Some time later (it's after midnight by now) the food comes. Wow. If this is cuisine, I've been eating the wrong stuff. My SOs monkfish over lobster risotto might be the worst dish I have ever seen passed off as food in a place so packed. The risotto was cold, and I mean just-out-of-the-refrigerator cold. The monkfish, amazingly, was even colder. Like sushi. But cooked. Delicious. I ordered the ROCK of lamb. It's cooked in terra cotta. they come out and explain the process to you. fascinating. I ordered it medium rare. It was cold, and medium well. Rubber thinks that dish tastes bad. Then, the best thing happened, ever. while settling our bill, a fistfight broke out IN THE RESTAURANT. A great chance for me to whip out my "this happens at Spago all the time" joke. GLENDALE, its Fan-tastic! Anyway, I tell you this tale so that you do not make the same mistake of giving these people money. The balls on this place is unbelievable.

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  1. I've driven by this place before. It has a nice hill-top location. I've never been there, though.

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    1. re: katkoupai

      Is this the place at the 2 frwy & 134 frwy. Sounds like a place I never want to go to.

      1. re: Burger Boy

        I think that's the place. I just drove by it again, today. You can see it from the 134 freeway.

    2. Why would you go to a place like Minx and expect quality food and service? As you now know, that's not their specialty

      1. The girlfriend and I went there to try it on a Wednesday night and had the opposite experience. The place was nearly empty at about 8:30. We self-parked, no valet, in their lot. Service was friendly and efficient. The food was good, not excellent, but good verging on very good. Wine by the glass was maybe a buck or so more expensive per glass than I would have expected, but the waiter's recommendation of a wine we'd never tried before was very good.

        I have no idea what the place is like on a club night. But I try to avoid places on those sorts of nights anyhow. We had a good experience and will be back.

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        1. re: estone888

          I wish you had posted on this site, I would have told you to stay away from minx

          1. re: barcelona

            hey like my drakkar noir scented Monkfish....this place is bad news all the way around

        2. Thanks for the report was the club? ;-)

          1. "they do this at Spago too."

            LOL. When you mentioned Glendale I was immediately reminded of the Beck song "I Wanna Get with You (and your sister, Debra)" Check out the lyrics -- hilarious.

            This place sounds terrible. I have a bf that lives near that area -- he's been saying we should check it out since it's close to his home. (We usually eat at nice places near my place in the Westside, mainly because, well... he lives near Glendale.) So thanks for this review -- I'm passing it his way with a big "I told you so!"

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            1. re: TinyNancer

              I eat in Glendale more than I eat in West LA, mostly due to proximity to where I live. Two of my favorite places are in Glendale, in fact:

              Raffi's Place (for kabob)
              (818) 240-7411
              211 E Broadway

              Paradise Pastry (for pastries)

              If you skip Minx, then check out what Glendale is more well-known for: Armenian food. :)

              1. re: TinyNancer

                Wow! The geo-chauvinism on this Board is just delightful. I'll take the hillsides, wide-open streets and Spanish homes in Glendale over the obnoxiously over-priced, over-crowded, self-important Westside every time. Glendale is good for ethnic and some excellent Italian like Far Niente. Minx is as uncharacteristic of Glendale as good manners are of the Westside.