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Jul 23, 2007 04:34 PM

Alonso's or Loco Hombre or Rocket to Venus

Thursday ngiht meeting a friend for dinner in/near Hampden. Where should we go?

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  1. Rocket to Venus without a doubt. I've eaten at the other two three times in the past year and have been very dissappointed with the food....just not good value for money, or presented well, and really the menu seems old and tired. But, i haven't been in a burger mood @ Alonso's so if that's your thing....I do remember that years ago the burger was good but i've had plenty of good burgers around town since so it's not a 'go to-must have' place. R2V's menu is diverse and very cheap and if you like the hipster decor and vibe, all in all a good fun place to go.

    1. You should try R2V at least once.

      Do you like rock and roll? I do and you better. The juke box is cranked up _just over_ what I'd like (for dinner conversation). I was seated in a booth near the bar. I might be quiter near the front. It is without a doubt "a hipster bar with an interesting menu".

      I had the Papusa, a Salvadoran style stuffed tortilla which was great. Visually it was not what I expected: the tortilla is piled (!) with chopped tomatos and onions with cilantro. All very fresh. Perhaps too much cilantro. I also had the steamed shimped (which was fine). Service was okay. They take reservations.

      Alsono's, I also agree that there are "plenty of good burgers around town". I've had a pretty good pizza there and my wife had a great (and very large) salad with steak. Our server was disinterested, at best. Perhaps because we didn't order drinks?

      Loco Hombre: Never been.

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      1. re: paulyr

        I used to really like Loco Hombre several years ago but no longer frequent the restaurant. In my opinion the quality of the food is not as good as it was four or five years ago.

      2. I had dinner at Alonso's Sunday night - the chopped salad was great - so was the pizza - we also had a very pleasant server. You can get Alonso's menu in Loco Hombre as well.

        1. Rocket to Venus - I'll never go back to Loco Hombre after getting barely mediocre service and pretty bad food for waaay too much money the last time I was there (i.e., asked for shredded cheese with my fajitas and was brought literally a thimble full for what I later saw was $4.00!!)

          Rocket to Venus is fun for decent food, good drinks and a mixed crowd - everything from hipsters to Roland Parkers there with family in tow...

          1. Add me to the chorus of Rocket To Venus voters. I've never been overly impressed by Alonso's or Loco Hombre (although I had a perfectly solid pizza from the annoyingly-named S'ghetti Eddie's, the owner's new venture) and Rocket to Venus, on nights when the kitchen is on-point, can actually be very, very good.

            Unlike PaulyR, I emphatically did NOT like the pupusa -- the textures and flavors all seemed to be in conflict, and the crust was overwhelming -- but it's one of the only two disappointments I've encountered in seven or eight trips there. (The other was a duck special where ... well, I have really no idea what they were going for.)

            I've loved the wilted greens, the pork (and bacon!) dumplings, the completely inauthentic pierogies, the more thai of the two mussels, and the shrimp salad sandwich. The lamb is good, if it turns up, and my wife loves the beet salad, the brussels sprouts, and the grilled cheese.

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              1. re: tartuffe

                In Hampden, on the corner of Chestnut and (I think) 33rd, in the old Showalter's space.

                1. re: matt8313

                  Yes, the old Showalters but it's 34th and Chestnut!