I've tried the majority of N.O. places but have not YET tried Alberta, partly because of the few lukewarm-to-bad reviews here, e.g.:
I agree about Albertas. My experiance was ok but the food is exspensive for the type of experiance that I had. They had left the mushroom soup cooking so long that it was pasty. The lamb chops were at least 40% fat. Apperently I was the only one who did not enjoy thier meal, but it was enough for me.
localfoodie Jul 12, 2007 02:38PM
Also a reality check on Alberta. I guess I missed the window on that one too. I went for the first time last week and had scorched scallops (think burnt popcorn), nearly crunchy risotto, a deep fried (!) sweetbread appetizer, an inept amuse bouche (a glob of guacamole on a limp cucumber slice supposedly with some crab somewhere), etc. The only dish with potential was an escargots. The server made a comment about a new kitchen staff, which I think consisted of 4 twenty-year-old boys that I saw hanging around the back door when we arrived. Probably time to write this off.
mosta Feb 11, 2007 09:35PM
QUESTION: ALBERTA was very highly recommended to me last fall. Is there currently a good reason to try it? Thanks in advance.
Alberta is not impressive. They have a very limited menu, and nothing on it is done particularly well, so it's not a "they don't do a lot but they do it well" thing. Also, our server was wearing jeans, which I found to be quite off-putting. We went for an elegant meal out, and server was dressed like she was going grocery shopping. Also, the chef used the dining room's restroom during our meal, and there were extra chairs stored in the restroom. All of this could be overlooked but for the extremely average food.
It boils down to: Alberta is not bad, but certainly do not expect anything close to the rave reviews it got earlier in its life.
I agree. I don't care about the jeans, but I was very disappointed in Alberta. I think I paid $34 or more for lamb chops there about a year ago that were the size of quarters - and no side dishes. I ordered a soup appetizer and left hungry even after devouring the bread basket. Ripoff, ripoff, ripoff. I would rather eat at Brigtsen's or Clancy's or Gautreau's in a SECOND.