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Restaurants Everyone Seems to Hate - Except You

A spin-off from cimui's post: which places get a (somewhat) consistantly bad rap on this board that you really like?

Mine would be Craft and and Paprika (in the EV).

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  1. The Stanton Social, Magnolia/Buttercup (thought they aren't restaurants), Rosa Mexicano

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      I second Rosa Mex. I love the lamb shank entree.

      1. re: LeahBaila

        A third on Rosa Mexicano. Best margarita's in town and a meal that has yet to disappoint

        1. re: kelea

          Gotta give my vote to Rosa - I love the place, I'd probably eat there every day if I wouldn't gain 200 lbs..

          Also I'll put the word in for Isabella's.. I like most of the Steve Hanson places, but for some reason I really think Isabella's is fantastic.

      2. I second Craft and Paprika and would add on Una Pizza Napoletana (although the service can be...variable).

        1. I am always surprised by how many people HATE TAO. Granted, I have not eaten there in a quite a while- but I did go there three or four times during the first couple of years it was open, and everyone enjoyed everything we ordered (and we ordered a lot). I never went there looking for a "down-home", "authentic" experience that would transport me to Asia.... I just wanted a delicious meal in a fun surrounding, and got it every time. Have they had a rapid downhill slide over the past couple olf years, or am I (and my friends and family) just an oddball?

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          1. re: vvvindaloo

            I've been to Tao (only for lunch) several times, and I've always enjoyed their $24.07 prix fixe lunch. Food has always been delicious (I love their Temple salad and the steak). Service has always been fine. It's not haute cuisine, but for $24 it's excellent value.

            1. re: ellenost

              Thanks for the tip- I've never tried lunch there, but I think I will soon.

            2. re: vvvindaloo

              I agree with you as well, vvvindaloo. Some people make it out to be absolutely dreadful, and I honestly think its kind of fun with decent food.

              1. re: Melanie

                Yes- even just on these boards, there have been several instances where a person has replied to a comment of mine just to say that "TAO is horrible", or something to that effect, with no helpful contribution relevant to the OP at all. Just to disagree with me! I always find that sort of post to be rude. That has actually happened to me with other restaurants, as well, but I won't get into that. I think TAO is fun for a group that doesn't mind pushing through the crowd in order to wait for the bartender's attention at the zoo of a bar, and a 45-minute wait past their reservation time for the table (yes, that has happened to me there), and a generally noisy/sceney atmosphere. It's fun once in a while, with good food and drinks. I consider it a step up from a place like Ruby Foo's (UWS), which was a favorite of mine about 10 years ago.

              1. re: MIKELOCK34

                Second that. Craft's tasting menu is one of the best I have tried.

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  When did Craft get a tasting menu? I never noticed them having one. thanks.

                  1. re: BW212

                    They had one for a while (for some reason it's listed on the menus that are on the way to the restroom!) but it's gone now.

                    Apparently if you ask the wait staff, they will create a tasting menu for you. (I haven't tried this yet, though.)

                    1. re: BW212

                      They do not list the tasting menu on the menu. Just ask them to create one for you. They have served me enough food to feed three people each time I have done their tasting menu.

                      1. re: MIKELOCK34

                        Will add that I have done their tasting menu during truffle season only so far.

                2. I have always liked Spice Market - the food and concept - which is much derided on these pages.

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                  1. re: tbear

                    I agree with that. The room is very nice, the people there are having fun, and the food was surprisingly tasty and well spiced.

                    1. re: Sugar

                      I third Spice Market. I've never done a special occasion dinner there or anything like that but for drinks and apps it's always been delicious.