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why isn't Good ever any good?

tastycakes Feb 22, 2008 02:07 PM

this is a great spot, good beers although a bit overpriced, but the food is just gross. it's no better than denny's. i keep wanting to like it because it's close, and who doesn't like having a beer on the patio with your dog? but the only thing that's edible is the onion rings, and i suspect those are from sysco.

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  1. Chowpatty RE: tastycakes Feb 22, 2008 02:34 PM

    Some posters on the board call this the Silver Lake restaurant curse, although I suspect every neighborhood has spots like this that seemingly last forever with the most boring possible food. It somehow fills a niche for people who want to smoke or bring their dog, and when it comes down to it, there's a large percentage of people who don't really care that much about what they eat as long as the place is convenient.
    You could ask the same question about Casita del Campo, Rudolpho's, Fritzie's, El Conquistador, Home, etc. They all need a visit from Gordon Ramsay.

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      girlwonder RE: tastycakes Feb 22, 2008 04:56 PM

      I agree. I visited a few Sundays ago and everything my friends and I shared was dull, tasteless and the service was so so.
      I had a pretty good breakfast there when the place first opened but it was expensive.
      I am surprised the place has lasted as long as it has!

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        slhandph RE: tastycakes Feb 22, 2008 05:46 PM

        I presume it is because the emphasis is on the beer and not the food. It is the same problem at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena. Maybe they don't know why people want food when you can drink a Belgian Triple and get the nutritional equivalent of a meal?

        I also think that the decor is a good reflection of the food. Feels like it doesn't know what it is, dining establishment or beer hall, and the result is poor food and a strange ambiance saved by the grace of a cold beer.

        1. rednyellow RE: tastycakes Feb 22, 2008 06:21 PM

          There really is no truth in advertising. I hate the place.

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            Fat Billie RE: rednyellow Feb 23, 2008 11:22 PM

            That place is garbage.

            Never go there

            Peaches however is hot.

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            tastycakes RE: tastycakes Oct 21, 2008 08:09 AM

            these autumn afternoons have been lovely so we chanced it again for burgers and beers - couldn't have been more disappointing. i knew better but i was really craving a juicy burger and a refreshing brew on a breezy patio and didn't really feel like dealing with the attitude at cat 'n fiddle. i ordered the meat medium, it came out well done and bone dry. in comparison to the craft brews and belgians i usually drink, the house IPA was weak and the server could only name two or three other things that were on tap. my fiance got a pancake combo which came out with shriveled little sausages instead of the bacon he ordered, and the maple syrup was a watery flavorless mess. the pancakes were big and fluffy but had orange zest or some kind of flavoring in there that wasn't appealing.

            i don't know why people bother to eat there - i won't be making that mistake ever again. i've had better burgers at carl's jr.

            1. Hershey Bomar RE: tastycakes Oct 21, 2008 09:44 AM

              We call it EH.

              As in -- "Do you wanna grab at a beer at EH?"

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                New Trial RE: tastycakes Oct 22, 2008 12:55 AM

                As Voltaire said: "The best is the enemy of the Good."

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                  So Ho La RE: tastycakes Oct 22, 2008 06:40 AM

                  And it 'spensive! So what if I can walk to it.

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                    carter RE: So Ho La Oct 22, 2008 08:17 AM

                    If you can walk to it, there are many other options that then are also walkable.
                    Its predecessor the Crest Coffee Shop was no better. Good just improved the place by having quality beers.
                    Heard the owner actually lives in the Palm Springs area now, and that there is very little ownership oversight.

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