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Mar 19, 2008 06:56 AM

Gitlo's Review today in Globe

Excellent review today in Globe for Gitlo's. It's about time, hopefully there hard work and attention to quality and freshness will pay off!

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  1. Here's a link to the review for those who haven't read it.

    1. And just to let you know, Chowhound is really to credit. After allI read all the great posts about Gitlo's, I convinced my friend Richard "the dim sum snob" to go with me and he loved it.

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      1. re: gltsoi

        I'd love to know the few other places in the USA that Richard referred to...can't wait to try Gitlo's - I just moved back to the Boston area!

        1. re: roejimmy

          Welcome back roejimmy! Gitlo's is great!


      2. Any other CHs at Gitlo's last night? The place was packed and Gitlo had to turn away at least 7 or 8 parties while we were there. We arrived around 6:15 and were seated right away but the remaining tables all filled up pretty much at the same time.

        Sadly they were sold out of all dumplings but it gave us an opportunity to try some other things like the bean curd skins shrimp rolls which and an impressive amount of plump and juicy shrimp inside. We also had the daikon cakes (crispy) with XO sauce again. It was our last of five items to arrive and since they were so busy it was kind of a long wait for them. I thought maybe I was too full for them when they arrived but after one bite I quickly gobbled up the rest. It was even better than last time.

        Just a word of warning: it difficult to get the combination of good, fast, and cheap. So at Gitlo's right now you get good and cheap. Know what your signing up for though. Most of the patrons last night were willing to wait and were very friendly but a couple were really tense and couldn't handle the slower service. Perhaps Gitlo's is not for them... not just yet. There are still many wrinkles to iron out. Gitlo apologized profusely when we were paying our bill. Even though I really had no complaints and understood why it was slower than last time I appreciated his sincerity.

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        1. re: heypielady

          They have been fairly slow the first few months and my sense is that the Boston Globe article probably left them a bit overwhelmed by the increased traffic as they make everything cooked to order. Hopefully if the increase in business maintains, Gitlo will be able to adjust to the volume.

          1. re: paulgardner

            I thought he was cookspace limited and that's why it was slow at times.
            Anyone ever been in the back?

            1. re: Spike

              You are right, it is very small, in order to get to the bathroom they have to open a trap door on the kitchen floor and you climb down a ladder into the basement, needless to say, it's a bit tight.

          2. re: heypielady

            I was there last night about 8:30. Gitlo came out of the back to say how busy it had been. It has become my favorite place for dim sum. No need to go to Chinatown. Unfortunately they were out of a lot of things but we still had a great meal.

          3. tried to get in at around 330pm today. no dice. every table full and about 5-6 people waiting inside for seats.

            went to Brown Sugar instead. it was pretty good.

            1. i read the review, i am so happy for them i just know that it will bring them a lot of business. I just hope that they can keep up with the demand, in the past i've dealt with uneven food quality and service even with just a moderately full room. I've always been understanding but i wonder if others would be.

              I also wonder how long i'm going to have to wait before I can go again, drove by today at 11am it was packed to the gills and people were still trying to get in, i've never seen it so full. I guess people read the review and thought it was a full sized dim sum place and were not prepared for its tiny size. Families with strollers waiting on the sidewalk i thought i was in Chinatown, almost half expected to hear a loud speaker calling out numbers...

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              1. re: that_reeks_ugly

                i'm gonna give it a shot 2morrow around 4pm. right before i stop in at Deep Ellum for drinks.

                1. re: ScubaSteve

                  As a general rule, mid-afternoon on a weekday is fine. That's usually when I go myself.