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Elk Street Grille in Port Jeff

goodhealthgourmet Apr 6, 2008 06:04 PM

anyone been?

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  1. Fred19 RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 7, 2008 05:03 AM

    I was there last year. The food was OK. Unfortunately, the design of the restaurant has alot of hard surfaces, tight packing of customers and no sound absorbing material, so the ambience is a loud roar. It is hard to hear your dinner companions when they scream to you over the noise of the restaurant. It was not a pleasant dining experience.
    ~Fred19

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      goodhealthgourmet RE: Fred19 Apr 7, 2008 07:09 AM

      thanks for the report. we still may risk it tonight - i can't imagine it will be that crowded & noisy on a monday, and there are so few places in the area with decent food and a vibe that isn't completely stodgy or depressing.

      if you had to choose from the following, which would be your #1 for a couple fof thirty-somethings who like very good [but not really fussy or pretentious] food?

      elk street grille
      pentimento
      bella vita
      vintage prime
      costa de espana
      oscars

      we're obviously flexible re: cuisine ;)

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        Fred19 RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 7, 2008 07:31 AM

        I personally like bella vita. It is usually quite busy during the week. We ate at costa de espana two weeks ago and the paella was extremely dry.
        ~Fred19

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          goodhealthgourmet RE: Fred19 Apr 7, 2008 07:39 AM

          oops, forgot to add blond to the list of considerations.

          any thoughts?

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: Fred19 Apr 7, 2008 07:35 PM

            fred: we ended up at bella vita - it was hardly crowded. during the 2.5 hours we were there [we tend to linger] there were only 4 other tables - 3 couples & one group of 3. i was surprised that it wasn't busier considering that so many other local restaurants are closed on mondays.

            the food was hit or miss. i posted a quick review in another thread...

            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/506938

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              Fred19 RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 8, 2008 04:58 AM

              Sounds like a resounding fair at bela vita. Good luck at blond.
              ~Fred19

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            Lono37 RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 7, 2008 07:55 AM

            My wife and I are thirty-somethings and we've had several very good meals at Pentimento. The setting is also outstanding. I've heard good things about Oscar's as well, but haven't yet been. One of our favorites in that area not on your list is Kitchen a Bistro in St. James. My Elk Street experience was not great.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: Lono37 Apr 7, 2008 08:05 AM

              thanks so much. i've heard great things about kitchen a bistro, but we're wine drinkers and i didn't feel like bringing 2 bottles - he usually goes for white, but i'm in a red mood :)

              ever been to blond?

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                davmar77 RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 7, 2008 08:33 AM

                last time we went to kitchen a bistro,another party brought 4 bottles.we like the place a lot.

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                  goodhealthgourmet RE: davmar77 Apr 7, 2008 08:39 AM

                  my issue is that i don't want to open 2 bottles just for the 2 of us...neither of us will drink more than a glass, or at most, two.

                  then again, i guess we could share it with other tables and make some friends :)

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                  Lono37 RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 7, 2008 08:40 PM

                  We went to Blond twice; we were one of two couples in there both times (on Thursday nights). Food was hit-or-miss, not good enough to get me back a third time.

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                    goodhealthgourmet RE: Lono37 Apr 7, 2008 09:09 PM

                    hmmm...good to know. thanks.

          3. kevinh RE: goodhealthgourmet Apr 8, 2008 07:32 AM

            My wife and I love Oscars. Great atmosphere, excellent food.

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              goodhealthgourmet RE: kevinh Apr 8, 2008 09:45 AM

              i know, we should have gone there instead :) next time.

              thanks!

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