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Ok so I have a dispute with my parents (who typically share similar resturant views) of a certain Hampden restaurant that neither I or my husband can stand and they recently mentioned that they enjoy. We dislike it so much so that we have often wondered what's the deal? how does that place stay open? Have our experiences been that much of an exception, are we missing things?

Do you have questions about a place like this? Are you wondering if you should give it another try but can't without some more words of encourgement?

So I'll start by asking:
What's the deal with Grill Art? Are my experiences of just plain yucky food (ex. Garlic Soup) out of date?

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  1. So we went to Grill Art a few weeks ago. The review was certainly mixed. I ordered the garilc soup. I love garlic soup but this jsut tasted like water. boyfriend got a scallop soup with bacon. i dont eat scallops so i didnt try but he was very impressed. i ordered the bbq chicken pizza for the main and boyfriend ordered the seared tuna. i thought the pizza was pretty good (crust had an odd thickness). he said his tuna tasted fishy in parts and since i have no interest in fishy tuna i took his word for it and didnt try it. i did like the pesto sauce that came with the rice and the creamy wasabi was interesting in a good way.

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    1. re: jes

      Ok so I'll give garlic soup another try- but somewhere else and for the time being agree to disagree with my parents

    2. I live barely three blocks from Grill Art, but my one experience there -- about a year ago -- was so atrocious that I don't go back.

      The service was incompetent (at the most basic level -- server couldn't find a pen, server didn't know answers to food questions, server didn't show up forever). Half the food arrived overcooked, the food that was cooked as ordered was bland, and the pizza was raw in the middle. The manager was unhelpful in the extreme. And it was all overpriced. Just a genuinely horrible restaurant experience.

      1. At a friend's suggestion, I met her there for lunch about six months ago. The food was so totally forgettable and the service rather nasty, that she apologized for suggesting it.

        There's little wonder why I had never heard of it, and it's (almost) never mentioned here.

        1. The food I've had at my few visits to Grill Art was good enough, but the service all three times was so Slow Slow Slow (even slower than Golden West slow) that I see no reason to go back. Your parents must be really patient!

          1. I have no idea how that place stays in business.

            1. Yeah, I'll pile it on.

              Once, I went in for for a carry-out lunch, ordered a turkey sandwich and went across the street to Atomic Books. I returned to find out they didn't have any turkey that day. It was after 12 noon! That _might_ be excusable at 11 AM, but not after noon.

              Also, Mother's Day late lunch three/four years ago... likely their first Mother's Day. One waitress (on Mother's Day!?), painfully long wait for food and then most of it arrived overcooked.

              Two strikes and you're out. My wife and I guess it stays open because it gets overflow from the Golden West, Cafe Hon, Suzie's, etc.

              1. I've been there a number of times over the years and it is VERY inconsistent. I have no idea how they stay in business. Maybe it's a money laundering joint. I think the food is prepared by the owner, a business man not a chef. Very weird.
                I recall we went there one night in Spring 2007, and the chef personally came out and greeted us - that night was a great meal. We went back two weeks later expecting the same thing, only to discover that he was gone. Go figure.