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Emily227 Aug 6, 2008 10:38 PM

Any thoughts on this restaurant?? Just trendy---or legitimate?

I really want to know if they still have the "Junk Food Sampler". I've read some great things. A friend and I are considering going there tomorrow night just for dessert. I'd also like to check out their brunch sometime as it looks excellent. The dinners look like they may be a tad overpriced.

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    Adsvino RE: Emily227 Aug 7, 2008 07:58 AM

    a tad? That's putting it mildly.

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      nick_r RE: Emily227 Aug 7, 2008 09:03 AM

      Went there earlier this year and actually quite liked the food. And the desserts... just wow. Yes, they did have the junkfood sampler but we didn't get it. (I had some kind of ridiculous chocolate sundae with chocolate-PB&J sandwiches on the side.)

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        ghozimoto RE: Emily227 Aug 7, 2008 10:33 AM

        trendy -- the food is overpriced and unimpressive.

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          Newkie RE: Emily227 Aug 7, 2008 12:32 PM

          Dinner there is ok, but you can get much better elsewhere at those prices. However I cannot recommend the junk food sampler highly enough. I go to the restaurant and just order that. The thing is huge so if you're going with only one other person order the half portion.

          1. paulfromla RE: Emily227 Aug 7, 2008 11:44 PM

            when i tried simon la about a year or so ago, it was definitely all gimmick and no substance - tried a bunch of items and all were absurd attempts at defining classics that failed miserably - the meatloaf especially was a dry tasteless slog - not to mention the famed junk food sampler which was only remarkable for its excess - the taste was not there at all for me - if you are spending this kind of money it should be for real food not this pseudo-retro americana gimmick cuisine

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              Emily227 RE: Emily227 Aug 8, 2008 12:35 AM

              Went there tonight for drinks/dessert. Had an awesome "Starburst" martini---had to call husband to drive me home....woah that is strong! Friend and I tried the Junkfood Sampler. It was pretty good---and really fun! The cotton candy was good, fried donuts were awesome, bag of warm cookies=excellent and the coconut sorbet was also excellent. We definitely had a good time and enjoyed ourselves. We sat on the patio and the ambiance was great.

              I do think it is interesting that it made Johnathan Gold's "99 Essential Restaurants" list.

              1. lotta_cox RE: Emily227 Aug 8, 2008 10:36 AM

                I enjoy Simon. Having said that, I eat out a lot, way more than is probably healthy. I enjoy the novelty and the atmosphere. The food is decent, but nothing to write home about. Simon is there for the flash and the people watching. For that, it is perfect. And that is pretty much exactly what the Junk Food Sampler is.

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