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Aug 14, 2008 10:23 AM

the most pathetic excuse for a caprese...

i've ever had was yesterday the new incarnation of soleil cafe in teele square.

the biggest problem was what passed for homemade foccicia, dry and flavorless; less than stellar tomatoes (inexcusable -- it's august), and barely any basil, and for the price, $7.25, rather small. far inferior, and more expensive, to what's available at true grounds and dave's.

i was so hoping this place would be great. sigh...

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  1. I am reminded of the old joke about a Grateful Dead concert: it was badly played, there were tons of mistakes, the song choices were terrible...and darn it, it was also too short.

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    1. re: wilbanks

      LOL! i never heard that one. i mentioned the size only to illustrate that the problems were quantitative, as well as qualitative. i actually wound up leaving half on the plate, and i'm a charter member of the clean plate club.

    2. I don't doubt your report, but I will defend their bad tomatoes. It's been a terrible year. The farmer I use for tomatoes just harvested his first of the season, and it was only at my insistence.

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      1. re: almansa

        But I made the best Caprese I've ever had yesterday using garden tomatoes, of which I have an abundance--so not everyone's suffering. Just saying, as the resto ought to have their sources, not to be oppositional to you.

        But, then, of course, it was a seaside tomato, and that may have made al lthe difference. :)


        1. re: almansa

          if you can't put stellar tomatoes on the plate in August then take the salad off the menu until you can.

        2. I can't say $7.25 is high for a Caprese. Fresh moz is $$$. On the other hand I have an abundance of super sweet golden cherry tomatoes but my Brandywines are rotting before they ripen. The Green Zebras aren't too bad and I have just a few red ones that I can't recal what they are.

          1. The heirloom tomato salad at Henrietta's Table the other day was amazing, and the tomatoes were local. The dish had five varieties of tomatoes with an infused feta which was rather astonishing.

            I harvested 6 lbs of tomatoes from my backyard garden yesterday, and it looks like I will have almost this much for the next two weeks. I planted Jet Star if it matters.

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            1. re: smtucker

              I have a very heavy harvest of various types of tomatoes this season, however I'm finding inconsistent degrees of sweetness/ ripeness...more so then in any other season and I have been doing this for 3 decades. I think the persistent rain at the precise moment that the are ripening is affecting quality.

              1. re: flyer1

                okay, i get that they're problems with this year's tomato crop. but that doesn't explain or excuse the dry and flavorless bread, and barely noticeable presence of basil.

            2. Caprese salad has nothing to do with foccacia, good or otherwise.

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              1. re: pikawicca

                Caprese Salad in its true form is a showcase of ripe juicy tomatoes, fresh basil leaf, {preferably whole}, AND most importantly fresh Mozzarella di Bufala cheese. Anything else is an insult to the name...

                1. re: pikawicca

                  yes, but a caprese sandwich does...

                  1. re: wonderwoman

                    WW, I'm sorry, I was thinking more salad then sandwich...I just don't think of Caprese as a sandwich. Anyway, sounds like a lame and boring rendition.

                    1. re: flyer1

                      nothing lame and boring about the ones at dave's fresh pasta and true grounds in ball square (where it's not called a caprese; you have to ask for a grilled cheese with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, pesto, and, if they have it, rosemary-garlic bread).