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Gabbi's - Orange - Review

  • JAB Sep 21, 2008 12:07 PM
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We really wanted to like this place. I've heard good things both here and elsewhere. The space is nice as were the staff but, we were underwhelmed by the blandness of the food. Nothing really stood out and we ordered an app., 2 entrees and a dessert. Again, the overall feeling was one of blandness. The highlights were the home made tortillas, the shrimp in the enchilada entree (sauce was bland) and the chocolate sauce for dipping the churros.

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  1. Agreed.
    I was very hesitant in trying this place, but based on so many rave reviews , I decided to try it.
    As I expected, overpriced and underwhelming.

    1. So, what did you have that you didn't like?

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      1. re: OCchowman

        Didn't like is probably too strong. Nothing was that bad. We had the following:

        Quesillo en Salsa Verde: Fresh Oaxacan mozzarella coated in panko
        served with corn tortillas

        Enchiladas de Camarones: Two enchiladas filled with spinach, shrimp,
        cheese with a creamy poblano sauce, garlic white rice & frijoles negros

        Carnitas Nortenas: Braised Berkshire pork, cebollita, pico de gallo,
        guacamole and handmade tortillas

        Churros con Cajeta

      2. After trying it twice, we felt it was overpriced and bland also. They don't even serve fresh lemonade!! Last time they charged us $8 for a bottle of water. We dined at Topo, Rick Bayless restaurant in Chicago a couple of weeks ago. At lunch time, their prices were similar to Gabbi's, but the food was so much better and creative. The service was great and the feel of the place was nice and cozy.