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Irving Mill Since The Chef Change?

I have heard that its better? Impressions?

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  1. I have been twice since the chef change. The first time I had the bavette steak. It was hideous. I couldnt chew it. Imagine shoe leather. They were nice about it, apologizing profusely and then gave me a burger. Their burgers are legit. The second time I had the crudo of fluke which was rather fishy and definetely not a crowd pleaser. Lamb and olive sausage is solid, but also not amazing. Overall, the place has nice decor and subpar food.

    1. I went a few weeks ago, and liked what I had.
      We did the small Charcoutre plate, pig's ear salad, pork toast and lamb cassoulet.
      The small plate, was great, good mix of boudin blanc and noir, pigs feet, and the salt and pepper spare ribs. The spare ribs and pig's feet where winners for me.
      The pigs ear salad was okay, nothing great. Pork toast was way too rich for me, I felt full after a half a bite, but it was a fantastic half a bite.
      The lamb cassoulet was the second best part. We split it as an entree, and they split it in the kitchen for us, nice ouch that sometimes places won't do, and the 3 prepes of lamb where very tasty.
      Beer selection could be better, or better priced, but other than that no complaints really.
      I'll be back to try the burger and definitely to eat the spare ribs again.

        1. Disappointing. Food wasn't great (although the burger was okay). Service was friendly but a disaster...took forever to get our food and servers kept telling us it was on its way ...and then ten minutes later we still didn't have it...and another ten minutes later, the same thing. Would not go back.

          1. Had a kick ass burger there about 2 weeks ago and a good bottle of wine. So on that note I enjoyed my experience!

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            1. re: trixareforkids

              Went back again for the Burger and a Beer deal. Burger was tasty, served properly cooked, but seemed a little small vs other restaurant burgers (regular martin's hamburger roll). The salt and pepper ribs weren't as good this time, much drier, and not as deeply fried. Service was okay, but we were in the bar area, so that might explain the different level of service we had.
              Overall not as good as the first time, but I think I'd try the regular dining room again.

            2. First time I've been. Sat at the bar. The Stone Smoked Porter was a great beer to complement the menu. Wanted to try everything but could only manage the salt and pepper ribs and the cheeseburger. Ribs were like chinese spare ribs only crispier and saltier. Very meaty and porky. Could've eaten the bones. the burger was a bit on the small side and i couldn't gauge whether it was cooked to temperature (medium rare of course) but it was very beefy and one of the most complex burgers I've had with good cheddar cheese. Different cuts of meat. Didn't like that it was served with cucumbers in lieu of pickles. However, it was very unique and worthy of further research. Fries were good with a little mayo dip. need to come back for the pork toast, egg salad and caviar (???), the boudin, the charcroute and the rabbit sausage.

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              guttergourmet Feb 21, 2009 08:31AM

              Subsequent to that I had a dinner at the James Beard Foundation prepared by Skeen. Had the ribs, pork toast with egg salad and caviar, hamachi crudo with blood sausage and uni, whipped lardo, boudin noir, boudin blanc, pied de cochon croquette, head cheese, rillettes, pasta with pork shoulder ragu, chicharrone with sturgeon mousse and caviar, bacon ice cream sandwich, pig heart lettuce and tomato sandwich, pork bun in pork consomme and a pig ear salad. The man knows pig.

              1. Is Irving Mill still worth visiting?

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                1. re: ConOrama

                  Went last night for Burger & Beer night, and it was really good. Tried the Salt & Pepper ribs for an app which were good as well, though a bit dry. Be prepared for a LOT of salt, though. Burgers were both really good & juicy, and $13 for a Burger & Beer is a good deal, at least in my book.

                2. Went a few weeks ago. Had salad, soup, excellent, salmon great, steak, very good. Desserts were a little weak, nothing was really exciting. Service was outstanding.