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Feb 7, 2009 10:14 AM

Whisknladle (SD)--What Did I Miss?

After a wonderful happy hour at Nine-Ten, hubby and I decided to try Whisknladle. We were craving shellfish, and I figured the latter restaurant would have something of the seafood sort. Sitting at the bar, I became turned-off by: the loud (not overly strident) dance music and the $30,000 millionaire clientele. Did we mistakenly stumble into Jack's of La Jolla?

We purused the menu and were greately disappointed by the options. Looks like we should have stayed at Nine-Ten. The bartender recommended an off-the-menu skillet shrimp dish that sounded pretty amazing, and so we hungrily obliged.

Let the disappointment continue. The wine menu, at least the wine by the glass choices, was paltry. Pinot Noirs from NZ but nothing from Oregon or even Napa Valley? Really?

Oops, our bartender reports, the kitchen is out of the chili oil needed for the shrimp. Can't make the skillet shrimp, sorry.

I have to admit, the cheese plate from Venissimo sounded pretty tasty. Too bad we had already snacked on goat's and cow's milk cheese at Nine-Ten.

Nothing on Whisknladles menu sounded appealing, even for two hungry and wine-buzzed foodies.

Underwhelmed and undernourished, we stumbled out.

I'm not ready to completely dismiss this place. What dishes on their menu are really tasty? Their atmosphere, just like Fresh's before it, was pretty uncomfortable and annoying.

It won't be the aesthethics that bring us back, but I know that Chowhounders have raved about this place, so I'd like to give it another try if the food is worth it. I can find the previous posts on this topic, no need to refer me to those. I am requesting a recent recommendation or comment.


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  1. You should have stayed at Nine-Ten or maybe also hit the HH at Clay's and compared them.

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    1. re: cstr

      I think you're right. Next time, I will trust my hunger instincts and stay at a way better spot like Nine-Ten. They have a fabulous happy hour, by the way. And a much more impressive wine list.

    2. We went their once and overall it is not terrible bad but very overpriced for OK food. The idea behind it is not bad (fresh local food) but also not very unique. Unfortunately if you go with this concept of seasonal, local food which can be sometimes limiting in terms of which ingredients you can use it is even more important that the kitchen really knows how to work with it which isn't the case with Whisknladle. All 4-5 dishes we had sounded nice but weren't executed very good.

      1. "$30,000 millionaire clientele"

        Do these people still exist? I thought they were finished off.

        I agree, I have looked at there menu three times, and never gone in.

        Nothing on their menu seems appetizing.

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        1. re: stevewag23

          Steve, that clientele is still very much alive. See for yourself at Jack's La Jolla, Zenbu, Cafe Japengo, Whisknladle, any bar and/or sushi restaurant in south Scottsdale....

          After reading these comments and talking to foodie friends, I'm going to skip Whisknladle and stay with restaurants that churn out quality food, in a comfortable setting, with consistently good service. Nine-Ten meets those criteria by far.


        2. The times I have been there I have really enjoyed it. I sat on the patio, where the music did not even enter my senses. Our service was almost excellent; nothing bad happened, I just don't give out top ratings easily. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful and I should give the one extra points for dealing generously with a group of 10 women who all wanted to pay separately. I haven't been since summer, so the menu is a little different now, but at the time, the pork belly was excellent, as were the sweetbreads and my friend had a tasty lamb. There was something else that we were all dying over, but I can't remember it now. Also, their cocktails are inventive and tasty. Sorry you had a bad experience. But, the place does have its merits!

          1. Alright, we went in for lunch a while back.

            We were seated, there was only one other table seated at the time, we sat for 10 minutes and nothing happened (meaning no server), so we left and went to Girard Gourmet instead.