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Cafe Escadrille tonight - dishes to order, dishes to avoid?

Getting taken there by a client. What are they good at, and what should be avoided? Thanks for any tips.

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  1. IMO, if you like convention food, i.e. rubber chicken and flavorless prime rib, you'll love this place. Last time I went I asked if I could have a green veg instead of their butternut squash, they said they didn't have and green veggies. Totally commercial, be thankful someone else is paying.

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    1. re: treb

      I had a fresh green and wax beans side with fresh basil and butter. I would not call it convention food but new England Yankee fare that is good food. The hot turkey sandwich my dad got was tasty. Yes the food was common but well made.

    2. I had the lobster stew last week and loved it. I went for lunch with my family and everyone enjoyed it and the prices were very fair. Enjoy!

      1. Not sure they're good at anything!

        1. I have never really liked Cafe Escadrille, but some relatives do. Last time there I consciously decided to change my attitude and I appreciated them for what they do. They are like a special occassion restaurant that someone would go to for their anniversary in the 60's or 70's and they do that well. The food is really not that bad, just kind of boring. Stick to the classics like filet mignon, green beans almondine, etc. The service is good and the look of the room dated, but not shabby. There is often a little combo there playing, completing the kind of corny, dated atmosphere. Go with the right attitude and it can be kind of fun, especially if someone else is paying!

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          1. re: pemma

            This is a great reply because the solution is to change your attitude. Sometimes, you go due to a family preference or a business meeting. It is rare one can't salvage a meal out just by taking things for what they are and making the best of it.

            1. re: pemma

              Totally agreed. This is how I wish more people approached eating different places. Cafe Escadrille isn't Hammersley's or jmCurley -- it is what it is, and if you go there with the right attitude, it's a good time. I enjoyed the lobster stew when I was there.

            2. Or suggest a change of venue to L'Andana just down the street!

              1. Ooh - sorry, just noticed it was a client taking you. Nevermind - just go with it and smile.

                1. The only times I've been there have been for continuing education dinner lectures where there's a fixed menu option. The food has been exactly as described in this thread. So, I thought maybe because we were eating on the function hall side we were missing out, but it sounds like it's status quo for them. Last time I was there, everyone at my table was served except me and they gave me the burnt end of a prime rib- I quickly asked the waiter if I could have a different plate from the huge tray they were bringing out and got a really nice piece of meat, rare in the center. With the addition of quite a lot of salt it was actually delicious. But burnt ends of prime rib? C'mon!

                  1. Decided to visit for lunch today and I haven't been back here for a long time. The prices and the waitresses in white nursing shoes really threw me off. I must admit that I was impressed by how smartly the staff was dressed now and the white shoes was gone. I had a Tuna Sashimi app that was pleasant enough followed by a Cheddar burger that was ordered medium rare and come out medium but it had all the trimmings and was still juicy and tender. The place is nice and the service was excellent and the price of the burger was right.