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Sweetwater Cafe-give it a chance

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Wannabfoode Feb 21, 2010 11:15 AM

I've never seen any love for Sweetwater Cafe on this board, probably due to its location in the club-laden Alley, but its really good if you are looking for barfood. DC and I have been in a few times recently, and have enjoyed it more for lunch as there is a really really loud DJ at night. Great sandwiches, the overstuffed "almost cubano" is absolutely delicious and very satisfying--I had to order it again when we went back, despite wanting to try something else . The hot baked lobster rolls was a little overly complicated but still tasty. Nachos were overflowing with toppings and had a nice hot red peppers in the place of your standard jalapenos. They other thing we were very into is the $1 oysters, available all the time, on their bar bites menu. Good little spot, worth checking it out.

  1. ScubaSteve Feb 22, 2010 06:25 AM

    can you say a bit more about these $1 oysters?
    do they usually have only one variety? how's the quality? and more to the point, how's the shucking?

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      gyppielou Feb 22, 2010 09:27 AM

      Legal's has 6 for $6 until 6pm. You get to choose. I had wellfleets and they were perfectly chilled, perfectly shucked.

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        lisa13 Feb 25, 2010 04:25 AM

        the chef had posted about this now it's gone...strange.

        anyway, I went in for oysters last night. They were serving island creek. These were a bit small, but very fresh, juicy and cleanly shucked - no grit, sediment, shell, etc. Perhaps a little mangled, but it was really hard to tell as it was so dark. Served with fresh horseradish and a sweeter, lemony sort of mignonet. Not bad at all.

        Also had nachitos and my friend had the mini pork sliders - all good. I did get the impression someone in the kitchen genuinely cares about the food, which I love to see. Service was quite attentive and friendly too. Unfortunately, the place seems entrenched as a college hangout...dark and really loud even though there was no dj or other entertainment.

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          SALMON BOY Feb 25, 2010 10:28 AM

          Always have loved the food, never been all that happy about the service

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          Wannabfoode Feb 25, 2010 11:26 AM

          they seem to have taken down the chef's post. Oysters are one variety only, he said he only gets in enough for the day and i don't believe its posted, but you can ask. From what the chef said in his post he cares about the food a lot, uses local purveyors when possible, etc...

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            joth68 Feb 25, 2010 11:52 AM

            The menu on the website lists the 1$ oysters all day every day.

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          gyppielou Feb 21, 2010 01:09 PM

          Love sweetwater for what it is. But the idea of raw oysters in this lovely dive gives me the shivers. I am intrigued as they pour a good IPA which would pair well with oysters, really????

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            messyheat Feb 22, 2010 12:25 AM

            what places pour bad ipa's?

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              nsenada Feb 22, 2010 12:59 PM

              Oh, I've had a few over the years.

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                phatchris Feb 25, 2010 09:23 AM

                Waterfornt Cafe.

            2. Science Chick Feb 21, 2010 11:30 AM

              Wow.............I didn't know they were still around.....I can still remember when they opened ('85?). I used to enjoy going there after work, oh so many years ago. Nice to hear they are offering some good barfood. Same owners?

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                hotoynoodle Feb 21, 2010 01:27 PM

                owned by the lyons group. the original owner sold out years ago.

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