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Mar 30, 2010 08:03 AM

EAT - dinner review

saturday nite we couldn’t get into the restaurant of our choice so we decided to try EAT, as it was hopping. did so w/ a bit of trepidation as we'd been once before for breakfast and werent very impressed.

we were seated by the window which was nice, except the main dining room was full of 12 loud, drunk, cackling hens. this was amplified by the loud music which forced them to yell even louder at one another. this was annoying.

they were out of the Blue Cheese & Fig Torte app so we settled for the Sweet Potato Soup and the Spinach Artichoke Gratin. soup was ok, but super peppery, hard to taste anything else. the gratin….was not a gratin, it was spinach & artichoke covered w/ a heap of melted motz. absurdly, it was served w/ store-bought tortilla chips. whaaa? no bread? no toasted somethings?

for mains I had the Pork Tenderloin w/ Caramelized Onions and she the Pot Roasted Chicken. my pork was pounded, coated in mustard, blackened, and covered in a mushy pile of sauteed onions -- nothing caramelized about 'em. the side of baked mac & cheese was spaghetti w/ cheese. as for the chicken, if it is possible to have dense, dry chicken while sitting in a bowl of its juices, then they pulled it off. side of garlic smashed potatoes was the hilite of the meal.

for dessert we had a piece of Buttermilk Coconut Pie, complete w/ store-bought crust.

silver lining? got out for $54, plus tip. but don’t think we'll be heading back, ever, BYOB or no…

*Food* - corporate cafeteria grade.
*Service* - waitron was adequate.
*Atmosphere* - somewhat hip, but very loud.

Eat Restaurant
900 Dumaine St, New Orleans, LA 70116

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  1. It really seems EAT is brunch or bust. I have had excellent brunch experiences there every time I have gone and I hear the same from everyone else. But anyone who has had dinner there left either a) underwhelmed or b) disappointed. The reviews on this board seem to back that up. EAT is for brunch and brunch alone I suppose.

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    1. re: gastrotect

      I agree completely. I have loved their breakfast/brunch...especially the shrimp and grits and it's definitely a bargain because we like mimosas and bloody mary's with brunch and we bring our own.

      But we did go there for New Year's Eve dinner year before last and while it wasn't bad, it just o.k.

    2. Ate there so many times while living nearby; nice folks, good breakfast. We wanted to love the food, we tried again and again, but really just couldn't. A couple blocks away, Meauxbar Bistro does dinner so much better. It is more expensive, especially w/drinks. But anytime you drop $ of any amount and don't enjoy the meal, that's too expensive.

      Maybe EAT should do breakfast/brunch at all meals.

      1. The blue cheese/fig torte is amazing. Huge and very good. Next time you go you should go back & have it for lunch, and take the leftovers back to your hotel for midnight snacking ...

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        1. re: foiegras

          Based on the rest of the fail, I don't think there will be a next time...

          1. re: kibbles

            I would honestly retry EAT for brunch. Every review points to the restaurant shining for brunch, but failing for dinner. Some places simply are meant to be eaten at for certain meals only. EAT is clearly one of those places.

            1. re: kibbles

              It's certainly a free country ... but that torte is one of the best things I've eaten in NO. I think gastrotect is right that you can't expect EAT to stand in for *the* restaurant you wanted to go to, it's just not at that level ... but there are certain things it does very well.

              1. re: foiegras

                it couldnt stand in for "the" restaurant? Which one is that? i ask because we had never eaten at the one we wanted, either. i would have judged it by the same test as EAT. i dont think its fair to attempt to give EAT a free pass on not being good just because its not "at that level", whatever that level is?

                No, I only expected it to do a professional job serving the food it charged for. It failed to do that (re-read about the Gratin and Chicken failures). If they can't do it, then they shouldn't be open for dinner.

                Also, as i mentioned in my OP I had it for brunch previously and wasn't very impressed.