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Broad Axe Tavern

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We went here because we heard from a friend they had a good time at a happy hour. I can see how a happy hour here would be decent; they have a nice bar area, TVs, and a very good beer selection. But for food, wow this place was not good.

We went on a Friday night around 7:00, so we expected some type of wait and we were surprised when we were seated immediately. It wasn't a great sign that when we went upstairs less than half of the area was occupied. The decor and style of the place is very nice, modern looking, fresh and clean.

The service was pretty slow, but the waitress was very nice and seemed to be the only person managing the upstairs. There were two larger parties on the other side of the room, so I can't really fault her. There should have been another waitress upstairs or at least a runner doing drinks.

I was surprised that many of the entrees were price $20+, I just didn't think it was that level of a restaurant. We ordered a variety of smaller plates (for our own tapas style), and enjoyed their beer selection.

My wife said her crab wontons were very fishy tasting and pretty greasy. The chorizo pizza tasted like it had tomato paste as the sause, very plain and unseasoned sauce. The pork taco's were pretty bland and even dry. The highlight of the night for food was the Vegetarian burger, it was decent (nothing amazing) but the fries that came with it were bland, unseasoned, and mushy. If it wasn't for the beer it would have a been a complete waste of a night, but it wasn't enough for me to ever consider going back.

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  1. Quite frankly, I have yet to hear any positive remarks about the Broad Axe.

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    1. re: crazyspice

      Spice,

      Then let me be the first. For lunch, the Broad Axe is a good option if you are looking for something a bit more upscale than Phils. The sandwiches, salalds and soups are good.

      No, it's not phenomenal, but it's a nice changeup every now and again.

      I've never been there for dinner so I cannot comment.

      1. re: mitchh

        i have heard good things about the salads - something about beets and gorgonzola? I haven't been. :)

        1. re: mitchh

          I will make it a point to have lunch there in the near future.

          1. re: crazyspice

            I have to say, my one lunch there was not good. The rolls for the crabcake sandwich were stale, the crabcake was somewhat fishy. The fries were good, though.