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Dusty's or Musty's

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2 times = Mediocre.
Please tell me I need to give them another chance(?)
Dinner with the boyfriend was on a slow Wednesday night. Consisted of great wine
by the glass, pleasant dinner salad and apple pork chops. I know, I know...pork chops which the waiter
raved about. Not so great, bland and dry. The baked potatoes are fantastic. Not such a good value and not very good. The service was great. Now onto the mediocre breakfast. Very busy. Service: s l o w. Food: m e d i o c r e. Coffee and bread basket very good. The boyfriend had a "Fruit" Crepe which the waiter said 'filled with fruits and berries'; I had French Toast with bacon. The crepe came with no garnish, pale and dreary looking on the white plate. We looked at each other. He looked inside. Yum! Del Monte fruit-cocktail-looking-fruit with no berries to be found. Oh wait, one boiled looking strawberry. One would think berries would be sprinkled all over. My french toast looked as if the egg had been airbrushed on. Eggs must be very costly and rare at Dusty's. Bacon not done. Additionally, the manager was walking from table to table with two plates in her hand calling out a misplaced order. (embarrassing) Here is my take. This is a great looking place, nice ambience and as usual, the much talked about 'hip' Silverlake crowd. Serves 'French' food which we need in town. I can walk to this restaurant. I WANT to like it. But, it is so mediocre for the money. Should I walk back or forget about them?

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  1. Wow, that does sound like you got some lousy grub. I really love the ambiance at Dusty's. I've only ever been for brunch or lunch. I almost always get the chicken and mushroom crepe, but the other day I got a croque monsieur (with tomato - bonus!) that was very good and extremely cheesy.
    I am fussy about coffee (and I only have 3 per week, so they'd better be sensational) and I seem to remember the coffee not being worth my palate.
    LOVE their 'house juice' of strained orange and strawberry.

    I say, give them another shot and stipulate a few expectations, e.g. "I like my french toast really eggy -- will it be nice and eggy?!"

    Best of luck.

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    1. re: Max Million

      i had dinner there last week. not so great. my rib-eye was pretty ordinary and very thinly cut. it cost $28. too expensive. it's a cute place trying to charge important restaurant prices at dinnertime. we also had the sheherezad app. the whole platter was only ok.

      brunch on the otherhand is good. the ham and cheese crepe is very tasty. the frisee au lardons reminds me of france. fresh fruit is excellent. i like the atmosphere. you should give it a another try at brunch, but i'd skip the dinner. i'd rather spend the money at a lot of other places.

      the eggs benedict were pretty fine as well.

      1. re: Max Million
        Walking distance

        Dinner is salty, redundant, and swimming in grease.
        Pasta is a real joke. Three different pastas - same sauce. Too bad - the atmosphere is great. If only they cared about the food.


      2. Although I've only been once, my smoked salmon with eggs, albeit a tad salty, but it being smoked salmon what did I expect, were actually cooked to my liking, slightly runny. My SO's mushroom crepe was decent as well. I really liked their deep fried potatoes - but I am a sucker for fried potatoes.

        Anyway, I would pick Dusty's over any other breakfast place in the area for ambiance alone. It's really nice during the week, so much more peaceful than any thing else in the neighborhood.

        1. Three of us went earlier this week. I had turkey burger and loved it. It came with mango chutney which was really good. The others had hamburgers. One loved hers and the other was so-so, simply because they use very lean ground beef. The chocolate mouse was also quite good. I wanted to bring in a cake to celebrate the birthday but they charge a rather hefty $15 cake cutting fee. Service was attentive but not overbearing. I would (and have) go back.

          1. On my first visit I had the sliced lamb sandwich - LOVED IT! We had a great waitress (Hungarian) who was very friendly and aware of the menu.

            I eagerly anticipated a second visit. However, this experience was quite the opposite (only a week later). This time I ordered the lamb burger - it really sounded good. I ordered it medium rare. There was very little t'ziki - I asked for some more and waited 10 minutes! When she brought the t'ziki she asked how everything was (gee - I hadn't even started!). However, once I did start I quickly realized that my lamb burger (requested medium rare) was completely RAW inside. It totally grossed me out. All I could eat were the sweet potato fries (which are good) and wait for her return ... but she didn't come around again until 20 minutes had passed ... when I mentioned that the lamb burger was raw, she responded by telling me I should have told her when she came around the first time (before I'd even tried it - which she knew) then told me that NOW, there was nothing she could do and offered me a takeout box (so I could take it home and cook it myself???) UNBELIEVABLE!!!!! I don't like creating a scene but I really don't think I should have had to pay for that. I haven't been able to go back since. How sad, since I am, in fact, Canadian.

            1. I've been to Dusty's a couple of times, for both brunch and dinner, and have always had excellent food and service, even when they are busy.

              The eggs benedict are really tasty, as are the various croques. Smoked salmon breakfast platter is good, and generous enough for two. I've never had the fruit crepe, but a friend of mine always gets the chicken crepe, and it is delicious. The potatoes that come with the breakfast dishes are to DIE for. I think they must be fried in butter a la Julia Child.

              I'm sorry you didn't have a better experience.

              1. I live right near by also and have always wanted to be enthusiastic, but I'm not. I like it fine for lunch, the salads and sandwiches are good, if not exceptional. Breakfast and dinner just don't do anything for me at all - other than that I really like their espresso - and on the weekends it's certainly not worth fighting the crowds.

                1. I gave Dusty's at last 5 chances, and I will not be going back. The service is always slow and thoughtless, and the food is mediocre at best. I've had decent basic breakfasts there (eggs, bacon), but really - it's not THAT hard to do a decent egg and bacon dish.

                  I wrote a complaint email once and it went ignored. The mgmt/owners don't seem to care much about the feedback as I once saw someone complaining (they had waited almost an HOUR for their food) and the owner's expression was one of annoyance.

                  1. Bloody awful. Management is horrid, food is indeed mediocre, and service is always slow. I'd much rather go the Square One for breakfast or even Brite Spot, and anywhere else in the hood for lunch and dinner. Honestly, I can't imagine why Dusty's still exists.

                    1. I've been to Dusty's severl times. I love breakfast and lunch there and dinner has always been pretty good. I'd give them another chance.

                      1. Red, I think you're lucky or a favored regular. Most people (unless they are celebs) don't get very good service .. and sometimes, not even very good food.

                        Clare K, per my posting, YES, they can screw up a simple poached egg.

                        Sad, this place has such potential.

                        1. It's funny, I live right done the street, I always mean to try Dusty's, but I can just never get interested in the menu or in braving the service after all these reports. Do any of the Dusty's fans have one item to recommend that's really delicious AND can't be found elsewhere? Otherwise I won't bother.

                          1. Dull menu, mediocre food (I had the pork chops,too) so-so service..too bad as it's really cozy inside.

                            As LizG. wrote, such potential ....

                            1. Frankly ... being Canadian .... living in Los Feliz ... I am sooooo tempted to show them how it's done!

                              You need a FULL crepe menu of both savory and sweet crepes (and do be creative AND traditional), killer omelettes (with fresh and smoked salmons, gruyere, capers), you need bowls of fresh berries and creme, soups!! (split peas, beans, barley ... etc.) menu items of Canadian hams, sausages, a Montreal steak to die for. And when it's time for dessert, a pastry tray they'd envy on rue Sherbrooke! Ok ... and the all-important MAPLE creme brulee!!

                              The atmosphere at Dusty's is perfect ... the execution is extremely disappointing.

                              Dang .. I need to find backers and bring REAL Canadian with friendly Canadian service to the area! Besides, I can't find a mocha daquoise anywhere.

                              1. Unimaginative menu.
                                Executed poorly.
                                Expensive for what you get.

                                Try Madame Matisse just down the street or Canele in Los Feliz.

                                1. I think if you care enough about Dusty's and feel it's worth your while, let the owner/chef know about the Chowhound message board. If they are smart, they'll try to change their ways.

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                                  1. re: sivanlives

                                    I've mentioned the board to her about a year ago, and you still get no response, then shame on me for returning. My opinion goes with the majority, at least on two dinner visits - ho-hum food and unconcerned service at fairly market rate prices.
                                    Never tried breakfast or lunch as typically not in the area for those meal periods.

                                  2. We went to brunch yesterday based on a mixed-bag of friends' reviews. We will not be going back. The service was abominable -- drink order was taken 10 minutes after we sat down, coffee and water showed up 10 minutes later, coffee cups showed up 5 minutes after that. I envy your bacon experience, since our was so overcooked that it crumbled when we tried to pick it up. My husband's quiche was burned (not browned) on top. The coffee was barely passable. Waiter couldn't give a damn. We had to chase down the check 20 minutes after asking for it. After all the hoopla we'd heard, it's a mystery to me why I should pay that much money for an insipid to bad brunch when there are so many other good brunch places in the neighborhood.

                                    1. I live in Silverlake and have been going to Dusty's nearly every weekend since it opened. Last weekend a group of 6 of us went for brunch. All of us were served our breakfasts at the same time, except for one of us, whose Juevos Rancheros arrived 15 min late with the eggs completely raw. By this point, all of our meals were cold and the dish had to be sent back to the kitchen. With no apology, a new and edible dish finally arrived. We were shocked to find that we had been fully charged. Not only did the owner not apologize when confronted, but she insisted on charging us! Inexcusable.

                                      1. Walk back! I've always had really well-prepared food and great service there. Plus, as a bonus, I had a Keanu Reeves sighting last time I was there for breakfast. In full "Matrix" looking garb too - heehee.

                                        I thought the cheese platter was great - and so filling you almost don't need a full meal afterwards. My boyfriend and I both got the crepes and found them overstuffed and delicious. I've also had the Mediterranean salad and the stuffed tomato breakfast - loved them both. I agree that it can be a little pricey, but I've always had a really good experience there.

                                        1. in answer to your question-i would forget about them....did you read the rest of the reviews? they all had as bad or worse experience.. but if you like the atmosphere..maybe you can go in for coffee..then ..oops! gotta go lol