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Is Whisknladle becoming predictable, even a bit stagnant...?

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CTDub Oct 18, 2010 02:57 PM

Whisknladle is one of our top go-to restaurants, where we take out of town guests and where we head for a spontaneous night out.

But while we once thought their "short" menu was a plus, since it was delicious, fun, promised focus on good ingredients, and had something for everyone, I have to admit I've become a little bored as "favorites" have staked out a place on their menu and there is little room for turnover. Every time we go we order the flatbread and then search for something new.

I understand that date fritters, scallops of some kind, and tagliatele bolognese deserve a spot on the almost permanent rotation. (In addition to the chicken, steak, burger, and even the fish entree.) Every time we go there is a usually interesting new salad, and last night the (new to us) shrimp conchiglie was fantastic.

But I while I admire their focus and attention to detail, I increasingly think the novelty is at risk of wearing off for those of us that go there often. The one page menu has a lot of spots taken, apart from the reliable flatbread and salad of the month. Doesn't leave a lot of room for new dishes.

If they are going to start staking out places on their menu for certain dishes, shouldn't they consider expanding their repertoire or offering specials? The more we go, the less we know what to order to keep things interesting.

P.S. The pumpkin bread pudding was a rare miss. Overly bready, indiscernible pumpkin flavor.

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Whisknladle
1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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    4wino Oct 18, 2010 04:34 PM

    The shrimp conchiglie is my wife's favorite dish!

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      MrKrispy Oct 18, 2010 04:54 PM

      Funny you posted this, I was about to put up a thread asking for some interesting recommendations at Whisknladle for my birthday dinner haha

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      1044 Wall Street, La Jolla, CA 92037

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        4wino Oct 18, 2010 09:15 PM

        MrK, you already have one excellent choice. The muscles are outstang. The small chacuterie and fromage plate is also very good and plenty of stuff even for the small plate. I just don't care for the crostinis that come with it, too dry for me, just ask for more regular bread. Also make your reservations via opentable.com and go through the 1000 point restaurants and you'll get 10x the normal points. And happy b'day!

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          MrKrispy Oct 19, 2010 09:56 AM

          thanks for the help!

          I will report back if it is stale haha

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            MrKrispy Oct 21, 2010 10:19 AM

            to combat staleness they added a ricotta gnocchi and braised oxtail dish that was absolutely fantastic. The gnocchi were light and had a airy creamy texture that paired very well with the meaty oxtails and heavy, sticky braising sauce.

            I finally got the nerve to try the bone marrow....my GF wasn't too in to it so that was a lot of meat butter for me to get down haha. We had several other of the "regular" dishes that were excellent as always.

            I see what you mean about the menu running out of room for new items, hopefully they refresh it in the spring. Regardless, I love that place.

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        pickypicky Aug 6, 2012 10:25 AM

        After reading the Urban Solace thread on service, I had to comment on our Whisknladle brunch experience yesterday. The server referred to my friend throughout the meal as "hon." Hon? Is this the new address form for women of a certain age?

        To his credit, when our entrees came to the table stone cold, the Honster did notify the manager of our displeasure, and the situation was addressed.

        But "Hon?"

        Never. No. Not even in San Diego. Unless you're a truck stop waitress over 60.

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          cstr Aug 6, 2012 12:21 PM

          Was the server chewing gum in an exagerated manner? perfect diner motif. Funny, a cashier at Albertson's did that to me last week, really?

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            Fake Name Aug 7, 2012 04:39 PM

            In San Diego, one must typically go to Corvette Diner to be called "Hun".

            Did they rush your meal?

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              foodiechick Aug 11, 2012 06:35 PM

              Different resto - but called "Hon" this afternoon. What is up with that in San Diego of all places?!

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                honkman Aug 12, 2012 12:11 PM

                Cusp ?

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              pickypicky Aug 8, 2012 06:26 AM

              No. They did not rush our meal. Instead they served food that wasn't hot, which took a while to straighten out. (Cold eggs. yuk) The poor Birthday Girl was still eating long after they'd taken our dishes away, and she had had to suffer the Hon-calling, as well.

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                cstr Aug 8, 2012 02:32 PM

                In my mind, this incident is really inexcuseable, did you contact the MOD or GM? I don't think I'd be returning soon.

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                  pickypicky Aug 8, 2012 07:22 PM

                  It was my friend's birthday-- and she thinks I complain too much. So I kept my mouth shut, except to snicker every time the server said it. Whisknladle had been the friend's choice, but I have had nothing but amateurish experiences there. This episode sealed my disdain. NOTE: the GM came to the table to discuss the cold food, but it was awkward and unsatisfying. I repeat: amateurish.

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                    Dagney Aug 8, 2012 08:09 PM

                    Hon? No. no.no.no.

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                      cstr Aug 9, 2012 05:51 AM

                      maybe they think cus they're in LJ they can get away with it.

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                        pickypicky Aug 9, 2012 06:49 AM

                        I believe he was a boorish young person who wasn't taught properly. "Hon" from a man to an older woman is always disrespectful. Maybe from any man to any woman. (Of course the men at our table said, did nothing.)

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