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Recent visit to Walla Walla

zinfanatic Nov 14, 2010 10:11 AM

We recently visited Walla Walla for the Fall Release Weekend. This is our fifth visit to Walla Walla from the SF Bay Area. We had some good meals and some mediocre meals. As usual Saffron was still wonderful. The service was very pleasant and lovely. The following night we went Whitehouse Crawford. Although the food was very good, the service was abysmal. The waiter was young and seemingly inexperienced as he was quite nervous. I will not go into all the details, but two things stood out. After we ordered our wine, one bottle of red and one bottle of white, he informed us that the restaurant was out of red wine glasses. We politely asked him twice to see if they could wash some before our wine was served and he declined to answer. We did get the glasses from someone else just before we were to have our red wine. Has anyone heard of a "fine expensive " restaurant in a wine country running out of wine glasses- especially when the restaurant had empty tables! After our dinner entrees were served, we never saw our waiter again! About 30-40 minutes after we had completed our entrees (we were going to order dessert), we asked the busboy for our check. Because there were six of us we were charged an 18% tip. One of our party objected to that and the tip was waved by the manager. We then gave the busboys cash.

Our meal at T. Maccarorne the following night was pleasant enough. The place was almost empty on a Sunday night. The service was pleasant and attentive. My filled pasta was only lukewarm. The desserts were uninspiring.

The highlight of our visit other than Saffron was a new place to me. It has been open three years. It is called Someone is in the KItchen http://www.sitkwallawalla.com/. We went for weekend brunch. We both had eggs over easy. My hubby had the black bean side andI had bacon. It was some of the best bacon I have ever had- from Montana! They make all their own breads including polenta bread and ciabatta. Good coffee and friendly service too.They are open for lunch and dinner a few nights a week. Check their website for hours and location. It is off the beaten track.

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