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Empirehouse Urban Palate

notjustastomach Feb 16, 2011 05:25 PM

Driving home tonight in the rain, I noticed that Empirehouse Urban Palate has opened in the ever-so-doomed location on University Ave, between 1st and 2nd. A quick look at the menu reveals it to be what it claims to be a comfortable urban eatery -- comfort food for 20-somethings on a budget.

I'm always looking for new additions to the take-out repertoire. Has anybody tried it?
12 raves on Yelp is not necessarily the kiss of death.

http://www.empirehousesd.com/

  1. jmtreg Feb 17, 2011 08:59 AM

    I like the idea of cooking all the burgers on cast iron pans, but any restaurant that insists on putting mayo on all of its burgers (or almost all of its burgers) should be viewed with deep suspicion. Also, it looks pretty boring.

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    1. re: jmtreg
      jmtreg Feb 17, 2011 09:01 AM

      And I mean boring in the "why don't you just go to Applebee's or Chili's" way.

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    2. DiningDiva Feb 16, 2011 07:42 PM

      I hope they're really serving "tater tots". Ore-Ida gets rather testy when you menu tater tots and serve the competitors generic barrel shaped potato product.

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      1. re: DiningDiva
        Fake Name Feb 17, 2011 05:20 AM

        Tater tots are the new mac n cheese.

        Or shortribs.

        Or cupcakes.

        Or truffle/parmesan fries.

        Zzzzz.

        1. re: Fake Name
          DiningDiva Feb 17, 2011 07:22 AM

          FN, I actually think you're right. But Ore-Ida trademarked the term "tater tots" if I'm not mistaken, and doesn't SD have a truth in menu law?

      2. geekyfoodie Feb 16, 2011 07:18 PM

        Isn't that where The Better Half was?

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        1. re: geekyfoodie
          Fake Name Feb 16, 2011 07:29 PM

          Yup.

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