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O & B Cafe on Front Street - if I choose to eat here, will it be as disappointing as Canteen in Bell Lightbox?

Looking for a good spot for an early dinner on a Tuesday evening and am considering O & B. Have also looked into menus for Mercatto, Gabardine and C'est What and they also seem to be in the right area and price range. Another possibility is Beer Bistro which I have tried before and found to be good for the prices.

Moderate pricing - no more than $20 per entree.

Appreciate your opinions and/or recommendations!

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  1. I'm a huge fan of Gabardine and would choose that over an O&B restaurant, which are generally reliable and good. But I think The Gabardine is doing some fantastic comfort food (awesome chicken pot pie and lobster rolls!) and I love the atmosphere.

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      1. O& B Cafe isn't all that great, my experience is generally mediocre oversalted production line versions fo what could be good dishes. However the wine prices are reasonable and the decor and vibe are good so I tend to use it as a default for business meetings where drinking might be more important than eating.

        1. I really like the O&B Cafe at Front - the selection is much better (nothing extraordinary though) and I have found that the place runs a bit smoother than the Canteen. I've been to Luma at the Lightbox, which was also quite good but will agree that Canteen is a bit disappointing in terms of portion size and price.

          Gabardine's quite tasty too so I don't think you'd go wrong with either. Mercatto and Beer Bistro (high ceilings) tend to be a bit on the noisier side. You could also check out Bannock, another O&B close by, which fits your price range and they also do comfort food although I'd say the food there is not as typical as what you'd get at the O&B Cafe (but still very good!)

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          1. re: bluefirefly

            At Canteen I was unimpressed with price, portion size and quality. My panini there was terrible. I have made better at home.

            1. re: TeacherFoodie

              Yah. I loved the caprese Caesar I tried (with basil and bocconcini cheese garnish) but the soup I had was underseasoned, and the cannelloni was swimming in oil.

              www.abbeyskitchen.com

          2. Yes. It will be, nad maybe more so thanks to the crowd it seems to draw.
            I generally go to one of the places on Wellington (swish, lucien etc)