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Trina’s Starlite Lounge

In a recent thread about Silvertones, Trina's was mentioned.

You won't get any arguments from me about Silvertone, but I didn't realize there was so little love for Trina's. We went there for the first time after a disappointing meal at the Franklin Cafe and thought they offered generally tasty takes on Comfort Food and decent cocktails.

The last time we went I had the brisket with collards and pumpkin mashed and my wife had chicken and waffles. Perhaps not the last word in subtlety but it works for us as late night place for a quick bite. It could be a little less noisy.

I'm curious to hear from others.

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  1. I've only eaten at Trina's once, I think, but the food was so salty that it was basically inedible. Pretty much every dish was unbelievably salty (in particular there was a batch of onion rings that would only be appropriate as a condiment). Drinks were good, though. If I were in that neighborhood more often I'm sure I would've given it another chance by now. But my first experience with their food was bad enough that I'm unlikely to make a special trip just to go there.

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    1. re: maillard

      When were you there?
      We go every few months - the chow is generally pretty decent.

      1. re: Bob Dobalina

        Oh, ages ago. I really should go back, since my opinion of their food is based on an experience so long ago.

        1. re: maillard

          It's honestly not worth a special trip, but if you're in the area, it's ok for what it is. I have to think about the saltiness the next time I'm there.

          1. re: Bob Dobalina

            Agree on the first part.

            On the salty part, I've never noticed it but I'm a salt fiend.

    2. I really like Trina's. We live in the area and go often, and I agree about the comfort food and cocktails. The food isn't likely to change my life, but it's reliably good, with extra points to the sloppy Joes (a Wednesday night special), the homemade pepperoni roll, and the truly awesome mac 'n' cheese. There's a good range of drinks for a great price - most cocktails are $9 - and I recommend the mango margarita, but get a salt instead of BBQ rim.

      I'll admit that if I didn't live nearby, I probably wouldn't go as often as I do; and it's the lower prices that keep me going there instead of other places in Inman I like better (Tupelo, for one). But for a cheap date or dinner out with friends in the neighbourhood, it's a good choice.

      1. We went tonight and go about every 3-4 weeks for dinner, and I hit up industry brunch on Mondays with a similar frequency lately. The food is solid for what I expect it to be -- neighborhood-style comfort food. A good veggie burger is always offered with other seasonal menu items being tempting.

        Note that the cocktails went up to $10 with the newest menu change.

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        1. re: yarm

          Yeah I think you have to go in realizing what it is. If it's an easy trek for you, you could do a lot worse. If you're making a special trip you're probably going to be disappointed. I think the issue w/ TSL is that due to all of the industry hype you get a lot of people who make special trips.

        2. Does anyone know at what time Trina's gets unbearably loud--so loud that even screaming at the top of your lungs still looks like you're just moving your lips? I went at about 10 one night (probably a Saturday, so prime time), and practically got blown out the door by the noise. The friend I was with doesn't have great hearing, so I didn't get to try it, but would like to some quieter time.

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          1. re: pollystyrene

            I went at 7 on a weekend and did not think it was too loud. Whenever the transition would be from food to just drinks would be the sound barrier, I'm guessing.

            1. re: pollystyrene

              About the time you'd expect. Parlor next door seems to get much louder much earlier, as they always have the volume on the TVs cranked, which causes people to talk louder.

              1. re: jgg13

                Trina's is much quieter on weekdays, though as the others said it tends to get loud as the drinks flow. I disagree that Parlor Sports is louder though. I usually meet people at Parlor when I want to be able to have a conversation, including on a Saturday night when both the baseball playoffs and college football were on every TV. They don't blast music and only play one audio at a time, so I find it much easier to hear there.

                1. re: hckybg

                  Thanks all. I wish they had a physical sound barrier, BobDob, like a Quiet Car on Amtrak. So weekends before 9-ish, or the Parlor side to avoid extremely loud music and people screaming over it. Check.

              2. re: pollystyrene

                The dining area is a bit to a lot quieter than the bar area, depending on where you sit. If you think the bar is too loud, it's worth poking your head in.

              3. The food I've had here has ranged from meh to awful, so I don't bother anymore. I don't mind it for a drink during the week if it's not too crowded (I had a special fondness for the Bud Lite Lime-based cocktails this past summer) but the weekend crowd isn't my favorite.

                It was one of those places I wanted to like more, based on proximity and the owners, but it never really clicked for me, personally.

                1. As I've mentioned in other threads, I've been in love with Lord Hobo lately, primarily for their beer list, but also for what I've found to be better-than-expected food. How does Trina's food compare to Lord Hobo's?

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                  1. re: Blumie

                    I feel that Trina's has been a lot more consistent (however one judges their quality). Hobo has been all over the map IMO. They've had at least one chef change, and things have changed otherwiseh ere & there. Sometimes I've liked what they had and others not so much. It's been a while since I've eaten there though.

                    1. re: jgg13

                      My only experiences at Lord Hobo have been recent -- August and beyond -- so any past inconsistency hasn't affected me at all. I've been quite pleased on all of my visits -- about 10 or so in the last three months.

                      1. re: jgg13

                        Lord Hobo's food has definitely gotten better/more consistent over the last year.

                        1. re: mkfisher

                          I feel like that's been the general trend but it's never been a smooth line headed in either direction.

                          I do *really* miss those burger wellingtons though. Those were phenomenal.

                      2. re: Blumie

                        For burgers and corn dogs, etc. I think it's fine. I've actually had some decent cocktail experiences there too, if you sit at the bar and it's not ridiculously crowded. Not sure where else you can get a Rittenhouse and Carpano Manhattan for less than $10 (at least that was the price when I last went).

                      3. The new pasta dish on the current menu is pretty oustanding: house made cavatelli, MF Dulock sausage, ricotta and broccoli rabe. I inhaled it the other night and have been thinking about it ever since...