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Old South Park Restaurant??

Kevin93940 Nov 9, 2012 09:48 AM

Perhaps someone can help my failing memory...

In the mid-90's (around 1996), I went to a restaurant that IIRC was right across the street from South Park. It was kind of on a corner, and I think it was on the south side of the park. I would describe the cuisine as either New American or Bistro. It was not South Park Cafe. I remember it being quite popular.

Does anyone remember the name of this restaurant? It seems to be gone now.


I'm not delusional. I was really there.... :O

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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: Kevin93940 Nov 9, 2012 10:13 AM

    Ristorante Ecco. It was very good and hard to get into, at least during that period, while Wendy Downing was the chef.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston
      Kevin93940 RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 9, 2012 11:03 AM

      Ahh, yes. That was it. Thanks, Robert!

      Do you know when it closed?

      1. re: Kevin93940
        Robert Lauriston RE: Kevin93940 Nov 9, 2012 11:09 AM

        Closed in 2001, one of many casualties of the dot-com bust. Downing left a couple of years earlier and I think there were several chefs after her.

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          bbulkow RE: Robert Lauriston Nov 10, 2012 08:09 PM

          I remember their chicken under a brick. I keep a brick near my grill ever since eating that dish. Put the brick on the grill when warming the grill, place brick on chicken during cooking. Does good stuff.

          1. re: bbulkow
            Kevin93940 RE: bbulkow Nov 12, 2012 11:37 AM

            My wife had a chicken dish there in 1996 that she still talks about!

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