Monday, December 29, 2014

Bradley's Fine Diner


Bradley's Fine Diner 

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Service (staff): 


- Unprepared 

- Lack of knowledge 

- Attentive

- Friendly 

- Welcoming

- Lack of details 

- Inattentive a fee times 

- Manager visited the table 


Ambience: 


- Fancy industrial & rustic decor 

- Quaint 

- Clean 

- Natural lighting 

- Openness 

- Mixed crowd 

- Accommodates large parties

- Self-Parking (plenty)

- Easy/simple menu

- Enjoyable background music

- Plenty of tables 

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Service: 3.7/5

Ambience: 5/5

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Popcorn Shrimp 

cilantro, chili-lime aioli 

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- Higly Battered 

- Lacking crunch 

- Lightly spicy

- Sharable 

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Dish: 3/5

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Macaroni & Cheese 

casserole style

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- Creamy 

- Crunchy top 

- Gouda infused 

- Soft 

- Sharable 

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Dish: 5/5

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Onion Rings

house-made smoked ketchup 

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- Crispy 

- Over fried 

- Hard 

- Sharable

- Great quantity 

- Sauce: smoky, barely spicy

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Dish: 3/5

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Vegetable Gnocchi 

brown butter emulsion, fried egg

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- Its description on the menu bought us, but it was not what we expected.

- Lovely presentation 

- Unimpressive (overall) 

- Slightly Salty

- Room temperature (gnocchi & egg)

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Grilled Free Range Chicken Sandwich

bacon, buttermilk herb dressing, BFD fries

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- Tasty but nothing special

- Fulfilling 

- Smoky 

- Fries: unenjoyable, room temperature, highly salty

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Oak Grilled Chuck Burger 

caramelized onions, BFD fries

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- Savory caramelized onions and fresh avocado

- Fulfilling 

- Beef: dry, overcooked, heavy

- Fries: unenjoyable, room temperature, highly salty

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Dish: 2.5/5

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

Benjy's


Benjy's

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Service (staff):


- Friendly

- Welcoming

- Kind

- Average knowledge 

- Serviceable 

- Lack of details (a few times) 


Ambience:


- Bright

- Energetic

- Casual 

- Vibrant 

- Spacious 

- Plenty of tables

- Great background music 

- Loud chattering 

- Valet parking or on the streets 


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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 5/5

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Crunchy  French Toast

nut crusted challah, three fruit coulis, berries

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- Sweet 

- Heavy 

- Fresh 

- Fulfilling 

- Sharable 

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Dish: 4/5

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Crunchy Chicken & Sin-A-Bunn

berry jam & apple wood smoked bacon

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- Crispy 

- Warm 

- Sharable 

- Sweet 

- Fulfilling 

- Salty 

- Slightly smoky 

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Pistachio Crusted Goat Cheese Cakes

pita chips, cranberry jam

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- Tasty but nothing special

- Plain 

- Creamy

- Soft 

- Tart 

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Spicy Crispy Chicken

korean red chili, blue cheese, pickled vegetables

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- Sharable 

- Fatty 

- Divine 

- Tasty 

- Spicy 

- Well cooked 

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Brasserie 19 dix-neuf


Brasserie 19

dix-neuf

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Service (staff):

 

- Knowledgeable

- Inattentive a few times  

- Detailed oriented

- Helpful but unimpressive

- Polite

- Cordial

- Managers never visited the table

 

Ambience:

 

- Busy patio

- Bright

- Plenty of seats

- Relaxing background music

- Energetic

- Busy

- Business casual

- Pleasant / Enjoyable

- Valet and self-parking

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 5/5

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Hand Cut Steak Tartare

caper remoulade, quail egg, smoked paprika

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- Room Temperature

- Succulent

- Finely chopped

- Salty and sour flavor

- Tender texture

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Yellowfin Tuna Tartare

cucumber salad, red onion, preserved lemon aioili, espelette, seeded bread crostini

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- Soft

- Smooth

- Fulfilling

- Savory

- Fresh

- Room Temperature

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Roasted Beets Salmon

arugula, green onion pesto, local goat feta, almonds, horseradish vinaigrette

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- Fresh

- Greenish

- Salmon: golden brown, crusty, well cooked, tender in the middle

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Brasserie 19 Fish & Chips

tartar sauce, pickled seasonal vegetables

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- Greasy

- Salty

- Crispy

- Easy to share

- Fulfilling for 2 people

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Dish: 4/5

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Baked Oeufs

house-made duck ham, potato, farm eggs, spicy hollandaise

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- Conforming flavors of root veggies and eggs

- Earthy flavors

- Appetizing

- Foie:  

o Fatty

o Soft

o Sumptuousness

o Delicate

o Rich savor

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Urban Eats



Urban Eats

bistro + bar + market 

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Service (staff):


- Terrific 

- Knowledgeable 

- Detail oriented

- Team Work

- Helpful

- Manager visited the table 

- Friendly 

- Talkative 



Ambience: 


- New

- Downtown View

- Energetic

- First floor: market ; Second floor: bar, dining room and terrace

- Easy and simple  menu

- Bricks/ Iron decor 

- Casual / Modern 

- Background music (adequate volume) 


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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 5/5

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Bistro Pommes Frites Napa Black & Blue 

tossed with blue cheese, truffle oil, black pepper and fresh sage, paired with red wine vinegar & pepper jam dipping sauce

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- Lack of truffle flavor

- Adequately salted 

- Fulfilling

- Chunks of blue cheese

- Sweet sauce. Perfect to combine with the richness/tang of the blue cheese


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Dish: 4.3/5

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Brasserie

rosemary garlic roll, slow cooked beef cheek smothered in red wine & balsamic reduction, camembert & smoked paprika aioli

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- Tender and soft beef but flavorless

- Slightly sweet 

- Soft, aromatic and buttery bread

- Warm 

- Fries: crispy, decently salted, hot

- Sharable 

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Cowboy

fluffy sesame seed yeast roll, sirloin burger, cheddar cheese, bacon & onion strings, topped with house-made spicy bourbon bbq sauce

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- Fresh, soft and warm bread 

- A little dry and overcooked sirloin

- Crispy bacon and onion rings

- Abundant onion rings 

- Smoky and slightly spicy 

- Too much sauce 

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Dish: 4/5

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Mia Bella trattoria


Mia Bella

trattoria

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Service (staff):

 

- Rude

- Knowledgeable

- Lack of details

- Inattentive

- Manager visited the table

- Odd

- Distant

 


Ambience:

 

- Double ambience

- Spacious

- Busy Patio

- No background music

- Bright

- Mixed crowd 

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Service: 2.3/5

Ambience: 3.3/5

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Cozze Al Pomodoro

steamed mussels in a pomodoro sauce with fresh tomatoes, garlic, and lemon olive oil

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- Slightly spicy

- Fresh

- Gentle

- Amazing tomato sauce

- Strong tomato taste

- Sharable

- Perfect to start

- Tomatoe chunks

- Homemade feeling

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Dish: 5/5

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Mozzarella Fritti

lightly breaded fresh mozzarella brushed with our roasted jalapeno pesto and served with a fresh tomato basil relish

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- Cold

- Heavy

- Unpleasant

- Easy to share

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Dish: 1.3/5

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Carpaccio Con Arugula

thin sliced fillet served with capers, mushrooms, kalamata olives, fresh arugula, parmesan cheese and lemon olive oil

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- Thick

- Excessive oil

- Fresh

- Satisfactory

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Filetto Di Manzo

grilled 6 oz. beef tenderloin filet stacked atop a crustini and grilled prosciutto over mushroom risotto and topped with a green peppercorn demi sauce and gorgonzola cheese. Served with steamed vegetables

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- Well cooked

- Juicy

- Tender

- Sticky but tasty risotto

- Rich in mushroom 

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Dish: 4/5

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Salmone Pompelmo

grilled atlantic salmon served over a creamy lemon zest risotto topped with a fresh grapefruit vinaigrette and served with grilled asparagus

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This dish called our attention, but it was not what we expected at all.

- Risotto: tasteless, sticky, heavy,  unprovocative

- Fresh fruits and vegetables

- Salmon: pink color, well cooked but tasteless

- Simple and not greasy salmon

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Dish: 3/5

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Brenner's steakhouse



Brener's

steakhouse 

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Service (staff): 


- Polite

- Distracted

- Friendly

- Kind 



Ambiance: 


- Bright

- Beautiful view of the bayou

- Hut style

- Patio, bar, main dining room

- Young adult crowd

- Family oriented 

- Relaxing background music 

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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Jumbo Lump Crab Cake

fresh gulf crab w/ tomato basil & lemon butter sauce

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- Mildly spicy sauce

- Appetizer portion

- Tasteful

- Fresh 

- Sharable 

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Dish: 5/5

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Smoked Berkshire Pulled Pork Benedict

pulled berkshire pork short-rib tossed in natural pan jus & red onions on an english muffin, topped w/ Two poached eggs & hollandaise sauce

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- Unimpressive 

- Dry 

- Hard 

- Tasteless

- Cold

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Dish: 2/5

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16 oz. Prime New York Strip

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- Tender

- Juicy

- Cold

- Beefy 

- Perfectly cooked (inside)

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Dish: 4/5

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Sparrow bar + cookshop



Sparrow

bar + cookshop

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Service (staff):

 

- Serviceable

- Attentive

- Team work

- Chef/Manager never visited the tables

- Detail oriented

- Polite

- Fast/Quick

- Helpful

- Talkative

- Kind

 

 

Ambience:

 

- Dim

- Low background music

- Tiny/ cozy

- Mixed Crowd

- Energetic chattering

- Rustic decor

- Tables are pretty closed to each other

- Menu, a little overpriced

- Patio, Bar and main dining room

- Only valet parking

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4/5

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Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings blue cheese, honey, cream

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- Sweet

- Burnt caramel

- Creamy

- Soft

- Strong

- Rich

- Delicious

We had to order three of this appetizer

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Dish: 5/5

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Chicken Confit Eggrolls

Sweet soy sauce

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- Crunchy

- Fried

- Greasy

- Unimpressive

- Salty

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Dish: 2.5/5

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Mac N’ Cheese

orechiette, cabot cheddar cheese sauce, chicken confit

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- Homemade feeling 

- It holds the cheddar flavor 

- Creamy

- Sharable

- Mild

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Crispy Brussels Sprouts

ginger-miso vinaigrette

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- Oily

- Crispy

- Soft

- Fresh

- Tasty

- Lightly bitter

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Tempura Of Tuna & Salmon Sashimi

cremini, steamed greens, wasabi, mustard, orange chill sauce gomaishio

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- Crispy

- Fresh

- Perfectly salted

- Spicy

- Smoky

- Nutty

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Dish: 4/5

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‘44’ Farms Grassfed Flatiron Steak

caramel miso, blossom butter

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- Tender

- Juicy

- Sweet

- Terrific

- Mouthwatering

- Beefy 

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Dish: 5/5

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Brick & Spoon



Brick & Spoon 

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Service (staff):

 

- Average

- Helpful but unimpressive  

- Knowledgeable  

- Polite

- Straight to the point

 

 

Ambience:

 

- Cozy / Cute

- Double ambience (patio and dinning room)

- Bright in the bar area

- Enjoyable background music

- Unbalance table

- Wood D├ęcor

- Casual

- Relax

- Energetic chattering

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Service: 3/5

Ambience: 4.7/5

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Baked Brie Bruschetta

caramelized apples, golden raisins, pecans, balsamic reduction & triple cream brie cheese

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- Sweet

- Tasty

- Stale bread

- Room temperature

- Not toasted

- Unfinished

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Dish: 2.5/5

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Steak & Portobello

4oz USDA rrime NY strip steak, spring mix portobello mushrooms, tomato, red onion, blue cheese & housemade pepper jelly vinaigrette

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- Highly peppery

- Excessive cheese

- Too much dressing (uncomfortable)

- Tender Beef

- Fresh and delicious Portobello

- Perfect portion of Portobello and veggies  

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Shrimp & Tarragon

sourdough bread, grilled gulf shrimp, spring mix, avocado, grilled onions, monterey jack cheese & tarragon caper aioli

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- Highly peppery

- Fresh veggies

- Thick sliced tomatoes

- Over-seasoned shrimps

- Bread: not toasted, soft

- Chips: crunchy, sweet

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Dish: 3.3/5

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Holley's


Holley's

seafood restaurant & oyster bar

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Service (staff):

 

- Attentive

- Friendly

- Detail-oriented

- Serviceable

- Chef came to the table twice

- Team work

- Polite

- Knowledgeable

- Helpful

- Slow

 

Ambience:

 

- Calm

- Bar/Main Dinning room quiet

- Relaxing background music

- Noiseless

- Peaceful

- Modern

- Spacious

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Service: 4.7/5

Ambience: 3.7/5

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Fish In A Jar

shrimp, scallops, snapper, charred orange, red onion chip, orange milk

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- Fresh

- Delicate

- Tasty

- Not easy to share

- Slightly sour

- Light

 

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Texas-style “Barbeque Shrimp”

chipotle mop sauce

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- Warm

- Delicious

- Sharable for no more than two people

- Smoky

- Rich

- Barely spicy

- Neat/clean presentation

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Dish: 5/5

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Southern Crab Cake

pickles, chervil, duchman vermentino cream

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- Sharable

- Fresh

- Creamy

- Slightly Citric

- Robust

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Dish: 4/5

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Blackened Grouper

carolina gold rice, lady creamer peas, kimchi greens, ham hock pot liquor

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- Simple

- Fresh

- Mild

- Unique flavor

- Highly peppery

- Amazing rice :  it was seasoned very well and the ham hock pot liquor gave it the smoky and magic taste

- Slightly salty

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Crispy Redfish

bourbon-smoked short rib agnolotti, sweet corn succotash, caramelized fennel, peach pickle, tasso

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- Fresh

- Smoky

- Sweet

- Medium Firm texture

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Gulf Flounder

crabmeat, maitake mushrooms, peanuts, charred tomatoes, fennel-pickled red grape slaw

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- Fresh

- Oily

- Tasteless

- Simple

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Dish: 3/5

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Coconut Cake

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- Simple

- Strong coconut taste

- Spongy

- Unimpressive

- Huge piece of cake

- Highly sweet

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Dish: 2.7/5

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Bread Pudding

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- Recommended

- Warm

- Sweet

- Smooth

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Dish: 4.7/5

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