Monday, March 30, 2015

Corner Table



Corner Table

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Service (staff):


-Slow hostess

- Long wait for an empty restaurant

- Friendly

- Kind

- Knowledgeable

- Accommodating


Ambiance


- Clean

- Elegant flair

- Quiet

- Bright

- Charming

- Unimpressive restrooms

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.5/5

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•Address• 2736 virginia st | houston tx 

•Telf• (713) 568-9196

•Web• www.cornertablehouston.com

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Curry Cauliflower

smooth puree of cauliflower, leeks, and garlic drizzled with coconut milk and cilantro

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- Spicy

- Hot

- Creamy

- Lingering taste

- Strong flavors

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Dish: 4/5

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Paleo Pappardelle

paleo noodles tossed in red wine braised beef and wild mushroom ragout 

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- Meaty

- Filling

- Hot

- Paleo pasta is past al dente

- Tender beef

- Savory

- Rich in flavor

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Margharita Pizza

heirloom tomato, mozzarella and fresh basil with lemon infused olive oil 

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- Wood fired pizza

- Cheesy

- Fresh tomato

- Large

- Strong and aromatic seasoning

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Dish: 3/5

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Oporto fooding house& wine


Oporto

fooding house & wine

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Service (staff):

 

- Sociable

- Friendly

- Knowledgeable

- Serviceable

- Helpful

- Detail oriented

- All hands on deck

- Quick

 

 

Ambience:

 

- New location

- Trendy

- Rustic decor

- Mixed crowd 

- Enjoyable patio

- Open table

- Bright during the day. Dim during the night

- Chic 

- Energetic

- Loud chattering 

- Vibrant

- Tedious menu

- Semi open kitchen design 

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 5/5

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•Address• 125 w gray st | houston tx 

•Telf• (713) 528-0115

•Web• www.oportomidtown.us

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Crab & avocado crostini crab

meat/ avocado/ herb aioli

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- Fresh

- Delicious

- Plenty of crab

- Bread: Toasted, slightly warm

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Dish: 5/5

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Stuffed Dates

dates/ jamon/ blue cheese/ port-balsamic

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- Over cooked

- Sweet

- Dried jamon

- Full of cheese

- Strong flavor of blue cheese

- Small portion

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Piquillo Pepper Rellenos

stuffed piquillo peppeprs/ gulf shrimp/ crawfish/ almond romesco/ mozzarella

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- Highly spicy

- Cheesy

- Melted mozzarella

- Full of filling 

- Warm

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Queijo De Cabra

baked goat cheese/ walnuts/ tomato basil

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- Simple but enjoyable

- Sharable size of goat cheese to share

- Nutty 

- Small and fresh pieces of walnuts

- Soft

- Bread: slightly cold and hard

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Bife A Portuguesa

hanger steak/ fried egg/ piri piri potatoes

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- Beef: tender, juicy, well cooked

- Sharable

- Well seasoned

- Spicy kick

- Sunny side up egg

- Potatoes: Adequate consistency, over seasoned

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Polvo Com Batatas

wood grilled octopus/mustard seed-soffrito/coriander/fingerling potatoes

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- Octopus: well cooked, sharable portion

- Potatoes: slightly hard

- Extremely spicy

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Dish: 4/5

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Commoner



The Commoner

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Service (staff):

 

- Talkative 

- Sociable

- Friendly

- Knowledgeable

- Attentive

- Helpful

- Quick

 

 

Ambience:

 

- New 

- Narrow

- Rustic decor

- Dim

- Retro/ alternative/funky music (a mix)

- Diff set ups

- Dart Boards

- Full bar

- Selective cocktail menu

- Future lounge upstairs (The Boulevardier)

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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•Address• 410 main st | houston tx 

•Telf• (832) 940-1674

•Web• www.thecommonerbar.com/#downstairs

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Honey Dew Sour

rum or vodka, midori, honey dew, pink peppercorn, fresh lemon

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- Adequate quantity

- Refreshing

- Sweet kick

- Mentholated 

- Plenty of alcohol

- Strong

- Complex

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Drink: 4.5/5

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Strawberry Fields

vodka, strawberries, cocchi rose, lemon

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- Strong strawberry flavor

- Cold temperature did not last long

- Delicate

- Lack of alcohol

- Sweet

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Drink: 3.5/5

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DGN Factory


DGN Factory

the ultimate indian crêpe experience

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Service (staff):

 

- Counter service

- Self-service sambar & chutney station

- Friendly

- Knowledgeable

- Highly attentive

 

 

Ambience:

 

- Spacious

- Peaceful

- Low music

- Nightmare parking

- Sticky floor

- Messy in the back

- Plenty of tables

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 3.5/5

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•Address• 5959 richmond av. | houston tx 

•Telf• (713) 781-3672

•Web• www.dgnfactory.com

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Sambar

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- Highly spicy

- Chunks of veggies

- Not warm enough

- Great spicy starter

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Samosa

golden fried crispy flaky puffs with spices, potatoes, green peas, ginger & cilantro

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- Full of potatoes

- Strong curri flavor

- Perfect temperature

- Savory filling

- Enjoyable

- Soft

- Flaky

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Dish: 5/5

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Steamed Idli

steamed rice cakes

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- Neutral flavor

- Perfect to calm the spicy from other dishes

- Spongy

- Not fresh enough

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Dish: 4/5

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Cheesy Spring Dosa

dosa with spring chutney, cabbage, carrots, bell peppers & tomatoes

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- Fresh

- Fulfilling

- Crispy dosi

- Lack of filling

- Cheesy in the middle

- Light

- Warm

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Paneer Dosa

dosa with cottage cheese, onions, bell peppers, tomatoes, ginger, garlic, mustard seeds & cumin seeds

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- Spicy

- Plenty of filling

- Sharable

- Fulfilling

- Soft

- Greasy

- Warm

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Funky Chicken



Funky Chicken

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Service (staff):


- Counter service

- Quick

- Knowledgable

- Laborious 

- Busy

- Cordial

- Helpful



Ambiance


- Too peaceful

- Sit down - fast food 

- Clean

- Spacious

- Casual

- Bright

- Easy and overprice menu

- Background music

- Nicely decorated

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4/5

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•Address• 181 heights blv. | houston tx 

•Telf• (832) 924-4655

•Web• www.realfunkychicken.com

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Combo Meals

1/4 rack 1pc chicken brussels sprouts and  macaroni & cheese

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Rack: lack of meat, cold, hard, greasy 


Chicken: well cooked, juicy, warm, flavorless


Mac & cheese: cheesy, slightly cold, provocative, strong cheddar flavor, creamy, sharable side


Brussels Sprouts: oily, cruncky, small portion, golden brown color


Biscuit: warm, buttery, fresh, soft

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Dish: 3.5/5

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Chopped Chicken Wrap

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- Large size

- Plenty of meat

- Fresh veggies

- Too much dressing 

- Fulfilling

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Chicken Meals

2 pieces 1crispy and 1 roasted with funky slaw

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Chicken: crispy, warm, juicy, golden color


Slaw: homemade, fresh, perfect portion of mayo, medium size 


Biscuit: warm, buttery, fresh, soft

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Gusto Gourmet


Gusto Gourmet

latin-mediterranean fresh fusion 

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Service (staff):

 

- Warm

- Inviting

- Knowledgable

- Accommodating

- Friendly

- Helpful



Ambiance


- Clean

- Small

- Casual

- Quaint

- Bright

- Prepared food for purchase

- Slightly overpriced 

- Enjoyable background music

- Uncomfortable chairs

- Tiny

- Easy & bilingual menu

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Service: 5/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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Tequeños

cheese - cheese & sweet plantains - turkey & cream cheese

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- Hot

- Sharable

- Fried

- Delectable 

- Addictive

- Fresh

- Variety of options

- Individually small



Cheese Tequeños: full of cheese, slightly salty, soft


Sweet Plantain Tequeños: slightly sweet, provocative, melty cheese


Turkey Tequeños: creamy, soft, plenty of cream and turkey, light selection

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Antojo Maracucho

twice fried green plantains topped with shredded beef or shredded chicken, shredded cheese & homemade sauce

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- Cheesy

- Crunchy

- Sharable

- Warm

- Delicious

- Perfect quantity of beef and chicken

- Well seasoned 

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Dish: 5/5

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Pabellon Arepa

shredded beef, black beans & sweet plantains

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- Homemade

- Slightly messy

- Barely cold

- Plenty of filling 

- Sweet kick

- Tender and well seasoned beef

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Cachapa

venezuelan cheese & pabellon

(shredded beef, black beans & sweet plantains)

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- Corn infused

- Strong corn flavor

- Sweet

- Fulfilling

- Plenty of cheese

- Warm

- Full of beef and plantains 

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Dish: 5/5

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Il Mascalzone


Il Mascalzone 

pizzeria ristorante 

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Service (staff):

 

- Italian charm

- Proactive

- Knowledgable

- A bit slow

- Friendly

- Welcoming



Ambiance


- Hot and new

- Modern

- Background music

- Bright

- Casual

- Cold temperature

- Authentic italian menu

- Mixed crowd

- Singing pizza guy (sporadically)

- 2 locations in Houston. 

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Service: 4.5/5

Ambience: 5/5

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Insalata Tricolore

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- Fresh

- Cold

- Garlic kick

- Italian pesto flavor

- Italian flag presentation

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Vitello Tonnato

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- Only place in houston offering this dish

- Authentic italian

- Cold

- Tuna flavor

- Delectable

- Beautiful presentation

- Light option

- Exquisite 

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Dish: 5/5

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Gnocchi Verdi Al 4 Formaggi

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- Homemade

- Large portion

- Creamy

- Strong cheese flavor

- Spinach touch

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Dish: 5/5

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Gnocchi Di Patate Al Pesto e Capesante

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- Homemade

- Strong pesto flavor

- Garlic kick

- Large portion

- Scallops perfectly cooked

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Dish: 4.5/5

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Ravioli Aurora

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- Homemade

- Al dente

- Lots of mushroom

- Tomato sauce

- Large portion

- Rich

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Dish: 5/5

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Pizza Nutella

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- Overpriced

- Easy to share

- Lots of nutella

- Large portion

- A lot of bread 

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Monday, March 16, 2015

North Italia


North Italia

handmade with love

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Service (staff):

 

- Extremely welcoming

- Friendly

- Gentle

- Polite

- Lack of knowledge

- Friendly

- Inattentive a few times but helpful

- Manager visited the tables

 

 

Ambience:

 

- New and Trendy

- Spacious but cozy

- Bright during the day and dim at night

- Energetic chattering (loud)

- Mixed crowd

- Different set up tables

- Bar connected with the main bar and patio

- Rustic and industrial décor

- Visible kitchen

- Pleasant background music

- Easy menu

- Self-parking and valet parking available

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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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Prosciutto Bruschettas

crescenza cheese, grilled asparagus, truffle, grana padano

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- Charming but unimpressive

- Fresh

- Lack of sauce and truffle  

- Sharable

- Large portion

- Prosciutto : rich, genuine, smooth texture

- Asparagus: crunchy, fresh,

- Bread: toasted crust, soft,

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Dish: 4/5

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Grilled Artichoke

sea salt, truffle, grana padano cheese, lemon aioli

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- Fresh

- Sharable

- Lovely presentation

- Rich flavor but unimpressive 

- Messy

- Oily  

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Dish: 3.7/5

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Pizza

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Half

 

Fig & Prosciutto

prosciutto di parma, fig, goat cheese, arugula

 

- Sweet

- Fresh prosciutto

- Slightly salty

- Delicate

- Crispy crust

- Oily

 

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Half


Funghi

roasted mushroom, cippollini onion, smooked mozzarella

 

- Greasy

- Cheesy

- Earthy and smoky kick

- Crunchy crust

- Warm

- Fresh mushrooms

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Dish: 4.3/5

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Spinach Tortelloni

roasted mushroom, bloomsdale spinach, ricotta, pecorino & saba

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- Creamy

- Soft

- Full of ricotta

- Slightly sweet and smoky

- Fulfilling

- Adequate contexture  

- Earthy kick

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Dish: 4.7/5

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Dark Chocolate Tart

nutella mousse, pecan coffee

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- Recommended

- Delectable

- Enjoyable

- Smooth

- Bittersweet

- Intense chocolate flavor

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Dish: 5/5

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Hay Merchant


The Hay Merchant

craft food & beer

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Service (staff):


- Personable

- Friendly

- Informal

- Attentive

- Busy

- Knowledgeable




Ambiance: 


- Game day decor

- Dive bar meets sports bar

- Great selection of craft beers

- Laid back

- Casual

- Hipster


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Service: 4/5

Ambience: 4.3/5

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The Cease & Desist Burger

twice the meat, twice the cheese, but not too big to affect your girlish figure

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- Bad ass

- Juicy

- Fresh and crisp veggies

- Full of flavor

- Melted cheese

- Great add on selection

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Dish: 5/5

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Wings! Wings! Wings! Wings!

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- Lack of flavor

- Texture not at its best

- Interesting sauces

- Crispy exterior

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Dish: 3/5

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