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Old 05-19-2008, 02:17 PM   #21
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I know how you feel Jeekinz. We went to Emeril's in Atlanta shortly after they opened and it was a HUGE disappointment. Apparently we weren't the only ones to feel that way, I heard they closed down recently.

I'd rather just stay at home. Good food is hard to find and to find it consistently, well.....
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:35 PM   #22
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I know how you feel Jeekinz. We went to Emeril's in Atlanta shortly after they opened and it was a HUGE disappointment. Apparently we weren't the only ones to feel that way, I heard they closed down recently.

I'd rather just stay at home. Good food is hard to find and to find it consistently, well.....
It's funny you mention that. We went to Mesa Grill in NYC two years ago, it was "eh". Good flavors, but not extraordinary. I ordered a side of roasted asparagus that was a little funky.

Anyway, in the same casino is Bobby Flay Steak. Which we found after dinner trying to hunt down a stogie. I would like to try that one or a Wolfgang Puck restaurant next to it. I'm just not excited about it because I think I'm going to get burned again. BTW, it wasn't just this time that made me feel this way. The last 10 or so times out has been dissapointing for us.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:08 PM   #23
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...The last 10 or so times out has been dissapointing for us.

All at the same restaurant!?!?
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:26 PM   #24
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No. The steak was nothing to write home about. It was not seasoned, over cooked, slightly tough and just didn't have any flavor to it.

Some places will only cook cuts of meat like that to a certain temperature like medium or medium rare. That's what I assumed when he failed to ask how I preferred my steak.

Edit: Another thing that bugs me is: We used to love eating out at restaurants. There was a few that knew us so well, they had out cocktail orders in before we even sat down. But now, I'm trigger shy trying new places. I have completely lost any faith in dining out, and actually am prepared to get bad results next time.
Jeeks.... come on up north and I'll show you a couple of consistently wonderful places -- both in Jersey City and Manhattan....
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IMO, casinos are not the best places to get great food. Lots of glitz and celebrity cheffing, etc. but the food is always overpriced and seldom memorable. IMO.

I have no problem finding great steak in restaurants here, but it's usually an expensive treat.

There are also loads of great mid-point and cheap eats here, so I consider myself lucky. Dining out is almost always enjoyable.
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I know how you feel Jeekinz. We went to Emeril's in Atlanta shortly after they opened and it was a HUGE disappointment. Apparently we weren't the only ones to feel that way, I heard they closed down recently.

I'd rather just stay at home. Good food is hard to find and to find it consistently, well.....
You know, Mama, I have a theory about places like that. I would go to Emeril's in Atlanta if I knew he was going to be in the house. Otherwise, there are so many wonderful Atlanta-based restaurants where the owner and chef are on site every day, that I wouldn't patronize a place with an absentee owner. (Caveat -- I know and like Emeril, and I love his places in New Orleans) It's just a quirk of mine.....
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All at the same restaurant!?!?
Heck No! All different. lol
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Jeeks.... come on up north and I'll show you a couple of consistently wonderful places -- both in Jersey City and Manhattan....
I religiously watch Colameco. I really need to try out Craft Steak.

The town I'm in has a bunch of "yuppie wannabe hip" restaurants. And they just vacuum! I actually sent a shrimp cocktail back once. LOL, do you believe that? Shrimp Cocktail! I have a laundry list of horrible establishments.

I just heard a commercial on the radio for a new Italian place over in Rumson. Evidently, they make their own fresh pastas daily. We'll see.

Either way, I'm not seeing any advertisements that look like the restaurant is that into their cooking. So I'm curious about that one. And believe you me, you ain't passing of dried pasta as fresh with me.

I was actually very pleased with this restaraunt. I brought DW and her friend there a coupla years ago. Turned me on to mint pea soup in the spring and summer and showed me how well a red pepper and lamb go together. I tried my hardest to get the waiter to crack a smile. Next time I'll limit my grape juice intake. They know how to cook.
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I religiously watch Colameco. I really need to try out Craft Steak..

Do you mean Colicchio ?

There's a lot of fine dining between the places you've been eating and Craftsteak, IMO.

Frank Bruni reviewed Craftsteak with the line "If you delete the steaks, there’s a great deal to like about Craftsteak, which then becomes a bloated version of Craft."

And that was the one in Manhattan, not at the casino.

Not to say it's not good, but Colicchio charges as much as $125 for his steaks. I think the norm for dry-aged NY strip is $40 or $50.

The Beef Aficionado blog has informative reviews of many steak places in and around NYC, if you are interested.
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I religiously watch Colameco. I really need to try out Craft Steak.

The town I'm in has a bunch of "yuppie wannabe hip" restaurants. And they just vacuum! I actually sent a shrimp cocktail back once. LOL, do you believe that? Shrimp Cocktail! I have a laundry list of horrible establishments.

I just heard a commercial on the radio for a new Italian place over in Rumson. Evidently, they make their own fresh pastas daily. We'll see.

Either way, I'm not seeing any advertisements that look like the restaurant is that into their cooking. So I'm curious about that one. And believe you me, you ain't passing of dried pasta as fresh with me.

I was actually very pleased with this restaraunt. I brought DW and her friend there a coupla years ago. Turned me on to mint pea soup in the spring and summer and showed me how well a red pepper and lamb go together. I tried my hardest to get the waiter to crack a smile. Next time I'll limit my grape juice intake. They know how to cook.
I don't know anything about Craft steak except what I've heard... but I do know some seriously fantastic -- and consistently fantastic places both in Northern New Jersey and in Manhattan.
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