This place rocks, plain and simple. These people know what they're doing. They have a special that I love - a croissant stuffed with rosemary lemon chicken with some sauce and OMG, it is delicious. It came with a spring mix side salad with feta and a yummy housemade vinaigrette. I wish it was a regular dish because I've been thinking about it for the past two months. The macaroons are 3 bucks a piece, but they are worth it. I've tried almost all of them and the best ones are raspberry rose and caramel - buttery and oh so good.
Holy ravioli is all I have to say....AMAZING! I'm an Italian girl from Jersey....I've had my fair share of ravioli in my life and this is the best I've ever had. Their green salad is really good too - simple and good. No iceberg lettuce here. Service is great. The reason I'm not giving 5 stars is because last time we were in, I tried a chicken dish that was just OK. Next time, I will just stick to the ravioli...
Tried out "The Root" this week after loyally going to the same stylist for 7 years. I was a little nervous about switching over, but it was time for a change and I'm so glad I took the plunge! I had no idea what I was missing with my old salon - you mean I call and leave a voicemail for an appointment and someone actually calls me back?? What a concept! You mean, I show up for a scheduled appointment and the salon is actually open? Amazing! They were warm and welcoming as soon as I walked in the door, offering water, soda, beer, wine, cookies...it was great! Then, Emily Claire checked out my 'do. She listened to what I wanted and offered her expert opinion from there. Then, it was time to sit under the dryer while the dye worked its magic. At my old salon, I was kind of left to fend for myself, having no idea how long I'd be sitting under the dryer, what was going on, etc...and it sucked. Totally different experience here. Emily Claire checked on me every so often, told me how long I'd be sitting there and offered me everything I'd need. Long story short: cut is excellent, color is excellent, service was excellent, price was excellent - cut, color, shine treatment, and style for $80??? Yes, please.
After reading all these great reviews, I'm wondering if maybe I (and my husband) just ordered the wrong thing, because we thought this place kind of sucked. The chips and salsa were very good and they give you four different types of salsa. The ambiance was cool. However, the food took FOREVER (like, 45 minutes at lunchtime) to come out. This wouldn't be so bad if the food was slap-yo-mama-in-the-face good, but to our disappointment, there will be no slapping our mamas in the face after eating at Gallo Blanco. The carne asada tacos were pretty crappy. The meat was fatty, tough and bland. My husband got the pork torta and he said it was just 'ok'. Sorry, wanted to like this place, but it's not gonna happen.
I love this place! Consistently delicious. Don't be fooled by the outside, this place is a gem. The chips are thin and yummy and their salsa ROCKS!!! My husband and I eat here at least once a week. It's cheap, clean and service is good. Plus, they leave you with a nice parting gift - a cinnamon sugar 'cookie'. We try other Mexican places and every time, we say the same thing, "damn, we should have gone to El Bravo." I am addicted.
We came here on a Friday night. My husband ordered a dirty martini and it was so dirty, it came out looking like a glass of olive juice with some grenadine in it - it was actually red - WTH? It was the first time in his life he had sent something back. The waitress was cool about it though. She had to be, she has eyeballs too. We ordered the mozzarella and heirloom tomato appetizer. It was ok, nothing special. I have a pet peeve though - if you say heirloom, I expect heirloom and heirloom tomatoes, they were not. If they are not in season, that's fine, but tell people when they order. Then, we had the cannelloni special with sausage sauce. Again, nothing special. Here's the kicker - they charge for bread (not special bread, just plain ol' bread) and for parmesan cheese to put on top of your pasta!!! In fairness, they do give you one piece of bread with your pasta, but if you want any more, you are paying $3. Let's be serious - the name of the restaurant is Pasta Bar and you charge for grated cheese?? That's like going to a sushi restaurant and paying for soy sauce or a burger place and paying for ketchup. The cheese actually on the menu as a side. Are you kidding me? We're not talking special grated cheese. It looked like the stuff from a green shaker bottle. I wanted to add some salt to our appetizer, but there was none on the table. I didn't ask for any because I was afraid they'd charge for that too. I'm actually surprised they didn't have it on the menu as a side. We won't be going back.
We stopped here for dessert this weekend. THE CHOCOLATE CAKE!!! It was unreal, the three people in our party who tried it, all agreed it was the best chocolate cake we've ever had!! Moist, fluffy, not too sweet, perfect amount of chocolate, and the icing was delicious too. And bonus - it comes with a glass of milk. Ambiance was warm and cozy, the owner was friendly and the bartender was very helpful with the menu. We will definitely be back for dinner to try the award-winning meatballs. Can't wait!