Open 24 hours? Decent New Haven pizza? Colorful owners? Can't beat it. Heaven at 2 am on a Saturday... One of my favorite cheap, late-night spots.
Ultra thin pizza cooked in a wood-burning oven. Sometimes slightly doughy/undercooked, but never bad. To be clear, it's not on par with any of of the major players in town, and it's definitely not a destination restaurant, but it is the perfect place to satisfy a craving in a no-frills location.
The fact that New Haven has a low-end place that's this good shows just how spoiled we are here in the pizza belt!
Excellent service but nevertheless a pretty run-of-the-mill sushi/pan-asian establishment. I ordered a tasting of sashimi at the counter and had yellow tail, fluke, uni, salmon, tuna, and striped bass. The sushi chef was young but sincere. The uni was way off but they immediately comped it and more than made up for it with little extras. The warm junmai house sake was decent as well. Definitely will return because of the service. For the area, it's good.
A perfect bistro. While there may be more interesting dishes here and there in Austin, Olivia shines because of its consistency. Standouts: surf and swine entree with charred octopus and pork belly, roasted sweetbread app with mushroom-fig purée and onion demiglace, roasted beet salad with smoked oysters and, of course, their awesome duck egg creme brûlée.
Some of the dishes are incredible, others are forgettable. Overall, it's very good and the effort is appreciated. Standouts: street corn with sea urchin, rabbit seven-ways, dried beef tapa with kimchee and egg-yolk, and the shrimp with lobster bisque and custard. On the other hand, the carrot jerky, quail, tribute to Michel Bras, and the "salmon butter" were all not worth the money/lackluster. The cheese ice cream sandwich is awesome. All in all, a fun dining experience that can be truly amazing if you avoid some of the whiffs.
Really? The cheeseburger I had tasted like something you'd get at some clueless picnic. Meat was dry and had no flavor even though it was cooked medium rare. There has to be something up with either the quality of the meat or blend-selection. Nevertheless, the service was good and the history behind the place is appreciated.
Top-notch Polish bakery. My family has been coming here for years. You can't beat the value here. Everything is fresh, made from scratch and tasty. The staff does not speak English very well and may come off as unfriendly to some. Nevertheless, personally, I've never had a problem. Cash only.
Well-done, common Polish fare. Their cheese blintzes and potato pancakes were excellent. Both are worth going out of the way for. Potato and cheese pierogies and kielbasa were very good as well. Friendly and attentive service. Clean environment. Can't complain about a thing.
Awesome. Although there may have been some mishaps when they first started out (and, admittedly, I saw one flub while I was there), the pies we personally received tonight were great. Seriously--on par with Motorino and other truly excellent Neapolitan pizza places. Specifically, we ordered the Brussels sprouts pie and added some pancetta, and also ordered a sunny side egg pie. Both were perfect. Doug, Rich, and Abe (?) were holding down the fort and doing a really solid job. Glad to see they're starting to hit their stride!
Great coffee. However, the food needs some work. The brioche with ham and cheese was terrible. Instead of fluffy brioche, it was a dense, dry, sweet bread that was burnt on top. It was also awkwardly huge. If they made it in-house I would recommend just scrapping their food efforts altogether to instead focus on ther excellent coffees. The chocoloate biscotti I had, however, was decent.
The food may be cheap and filling, but it's far from good and the service is terrible. Spend your hard earned money elsewhere at an establishment that at least tries.
My table ordered the roast duck soup which had about 4 hacked up pieces of duck all laced with numerous bones. The only flavor to the duck was star anise and no plate was supplied to allow you to pick at the duck. It's one thing to serve meat on the bone, it's another to just chop up a bird carelessly so that tiny sharp bones remain and you're only armed with a plastic soup spoon. The broth was flavorless salt water. Shrimp pancakes were mostly greasy batter with one or two cocktail shrimps per piece. The stir-fried noodles with vegetables were akin to what you'd get in an inept cafeteria. Service was cold and uncaring. There are many other restaurants in New Haven who are trying hard to make you good food and provide you with good service. Why eat here instead?
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