My bestest friends (Minneapolitans) took me to Bar la Grassa for my 42nd birthday.
It was okay.
They talked about this place like it was THE place in town. Yes, people were waiting in the lobby before opening time. Yes, everyone swarmed in when the doors opened at precisely 5 p.m.
But then the place stayed half-full for the next hour. So I assume word has gotten around -- it's just not that good.
The food was okay-ish. One entree was eggs-over-easy on toast, with a bit of cream cheese and some lobster tail. Meh.
Another dish was grilled, de-boned chicken. It had bones, and it was okay.
A third dish was candied carrots. I like it that chic restaurants are now demanding top dollar for side-dishes our moms prepared in the 60s and 70s, which we refused to eat.
The pasta was fine, and pedestrian. Twenty years ago, you'd be impressed by the texture. Now, it's available at supermarkets.
I had two or three different elbows in my face during the night. i.e. staff who hadn't been trained to reach in when serving food or refilling water, or removing empty plates.
Our primary server had a great personality, tattoos and bad suggestions. (I usually ask the staff what's good. Her recommendations were not good. I credit/blame the restaurant rather than the server in these situations.)
The death knell, in terms of service, was the wine service. We ordered an idea, a feel of what we wanted, and were rewarded with a great suggestion. But then, as the room filled up, our glasses went dry as our bottle melted its ice bucket, somewhere nearby. If we'd known where the bottle was hiding, we's have refilled ourselves.
No wait, I tell a lie. We DID wind up serving ourselves. Our server came by finally, and refilled my glass (thus revealing the hiding place of the bottle) but failed to refill the other empty glass at the table. We were three people in a four-top (booth).
That's just incredibly bad service. Unconscionably bad, Humorously bad. Reviewably bad.
I've been served by the best, in some some outstanding Zagat-rated restaurants. I've also been served by great people who "get it," despite working in non-starred restaurants of no acclaim. The common theme is twofold: You never get an elbow in the face, and your glass is never empty.
The Bar la Grassa atmosphere is underwhelming, for dining purposes. It's fine for bar purposes, and perhaps for grassa purposes.
It's a bar.
It's crowded with women on the prowl. I'm fine with this aspect of the ambiance on general principles. I like women. I like prowling. Furthermore, they all seemed well-dressed and attractive. If I were writing a review for singles bars, especially geared toward 30-to-40 somethings, Bar la Grassa would rate Five Stars.
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