At El Gato Azul, the food is really quite good and the environment is nice in the spring and fall. The place has good potential, but ultimately is just not worth the effort, at least for locals and business clients.
The service is so inconsistent that you never know what to expect, if it will be great or an embarrassment to your guests or clients. We have been eating at Barry's restaurants for nearly a decade, and despite my sincere efforts to support these local businesses it is just no longer worth the effort.
Let me provide an example: Several years ago, Barry agreed to accept American Express from corporate customers. He not only expressed this to me verbally, but responded to my earlier review on Tripadvisor with these exact words:
"In response to you query about accepting Amex: We do accept Amex for corporate cardholders, and for others if they do not have another card available. The corporate card is the most expensive to accept, and but there are other reasons for the decision. In tight financail times, we have had to make decisions that are best for the business, but try to accomodate our guests as best possible. We prefer, Visa, MC & Discover however. "
Today, I had a lunch with one of my friends and business associates and attempted to pay by American Express, to which I was not only told no, but in the most discourteous and unprofessional manner. First by the server and then by Barry himself, despite me reminding him that he had agreed to take the card in the past. As a local business owner, we have spent thousands and thousands of dollars in Barry's restaurants- the $40 for lunch today is our last.