Connie & Ted's is located in the sleekly renovated building of the old Silver Spoon (a greasy diner that was, in it's day, a hangout to the stars). Living in the area, I've watched the construction and noticed the bustle of customers after it opened. So, I was excited to try this new addition to the neighborhood. My boyfriend's birthday was the perfect opportunity.
Unfortunately, I was disappointed from the start. With a 9:30 pm reservation, we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. The two of us were placed at a 4-seat table which was really almost large enough to seat 6 if you put people at the ends. Nevermind that there were at least one or two other 2 seat tables available and we weren't asked if we would like to sit on the covered patio. The table was in the very middle of the restaurant, not very intimate. And to make things worse, the noise level was so high and the table just wide enough that we couldn't even talk to one another.
Then came the food. We had the single scallop served in the shell as an appetizer. It was delicious, buttery, tender, well seasoned... the absolute best part of the entire experience even at a rather high $23. For the main course, we had the Shellfish Marinara which was a big disappointment since the waitress said it was her favorite. Some of the clams & mussels were a bit chewy and most had been cooked to the point that they had fallen out of the shell. An unsettling number of the mussels didn't even open. We had to request a dish in which to place the empty shells. Worst of all, the dish was way too salty. We also had the Lobster Roll which was a bit skimpy on lobster, though I may have been spoiled by a recent trip to Maine. The Fingering Potatoes and Fries would have been excellent if they weren't also excessively salted. The Mac & Cheese had a perfectly crispy crust on top but was otherwise unremarkable.
I hate wasting food; so, I had everything boxed to go... except the Shellfish Marinara - it really wasn't good! I was bewildered and surprised when I opened the boxes to supplement our lunch today. I found less than 1/3 of the food that we had left on our plates! Did the servers eat it themselves? Did they think we would just throw it in the garbage anyway?
To top off the experience, as we walked home we saw a rat scurry from the little alleyway behind the restaurant. When we looked down the open air alleyway, we saw the servers carrying food up a stair from a basement from where the rat appeared to have come. Needless to say, I'm disappointed in my new neighborhood restaurant. And, I will not be going back!
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