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“Noshing in Geneva -- The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”
Review of Nosh

Nosh
Ranked #11 of 149 Restaurants in Geneva
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Breakfast
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed July 23, 2012

First of all, the name. Sounds as if they might offer something on the menu besides a pastrami sandwich to warrant the word "nosh." Maybe a little chopped liver, some lox, a nice piece of white fish? But, basque seasoning on fries? Huh?

When my dining companion, who happens to be Jewish, asked a couple of questions, such as "What exactly are the Basque fries" covered in?" our server just said, "Oh, it's our signature seasoning. It's not real spicy." OK. Next question. "Is there a dish which people love here and for which they keep coming back?" Server. "Not sure. But, I like the such and such." Perhaps she was new.

I had the tilapia tacos with jicama slaw. The fish was nice and hot, and I was pleased with the crispy, brown batter. Although the fish tacos don't compare to those at nearby Bien Trucha, I was satisfied with one exception: I couldn't find but one, tiny shred of jicama in a slaw that was predominantly cabbage and carrots. And, the jicama was the clincher for me in the description on the menu. My friend also ordered the jicama slaw on the side because her mother used to make it. Also, little to no jicama. We should have said something, but we demurred, not wanting to be perceived as one of "those troublesome customers."

The other dish we sampled was the savory French toast. The caramelized onions and bacon were pronounced first rate, but some of the bread had not been soaked at all in the egg mixture and was white and dry.

No excuse, either, for having to ask to have one's iced tea glass refilled when the restaurant is half-filled and the glass is empty. Also no friendly smile, acknowledgement, or smile from the manager upon our entering or leaving. Some things are so simple and go a long way to create a pleasant dining experience. Oh, and the fire alarm went off for 5 min. without any announcement about whether to stay or leave or what caused it. Painful.

We liked the menu choices, however, and will probably go back for another helping. We really want it to be as good as some people claim.

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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Arrived at NOSH for our second visit, a leisurely Saturday breakfast with our adult children. Unfortunately, the unique restaurant doesn't open until 8 on weekends. We walked a block away for Starbucks and came back.
We were not disappointed. Their menu is unusal, with combinations like pear polenta and apple chicken sausage. Good coffee. Good service. Indoor and outdoor seating. Their breakfast menu includes a variety of omelettes, french toasts, fruit pancakes and yogurt parfaits; something for everyone.

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Reviewed July 11, 2012

Nosh has very different but very delicious food! I love the NLT and the service is great! We love going here!

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Reviewed July 9, 2012

If you want food with more of a flare/ spice/ change. this is the place. Service can be a little slow . Clientele is usually small groups of locals. Great place to do something different in downtown Geneva.

Thank Pat P
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Reviewed June 26, 2012

Our first time at Nosh was on a Saturday around noon during the local Swedish Festival. Its around 5 to 6 blocks west into town from the Fox River bike path in which we were on. The place is a large open room that was well cooled on the 90 plus degree day. They do have some tables outside under a nice awning but we wanted to cool down. The menu is creative and the decision was hard. We tried the crab cakes eggs benedict and the Nosh french toast with some freshly brewed iced tea. I like the fact that the two crab cakes were different in that one was a red pepper version and the other a lemon caper. Both very good. the coating had a nice crispness on both and the flavors very bright. If only they hadn't skimped on the hollandaise sauce it would have been perfect. The french toast was also tasty with the smooth sweet lemon cream that was on top. We will go back. If you go and get the eggs benny tell'em not to be stingy with the sauce and you should have nice meal.

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