I had not been to Filho's in some time, perhaps a year or more, but was looking forward to this visit. In the past, Filho's had always offered good food and a very good value. It is true, as stated in other reviews, that the place is small and noisy and it can be difficult to get a table. But, in the past, it has been worth it. Unfortunately, not so this time.
This is a BYOB restaurant which is a feature that we are often attracted to.
About the meal:
The salads are still very good here and represent a good value. One is certainly enough to serve two people. They are fresh and the fresh herbs used really make a difference.
The bread that was brought to the table was just OK. It was fresh but soft as though it had been stored in a plastic bag. Fine for many tastes but we much prefer a Italian or French bread that is crusty.
The entrees of chicken and veal each contained three moderately sized pieces which, we found to be inadequate. Moreover, both were tough. The piccata sauce was quite good.
The sides of pasta were also good. The pasta was nicely cooked and the marinara sauce was slightly sweet but not sweet enough to present a problem for those with a savory palate. When placing the order, we were not offered a choice of sauces for the pasta and are not sure that options were available. Had we been, we would likely have chosen oil and garlic which would have better complemented our entrees.
The service was fine, particularly given that this is an eatery where one places one's order at the counter and pays for it before it is delivered to one's table. It would be nice if the servers at least offered water. It is a bit of a pain to have to ask for ice and water at the busy counter. Speaking of which, arguably, the biggest single issue that we had was the fact that we had to try several wine glasses before finding ones that were free of old lipstick and other grime. One is left to wonder about the cleanliness behind the scenes. For that reason alone, I am very sorry to admit that we are less than eager to return. Hence, our disappointment in what had been a really good local find. Hopefully, the owners will recognize their problems and address them before they begin to lose more business.