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“Basic eating establishment that pretends to be a formal dining restaurant.”
Review of Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant - CLOSED

Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $25
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed October 24, 2012

Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant was easy to find. It looked very rustic with weather-beaten wood and a nice produce garden in the same lot. Upon entering, the interior was very clean and quaint. I failed to see the necessity of utilizing white table cloth since the food would not demand such setting. Bare wooden tables would have sufficed.
We ordered a bottle of 2010 Firesteed Oregon Pinot Noir but, our server informed us that they were no longer available. She recommended 2011 Harlow Ridge Pinot Noir instead ($28). We reluctantly agreed since this was from California and we had our hearts set on Oregon grapes. This wine was fruity with soft tannin, red cherry undertone and a short finish. It benefited from 15 minutes of breathing time.
Our first appetizer was Crab Cakes with Panko Breading and Cajun Remoulade ($6). There were two crab cakes per order. We quickly realized why the price was extremely inexpensive. There were barely any crabmeat and the bulk of the weight was breadcrumbs. They had descent flavor with very little crab notes. Remoulade had an oily texture with good pickle relish flavor, some sweetness and light Cayenne pepper heat. Second appetizer was Calamari a la Panko ($7). These panko breaded calamari steaks were served with roasted tomato marinara. The sauce had a very good ripe tomato aroma but missing the roasted top note. Good flavor albeit sugary sweet. Adding sugar is an amateur cook’s way of offsetting the sour taste of low grade tomatoes. Calamari steaks were chewy with pronounced soapy aftertaste. Please stay away from this appetizer.
Complimentary bread was painfully obvious not home-made. They were the frozen par-baked varietals and very pale in color with no crust development. The hummus accompanying the bread was excellent. The heavy dose of cumin was surprising and yet a welcoming addition. This hummus was chunky instead of the typical smooth puree but, in this case it worked. Butter served with our bread was 100% real whipped butter, which was a plus. Most places often mixed their butter with margarine.
Main course was mountain trout and I asked for mine to be blackened ($16). My dining partner had hers with lemon pepper and toasted almonds as advertised on the menu. The plates were a typical three-pointer presentation. We expected this kind of presentation at Waffle House, not in a restaurant that portrayed itself as a formal dining establishment. They were nothing exciting, just adequate. They came with seasonal vegetables (broccoli, carrots and red cabbage garnish). I chose citrus white rice as the second side dish. The name was more inviting than the appearance or the flavor. It was par-boiled rice with a mild hint of orange juice and a pronounced sweetness. The vegetables were nicely steamed with a dose of garlic butter. The trout was excellently cooked and still very juicy. However, it was merely seared on a flat-top grill instead of blackened in a super-heated cast iron skillet. The blackening spice has a faint flavor of celery seeds as if it has been mixed with Old Bay seasoning. Needless to say, it was one of the less appealing blackening spice blends I have ever tasted. Be careful eating this trout. It was very bony and difficult to eat. The trout farm must have taken too many short cuts when deboning their products.
As for dessert, we ordered Crème Brûlée ($6). It was surprisingly cooked in a very deep bowl instead of the shallow dish. The custard was smooth and well-formed. It was not overly sweet, which was excellent. The vanilla flavor was too mild. It was disappointing that Doyle decided to use vanilla extract instead of actual vanilla beans. The sugar crust was adequately formed. Overall, this desert was satisfying and a good ending to a meal.
Service was good but, not attentive. Deana, our server was very polite and also very nervous. Never once she came back and poured our wine. She did check and ask about our dinner. Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant is just another basic eating establishment that pretends to be a formal dining restaurant. Do not expect to have outstanding food or experience any formal dining atmosphere.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

If you want to sit outside, have a drink and listen to music, this is your place. If you want to sit inside and have a tasty, quiet dinner, go to the Chop House. Service was slow, food was subpar for price and ambiance was underwhelming.

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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Whether you want a night out for delicious sit-down dinner inside or an evening under the stars on the patio, Doyle's delivers a consistently good experience. Just the right combination of fancy and friendly. They also do a Great job catering special events and have their own organic herbs, and vegetables and serve some great local beef. A must try if you are in the area.

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Reviewed October 10, 2012

Murphy's best fine dining, great service, white tablecloth. In all fairness I tend not to eat a lot of meat and can testify the Eggplant Parmesan is really good and portion is generous. Have not visited during warm weather with open deck and live music. Sounds like fun!

Thank Wannabefarmgirl
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

As you enter this place the sign says "Welcome to Oz". That is what it felt like! This place serves up as much local food and organic food as possible. In fact, the veggies from my dinner came form the garden outside. The local trout was delish! They also served fresh homemade hummus with the baked bread that was outstanding. The Creme Brulee was so incredible. My only complaint was it was too much for me to finish!! This is a must-stop place to eat!

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