We took a chance and it was okay at best. There's really no compelling reason to go back. First, there was no valet. I can park my own car but it's downtown and it was freezing out. This was my first clue we might have made a mistake. What decent restaurant downtown doesn't have valet parking available? I'd gladly pay. The wine list is eh. We ordered glasses. It took almost 10 minutes for them to "make" our drinks. The menu is interesting but the waiter made no recommendations, offered no helpful insight. We ordered the ribs and the shrimps and grits first. Ribs were overdone, chewy and just slathered in super sweet sauce - not good. The shrimp and grits (polenta cake) was okay. Then we had veal ravioli - which made me realize why they decided to put salt and pepper shakers on the table. (Honestly cannot remember last time I was at an upscale restaurant that put salt and pepper shakers on the table - this was also a worrisome clue when we sat down.) The ravioli was flavorless. The pork belly skewers were next - so so and a literal repeat of the flavor profile of the ribs. I think they used the exact same sauce and the skewers were fancy toothpicks. Come on, where's the creativity. The fish tacos were the best thing we ordered. Actually quite tasty. Last we had the jerk chicken flatbread - okay but i'm sure you can get just as good a flatbread at CPK. On the service side again, we had to ask for clean plates a couple times along the way. The dishes slathered in bbq sauce made a mess but they seemed fine having us continue with the same dirty plates throughout an entire tapas style meal. All in all, this place is decorated as upscale modern and trying to be chic but the food and service don't come close to measuring up. Too bad.
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