First of all, the food was excellent. I had soup and salad, both very tasty. The interior of the restaurant is adorable and being my first time eating there, I was pleased by my initial impression.
However, the kitchen is open to the room. While I know what "goes on behind the scenes" in many restaurants and I am not a cleanliness freak - I was close to being grossed out by the end of my meal. All food was prepared with bare hands, including tossing my salad - by people who were EATING the whole time they cooked. I watched someone stand and lick a baking bowl and spoon (thank goodness I saw him wash it after!) while my food was prepared. The waitress, who was extremely nice, grabbed croutons with her bare hands (after taking orders, cleaning tables etc) and put them on my plate. I never saw them wash in between their actions. I just tried to avoid watching as much as possible...I truly wanted to say something to someone privately before I left but never had the chance. I hope they clean up their act because I really would love to eat there again.