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Review of XS

Ranked #1,104 of 2,089 Restaurants in Baltimore
Price range: $1 - $30
Cuisines: Sushi, International
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Neighborhood: Mount Vernon
Reviewed May 18, 2014

Good cappuccino, hot chocolate, pastries today. I've been for breakfast before and it is pretty good. Nice atmosphere.

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Reviewed May 8, 2014

Do not come here. My husband and I work in the industry so we know exactly what customer service should be like and XS does not have it.
Unless you wanna walk away with a bad taste in your mouth I would avoid dining here. If what you are looking for is delicious, unique sushi rolls I would head to RA sushi in harbor east. The atmosphere is very sexy and fun!! Some nights They play live music & on other nights they have a DJ.
The customer service at RA is awesome.

XS is terribly managed and its apparent from the menu to the customer service. I would recommend new ownership.

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Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

I love the atmosphere here and the service is fine but the food is great.
Brunch started with a mimosa which was excellent.
The cinnamon French toast with cream cheese ice cream tasted like a cinnamon bun.
The breakfast burrito was good. Scrambled eggs, onions, peppers and pepper jack cheese served in a grilled tortilla with bacon.
The grilled cheese was basic but highly customizable.
Overall great experience.

Thank Likethetea
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We went as a family of three to XS before a show at the Lyric. Arriving around 6pm on a Saturday night, there were plenty of seats available on the upper levels. Luckily, I had read-up on XS and knew to just walk on in and seat ourselves. I can see how someone expecting a traditional host/hostess would be confused arriving at the door, seeing what appears to be a dessert counter and bar, with no host or signage about what to do, though. A simple sign would help. The menu is extensive: all day breakfast (omelettes, waffles, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes), sandwiches (panini, burgers), pan-Asian and sushi. Pretty unique!

The restaurant is laid out on four levels, each open to the one above and below. I can see that once the DJ gets going on the 4th level in later hours it might get noisy. For us, between 6 - 8pm, it was fine and at a conversational tone. Not sure when the DJ shows, but it is after 8pm at least on a Saturday.

We arrived on the 4th level - cozy and calm - picked a seat and were immediately attended to by our server, Zoey. She was friendly, attentive and prompt throughout. A second server also checked a few minutes later to make sure we had our drink order taken. I read a lot about inconsistent service; it seems to me that may have taken some steps to correct that. These two servers handled the 10 or so tables on Level 4 and did it well.

We ordered apps - steamed pork and wasabi dumplings, and spring rolls. The dumplings were delicious, but had cooled a bit traveling up several flights of stairs. Still good. The spring rolls, according to my wife, were delicious, among the best she ever had. For a main course, I ordered chef's choice sashimi and a dragon role. The dragon roll was excellent, though a little less spicy than I am used to. The sushi was very good, appeared fresh. The preparation was not as perfect as I would expect in NY or SF, but still just fine. My wife got several rolls and tamago. All was very good and prepared well. Our tween daughter loved the tamago. Our daughter got a Belgian waffle with vanilla mousse. Sadly, it took quite a while for it to come out - our sushi was delivered probably 12 - 15 minutes prior to the waffle. I'm guessing they had to make some fresh mousse. That said, our server apologized, and kept us informed every few minutes, so there was no service issue, just a kitchen hold-up. When it came, it was prepared perfectly and was a generous size. So, a minor issue in the end. We didn't stay for dessert. but there appeared to be a number of good options.

The check was delivered promptly on request, and settled quickly. Prices were surprisingly reasonable. All-in-all, a very good experience with only one kitchen-caused minor issue. 3.5 - 4 stars.

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Reviewed January 19, 2014

I stopped in here for breakfast one morning when I was staying nearby and I wish I had kept on going. Its bad. As a previous reviewer called it, they are a jack of all trades and certainly a master of none from what I could see. I was sat on what I guess you would call the mezzanine level which gave me a view down into the kitchen and what I saw during my brief stay was enough to put me off going back. There was a tub of cooked bacon just sat out at room temperature. When I say tub this thing must have had at least 100 slices of cooked bacon in it. Luckily despite having already ordered prior to seeing this I hadnt ordered anything with bacon. I had the Belgian waffle with strawberry, blueberry and banana. It was pretty naff and tasteless. From what I could see they were using the same batter mix for the Belgian waffle and the New York griddle cakes. I did not realise there was such an overlap in the recipes! Everything I could see going on in the kitchen was extremely offputting with a lack of care all round. Do not go here.

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Thank nezza28
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