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  • Post #61 - October 13th, 2021, 4:57 am
    Post #61 - October 13th, 2021, 4:57 am Post #61 - October 13th, 2021, 4:57 am
    With all due respect to the vintage-iconic RJ Grunt's and Fritz That's It in days of yore, I've always thought that Mon Ami Gabi was the theme-based star in the LEYE stable.

    Spent so much time at the MAG in Vegas at the Paris, with the outdoor patio possibly the best people-watching spot on the Strip. I had read at some point that it was per capita per square foot the highest-grossing of all the Melman restaurants.

    And quality just kicks a** there. Salads, hanger steak, frites. The French onion soup...I spent 4 days in Paris trying to order something as good as MAG's, and failed. Authentic, who cares? It's magical. Recently, I've dined at the Bethesda, MD location--as good as Vegas, or Oak Brook.

    It's gotta be mall & office economics. And LEYE does not dally--something looks like it may not work in the future, they pull the plug like an iron lung.
  • Post #62 - October 13th, 2021, 8:27 am
    Post #62 - October 13th, 2021, 8:27 am Post #62 - October 13th, 2021, 8:27 am
    jnm123 wrote:something looks like it may not work in the future, they pull the plug like an iron lung.

    Who pulls the plug on an iron lung??? :shock:

    :lol:
  • Post #63 - October 13th, 2021, 8:33 am
    Post #63 - October 13th, 2021, 8:33 am Post #63 - October 13th, 2021, 8:33 am
    Hi,

    A friend in the last month visited the MAG in Oak Brook and was disappointed by the food. I don't know the particulars, just that they were not thrilled. It could be they were having problems there.

    I was at Oak Brook for a funeral lunch in August. It was not easy finding parking for two reasons: a number of spots were reserved for those picking up, and all other parking spaces were filled. Parking was just as dense at noon as it was at 2:30 pm when I left.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #64 - November 7th, 2021, 3:00 pm
    Post #64 - November 7th, 2021, 3:00 pm Post #64 - November 7th, 2021, 3:00 pm
    We visited RJ Grunts prior to our first in person music in nearly two years on Friday(Todd Snider and Steve Poltz at Park West).
    Not at all anxious to return.

    The famous salad bar is now a digital salad bar (select items with your phone) and does not appear to be an option as a side (I don't remember if it was previously) only as a $17 entree with upcharge for proteins.

    Fish and chips, if ordered as is, says comes with cottage fries but it's actually potato chips. Fries are a $1 upcharge and were limp and barely hot. Chocolate shake was really really late and was more like melted chocolate ice cream. Service in general was awful.
    What is patriotism, but the love of good things we ate in our childhood?
    -- Lin Yutang
  • Post #65 - November 8th, 2021, 8:28 am
    Post #65 - November 8th, 2021, 8:28 am Post #65 - November 8th, 2021, 8:28 am
    Merle and I had dinner with a friend last night outside at L. Woods. Plenty of propane heaters cranking away on a somewhat balmy evening.

    Fish and chips for me. Cheeseburger for Merle. Brisket sandwich and french onion soup for our friend. Food was fine. Service was good considering every joint is short staffed.
    Never order barbecue in a place that also serves quiche - Lewis Grizzard
  • Post #66 - November 8th, 2021, 8:35 am
    Post #66 - November 8th, 2021, 8:35 am Post #66 - November 8th, 2021, 8:35 am
    That's probably a topic in itself. In a dining world where it's just assumed that everybody is short-staffed, who does the best job of persevering?

    Doesn't surprise me that L. Woods shone through. Their waitstaff is veteran, no fly-by-nights in the bunch. I have a bunch of friends that live in that area that frequent L. Woods because of its consistency throughout the pandemic.

    And...my daughter & in-laws dined at Mon Ami Gabi in Bethesda, MD Saturday night. Same thing. Veteran, knowledgeable waitstaff & kitchen, and even if they were short on help, it didn't show. Good as ever.
  • Post #67 - November 11th, 2021, 7:28 am
    Post #67 - November 11th, 2021, 7:28 am Post #67 - November 11th, 2021, 7:28 am
    Hi,

    When Kelly Cheng spoke about Sun Wah BBQ during the pandemic, she commented about doing everything she could to keep their staff involved and safe.

    They may not have needed waitstaff, but they brought them in to take orders, pack food, then Kelly and Laura interacted with the public.

    If the dooh dooh had really hit the wall financially, they were prepared to alter the use permit on their building to allow apartments upstairs. They would sell their homes, move into those apartments and do everything to keep Sun Wah BBQ going.

    The payback is very little loss in employees and the ability to carry on.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #68 - November 11th, 2021, 11:56 am
    Post #68 - November 11th, 2021, 11:56 am Post #68 - November 11th, 2021, 11:56 am
    We dined at Antico Posto last week, as a teen's birthday request (I think she mostly wanted to go to the mall), and there was a ton wrong with the night that seemed to have little to do with the pandemic. For example, we had made (and confirmed) the reservation for 5, but still had to wait for a table, and even then, there were only 4 place settings, and after promised a fifth we had to ask again when the server came by to take our orders. An appetizer came our almost immediately, but a good 10+ minutes before we got our (not complicated) drinks from the bar, and when the food arrived it was remarkably mediocre. Not that I expected the best of the best, but we'd had a good meal here before and were disappointed the food wasn't any better than or even on par with our closest standard red sauce places (or, in the case of my incredibly dense cavatteli, much worse). I know times are tough and staff stretched thin, but the place was pretty packed and busy, so you'd think they'd at least have the basics down first before going full steam ahead. Based on this thread, apparently it's a problem with at least a few of their places.
  • Post #69 - November 11th, 2021, 12:46 pm
    Post #69 - November 11th, 2021, 12:46 pm Post #69 - November 11th, 2021, 12:46 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:When Kelly Cheng spoke about Sun Wah BBQ during the pandemic, she commented about doing everything she could to keep their staff involved and safe.

    With 6 failed health inspections since 2010, including failing to maintain proper meat temperatures, live roaches on the floor inside the restaurant, rodent infestations, and more, it's a shame that Sun Wah doesn't put as much effort into keeping their patrons safe.

    No idea why LTHers still patronize such a place given its abysmal sanitary record, but it's not at all relevant to LEYE or this thread.
  • Post #70 - November 11th, 2021, 1:36 pm
    Post #70 - November 11th, 2021, 1:36 pm Post #70 - November 11th, 2021, 1:36 pm
    LVGamer wrote:No idea why LTHers still patronize such a place given its abysmal sanitary record, but it's not at all relevant to LEYE or this thread.

    Hell yeah! I’m still stinging from the Black Sox Scandal in the 1919 World Series.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #71 - November 12th, 2021, 6:57 am
    Post #71 - November 12th, 2021, 6:57 am Post #71 - November 12th, 2021, 6:57 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    LVGamer wrote:No idea why LTHers still patronize such a place given its abysmal sanitary record, but it's not at all relevant to LEYE or this thread.

    Hell yeah! I’m still stinging from the Black Sox Scandal in the 1919 World Series.


    Sun Wah has great food, but this is one of the worst analogies I have read in a long time. Comparing an event from 100+ years ago to a recurring issue that includes another failure less than four months ago?? At the same location run by the same people?? I get that you are pals, and you seem like a good dude, but GWiv's analogy...not a fan!! :-)
  • Post #72 - November 13th, 2021, 2:55 pm
    Post #72 - November 13th, 2021, 2:55 pm Post #72 - November 13th, 2021, 2:55 pm
    Not sure how, A., Sun Wah has anything to do with this thread on LEYE, or B., how criticizing the restaurant’s continued failures to adhere to basic public health standards is analogous to a cheating scandal 102 years ago.

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