Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 10:19am [Dine in]
If the line at the counter reaches to the door, you'll be waiting 15 minutes to buy your coffee at this place.
I tried to pop in for a cookie-to-go the other night, and gauged maybe a 5 minute wait based on the time it would any similar counter-style place to clear the line. There were 6 staff (I counted them) behind the counter but it's pretty obvious they need training in how to move customers. I will definitely hesitate to return to this place; my walking buddy was waiting for me outside and asked, "Were they *making* the cookies in there?"
The cookie itself was fine (a Monster cookie with M&Ms), but they used to have peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that were excellent and kept me going back.
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Submitted Sunday, July 6, 2008 - 10:04am [Dine in]
To reach the Mint, you descend a long flight of stairs that reeks intensely of urine the whole way down. This is the most unappetizing way imaginable to begin a restaurant experience. The restaurant staff, including the manager, must enter through a back door or surely someone would be assigned to wash down and deodorize the steps. The place was much less crowded than it has been on previous visits, and the smell would certainly have driven me away if I hadn't been there before. The urine stench accounts for my dismal ambiance rating.
We arrived around 9 p.m. and got seated right away. I had promised my friends that it was a place where you could talk. Unfortunately, the DJ jacked up the music just after we arrived. I guess they move into "late night" mode just after 9 because they dimmed the lights at the same time.
The server was pleasant, the drinks arrived promptly, and the food (Ginger Cilantro Sticky Rice in my case) was hot and fairly tasty, though I couldn't detect the Cilantro.
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