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Omnitsky Kosher Delicatessen5775 Oak Street, Vancouver
Who Knew Moving Was so Expensive?
By spdracer of surrey (10 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 10:13pm [Take-out]

I am a long time customer of Omnitsky, (over 15 years at least.)

It has always been a great place to enjoy a good quality shaved roast bed sandwich on rye. Service was always pleasant and a great place to chat with the employees or the owner about current events. Before they moved from the Cambie Street location I would give them 4-5 across the board.

Now the bad... As usual I ordered my heated roast beef on rye with dijon without even looking at the menu. My wife was not very hungry so she ordered a small potato salad for take out. When I got to the check out my $8-9 sandwich was now $13... OK I thought to myself Vancouver is getting more expensive to live in.. so I can swallow this 30-40% increase in price because the food is good. But when I looked in the bag the potato salad was not there, (at least I thought.)

As it turns out the thimble of potato salad that was INCLUDED on Cambie now was an extra $3.75! AND no kosher pickle was included anymore. When I brought this to the attention of the staff in the kitchen, (all new by the way,)... all they said rudely is "It's been that way as long as I have worked here." Now certainly I can't be the first person to complain about a 8-9$ sandwich going to almost $20 with tax, so I asked the man at the check out. He was not new to the store and confirmed that many are complaining. He said that it was because the new rent was so expensive. For this rating I have given the Service a 1 and continue to do so despite the fact that this man was sympathetic to my position... and I do so because the women in the kitchen were so rude and uncaring. (They made me feel cheap and like I was bothering them for asking about these changes.)

Before I left, I took the potato salad out of the bag and asked the people in line behind me if this looked like $3.75 worth of food? (The container is about the size of a toonie and maybe 3 cm high.) All of them said that it looked like it was about "$1 worth of food... maybe $1.50 on the outside"

I really like the owner and would like for him to respond to this and change some pricing. I realize that things will get more expensive over time but to raise the price 100% (if you include the potato salad,) and hire staff that are 10% as good as the old staff is a recipe for disaster.

I hope that this is not a trend that we will see in Vancouver restaurants... or our great culinary gems may be a victim of the the overall success of our City's popularity.

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Fish Shack, The1026 Granville Street, Vancouver
Good pre-game lunch
By EarlPearl of North Vancouver (66 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 22, 2015 - 7:03am [Dine in]

We stopped in at the Fish Shack for a late lunch before the Canada-Swiss FIFA game. We got a table near the front entrance patio which was nice with the breeze. I can understand some people's complaints about the close quarters among tables. Service was fine.

Our calamari appetizer was pretty good, a different breading, not as crunchy as most but the aioli was very tasty. Fish and chips for both of us. My haddock was very good, crispy batter, lots of fish. Hand cut fries were perfect. The horseradish coleslaw was a bit overdressed with dressing running out into the fries, making some soggy. Wife's cod was also good but a bit small so I shared some haddock with her. She didn't care for the Asian coleslaw, it was very overdressed and didn't appeal to her at all. But generally she loved her F&C.

$58 for two with tip. Overall, other than the slaws missing the mark a bit, it was a good pre-game lunch. And Canada won. Yea!

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White Spot650 41st Avenue, #613A, Vancouver
Not too happy this time around......Guess it depends what you order
By eating good food of Vancouver (120 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 9:07am [Dine in]

I have been to White Spot a many of times.....so obviously I do like it.

Yesterday was a disappointment though. I usually get a cheeseburger and fries and sometimes a side of dry ribs and think I am in wonderland.

Yesterday however; I decided to go with a friend for Fish and Chips. I ordered an extra piece of fish (with fries) my friend just had some wine and beer (go figure)

I've had their fish and chips quite a few times, so was disappointed to see how small 3 pieces of fish and some fries came to for $16.50...... It tasted fine, but the price didn't warrant it. I ordered some dry ribs to again this time. I ordered salt and pepper and notice at the Broadway location they bring a dip....side sauce and when I enquired this to the waitress she said they don't have it for their dry ribs (but they do) get it at other White Spot locations.

Service was mediocre this time.....Just like the food....Guess they didn't want to break the set.

We will return, but I think I am going to stick with Red Robin for fish and chips.....and do burgers at ither place

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Adelitas5178 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
love this place
By jpark1000 of Vancouver (Collingwood) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, June 12, 2015 - 6:43pm [Dine in]

This little restaurant consistently makes the freshest, most delicious Nachos I've ever had. They are INCREDIBLE.

Fresh tortilla chips, very generous amounts of avocado, diced tomato, cheese, refried beans and more. Clearly made with passion.

They have impressive selection of different meats available, so there's plenty of different flavour combinations to explore.

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Phnom Penh Restaurant244 E Georgia St, Vancouver
Had to Try it Once, but Will Not Return
By leonard h of Vancouver (36 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 7:37pm [Dine in]

First, it's not authentic Vietnamese/Cambodian. It's Chinese-run - not that this is necessarily bad - but the Vietnamese writing on the menu, and the Vietnamese/Cambodian decor in the restaurant, almost makes it feel like the people who run the restaurant are trying to fool the customers. So, if it's not authentic Vietnamese/Cambodian, what is it? It's stodgy Chinese-Canadian food, essentially - greasy and heavy - but with a Vietnamese twist. Greasy and heavy oyster omelet...maybe there was a total of 2 oysters in the whole thing, chopped up into little pieces, barely noticeable. For 15 bucks plus tax and tip...a rip-off. Pea tips were good, but overpriced. Veggie dumplings were greasy and heavy. Overall, really disappointing considering all the hype Phnom Penh has been getting over the years. People were lined up, and we had to wait 20 minutes for a seat. Of course, people line up for the crap at Timmy's too. Not that Phnom Penh serves crap...just a really disappointing experience, and almost 50 bucks for lunch for two, without drinks, and to leave dissatisfied...tsk,tsk.

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All Star Wings and Ribs808 Bute St, Vancouver
All Stars- wing dings and cow bits
By Mephistopheles of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

The Food: Wings are breaded or un-breaded, I usally go with the breaded because for me it enhances the flavor of the wing. Presentation was what I would expect from a sports bar. The prices where mid-high in my view, $10 for a lbs , $20 for 2lbs and so on. Overall these wings were good, it came out hot and flavorful. I have only been to this place five times, and it looks like I will have to keep going until I have tried all the 256 flavors. Having this many flavors I find is a bit over kill especially when you have the basic wing sauces and spices all mixed together creating all these sub flavors that are sometimes hit an miss. This makes the decision process much longer and harder, however waitress does carry a little guide with them, which I dig but life would be much easier if the had it on the menu.

I ordered my favorite, the Caribbean Jerk ( SISCO Brand Sauce). If you have never tried this sauce I would defiantly recommend it, it’s complete AWESOME! It’s the type of sauce that grows on you, the flavor is unique in it’s own right .The SISCO brand Caribbean Jerk sauce is rare, and most restaurants have stopped serving it because it’s not a great seller. So please my fellow wing people keep this sauce ALIVE!

El’ problmeo: Their happy hour specials on wings that runs from 3pm-6pm. There is no democracy on your choice of flavors, All-Stars only allows you choose from 6 flavors for $7.95, ever other flavor is regular $10.00. I’m sure there is a back story, BUT when you’re boasting 256 flavors then turn around and constraint your customers to only 6 flavors during happy hour doesn’t not sit well. Oh and the cover charge during UFC fight night is a little cheeky.

This place is a total bro bar, big boobs, bimbos, and big bone buckets . There is also TV at every booth playing sports so this might drive a few of you little crazy. Needless to say things are neat and well organized, it’s a great location, it’s bright, open, and has a nice layout. Service: Staff were nice, they where friendly , sincere and welcoming. Bathroom was very clean and well maintained. Yes the bathroom, so what who cares right! Think of it this way; if the staff don't care how the clean the bathroom is, then they don't care about how they make your food.

Final Word

Despite the bro bar theme, the left wing happy hour special I would check this place because it’s wing focused, it has okay service, decent food, on the other hand in order to take advantage of all the 256 flavors I would recommend taking a posse of friends rather then go solo.

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Red Wagon, The2296 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Hold My Breaky and watch this!
By Mephistopheles of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

I have been a Sunrise resident for the last 5 years. I always enjoy going to the Red Wagon, it's a gem, and for locals that appreciate a greasy spoon , it's doesn't get any better than this. The place has a lot of character, staff are always pleasant , hard working ,and hearty. The food is great, I always pick the trucker or the $7 breaky. The pancakes are awesome sauce and the hash is so flavourful. Yes kids and hipsters it gets busy, staff get run off their feet, mistakes happen, be patient and there always willing to accommodate and fix things , don't create things in your head.

SPECIAL NOTICE: For those who are impatient, have a sense of entitlement or presume they have high standards, grow up! Good things comes to those who wait. If you came half way across Vancouver to wait 45 mins, then you are in for it for the long haul, deal with it. It's a great breakfast joint and there is only so much space so if you get fussy I'm sure the cooks can whip you up a nice poo sandwich!

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Rosemary Rocksalt2515 Main Street, Vancouver
Way overpriced and not that good
By cigar06 of vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 7:56pm [Take-out]

I grew up in Montreal so I am familiar with what the benchmark in Bagels is. Before people rave about this place they should first try some bagels fresh out of the oven at St. Viateur Bagel, Mount Royal Bagel, Queen Mary Bagel etc. etc. Rock Salt bagels would have a hard time competing in Montreal. Yes they are better than many places out west but that doesn't make them rave worthy. Firstly they are still too thick and doughy. So when you bite into it you get too much doughy center compared to crispy exterior. They are too heavy and not light enough. It takes years to develop a proper bagel making technique. They are still too much like a bun. They are also not crispy enough. Some of the ones I bought were sesame. Well the sesame seeds were not even toasty and crisp. That is a part of the flavor! Within hours they are no longer nice without maybe toasting them. I bought a half dozen for almost what I could buy a whole dozen for at St. Viateur. I also bought some smoked meat. The price was ridiculous to the point of insulting. But I wanted to try some. Hey this is brisket not Wagyu beef!! They better improve their sourcing because I can buy real Montreal smoked meat for less than half that price. YES right here in Vancouver!

Service is slow. To get my smoked meat she pulled out several small chunks wrapped in plastic bags. This caused discussion with other staff before showing them to me too choose. Both options were overly fatty. She sliced the meat extremely thin. Probably because when you order a sandwich it is paper thin. The texture of the meat was lost. The woman flinging the bagels seemed totally uninterested in what she was doing. Once flung she just walked back and sat down again to continue what she was doing. Not very inspiring quality control.

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Speakeasy on Broadway901 W Broadway, Vancouver
Nobody served me so I left.... Again!
By LK of Commercial Drive Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 12:50am [Dine in]

This is the seond time I went there and both times I didn't get any service and walked out!

Today I waited at the front for someone to seat me (about 3 minutes with NO acknowledgement) nad finalyy a waiter came by with a tray of empty glasses. As he walked by he asked where I wanted to sit, so I told him and he kept walking. I thought I was suppost to follow him so I did but then he walked into the kitchen so I waited again.

Finally, he came back and told me to sit any where I like, so I did. He brought me 2 drink menus and the fresh sheet but no regular menu. I waited about 10 minutes for him or any one to come back to take a drink order or check in, but no one did. I tried getting service from 2 other waitresses in the area but no one came over when I waved at them.

I gave up and walked out. No body paid any attention.

First time I went I at least had food. It was good but the service was also really bad then too! I had to flag donw the bartender to get the bill, even though my friend and I had wanted anothre drink and maybe desert. Sucks!!

And both times sevearal of the tables were dirty but no one was there.

It's like the waiters just don't care.

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Timkee Kitchen2365 Burrard St, Vancouver
Go for the food
By lucyca of burnaby and vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 12:08pm [Take-out]

Really good, inexpensive Chinese food. I used to pass by this place quite often and would ignore it because it wasn't very flashy or full, but don't let the simple looks of this place fool ya. I prefer Timkee to most places because the dishes are authentic (the beef dishes are to die for) and there is an ample variety to choose from. I usually am a little wary of long menus because I feel that there can be a lot of dishes that are not well made, but I guess there are some exceptions. In other Chinese places that I go to I usually end up having to add a ton of salt before eating so that the food can taste good...not the case here. Not to mention that their take out service is pretty good. Tried it out a couple of times, very fast and friendly delivery guy. Haven't had any terrible mix-ups or bad orders yet.

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LanaLou's362 Powell Street, Vancouver
A gem
By Norman of Vancouver East (73 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 7:22am [Dine in]

This place is an undiscovered gem. The décor is funky to the extreme - a combination of old church pews and found treasures. The food is excellent. There's a limited menu, not too limited, and what they do, they do well. The Big Boy sandwich is to die for; finally someone who makes pulled pork without gloppy sweet BBQ sauce. The fries are real, not previously frozen, the service is very friendly and fast and I recommend this place without hesitation. This is an example of how a business can open in the Downtown Eastside and fit into the neighbourhood. It is possible to be "trendy" and not be "in your face".

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Ebi-Ten388 Robson Street, Vancouver
Cheap hot meal
By richie_rich of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 25, 2015 - 10:34pm [Take-out]

Hello there,

Every time I pop by the VPL....I sometimes make a pit-stop to this little restaurant just next to Starbucks. Parking is expensive....one quarter I believe its 5 minutes..one dollar get you 20 minutes. As you step in...there is limited seating on the right and the back. The food cooler is to the left and the order cashier is right ahead of you. If you decide to have lunch at noon on a weekday there's a good lineup out the door as most people order takeout like myself. Dinner time is semi full as they close pretty late....10pm on weekdays, weekends and holidays till 9pm. Every item on the board menu is under $10 bucks so budget eats but limited selection. Service is fine for what it is...they take the order and you take a number.Lol

My favorites: rice bowls and tempura....Combo A Ebi-Ten bowl (2 prawn and 1/2 veg tempura, teriyaki chicken pieces on a bed of rice with mixed greens and Japanese mayo)$8.95....Combo B the Mega bowl same as above with mabo-tofu (spicy ground pork and cubed tofu)$9.75.... No. 1 teriyaki chicken on rice with salad and mayo $7.95 ....No.2 ten-don (6pc temp on rice) $7.95.....No. 4 katsu-curry bowl ( deep fried panko breaded pork cutlet and Japanese style curry on rice with shredded cabbage)$8.95.....the 6pc prawn tempura $6.75 or the $4.75 assorted tempura ( 3-prawns and 4 veggies).

Taste?? Tempura (usually made to order) comes out hot crisp and non greasy!! .They have this little machine.....drop battered prawn or veggie on one end...gets fried in the middle for a minute or two and comes out on the other side..automatically get picked by a convoyor belt on to a draining area. Pretty Cool. The teriyaki chicken are thigh meat pieces marinated in sweet soy...good stuff. Mabo-tofu is their version on a Sichuan ma-po dish....not bad..could use more hot bean paste. The pork cutlet is crisp and tender...the curry sauce is mild sweet heat with bits of shredded pork. I do have to admit I have tried their California roll and udon noodles...Roll was small and borderline mushy....passable. Tempura udon No.9..the tempura outshined the noodles and the base...inbetween grade here.

All in all... quick and cheap meal but pick the right one. They take cash, debit and I can't recall..credit cards. Thanks for reading.

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Triple O's2015 Main Mall, Vancouver
Not a Good Impression
By me3vanc of Cloverdale (17 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 7:19am [Dine in]

Grad day for family member so grabbed a quick late lunch here as we didn't know campus well. Bacon cheeseburger for one, vanilla milkshake and fries for another; poutine and coffee for me at a cost of approx. $24. We were told only healthy food was salad and they were sold out at 3pm on a Friday. Had to wait for coffee creamer as it had gone bad in the bowl - ice had turned to water. Milkshake was full of bubbles and melted really fast, we had discussion as to whether it was safe to drink. Service was not great, guess they are used to ignoring students.

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Timkee Kitchen2365 Burrard St, Vancouver
Healthy, clean food option
By susanbeasley of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:58pm [Take-out]

We ordered from here last night and was delightfully surprised. Normally I am not one that strays for take-out, especially if it is not organic or vegetarian, but because my husband insisted I had to give in.

We got the spring rolls, tofu hot pot and mixed veggies with a curry sauce. It was fresh and hot. What was a relief was that the food did not have see excess grease floating around, which is quite common for Chinese cuisine. No msg on the food was also a plus. The bill came out quite inexpensive and managed to fill us so we were good to go. If I ever wanted Chinese take out, I would consider ordering again. In a city like this one where Chinese food can be found in abundance, delivering food that actually stands out can be quite the task.

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Fatburger1101 Denman St., Vancouver
A Cheddar Detour
By richie_rich of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 3:20am [Dine in]

Hello there,
I haven't had a good beef burger in months and one of my buddies had an appointment with the justice system to grieve a ticket he got makin a left turn during rush hours...oops!! Anyways, we decided on Fatburger after his run in with the law...we pegged a time of 130pm as it would be a non lunch zoo.
Parking is a bit of b**ch..... expensive on Denman Street if there is space and no parking after 3pm. Myself....I usually pay park on the side street of the Denman Mall next to No Frills or just a block in..free 2 hour parking on the left side or right side. I was lucky enough to find one just there.
I stepped inside the joint...nice modern 1950s decor with chrome accents..like all the other Fatburgers. My buddy was already inside ordering his meal....6oz burger with combo of fries and pop. I decided on the 6oz burger { MickyD's are 4oz quarter pounder} with Canadian Cheddar ($1.19) with my free topping of just RED relish, grilled onions and deli pickles. ADD a combo ($4.99)..... instead of fries or salad...got a side order of onion rings and of course the bottomless drink for a grand total of $14.88 and small tip of 50 cents. I have to add the cashier who was doing my order was the supervisor...he did things in a orderly and professional manner...no problems there. Anyways, got a number tag and sat down.
We had to wait about 5 to 8 minutes for our food to arrive. Verdict...my burger was tasty...beef was lean and semi juicy. The addition of cheddar and relish...brings back old school memories of a greasy spoon cafe on Princess street. My onion rings...well...non greasy ..standard fare..I still think A&W's rings are still the champ in this dept.
All in all...good burger...ok rings. Price is a tad expensive. A soft recommendation...a non occasionally treat. I almost forgot...what happened in court??...found out he beat the rap as the the copper did not show up to defend his issued ticket. All he said "I rather have burgers than a ticket anytime." I agree. Thanks for reading.

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Timkee Kitchen2365 Burrard St, Vancouver
Chinese Chicken spot
By michwilliams of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2015 - 11:40am [Dine in]

My roomie introduced me to this place last year and since then I’ve come back a couple of times for second and third helpings. Even my boyfriend approved of it, which is a good sign cause he’s very picky.

I would have to say eating in is much better than take out - I think the food comes fresher and faster, and the experience is better. There's a huge variety of dishes to choose from, but the ones that deserve all the praise are the chicken ones. You can't go wrong with a chicken teriyaki or orange peel chicken here.

Prices are a little on the high side for Chinese I would say, but if you are a foodie like myself, you won’t mind paying extra.

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Slice of Chicago5812 Fraser Street, Vancouver
One of the best pizza places for me in Vancouver
By mikemiligan444 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:16pm [Dine in]

I tried this place when I found them online just looking for some pizza in Vancouver. I ordered through their website and it was a great service. Really easy and in around 2 minutes somebody was calling me to confirm my order. After 30 minutes or so they arrived with my "Bubba Gump" pizza (great reference btw) and it really surprised me. The taste was great and original. A lot of this fraser places stand out just because of pricing but these guys are worth a little bit more.

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89 Inn Restaurant6372 Fraser Street, Vancouver
so so ...
By ngongocnhi20 of Richmond , BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 2:03am [Dine in]

last night, we went to the Chinese Restaurant based on a local's recommendation. We liked the fact that it is a neighborhood place. The staff were friendly and polite. Good range of dishes and portions were okay. Extensive cocktail list but they are not that fantastic. Food was fresh and well cooked. Friendly staff and not too pricey

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Tacofino Comissary, The2327 E Hastings St, Vancouver
Simple, Tasty, Fresh
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

At lunch they always hit the mark. It's hopping busy most days so be prepared to wait during peak hours. The menu is ultra simple, 1 taco for $6, 2 for $10, a burrito, nachos, tortilla soaps, that's about it. The concept is they only do what they do well and nothing else. The concept works, there is brilliance in the KISS principle. We have had all the tacos and our favourites are the tuna, pork jowl, and tempura although I think they are all equally good, it's just personal preference. My hubby loves the burrito here as well. Drinks are decent and reasonable, we especially like the Caesars. The service has been efficient and congenial every time we've been here, no one's trying to pretend they're anyone they're not or trapsing around trying to serve you on stilettos. They just say flat out on the menu no substitutions so if you're high maintenance, ultra fussy or have allergies that need to be catered to this might not be the ideal place for you. Also, a majority of the seating requires sharing tables which is only a problem if you think it is.

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Fatty Cow Seafood Hot Pot5108 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
A fun and interactive meal...
By WeLoveFood of North Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:17pm [Dine in]

We were a party of 8 on Sunday after Chinese New Year, 2 families, mixed nationalities. This is very fun experience. A couple of people at our table weren't so adventurous and I think they had a hard time with the concept of cooking all the food, the communal boiling soup, etc. but that's nothing to do with the restaurant, just something to consider if you're bringing guests who aren't used to Asian food. The food was plentiful, in fact we over ordered and had to send some back! We liked the prawns, marinated beef, dumplings, wontons, noodles and veggies. Lots of selection and variety, maybe even a little too much. The value is absolutely great for the sheer quantity of food including seafood and very fresh greens of all kinds. This is a fun meal to go out for once in awhile, maybe not something to have when it's super hot out or if you're not very hungry. We booked an early table and got excellent service to start with but once the place filled up the servers were really stressed to keep up but still did their best. We found the "time limit" to be a non-issue because we had more than enough time to order, cook, eat and do it all over again until we were completely satisfied. We would do this again, absolutely without a doubt. Great value because this is an entertaining activity (the cooking part) as well as a meal.

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