I suspected B.S. on this and Janet's observations confirmed my suspicions. THIS PLACE IS FULL OF IT.
(1) No French known classics? leads me to believe fake french food with an intimidating, overpriced menu
(2) Frozen Veg? If I want frozen veg I can go to Applebee's, Chili's or some other chain restaurant where my total bill is the price of one en tree at the LPlace. As a matter of fact, I can stay home at eat frozen veg and soon people will realize that too. If I am going to pay $30.00 for a duck dish I better damn well be dazzled into thinking it was the best thing I ever ate...period, no excuse!
(3) Tacky "OPEN" sign and hideous red rope lighting SCREAMS "Chinese Buffet", and certainly not a fine French dining experience
While it does appear to have some Italian influences to it, Pasta and Tapenade certainly are no stranger to French cuisine.
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance - that principle is contempt prior to investigation” -Herbert Spencer
Post by mikeydokey on Jan 31, 2010 10:01:50 GMT -5
I'll bet they don't even have REAL french fries.
P.S. From what I understand, when "Dos Coronas" was in the same location, it was just a place for high schoolers and young college students to go get drunk, this will probably be the same, every town has one, or four or five.
Last Edit: Jan 31, 2010 10:06:00 GMT -5 by mikeydokey
"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan Anybody can count the seeds in an apple but only God can count the apples in a seed.
Used the ride back from Knoxville as an excuse to try La Place. Clean, airy house (formerly a Mexican restaurant?) with very helpful staff who would get answers to any questions we had that they couldn't answer. Menu is limited, missing many French bistro standards: coq au vin, sweetbreads, confit, cassolet, omelets, etc. Additionally, the menu oozes with poetic over statement. I'd call it hyperbole, but I believe they mean it. Janet wrote that two duck dishes were the same (and apparently over-cooked), others have called the food bland. The tapenade (olive spread) brought when you are seated was bland; brined not cured olives were used with little flavor of garlic. The soup of the day, cream of zucchini ($4.99), was nice and rich, but lacked a developed flavor of the squash. The froie gras terrine (3 slices w small salad, $11.99) was nice and showed some creativity in bolstering the flavor a less the stellar piece of liver. Bourride is a Provencal fish stew, always with garlic and some fennel,potatoes and carrots often with saffron. At La Place it is a seafood stew without vegetables ($17.99), and tho' they promise aioli (garlic mayonnaise) the garlic was completely masked by an over abundance of mustard (!?), which also masked the seafood (scallops, shrimp, mussels, salmon and white fish) all of which seemed to have been defrosted (except perhaps the mussels).The rich yellow color seemed to be from food coloring, or perhaps a large amount of flavorless saffron. Beef bourguignon ($14.99) (their spelling) was a wine flavored pot-roast, meat falling apart, without pearl onions or (many) mushrooms AND WITH NO SAUCE!. The potato gratin had irregularly sliced potatoes (no knife skills there) cooked in milk. The broccoli and carrots were over cooked. You would do better with pot-roast at a meat and three. The limited wine list is being changed and the $20 a bottle house wines are a bargain. The bread was fresh and had a good crumb and crust. Sooo. There is an excellent little restaurant in Knoxville (Le Parigo) and French-American Brasserie in Atlanta is superb. Better to drive 100mi then the 20 to Cleveland. (13-Feb, 10)
Sadly, Le Parigo has deteriorated along with it's owner's mental health. I can no longer recommend it.
What's with all the hating on France? You do know there would be no U.S.A without them, right?
“This is a matter of vital importance to the public safety ... While we recognize that assault-weapon legislation will not stop all assault-weapon crime, statistics prove that we can dry up the supply of these guns, making them less accessible to criminals.”
Colonel C. E. Stanton.(General John Pershing's aide, at Lafayette's tomb, 1917) “What we have of blood and treasure are yours,” Stanton intoned. “In the presence of the illustrious dead, we pledge our hearts and our honor in carrying the war to a successful conclusion.” And then the final line of his speech: “Lafayette, we are here!”
A generous and apt speech, acknowledging historical truth, not partisan soundbites.
And then the windows failed, and then I could not see to see
Post by ssmynkint on Sept 24, 2010 14:10:03 GMT -5
Are you serious? We didn't enter WWI to save France OR make the world safe for democracy. We entered for economic reasons (like seizing the assets of Bayer and being able to ignore patents, etc,. re: aspirin, for example). And we were still shipping oil to Nazi Germany when The Japanese attacked, well after France had fallen. America'sdiplomatic/militaristic "altruism" has always been economically based. Now; can we shift this discussion to another thread and reserve this one for food commentary?