44 Stone Public House: For our first visit we tried the lamb sliders, Welsh rarebit, Three Little Pigs (tacos), the Bangers and Mash Pasty and a lamb stew served in a pastry crust. The sliders were a bit dry but everything else was impressive…a very nice start. Service was quick but understandably unfamiliar with the beer menu. Descriptions were limited to “dark” and “light.” That should improve with time, as should the beer menu itself, which seems pretty dull to me.
Flavor Factory, Bambino’s and Saigon Bistro after the jump.
The Flavor Factory: Weird name, weird service, decent food (if you order carefully). I had the bibimbap in a hot stone bowl and found it a great way to beat the cold. Veggies, tender marinated beef and brown rice, sizzling and getting crunchy at the bottom – all with an egg cracked on top. Don’t write them off. Do pass on the pizza though; it’s revolting. A “dough” of fried rice topped with mozzarella cheese and topped with a spicy sauce, it should be made only by the hungover and the soon-to-be-hungover. Kate of Capturing CoMo warned of this as well. Also, the awkward waitress asked the same questions on each of my visits (“Do you work around here?” and “Is it still cold out there?”). Finally, and with feeling: a shitty Facebook page does not a restaurant website make. Stick with the straight up Korean stuff and you’ll be in good shape.
Bambino’s: The haterade is getting dumped all over Bambino’s II. It’s getting killed on CoMo Whine and Dine, but much more significantly, they’ve done away with the New Yorker sandwich (Mrs. SMEs’ all-time favorite sandwich). The sandwich got the ax because it was the only reason they had pastrami, the only reason they had swiss. It was also the only reason we went. Boo.
Saigon Bistro: This place is improving on their shaky start. Last week my bowl of pho was flavorful, rejuvenating. I still don’t get the tough sliced hotdog thing but I encountered it in Thailand, so I think it’s legit. With a dab of hoisin and a little chili paste, it hit all the right sweet and sour notes. The curry tofu is excellent as well.