Location – 364 W. Erie (Erie and Sedgwick)
In one word – Inept
Food – I was really excited about the menu of salads, paninis and other sandwiches. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed. I ordered the duck confit salad with corn, arugula and balsamic strawberries. They should have warned me it was a mini portion (and for $10 who really wants to eat a mini salad?) I finished it in about three bites. The taste was adequate. Yes, I would not make duck at home, yet I was not really impressed by the dish. My friend ordered an herbed chicken salad with almonds and goat cheese upon our waitress’s suggestion. The portion was larger but the chicken was tough.
Drink – This was the place’s plus. We went on Tuesday, which is half priced wine day. That meant that our $28 bottle was suddenly $14, magic!
Service – OMG, where to begin? We had about 6 different servers attending to us throughout the evening, none of them capable. Our final and main server seemed dazed and confused. We told her we wanted to order more food (because my starter salad was not sufficient). We got menus (from someone else) and then she forgot about us. As a result, we left and stocked up on food at the Green Door Tavern. If I don’t go back to Citizen, it’s because of the poor poor service.
Occasion – Only come here in the summer. There’s a rooftop patio (which always seems to be booked by a private party) and a side patio. Beware, on a Tuesday night, we were told that the wait for 2 outside was an hour…
Dress – It’s a bit sceney, so you can experiment with that new sundress. Guys are best going the preppy or corporate route.
Cost – Paying for 1/2 priced wine plus one small overpriced salad to me to $20. Note though, I was still hungry when we left.
If you like (or want a place that’s better), try… – Avec