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October 30, 2011

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Cafe 28

by gastronomicbypass

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In one word – Potential

Location – 1800 W. Irving Park Road (Irving Park and Ravenswood)

Food – Come to Cafe 28 for Cuban and Mexican cuisine.  Overall, I was satisfied with the food.  We skipped the appetizer portion, mainly because I foolishly loaded up on the bread and the sweet chipotle butter.  Our server was apologetic at the top of our meal because at 7:3o, they were already out of the day’s special.  For my main, I went with the almond crusted halibut. It was a chunky size of halibut, I was expecting something much lighter.   It was served with jalepeno mashed potatoes and veggies.  I ended up much fuller than I wanted to be.  Because I have an obsession with plantains, I ordered a side of sweet plantains, which were perfect.  One of my eating partners went with the ropa vieja – again, another huge portion.  She gave it top reviews but noted it was a bit salty.  My other eating partner opted for the vegetarian comal – which is basically veggie fajitas.  I will give them props for the amount of veggies they served her – it was like a farmers’ market on a plate.  We skipped dessert, partially because they were out of half of the desserts by the time we had finished the meal – again our server was extremely apologetic about being out of those choices.

Drink – One of my eating partners and I both chose the cocktail special – which had muddled lemon, rum and cava.  It was a tad sweet, but it definitely grew on me and was substantial enough to last the entirety of the meal.

Service – I wasn’t impressed with the front of the house staff.  I really get bothered when I am skipped in line because I am small, so not always seen in a crowd.  This hostess did exactly that to me – not cool.  I had to be Manhattan assertive to let her know that I had arrived.  Then we waited about 20 minutes to be seated despite having made a reservation.  Our server at the table was apologetic about not having many of the dishes available, but beyond that, I found her a bit forgettable.  Then when the dishes came out, the runner mixed up who each plate was supposed to go to.  If the service aspect was up to par, I would have been much more satisfied.  For now, I will say they are just not living up to their potential.

Scene – On the Saturday of Halloween weekend, there were a lot of older couples and 30-somethings looking to find a way to avoid a costume.

Occasion – This place is ideal for groups or just couples.  It’s got a casual and festive vibe throughout the restaurant.

Price – So my halibut was listed as “market price” and I got stuck with a $27 entree, much more than what I was expecting.  I walked out of there spending $54 including tax and tip.  A bit overpriced if you ask me.

If you like, try…Coobah

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