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Old 01-13-2014, 10:05 AM   #1
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Default Restaurant Review: Soby's

Being a chef and culinary educator, I rarely go out to eat because I simply feel like I can make it at home. That said, being a father of three very young children, it's nice to be able to have a "date night" with the little lady, and be served in a relaxed atmosphere.

Service-wise I'll have to give them an A. It was attentive yet slightly aloof, the waiter also did not seem like a know-it-all, which is always a major tip buster. Also, no matter what the food is like, I'll always tip 20% or better if the service is right on.

For starters we had the fried calamari. Felt like I was going back to 1990. It's on everybody's menu, the wife likes it, so do I, as long as it's done right. It was not. Anyone who has cooked it before knows it can go from tender to rubberband in seconds, which is exactly what happened. Furthermore, it wasn't properly dredged in flour because there were pieces that were completely unfloured. It was almost as if they just unceremoniously dropped into the grease in one plop because they were all stuck together.

Now for the entrees. The wifey had the braised short ribs. Quite excellent. Wish I had ordered that. Sauce was nice, definitely house made reduced to a nice glace. Mashed spuds with a good amount of horseradish. My rabbit confit was not. There was no confit about it, confit means braised in fat, so it should have been sticky-moist and falling off the bone. It was friggin' rabbit jerky. Also there was not enough food on the plate. This doesn't really bother me if it's just completely off-the-chain making me want more. It was if they just stuck the rabbit directly in dry heat with no seasoning at all. Piss. Poor. Effort.

Deesert. Pecan pie tart with bourbon ice cream. Excellent!!

Over-all, I'll give them a C+, Great service will always make up for poor food for me. I didn't want to complain and ruin my wife's evening because they are so few and far between, but we will definitely go somewhere else on our next night out. Any other suggestions for the Greenville area?
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Default Re: Restaurant Review: Soby's

I've enjoyed High Cotton in the past. It's been awhile since I've eaten there but it was a good place to take a lady
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^ Thanks, I'll give it a try, they were on our list but we couldn't get in at the time we wanted, which says a lot.
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Rick Erwin's is always a good option. I have also heard that American Grocery Restaurant is a good. Davani's is an excellent Italian place on Augusta St.
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