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Lazy Sunday (208.4) - Mark's Journal
Lazy Sunday (208.4)
Omelette XavierI got moving yesterday in time to join Jason and Rachel for brunch at the Cafe DeWitt, downtown. I'm always impressed how that place manages to pack the house with long waits, an order for seating people that's idiosyncratic at best, uncomfortable seats, passable service, food that's just pretty good (if often inventive), and high prices. My omelet wasn't bad, but I thought the sausage needed more flavor and $9.50 felt high for the omelet with smattering of home fries. If they raised the price of the coffee and stopped giving refills, they'd be on par with the Carriage House! The long wait would have been more bearable if another party of three that arrived after us -- but had a name that caught the hostess's fancy -- hadn't been seated before us.

Most of the rest of the day involved catching up on the contents of my TiVo and doing cooking prep for making chili. I made one big batch of chili base, and two separate sets of stuff to toss in for the second phase: one veggie and one meaty. The house smells good.

Gotta eat some leftovers for lunch (the last of the bangers and mash and vegetables) and get ready for a podcast interview via Skype at 1. MacVoices is interviewing a bunch of TidBITS staff members about the milestone of our 1,000th issue.
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muffle1969 From: muffle1969 Date: October 26th, 2009 01:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow. I think you're the third person I have read that did chili this weekend. Is it contagious? :) I feel like I'm missing out.
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: October 26th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

Must be fall! I almost wish it were 15 degrees colder today so hot food felt more crucial, but 60's fine. :-)
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: October 26th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like it when your reviews give the real deal! Sometimes, I sense you are being nicer than needed. Perhaps you are having a case of the Mondays? Hee!
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: October 26th, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)

I like finding nice things to say, and can usually manage to, but sometimes I'm genuinely flummoxed as to why people love a place that just isn't up to the level of the adulation. I honestly think these guys have good food and good coffee. And, I think they charge what they do because they're packed for four hours at a stretch on weekends, and thus they can, not because an omelet special with a tiny serving of home fries actually needs to cost $9.50.

I pretty much never go there because of the long waits, but Rachel picked it and I said "Fine, as long as you don't mind the long wait." I didn't think the wait was that bad yesterday -- about a half hour -- and would have chalked it up to the price you pay to eat there if they hadn't seated another three-top before us that had gotten on the list after us. (Don't get me wrong, I don't think waiting a half hour for a table in Ithaca makes sense, since there are loads of places that wouldn't have had a wait, but once you decide you don't mind waiting for a table in a limited space, that's reasonable.)

Add to that the long stretches when we didn't see our server and the just-OK food, and I've got more ammo in my "I don't eat there" arsenal.

I do, however, want to try the new deli that seems to have sprung up where Sadie D's used to be, down the hall.
sskipstress From: sskipstress Date: October 26th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the fish tanks at Dewitt, and if I'm seated near them I hardly notice poor service because I keep staring at the fish. My favorite place for breakfast near the Commons was Hal's. Of course, I suspect that I am addicted to latkes and knish.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: October 26th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
PS I would need to swing by McDonalds after eating the picture above.
fabunobo From: fabunobo Date: October 26th, 2009 02:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
PPS Yes, I'm clicking on your ads, bitch!
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