Archive for the ‘Decent’ Category

Vogue Bistro - Surprise, AZ

Friday, April 17th, 2015


Yet another soup with a pastry puff at the top.  And each of them thinks it is the coolest thing in the world.  For me it just gets in the way of things.  The broth was decent and there was *some* hidden cheese, but not enough.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

Spoke and Wheel - Sedona, AZ

Thursday, April 16th, 2015


This one might not really be a “French Onion Soup”.  On the menu it is called “Steak and Onion Soup”.  But it is topped with a very nice cave aged gruyere, which was very good.  Getting down to the soup, however, I was greeted with a shredded beef texture, which was both unexpected and disappointing.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

La Brochette Bistro - Cooper City, FL

Thursday, March 19th, 2015


Fantastic main courses and specials at this French restaurant featuring a Lebanese chef.  But I expected much more from the F.O.S.  The potato chips on top are a cute touch and are unintrusive.  But the cheese is not one of the French standards, but likely a mozzarella.  The broth was also a bit bland.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Yard House - Hallendale Beach, FL

Monday, October 20th, 2014


Another inconsistent showing.  Both of these pictures were taken during lunch at the same restaurant within a couple of months of each other (the crappy looking one is more recent).  This is a chain restaurant, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising.

Rating 6.0 out of 10

Zinc Bistro - Scottsdale, AZ

Thursday, July 31st, 2014


I had very high hopes for this soup, and I guess I can say that I wasn’t disappointed.  I became confused, however, when Staci (my wife) said that the broth was bland.  I found it anything but bland, and she’s got a very good pallette.  I didn’t think it could possibly make a difference, but I tried a taste of her soup and believe it or not it was completely bland!  I have no idea how that happened. If I had to rate hers, it would have been a 6, while mine would have been an 8.  I will split the difference, and call it inconsistent.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Crabby Joe’s - Guelph, Ontario

Monday, June 23rd, 2014


This is a chain restaurant in Canada.  Although they use mozzarella cheese, it is high quality and well seasoned, and the broth was decent, although a bit salty.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Billy Martin’s Tavern - Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013


This restaurant, founded in 1933, is steeped in history.  JFK and Jackie became engaged in the booth right next to ours.  We were in booth 4 and Jack proposed in booth 3 (so close that I can now call him Jack).  Although the soup uses a pedestrian provalone, the broth was nicely done.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Morton’s - Boca Raton, FL

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011


Not all Morton’s serve F.O.S. for all of their meals, so it is wise to check before going there.  Of course, if they are not serving it, go somewhere else in protest.  Apparently, the one in Boca serves it for both lunch and dinner.  The broth was pretty good, but there was a clear lack of cheese.  The cheese itself was just “okay”.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

East City Grill - Weston, FL CLOSED

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011


Lots of paprika on here, as you can see.  Good broth, with provolone cheese.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Kinzie Chophouse - Chicago, IL

Friday, September 16th, 2011


Great broth, cheap swiss cheese.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Abe and Louie’s - Boca Raton, FL

Monday, September 12th, 2011


Bland broth, good cheese.  The cheese was way too stuck to the bread.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

P. J. Clarke’s - Las Vegas, NV

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011


Good cheese, but bland broth.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Place Pigalle - Seattle, WA

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011


Located in the famous Pike Place Market, this restaurant was an Internet recommendation.  Happily, there was lots of good cheese (Gruyere).  But the broth was unusual.  The menu notes that they use “Hidalgo Cream Sherry”.  I don’t know what that is, but the broth was certainly more creamy than meaty.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

The Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar - San Francisco, CA

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011


This restaurant is located in the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel.  The cheese was good, but stuck to the bread.  The broth was pretty poor; the quality of the onions was not great.

Rating: 5.5 out of 10

Stark’s Steakhouse - Santa Rosa, CA

Friday, October 22nd, 2010


We were told that this was Gruyère.  It was very pungent, though.  So, the cheese was pretty good, but the broth was lacking in flavor.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

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