Archive for the ‘Decent’ Category

Billy Martin’s Tavern - Washington, DC

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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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

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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

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

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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

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Great broth, cheap swiss cheese.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Abe and Louie’s - Boca Raton, FL

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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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

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Good cheese, but bland broth.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Place Pigalle - Seattle, WA

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

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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

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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

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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

1400 North - Washington, DC

Monday, June 21st, 2010

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This restaurant is located in the Westin City Center.  The broth and cheese are good, but the odd shape of the “bowl” dictates that the cheese to soup ratio cannot meet the bar.

Rating 6.5 out of 10

Pistache - West Palm Beach, FL

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

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Great cheese was wasted on this bland, uninspiring soup.  I had very high hopes, especially after tasting the excellent gruyere.  But the soup had no trace of caramelization, no trace of sherry, or anything else other than hot water that had a slight onion flavor.  This one avoided a “Poor” rating, solely due to the excellent cheese.

Rating: 5.0 out of 10

Morel’s French Steakhouse - Hollywood, CA

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

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I had really high hopes for this soup.  The menu is nearly a carbon copy of Artisanal, which (of course) has the #1-rated French Onion Soup in the world.  However, for some reason the cheese and broth were both bland.  They use “imported” emmentaler, gruyere, and comté.  I was really disappointed, but mostly because of my expectations.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Ruby’s Oyster Bar and Bistro - Rye, NY

Thursday, December 17th, 2009

2009-12-17-201749.jpgSorry about the lighting.  This soup’s broth was much better than expected.  The onions were nicely caramelized, and there was the right amount of sherry.   Unfortunately, the cheese was tasted like a very cheap swiss.  The richness of the broth was ruined by the crappy cheese.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Hamlet on Sunset - West Hollywood, CA

Monday, November 30th, 2009

hamlet.jpgI remember the old “Hamburger Hamlets” in Westwood, Beverly Hills, and West LA, and their amazing F.O.S.  New owner, slightly different name, and it’s just not the same.  Pretty good, but not the same.  Seems like the same combination of cheese that I couldn’t quite identify back then, but now I would say is gruyere and jack.Rating: 7.0 out of 10

John Howie Steakhouse - Bellevue, WA

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

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The overpowering taste of parmesean ruins this soup.  There’s emmentaler in there somewhere, but I would never have known.  The broth was decent.

Rating 6.5 out of 10


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