Archive for the ‘Decent’ Category

La Brochette Bistro - Cooper City, FL

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 CLOSED

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


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