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Sunday, August 31, 2008

Frankie D's Italian Chop House in Pullman Square...

Has anyone eaten at this place yet? Is it worth checking out?
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10 Comments:

Anonymous DB said...

I haven't yet. I was kinda hoping you had checked it out. 8)

BTW: I sent the folks over at Fork You an e-mail asking them to review Jewel City Seafood.

Sunday, August 31, 2008  
Blogger Lara, the Neurotic Att'y said...

I have eaten there twice, and I didn't enjoy either experience. The first time, I had the pasta Bolognese (or however it's spelled) and a Caesar salad. The Caesar salad was made of wilted white and brown romaine and a really bland dressing. The pasta was overcooked, and the sauce was cold. I vowed never to go back. Unfortunately, an organization that I'm in decided to have its annual dinner there. So I had to fork over $25 for another meal there which consisted of a very small overcooked steak (I asked for medium rare when they asked how I'd like it cooked) and cold, pasty mashed potatoes which I am sure were out of a box. For dessert, we were supposed to have molten lava cake. It was so cold that not only was the chocolate filling not like lava at all, it was completely solid. I vowed again never to go back, and I haven't been back since.

Now, I have talked to a few people who like it, but I think they're so drunk from the bottles of wine they consume while waiting for their food to come out that they just don't realize how bad it actually is.

Sunday, August 31, 2008  
Anonymous Anifan said...

In fact, I tried it for the first time this weekend and really enjoyed it. I purposely held off a while to avoid the typical problems of a new restaurant, that may be the reason I've heard others complain about it. I certainly didn't have any issue with things being cold or overcooked. Service was quite good and very speedy at that. Then again, it wasn't particularly busy at the time either.

I tried the crab and portobello ravioli which was honestly one of the best pasta dishes I've had. The bread and side salad that come with it were good but just pretty standard. I also tried their bruschetta which was certainly different. It seemed to have some pesto and feta, or some similar cheese, on it. I still prefer the plain old tomato and basil variety myself but this was good too.

I might say the prices are a touch on the high side, particularly considering portion size and such, but by no means prohibitively expensive. I will go back in the future if I happen to be in the Square and in the mood for Italian.

Monday, September 01, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

Keeping in mind that we have killer Italian at Rocco's, does this place manage to justify its existence?

Monday, September 01, 2008  
Anonymous Anifan said...

That's a good point. Rocco's is great, but it is even more pricey and somewhat more out of the way. Rocco's is a place I would actually plan to go to well ahead of time. This restaurant more serves the purpose of all the other Pullman Square restaurants. You walk out of a movie looking for something to eat and if you're in the mood for that style food I think it's a good choice. I also rather like the shared outdoor seating on the balcony area. So I guess its appeal is more about convenience and atmosphere than having the best Italian food in town. They're more a downtown restaurant competing with Olive Garden than they are competing with Rocco's.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

Good point. I guess that, outside of a trip to the mall, there hadn't really been much in Hton/CK between Fazoli's and Rocco's.

I just hope that the bottomland 'tweenst the Guyandotte and the Big Sandy can support three tiers of Italian food.

I wonder if we'll get a Bucket of Spaghetti next (if those places still exist).

Tuesday, September 02, 2008  
Blogger Carly said...

I've eaten there - not the best food I've ever had, but compared to others here, it's pretty good.

The bread is enjoyable, as is the wedge salad and the bruschetta. My steak had an interesting taste to it, but I late found out that's because it's completely unseasoned when they grill it up. Add a little salt and pepper, and you're good to go!

Thursday, November 06, 2008  
Blogger Chris James said...

Call me lazy, but part of what I pay a restaurant to do is put salt and pepper on my meat for me in the kitchen. Always, always, ALWAYS season the protein.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009  
Blogger Sean said...

After a thorough review of site, it is phenonminal. I am a little scared that you may be my Tyler Durden. From BBQ sauce on the fries (Chick-fil-a anyone?) to the how WV sees America map.... really good stuff.

That being said, I have eaten at Frankie D's twice. My wife is not a big fan since the Italian food is extremely inferior to Rocco's or my own Italian cooking. However, Frankie D's may have the best ribeye I have ever had in this state, and I have had many 'o ribeye.

They are not shy about the price, but it is by far the best steak I have had in this town.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009  
Blogger Chris James said...

Thanks for dropping by, Sean. It is always good to here from someone else who appreciates the beauty of a quality bbq sauce on some french fries.

Between Rocco's and my Italian-American wife, I too am a little spoiled on my Italian grub, but I loves me a fancy steak. It looks like I might have to celebrate my next tax return @ Frankie D's.

Thursday, July 16, 2009  

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