>> Saturday, July 24, 2010
Friday, July 23rd. No guest stars, and no Thad again! Thad had to work late.....very disappointing.
We have been to the Roma Cafe once before (before I decided to start this blog) and had really loved it....so we thought we would do it again. But this time, we were not so thrilled. Lulu thinks maybe we were too drunk the last time, making everything taste better? The Roma Cafe is pretty much in Eastern Market. There is valet parking, which I take advantage of tonight due to the rain and tornado warning! This restaurant is very old. I think the interior is charming. The bar area is tiny. I love the professional old school bartenders they have had there on both my visits.
Our server tonight is Dmitri. When we ask him to pronounce some italian on the menu, he states "Why would I be able to do that? I'm Greek!". Duh, Dmitri...Greek name. The Greek and Dmitri begin to speak Greek to each other. Lulu and I wonder if they are talking about us.... Anyhoo, drinks. I have the house chianti....followed by the house chianti. Lulu has the house merlot and The Greek,of course, has jack & coke....he only drinks two things: J & C and red wines. Period. You gotta respect someone who knows what they like and never deviates, I guess. We order garlic toast instead of the plain bread basket. Wow, this bread is good, but talk about a calorie bomb. Lulu and I have been trying to cut calories....but tonight she states to be warned because she "is going to eat alot!". She is starting a 24 day cleanse on Sunday. 24 days! Entrees: I order the homemade paglia & fieno. This is what they are calling shoestring pasta, with prosciutto and peas. The Greek orders veal scaloppine a al tosca. Lulu creates a veggie combination: homemade fettucine alfredo, side of steamed broccoli, side of fried eggplant. Lulu and I also order a house salad each. All meals come with a cup of the minstrone. Lulu and I love this soup and salad. The soup is perfect. The salad, with homemade italian dressing, garbanzo beans, green pepper and egg, is perfect with a little parmesan. We were disappointed in our entrees. The Greeks veal was rather dry. My pasta was just ok, not very flavorful. Ditto for Lulu's fettucine.
.Paglia & Fieno
I could only eat about a quarter of that pasta...The Greek took the rest home. Thad sends us a text saying working late "sucks wet monkey ass". Charming, isn't he? Dmitri stops by our table often to chat about Greece with The Greek. He literally sweats on Lulu! Really, he wipes his brow and slings it on Lulu. Into her hair. She said it was in slow motion coming at her. He stops by yet again, and does it once more! She looks dumbfounded and distressed....speechless really.
Dessert is a small piece of what looks like store-bought cheesecake, with strawberries. We share. We each have cappucino. I swear it tastes so familiar....somewhere deep in my past....could this be International Coffee Instant? With some foam on top?
I will give Roma Cafe 3 D's tonight, I almost want to give 2.... Service was good, not great. Food lacking for sure. Total bill: $125 plus tip. We are SO boring tonight, as nobody feels like scoping out a bar afterwards like we usually do. Lulu must work in the morning, I am writing a paper for school.
The Greek and I decide that I jinxed our experience. We had established the "Tumbleweed Rule" long ago....we are tumbleweeds and never return to the same place twice. I cursed us by returning to Roma Cafe.
Next Friday: Annual Ferndale Pub Crawl. I host a pre/post party at my house each year, and Lulu will be babysitting....so no dinner. Perhaps I will review my favorite Ferndale bars instead....
However, we will try to get a reservation at Wolfgang Puck's for the following week....We have tried before, with no luck. Can ADD get special privileges with reservations? Apparently not.