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Eating Out - December 23, 2011

Empire not quite on fire

Grill and bar charms with its outside oasis, but the kitchen is inconsistent

by Dale F. Bentson

After nearly 20 years, Empire Grill & Tap Room still boasts the best al fresco dining spot in the area. It's a spacious, well-cared-for oasis with bubbling fountain, climbing wisteria, fragrant jasmine, showy trumpet vines and shades of green dotted with flowers everywhere, at least in warmer months. It's a tad chilly in winter but propane heaters make temperate days doable.

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