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Treading water

Original post made on Apr 20, 2014

Opportunity knocked, opportunity not answered -- at least for now. That's Dale Benson's assessment of Sam's Chowder House in Palo Alto. According to Benson, it wasn't a single glaring problem, "rather, a series of off-center details that didn't add up."

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Posted by MATT
a resident of another community
on Apr 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

Great Review Boss! Wait...errr...uh :-)


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Posted by mainer
a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2014 at 9:20 am

sorry, but lobster roll with butter is not the way it is done in Maine - they do that further south.
lobster rolls in Maine have just enough mayo to make the lobster meat stick together - and nothing else.
lobster salad implies more mayo and things like chopped celery.

IMO the lobster rolls at the old port lobster shack are better and more authentic Maine style than sam's.


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Posted by Agreed
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 21, 2014 at 6:08 pm

Most of the food we have had over two visits was too salty, too greasy, or two sweet. However, little children seem to like it....it just isn't for most adults.

However, I would not recommend taking children here...the staff obviously does NOT like kids under twelve, at least not on weekends.

The service is sporadic. Sometimes slow, sometimes accommodating, sometimes arrogant and snarky--no consistency.

Not worth the price--I bet it will not be in business a whole lot longer.


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Posted by Illuminato
a resident of another community
on Apr 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

There used to be a Mexican restaurant in south PA called the Red Pepper. It was part of a small chain. Their crab enchilada was my all time favorite meal. I read a critic's review of the place, they had the crab enchilada and hated it. Nothing like the awesome, wonderfully tasty crab enchilada at some other place. I went to the other place, tried the crab enchilada, and it tasted like wet cardboard. Yuk! So I had the realization that restaurant reviews are useless, because everyone has different tastes.

A while later the Red Pepper closed, hopefully not because of one bad review.


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