Monday, June 30, 2008

Tennyson Street Eats

I am not sure if it is heat or the hormones, but the kitchen at our house saw very little action this weekend. The thought of cooking just doesn't sit well with me.

Friday night we tried Gemelli's Ristorante Italiano on Tennyson. It is in an old house closer to the 44th end of the strip. Don't be alarmed by the temperature in the lobby- the back dining room is nice and climate controlled. There is also a cute patio. The service still has a bit of a new feel where folks seem to be bumping into each other. I was dining with JB so of course one of the owners made an appearance at our table.

The dinner salad was really good with cucumber, carrot spirals, and mixed greens that included something other than iceberg and romaine. It was a much more exciting salad than the house salad at Patsy's. (But let's be honest, the homemade pasta will keep Patsy's on our dining list no matter all it's other flaws.) The entrees were solid. The best ever? No, but we didn't have any complaints. They were modest servings but reasonably priced. JB was very pleased with his ice cold Moretti on tap. They only listed one or two dessert on the menu but then our waitress brought a tray of options. The cannoli was very good.

Would I go again? Absolutely. Would I recommend it to GT as authentic? Probably not.

Saturday morning found us reunited with an old friend. DJs cafe is open again! They have new menu items but we both jumped right back to old favorites that were as good as we remembered. JB remarked that he was surprised they weren't promoting the grand re-opening more until we realized that every table was full 35 minutes into breakfast service on the second weekend they have been open since the fire.


rebeckspe said...

I'm hoping to hit DJ's this holiday weekend for a breakfast over my final issue of the New Yorker.

InfoChef said...

GT agrees with your assessment. It was fine, albeit with Sysco-quality ingredients, but if we're going for off-kilter Ital, I'd even rather go for Stella's. And the $5.95 for a single cannoli was a rip off (and its liquid watermelon Jolly Rancher sauce was just strange).