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Oddfellows Food Disappoints on Opening Night

By December 20, 2008

Capitol Hill

We stopped by Oddfellows Cafe + Bar last night around 7:30 for its opening night.

Being the first night and all we’ll forgive the service and other hiccups. However, we were disappointed that half of the items on the menu weren’t available. We totally understand that the snow storm impacted deliveries and that the deep fryer hasn’t arrived yet but perhaps a temporary menu listing the available items would have been better? The items we did order (everything from the mac and cheese to sandwiches to the steak) were good but they left us all wanting more. In fact each of us ended up ordering our main entrees and then we ordered a half round of entrees because we were all still hungry. The portions reminded me of the small not so filling portions at Spur. Perhaps you’re supposed to eat dinner at home before visiting these tasty but small plate gastro pubs/cafes? Our amateur recommendation on presentation would be to use smaller plates so that the item does not seem so small. Also lower prices would be nice. An $8 sandwich at Oddfellows can’t begin to compete with an $8 sandwich at Honeyhole.

What about the interior? The interior is amazing. Linda found lots of cool pieces from places like Great Stuff (they now have a photo gallery of what’s in stock!), Space Oddity, Pacific Galleries and a variety of other places. In particular the chairs and bar stools she’s found are fantastic for the space. She also dug up wood from the basement of the building and re-used it in the space.

While Oddfellows did not wow on the first night like Barrio did we are regulars of Linda’s and will surely be back, at least for drinks.

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