1860 Italia

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Vinewood_03
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I have a fundamental issue with a high end restaurant being on an end cap in a strip center.
australopithecus robustus
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Vinewood_03 said:

I have a fundamental issue with a high end restaurant being on an end cap in a strip center.


I've seen this said before and I find it silly. There are LOTS AND LOTS of nice restaurants in centers and retail clusters in big cities. This is small town thinking, all due respect.
EBrazosAg
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Agreed. Can't tell you how many great neighborhood joints are in similar places in Houston or Dallas. No reason for it to make a hill of beans difference. But the Olive Garden has a great pad location for those who are strip center snobs
TexAg1987
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EBrazosAg said:

Agreed. Can't tell you how many great neighborhood joints are in similar places in Houston or Dallas. No reason for it to make a hill of beans difference. But the Olive Garden has a great pad location for those who are strip center snobs
The Republic started in an essentially empty strip center.
EBrazosAg
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That spot was Jackie Sherrills steakhouse back in the 80s I think. I couldn't afford steak back then so I'm not certain.....
Vinewood_03
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All do respect, if I wanted to eat in high end restaurants in strip centers on a consistent basis then I would move. No different than me not wanting to sit in traffic for an hour to drive 4 miles. Call it small town thinking but it's probably that quality that endeared you to moving here.....
australopithecus robustus
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I was never endeared to move here. My parents moved me here when I was 9. I'm actually very pro commerce and growth for this town so I like more traffic if you can believe that.

I respect your opinion but disagree with it. Another component is the perception that 1860 is upscale. It's not really that upscale. Then again, I'm using a nationwide standard for that analysis.
EliteElectric
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We went a few weeks ago, I wouldn't necessarily describe it as "upscale" I went in flip flops and hawaiian shorts, but then I've been to Spago in flips and shorts so don't use my examples lol.

I'm a little different/new school, I don't really take dinning super serious. I'll go just about anywhere totally casual.
AggieBaseball06
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Vinewood_03 said:

All do respect, if I wanted to eat in high end restaurants in strip centers on a consistent basis then I would move. No different than me not wanting to sit in traffic for an hour to drive 4 miles. Call it small town thinking but it's probably that quality that endeared you to moving here.....


Imagine being so pretentious that "Is the building freestanding or a part of a bigger building" is one of the major deciding factors in where someone eats.
halibut sinclair
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Vinewood_03 said:

All do respect,

*due
johnnyblaze36
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I was at the Angry Elephant the other day and overheard the guy sitting two seats down telling the bartender about "It's the second best steak in town". Obviously my ears perked up wanting to know where he was talking about and he said 1860 Italia.

Can anybody attest to this sentiment?
TxSquarebody
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Not sure where it ranks, but it is very good!
Aggie
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johnnyblaze36 said:

I was at the Angry Elephant the other day and overheard the guy sitting two seats down telling the bartender about "It's the second best steak in town". Obviously my ears perked up wanting to know where he was talking about and he said 1860 Italia.

Can anybody attest to this sentiment?


Their bone in rib-eye is .. I'll admit.. pretty damn good.
It's upscale steakhouse quality
Tailgate88
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EliteElectric said:

We went a few weeks ago, I wouldn't necessarily describe it as "upscale" I went in flip flops and hawaiian shorts, but then I've been to Spago in flips and shorts so don't use my examples lol.

I'm a little different/new school, I don't really take dinning super serious. I'll go just about anywhere totally casual.


What are "Hawaiian shorts?"
legalbird
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Like my food quality to be higher versus a high rent district
halibut sinclair
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Tailgate88 said:

EliteElectric said:

We went a few weeks ago, I wouldn't necessarily describe it as "upscale" I went in flip flops and hawaiian shorts, but then I've been to Spago in flips and shorts so don't use my examples lol.

I'm a little different/new school, I don't really take dinning super serious. I'll go just about anywhere totally casual.


What are "Hawaiian shorts?"
EliteElectric
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Hahaha mine are a little more baggy like these but blue

TAMC11
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As of this past weekend, we've now been three times. I cannot say enough good things about the quality of the food. The appetizers, steak, and desserts are all fantastic.

I'm curious though if others have experienced slow bar service. Every time I've been, it has been painfully slow, whether we've sat at the bar or at a table. In fact, when we've sat at the bar, just waiting for the bartender to take our drink order has taken a while. If it's just me, I'll chalk it up to bad luck every time, but it has seriously detracted from an otherwise good experience.
kevmiller
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Does this place have a bar area to eat at?

Wife and I always prefer the bar area...however when I Goto make a reservation on their website it does not offer any bar area seating.
FNG
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EliteElectric said:

Hahaha mine are a little more baggy like these but blue




We called those Jams back in the day!
lockett93
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kevmiller said:

Does this place have a bar area to eat at?

Wife and I always prefer the bar area...however when I Goto make a reservation on their website it does not offer any bar area seating.


They have a bar and bar seating
TXAGBQ76
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So substance over quality, got it!
Section327Ag
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For me the noise level was the deal breaker. A place where you have to yell across the table isn't my preference.
australopithecus robustus
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Section327Ag said:

For me the noise level was the deal breaker. A place where you have to yell across the table isn't my preference.


For me it's the exact opposite. I love the boisterous, big city feel to the place. We go out to have fun and enjoy good times. It's an adult party in there which the town needs more of....
EBrazosAg
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Second visit.
Service - 2.5/5. Poorly paced and spread out entrees.
Food - 3/5 Lobster Carbonara really good. Appetizers pedestrian.
Atmosphere 3/5. You have to like loud for sure.
Not on my high list yet for sure.
CS78
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Finally made it by. Food was really good. Price a touch high but worth it for the quality. Service was good. I remember telling my wife that I bet the waiters cussed the first time they saw the tiny water glasses.

The atmosphere is definitely big city hipster with a touch of smug. When we get away from the kids we like to actually be able to talk to each other. Its LOUD! Modern decoration with lots of square flat surfaces for noise to echo off of. It's no buca de ***ochini.
Wicked Good Ag
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australopithecus robustus said:

Section327Ag said:

For me the noise level was the deal breaker. A place where you have to yell across the table isn't my preference.


For me it's the exact opposite. I love the boisterous, big city feel to the place. We go out to have fun and enjoy good times. It's an adult party in there which the town needs more of....
Problem is it isnt a sports bar. It serves as an above to fine dining option in town. I dont want loud in that type of setting.
Aggie
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Aggie said:

johnnyblaze36 said:

I was at the Angry Elephant the other day and overheard the guy sitting two seats down telling the bartender about "It's the second best steak in town". Obviously my ears perked up wanting to know where he was talking about and he said 1860 Italia.

Can anybody attest to this sentiment?


Their bone in rib-eye is .. I'll admit.. pretty damn good.
It's upscale steakhouse quality


Gonna change my opinion on this for now.
2nd trip to 1860 and bone in ribeye did not repeat .. 2nd trip received not very good cut, served luke warm, pretty much tasted like it was cooked night before and reheated in microwave.
It was awful
 
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