Spot Bar & Gastropub
The Skinny: The Spot is a rather new restaurant found on the outskirts of Koreatown. The self proclaimed managing foodies aspire to be like The Lazy Ox and Father’s Office. Their goal is to give affordable Gastropub food to college students, sports fans, and people that are not in the mood for Ktown.
The Good: The interior was nice, Dogfish was on tap, and the food was free.
The Bad: If Gordon Ramsey from “Kitchen Nightmare” came to this Spot, he’d use words that would be censored on cable TV and follow them up with “disgusting.” I ordered the Mac & Cheese with Truffle Oil and Dogfish to wash it down. A co-worker who was with me at the time, got the Jalepeno Burger with fries and a Stone IPA. I was going to order the sliders myself, but was warned that they were the frozen kind. When the Mac & Cheese came out it was in the form of Bow Tie Noodles with loose white liquid as cheese. I actually have no clue what Truffles are suppose to taste like so if it was in there, I wouldn’t have known. I give credit to the marketing because the addition of the word “Truffle” certainly fooled me. The dish wasn’t bad, but it was disappointing since I was expecting Elbow Noodles and a thicker Cheese encrusted with Bread Crumbs. The Jalapeno Burger my co-worker got, now that’s a different story since I had half of it. While I might have been saved from getting the sliders that were probably once cryogenized in the freezer section at Wal-Mart’s Superstore, the patty for that burger was like a hockey puck that’s been laying out under a hot sun for too long. It came packaged nicely and the Fries were good, but I had to keep opinions to myself when a staff member asked me if everything was okay. Later that evening my co-worker would spend a long cleansing time at his apartment’s bathroom.
When I went to The Spot, I was actually there because one of my co-workers had business with the manager. She seemed really enthusiastic about the place and had a lot of ideas on how to make The Spot better, but unfortunately, if the food isn’t good, the place will struggle. I’m sure Gordon Ramsey and Robert Irvine from “Restaurant Impossible”, would take one look at the menu and say, “there’s just too many items.” They’d both go into the kitchen and get rid of all the frozen pre-made ingredients and strip that menu down to a few signature dishes and seasonal specials. Personally, if I ran the place, I’d invest in a good meat grinder instead of a web designer and buy meat from a local butcher like McCall’s Meat and Fish and make fresh burger patties on “The Spot!” Then I’d build the whole menu around that all American classic.
The Spot has a lot of potential but it should focus first on making quality food instead of trying to cut corners in order to pay for temporary cosmetics.
Would you comeback? Nope, I rather go out of my way to The Lazy Ox and even the original and more crowded Father’s Office. Of course, I haven’t tried all of their menu items so I can’t say all their stuff is bad. I do wish The Spot staff well because I don’t want anyone to fail at something they want to succeed in.