10,000 Vinyasas

A Local Restaurant Goes Downhill…

by on Dec.12, 2010, under food

Sadly, we are about to say goodbye to a local restaurant which, for whatever reasons, has started sliding down the slope of good service and food. I refer in this instance to Sogo, a place I discovered last year, mostly because we would congregate there after acro-yoga practice; Vladimir was fond of it, you see, and to my slight surprise, the food was outstanding, particularly the soups. The owner/chef has some serious cooking chops, and we began to visit it for dinner and some Sunday brunches. Alas, the last few visits have revealed that the local economy is taking a toll on this establishment; first, most of the stock of market items, along with their shelving, was eliminated, leaving a cavernous dining area that scaled poorly in human terms. We noticed also at this time that the menu, which had previously changed daily, had been reduced to “regular” items, with the exception of one soup and one entree. Our last visit was also disappointing in other ways; there was no chilled white wine available at all, even though the wine refrigerator stood empty. When we ordered glasses of red wine, the food arrived quite a while before the wine; in other words, we sat there with our food while the staff, who looked like high school students, struggled to get two glasses of wine to our table, for unknown reasons. Further, there was no acknowledgment on the part of the staff about the lapse. At any rate, we may have eaten our last meal at Sogo, especially for dinner. My heart goes out to the owner; it is certainly not easy to maintain a small, cool gourmet restaurant in an area where most people define “food” as something that is obtainable at a drive-through window, and certainly the irony of having a golden arched establishment in the same strip as Sogo is not lost here. Our opinion is that poor Sogo is not long for this earth. Sad.


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