I’ll acknowledge that our party really enjoyed our visit. The food was good, service friendly, décor more cute than stylish (we’re Chicagoans; we know Bridgeport used to be the home of mayors). Three of the four of us had excellent pasta dishes; my gnocchi was creamy and tasty. The fourth equally enjoyed her fish. The soup special was good although a bit over salted. A really nice touch was the free chocolate dipped strawberry. Yum! Even nice to have free parking.
But rated the no. 1 restaurant in the city? Nonsense. It’s nice, mid-priced, completely unexpected on a nondescript street in a nondescript neighborhood. But all the rating shows is the flaws in Trip Advisor’s rating system. I suppose most reviewers here give it an excellent rating because it’s so unexpected. But to compare it with some of this great dining city’s truly wonderful and outstanding restaurants is silly. If you’re in the area go there, enjoy it as we did. It’s way better than the typical off-center restaurant. But don’t expect truly five-star dining.
And note to any Trip Advisor staff that might be reading this: Please work on your rating algorithms and get yourself a decent statistician. Adding up the number of “excellent” ratings to characterize one restaurant (or hotel, site, or anything else) simply says this place is good. It provides no basis for comparing one place with others. It’s the same beef I have with your frequent ten best lists which often leave me scratching my head. I read the reviews to learn something about a place. The rankings are basically meaningless.
End of rant.
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