It's been a while since my previous post (almost a month) and that's mainly because I've been traveling a lot on the weekends, and having a full time job (shocker!) really cramps my ability to write during the week. So with that lame excuse out of the way I'll quickly recap a forgettable meal (though with great company!) at a newer place called Teddy and Bully Bear (from the same folks at Lincoln - just went there for the first time this week). My first impression was that I couldn't quite figure out what the atmosphere they were trying to capture. Was it hunting lodge? Casual small plates? Upscale dining? It kind of catered to all of that, but not really deciding which one. The decor was simple and nice, and the space is very large. I was also surprised with such a large space that the pricing was as high (for the size of the food) as it was.
The bread basket (first one free....a little strange) was very tasty and came with three choices of butter/spread. The cocktails that Chris and Allie ordered were very mediocre, and Chris even had to send his first one back. Regardless, we went on to order the grilled romaine, melon salad, crab & avocado salad, sausage and pepper flat bread, mac and cheese and the braised pork (full MENU).
What we discovered was that many of the dishes were very small and not that interesting from a flavor perspective. The mac & cheese was the best and likely most reliable dish we ordered. I also enjoyed the flat bread, but for $13 I wouldn't order multiple. Everything else just hit the 'meh' category for me, especially the pork and crab salad. The melon and radish, etc salad was nice and refreshing but again, very small and $10.
I don't mean to hate on a new place, and I'm sure some of the other "heartier" dishes like steak and chicken are worth checking out - but I just didn't get the feeling that Teddy knows the identity it is striving to have and the atmosphere it wants to create. Add on top of that food that was just mediocre, I don't see myself returning anytime soon. Please send updates if you have them! Cheers.