Hot Spot

So it’s always been my understanding that for every person who complains about a restaurant, there are ten who were too shy to do so. So where does this post put me? Somewhere in between? I was too lazy to complain to the owner’s face, so I talk about it here?

Anyhow. Hot Spot, that new(ish) breakfast place on Armitage & California. I ate there on a Wednesday afternoon, and it was awesome. Truly. I got eggs benedict (or florentine, I forget), and it was perfect. My pal had country fried steak and it looked amazing.

I couldn’t wait to bring people there.

A couple weeks later, I went on a weekend, and was treated to water which seemed laden with some sort of cucumber concentrate, some lukewarm, chewy country fried steak with cold gravy, and lackluster service. My pal had a cold waffle which was served with butter which had been melted and then refrigerated, resulting an a gross, crystally mess.

Awesome. It’s a shame, for a minute there, it was my favorite place.

Am I the only one who’s experienced this?

5 Comments so far

  1. Beth (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    My husband, daughter and I have been regulars at Hot Spot for over a year and I promise you that your second experience there was an anomaly. You don’t say when that weekend visit was, but the owner has been mostly stuck on bedrest for the past month due to spinal/neck surgery. (She’s back part-time now, against doctor’s orders!) We were actually surprised by how well the staff did in her absence– there was only one time in our visits in the past month that the food wasn’t up to their usual standards. I hope you’ll give them another chance!

  2. Beth (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    Oh, forgot to mention about the drinking water– they actually infuse the water with fresh cucumbers. I don’t like it myself, but my husband digs it.

  3. K. (unregistered) on February 7th, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

    I’ll second Beth’s post. All of my visits to Hot Spot have been great. (though I agree, the cucumber water is nasty. Orange does that, too, and I can’t STAND it, I think it makes the water taste like garbage.)

  4. monica (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 1:25 am

    i’ve eated there three times. all were good. the best was the last time…and the owner was there. i mean we couldn’t get over how perfectly done the bacon was. and i get the eggs benedict everytime. i can’t help it. i don’t even like eggs benedict, but it is so good there. the grapefruit juice tastes fresh. the cucumber water is ok. it reminds me of getting a massage at a spa (where the flavored water seems much more appropriate.) my boyfriend hates it though. they probably wouldn’t mind if you asked for regular water. it’s not that big a deal to get tap water at a chicago restaurant.

  5. monica (unregistered) on February 16th, 2006 @ 2:20 am

    i started saying one thing, finished with another, and then didn’t proofread. i ate. i ate there.

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