by Phil H. on
From the table next to us ordering drinks - "I'll have a martini and she'll have a cosmo" "What? You'll get a beer and a shot" "No, that's not what we ordered" "What beer do you want?" "But, but..." "Beer and a shot" That is the attitude here which I actually find quite amusing. Back Fence is one of those old time live music institutions that are a dying breed here. Sawdust on the floor, peanuts on the table, grouchy waitress (watch out for the old lady she is a pip!) beat up little tables and chairs, small stage where local and regional singers and groups perform. Mainly a beer and shot bar - no foofy drinks here. Mainly, the whole place is beat up looking! I think it adds to the charm. Bathrooms are pretty bad too. No dancing. Not a nightclub. Just a good divey type place to kick back, down a few, and enjoy some live music. That is what makes this place - the performers. You never know what you will get, but all are pretty decent. If you can deal with a little grunginess and a little attitude from the servers a good time can be had here. Ya gotta take it in stride!
by Tom W. on
Not worth it. It's a pricey restaurant, but the atmosphere certainly doesn't invoke it. There were plenty of people in ripped jeans, shorts, etc. This was not the place to have an anniversary dinner. There's a very phallic lamp on each table, and the chairs are too high (my wife's feet were dangling). I expect better from great restaurants. I should've known better, once I saw the size of the room. On seemingly everyone's recommendation, I went for the cheaper of the two omakases. Frankly, the cheaper one sounded better, since it came with red snapper (my favorite), and instead of kobe beef, duck with foie gras. Not a bad alternative. 1st course of omakase: hamachi, caviar, fried shallots, Japanese peach. Excellent start. I want to find more Japanese peaches. 2nd: Very fatty red snapper. Happens to be my favorite sushi. 3rd: yellowfin tuna, micro salad, onion marmalade. Eh. Tuna wasn't that good -- it is the same type that you would find in a can (of course, much better grade, but that's the type) 4th: Chilean Sea Bass, steamed twice, black bean sauce. Excellent, melts in your month. 5th: seared duck breast, world's smallest portion of foie gras. Ok. (I'm skipping a few, including a bland mini nigiri set of 5) Dessert: goat cheese cheesecake...at a Japanese restaurant. Huh? This is an indication of another problem I had -- too Americanized. I was hoping for true Japanese inspiration. Oh, and a warning -- the rock shrimp tempura is a HUGE serving. Only order it to share amongst 4+, because it is quite one-note. Our server was very knowledgeable, though; I'll give him credit for knowing about the food.
by Ian Sully on
The club looks nice.. from the outside at least. We made a reservation for a booth and the guy on the phone speaks very little english and apparently we have to be there by 9:20pm to secure our $340.00 minimum reservation!! He gave us the waiter's name over the phone (his name is Rambo .... ), we got there at 10:30 and he came out to tell us the club is full and can't fit us in because we didn't get here in time. He handed us this nicely printed business card which, fitting enough, has a picture of Stalone as Rambo! Fun time, considering we were laughing so hard on the business card. I would like to come back again just to check it out but I guess I have to come with my korean friends