Boss Shepherds

Boss Shepherds

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.boss-shepherds.com/
  • Phone: 2023472677x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday
    11:00 am - 1:00 am

    Saturday
    5:00 pm - 1:00 am

    Sunday
    closed
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Private Room

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 13th Street, NW and E Street, NW
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Boss Shepherds
Boss Shepherd’s is Penn Quarter’s hottest farm-to-table restaurant, where guests can enjoy a fresh approach to traditional American cuisine. Named after DC’s original governor, who was often referred to as the Father of Modern Washington, Boss Shepherd was one of the most powerful city bosses in his day and was responsible for creating DC’s infrastructure, ultimately convincing Congress to continue to operate in the District of Columbia. A statue of Boss Shepherd reigns half a block away, in front of the John A. Wilson Building.

Instilled with Chef Jeremy Waybright’s southern inspiration, the menu boasts fresh takes on time-honored, rustic classics that can please the palate of any guest. Chef Waybright’s use of farm-to-table ingredients is evident in innovative starters such as the Maine blue mussels with sausage, cider beer, vermouth and pickled chili, or delectable bone marrow served with herbs, pickled egg, breakfast radish and toast.
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Boss Shepherds reviews from OpenTable diners
196 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
75% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (81)good for groups (41)great for lunch (41)special occasion (36)hot spot (34)neighborhood gem (33)notable wine list (27)vibrant bar scene (27)romantic (16)late-night find (6)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (3)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • amazing food, underwhelming service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Upon entering Boss Shepherds, I fell in love with the fun, traditional decor. We were seated immediately, but unfortunately were not seen by our server for at least 10 minutes. Around minute five we made decisions as to order everything when the server arrived (drinks, apps, entrees), but that wasn't much help. Our drinks -a glass of wine for me & beer for my companion- arrived just before our apps, which had a 30 minute ticket time. The dishes made up for it (bone marrow and pot pie fritters are must-haves) & the entrees were outstanding as well (fried chicken & dumplings), but after 2+ hours, we didn't even want dessert. A restaurant that delivers so well on food & decor should really ensure they provide a similar level of service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Chicken was as advertised
    BexleyVIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    We had a nice relaxed dinner in a pleasant place with a nice server. The chicken was really good.
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  • LoloVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    fried chicken was excellent, but the salad was disappointing. grits were inconsistent between several entrees at the table. one was creamy and the other was lumpy and gritty.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place for Quiet Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The ambiance at Boss Shepherds is fantastic. You can have a conversation without the cacophonous background of rattling plates and silver, and babble of people shouting to be heard 2 feet away from each other. The staff was both courteous and professional. The food was excellent, if a bit oddly priced. The clams an oysters on the half shell $18/dozen were a bit expensive, and oddly out of alignment with the rest of the pricing. Their interpretation of New England style Little Nick Clam Chowder is definitely not "Down East", in that the clams are served in their shells - but is very good regardless. The Mussels and Chicken Cobb were also excellently prepared on our visit.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Very average
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Service from Vicky was outstanding. The restaurant is very attractive - fun place to be. Only wish there were superlatives left for the food, which was very average (desserts were good though.) There are too many better options in the vicinity to recommend Boss S, or to return.
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  • Needs work
    FadedStarGarage
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We came here with high expectations based on Tom Sietsma's review and inclusion in his Top Ten. The staff were very gracious and welcoming. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and wine. But they were out of the one good-value wine on the menu. The shared chicken pot pie appetizer was interesting, but tiny. Two of us had shrimp (head on!) and grits. Nothing to write home about. OK but very bland. Similar for the pork chop. The standout was the fried chicken. Not much ambience here. Sort of an upscale cafeteria. Very loud and close quarters. Very hard to carry on a conversation. Would not go back for a meal, but would consider it for a drink and a snack.
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  • Good food, not so great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We thought the food was great, not so much the service. Our waitress was not very friendly or welcoming. We had seen the oyster happy hour special and wanted to order it. But our waitress said it wasn't available on Saturday (but it is according to the menu) and available only at the bar (which is not on the menu). We would have been fine with that, but the way she spoke to us was very off-putting. My husband was pretty annoyed with her for the rest of the dinner. We also ordered the Rickey drink which was flat. We should have said something but thought it was our annoyance with the waitress was getting the better of us.
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    hot spot
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  • Hits the Mark
    ImpatientVulture
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We came to Boss Shepherds to celebrate my mother's 75th birthday. We were looking for a place that had interesting food, but not too out there considering our group's diverse tastes. We also wanted a place where we could converse without having to speak up too much. Our table ordered a number of different things. We especially enjoyed the crab cakes, the fried chicken, the potato dumplings and red velvet cake. The preparation and presentation were excellent. And, we were able to enjoy each other's company without straining our voices. All in all, Boss Shepherds was a perfect choice for my mother's birthday celebration. We look forward to coming back to try a few other items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    My husband and I ate hear before a show we were going to at the Warner Theater. Ambiance was great and our waiter was a pro! Get the pot pie appetizer and fried chicken! Drinks were great! I got the shrimp n grits and it was just ok, I've had better. Other than that, no complaints!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it's all about the fried chicken
    Drtchris
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The fried chicken was right up there with the best I've had including Hatties in Saratoga. It was probably 70 percent of meals served. Comes with 3 sauces but the smoked egg cream was amazing. Partner had trout (without head and tail) which was delicious. Had an excellent bottle of french Malbec. Salad and sides were all g ood. Definitely will go back.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    GoodwifegoodlifeVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I can only say that this restaurant let us down. The service was friendly, but painfully slow. The chicken pot pie fritter appetizer arrived stone cold in the middle, and we had to send it back. After an interminable wait for a replacement, we were told that the kitchen was having trouble with that appetizer, and did we want to order something else. By that time, we were hungry and just wanted our dinner. When the entrees arrived, two of them were lukewarm. My advice is to skip Boss Shepherd's.
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  • Outstanding all around
    HereInMyCar
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    I brought my parents to Boss Shepherd's for their birthdays and the staff made it special for us. They brought us two beautiful pieces of cake with candles. The food of course was perfect. They've taken classic fried chicken and made it upscale, sort of like rustic-chic. We also had the burger, pot pie fritters, and the crab cake. Everything, including the service, was delightful. This place is a real gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Touch and go.
    Epb5
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Fried oysters & pork chop were tasty, but the potato dumplings with bone marrow was incredibly disappointing. The pickled vegetables were so spicy to the point of unpleasant.
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  • Corbin
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Southern food with an elegant modern twist-up. Moderate sized portions. Fried chicken is well worth the calories. Overall, a great addition to the Washington DC food scene and well worth a return visit.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for the DC power lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Had a business lunch here this week. Great service, very attentive. Menu has some unique choices with a southern flare. Many Business lunchers around us as well. A great new place to try if you haven't.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, stuffy vibe
    dcfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    I really wanted to like Boss Shepard's. But my biggest problem started at the onset: the host at the front decided that the man behind us was far more important and in a half empty restaurant waited more than 10 minutes to figure at what table to seat us/ignore us when we had a reservation. The food was insanely rich but really good. Chicken pot pie fritters were just as good as they sound and the fried chicken is everything you would want it to be.
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible experience
    SaltyVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We waited over an hour after we put in our order. Our server was apologetic but management was apathetic. They really didn't care that our party of 2 was miserable. Fried chicken was great but not worth this treatment.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot
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  • Love this Place!
    RobertVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our second time and we had to have the fried chicken which is the best you ever had! We had a wonderful time and this has become one of our favorite places in DC. Service and ambiance are top notch. Have to try the pork chop next trip and start working our way through the menu, but the fried chicken is hard to resist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We reserved for six but because of a late addition we asked that they try to accommodate us. Granted this might have been an unusual request but in all the times that this has happened other restaurants have been able to make an adjustment. This proved problematic for them however but after much hoo-haa they managed to put a four top with a two top and we squeezed in. We also moved up our reservation from 6:30 to six. The worst however was the attitude and the last bit was the manager??? came over to our table and asked us who the seventh person was...nice way to make us feel comfortable. The waitress was outstanding however.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Started Girls' Night here with 7 friends. Perfect place for cocktails and dinner to start our evening. Had so much fun we returned after the show for a nightcap. Would totally recommend Boss Shepherds.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Meh. After the Washington Post review I was expecting something more. It's ok, nothing more.
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  • Worst Restaurant Experience
    DCdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    There has been a lot of buzz lately about Boss Shepherds and frankly that's all it is. Our experience one one of the worst restaurant experiences we've had in a long time. The service was unbelievably slow and came with an attitude when you questioned them. I even heard a manager accus a nearby table for causing their own poor experience. When the food came out it wasn't even worth the wait. The fried chicken was decent at best and the pork chop we ordered 40% meat and 60% fat. The worst part of the pork chop was our waitress indicated the chef had picked the cut even though 15 minutes prior she told me that amount of fat wasn't normal. Avoid this restaurant at all costs. It is not worth the time or frustration.
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  • Good Addition
    bobwVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Fried chicken lived up to billing. Hamburger very good as well.
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    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DC clubby
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Go for the fried chicken, then come back for the chicken pot pie fritters and the clubby DC atmosphere. The cream and leather interior along with a good wine and liquor list make this a good spot for a power lunch or a seal-the-deal dinner.
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  • Enjoyed Most Everything
    TravellerVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    Ate lunch here with friends recently, very attractive room, friendly service, blessedly quiet even when full which made it lovely to sit and talk, so rare in a modern restaurant these days. Delicious cheese spread and flat bread crackers. Menu had lots of choices. We all had the "cobb salad". Baby greens were very fresh but all had the stems on so it was hard to eat them. A nicely boiled egg. Then a small (very small) sprinkling of some chicken, almost uncooked bacon, barely discernible dressing and no blue cheese that I noticed. None of us finished. I would definitely return but not order this again - its hard to improve on a classic dish like cobb so why even try? Decaf coffee was good.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • Great dinner!
    KDixon
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food and service was great- just as expected. Unexpected was the charming and entertaining sommelier- I highly recommend talking to him!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • liked the food hated the wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    I went early at 530 with my 9 year old boys. We had to bail on desert at 7 as everything from taking orders and getting food took forever. Food was great. I hope they solve service problems.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fried chicken
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Whoever mans the fryer in this restaurant knows what he's doing. The fried chicken is justly popular and the smoked yolk sauce pushes it up another notch. Indeed I estimated that at least 3/4 of the diners at a recent lunch were ordering the chicken. A pinot noir was quite good and was an excellent bargain. The only disappointment was the red velvet cake that had replaced the spice pie on the menu. It was overpoweringly sweet with not much in the way of flavor, possibly because it was served quite cold. A warning: Open Table has the address wrong; go with the one on the restaurant's website. Also OT made several diners' reservations for 11:30 when they don't actually open until noon.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boss kitchen!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great, interesting food & drinks. Nice décor. But lousy service, lots of people, manager, ect., on the floor, but very slow pooer service. had to remind twice for a 2nd drink, that took 20 minutes before it finally arrived.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Poor Management/Service
    NCG1
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Can't comment on food, but the service was some of the worst I've experienced in the city. Forced to wait 45+ minutes beyond reservation time. Zero attempt to remediate by staff. Walked out before sitting down. Staff could use some Hospitality Management 101 training.
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  • Good food/poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Our food was very good, but service was sub-par. Despite the OT reservation, a table was not ready upon our arrival. The host suggested the "lounge" area left of the bar. The corner where we sat was cozy and quieter than the restaurant. But it was dark, and the restaurant claimed not to have any candles. Our server, apparently recently arrived in DC from Georgia, was friendly but not terribly attentive. We waited a long time for our cocktails, and she wanted to rush into ordering our food. We relented on the appetizers, but held off on the main course. During the main course, when we ordered second glasses of wine, we saw that the bar had poured the glasses, but got them only 5 minutes later after we asked the bus staff to bring them to us.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A night gone bad
    C20002
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Start with the server dumping a glass of prosecco on a guest. Being told by another server that the "guests are confused" when asking for a water refill because he wasn't waiting on out table. Having food that was so salty that it was inedible and the server saying we were correct and wouldn't be charged for something that only one bite was taken. Topped off by receiving the bill and with no adjustment for the dumped prosecco or a gesture for serving food that couldn't be consumed. Only after approaching the manager when getting ready to leave were we offered an apology and a bottle of champagne if we ever return. Fat chance of that happening. Would not recommend.
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  • Food isn't great
    anonymous
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took friends from out of town to Boss Shepherds based on a review by the Washington Post. The food was marginal at best. I ask for information about the vegetarian plate and was told there would be all of the fall vegetables listed on their sign. When the food arrived, there were about three different vegetables and the smallest portion I've ever seen. I ended up sending it back for a salad. Several people enjoy their food, but most said they will not be returning. we were seated next to the bar and it was so noisy we could barely hear each other. Overall a very disappointing evening.
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  • Pfft
    BocadcVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Nothing special whatsoever and portions very small. Clearly more a place to meet for drinks than a place to meet for dinner.
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    special occasion
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  • Subterranean throwback
    DistrictDinerVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This restaurant goes for a vintage vibe, with old whiskey barrels lining the walls and a deliberately old-school dining room. The menu is playfully farm to table. The standout were chicken pot pie fritters that managed to distill all of the flavors of chicken pot pie into small arancini-like balls. The hamburger was easily one of the best in town. Extensive wine and cocktail list and the beers you'd expect on tap. The only odd thing is the location. This feels like a place that should be on 14th St. and I hope that the demands of the area's conference-goers and other visitors don't pressure the restaurant to dilute it's vision.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Boss shepherd's is Boss!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Really good addition to Penn Quarter. Wonderfully fresh locally grown food prepared with imagination and superb attention to detail. Fried chicken to die for! The treatment of trout and oysters was especially good as were the vegetables and sides. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and very accommodating to our special needs. Atmosphere is comfortably appealing. Not sure about brunch as we were there for dinner. However, expect that if there's brunch, it will meet the high standard set at dinner. We will definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over rated
    jesteiVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I came here because I read this was the hot new chef in DC. Service was unprofessional; no water glasses on the table waitress knew nothing about basic wines they didn't bring oyster forks with oysters. Bread on the sandwich seemed like it was from the grocery store. There are lots of great new restaurants in DC. This is not one of them.
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  • Decadent
    Kclayton
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good upscale Southern. Tasty and decadent. Welcome to the neighborhood - hope they can hang around longer than predecessors.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit too slow for a working lunch
    kenniVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food for two (just sandwiches) took too long to arrive. Catfish sandwich was decent. Would give it another try if they had a happy hour menu.
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  • Great ambiance, so-so food
    casualdcdiner
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We went for a small group weekday lunch and were very excited to try a new place near work. The decor and ambiance were really appealing and we were excited to try the great sounding menu. That said, some of our food was a bit disappointing, especially considering the rave reviews we've heard. Specifically, two of us ordered the fried green tomato BLT, and found it to be "all bread" --between the tomato breading and the sandwich bread-- and fairly bland. Our server was very friendly, but service overall was quite slow, despite the fact that the restaurant was less than half full. I would give it another try, but I was not as impressed by my first visit as I expected to be given the hype!
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