L'Oca d'Oro

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$31 to $50
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Italian
L’Oca d’Oro ("The Golden Goose"), Mueller's progressive neighborhood Italian restaurant uses only carefully sourced and seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on the health of the environment and our guests. Everything is made in-house such as pasta created from freshly milled grains, bread, cheese, salumi, vinegars, and liqueurs. Don't know why this matters? Let us tell you over dinner.

The bar tables and bar top are always reserved for walk-ins. Please call for add'l availability.
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Specials

Happy Hour Every Day

Select Small Plates, Wines by the Glass, Beer on Tap and Punch of the Day all 50% off. At Bar, Patio & Sidewalk if space is available.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 2, 2019

Ends: June 3, 2118

Availability: Sun 4:00PM-6:30PM
Mon-Fri 5:00PM-6:30PM
Sat 4:00PM-6:30PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

L’Oca d’Oro celebrates Valentine’s 2020 with a choice between our vegan Beastie Boys & omnivore Madonna menus. Playlist and videos to help set the mood! Choose in advance which you'd like to share with Valentine and let us take care of the rest. Full Menu and Details TBD.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

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Austin
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Will definitely go back.

RB
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly service. Interesting take on several traditional dishes.

S
Austin
25 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I really love eating here. The food is always top notch and local. I really appreciate the included gratuity and the impact of giving every worker a fair wage. Lots of good vegetarian options, but not a lot of vegan options on the regular menu.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 22, 2020

Steph, Thank you for the kind review. I'm glad you've enjoyed and found vegetarian options. It's true that we usually only have about 5 vegan options but it's always worth asking if there's something that we can do off the menu that you might enjoy. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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l
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good, simple dishes that were seemingly a bit more healthy and not laden with butter and fat.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 22, 2020

Leslie, Thanks for coming and for the review. It is our goal to have a number of options on the menu that are appropriate to the Texas heat, the diets of 2020 and to coax flavor from places other than cheese and bacon (which are, of course, delicious by the way.) Glad you enjoyed and look forward to having you back. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We did not have a good dining experience. It started ok with the first person who explained the menu to us, but went downhill from there. Our waitress took our wine and appetizer order and did not bring our wine until our first appetizer was already on the table. The person who brought our appetizer simply threw it down on the table similar to how a McDonald’s employee would hand you a to-go bag. The second appetizer arrived and was cold - it was meatballs. They replaced it, but when the new order came, it too was almost room temperature. To make up for this, they brought over a pasta dish - which was delicious. However, by this point in the meal, we were both frustrated and did not order the rest of our meal. After finishing our wine, we paid our bill (most items were complementary) and left to find dinner elsewhere.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you for coming in and I look forward to having you back in (in a month, right?). We take great pride in being able to correct mistakes and, with your table the other night, we just blew it. I apologize again and assure you that this is not a usual experience at L'Oca d'Oro. Look forward to having the chance to meet on your return visit. If you'd like to elaborate or reach out to me for any reason, please feel free to do so, adam@locadoroaustin . Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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BO
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

Did not appreciate the automatic 20% gratuity added to a party of only 4. I’m a good tipper but do not force me to tip.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded 7 days ago

Brien, I'm glad you enjoyed the food & service and am sorry that we weren't able to explain our included hospitality charge in person. We do that to all tables so we can distribute it to our entire staff, dishroom, cooks and floor and guarantee a living wage to all. No one is paid only $2.13/hr so no one relies on "tips" and we're able to provide more benefits. Please reach out to me via email if you have further questions or concerns. Look forward to seeing you again, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant with delicious dishes that play with the norms of Italian food. The ingredients are fresh and the mozzarella they make in house is excellent. The service is always on top of things but never intrusive. A wonderful meal.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 22, 2020

Thank you for coming in and thank you for the review. We are very proud of our mozzarella and glad you enjoyed. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MB
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot a bit off the beaten path....terrific kitchen and menu.....best for a group that enjoys sharing dishes to get a taste of everything ordered.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 22, 2020

Glad you found us and enjoyed. Sounds like you ate exactly how we'd like, a group of people sharing a table full of food and eating like family - a family that likes each other that is. Thanks for coming in and thanks for the review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AR
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service and ambiance were great. Most of the food was delicious. We had the kale salad, focaccia, beet risotto, spaghetti, and dessert. The kale, focaccia, and desert were fantastic, spaghetti was very good and the beet risotto was not good. Also, recommend the keep a consistent price for the happy hour menu regardless of where you seat. They charged higher-prices in the dining room.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 13, 2020

Adrian, I'm glad you enjoyed and please let us know when there's something you don't like so we can determine if there's anything wrong with the dish and get you something you'd prefer. As to HH, we do only offer it at the bar and on our patio unless there's a reason that you can't sit on a high chair. I'm sorry if this wasn't explained properly. Let me know if you have any questions and thank you for coming in and reviewing. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the pasta tasting menu and added the lasagna because my husband was extra hungry. Everything we ate was delicious and we’d recommend to others. The pictures of the lasagna and carrot cake were taken after we started eating them...forgot to get a picture early. We didn’t do the wine pairing with the pasta pairings s the cocktails and wine we had were wonderful, our server was excellent at listening and then recommending wine. They change their tasting menu so we’ll be back to eat more fantastic pasta!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 13, 2020

I'm so glad everything worked out and you enjoyed. Look forward to having you back in to try the regular menu as well. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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MR
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mozzarella was excellent. Be sure to look at the ingredients. Lots of dill! Beet risotto was the best entree.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 13, 2020

Melissa, I'm glad you enjoyed. If there's ever anything that doesn't seem quite right to you (the dill!), please let us know. We're always happy to make changes or correct missteps. Thanks for coming and for the review. We'll see you again. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely, from start to finish!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks so much for coming in. I'm glad you enjoyed. We'll see you again soon and Happy New Year. Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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EI
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience on New Years Eve, a minor issue was wait time to be seated with reservations was about 45 minutes . However the service and food were great

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 9, 2020

Ethan, I'm so glad you enjoyed. Definitely not our intention to have such a long wait so thank you also for your patience. Look forward to having you back in to see what our regular menu is like. Happy New Year, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Very disappointed in service and quality of food. Told the manager several times and they were kind to bring a free course.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 1, 2020

Thank you for trying out our special menu and Happy New Year. While I'm glad that we tried to address your issues with dinner, I'm sorry that you had any in the first place. If you'd like to write to me at adam@locadoroaustin (OT won't allow me to write a full email address), I'd love to determine exactly what the problems were you on your table and what else we can do to get you back in to try our regular menu. Take care, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so damn good. Service is friendly, but professional. Pastas are mind-blowing.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks so much for taking a moment to review. We appreciate it and are happy that you've enjoyed. We will continue to try to blow you away. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SA
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, we loved this place! Our server guided us through their wine selections and suggested great choices. We started with arancini that was delicious, and we both had pasta dishes, mine was the short rib which was complex and loaded with flavor. The wait staff worked together really well and all made us feel welcome. Highly recommended!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 9, 2020

Shelley, That is great to hear and thank you for taking the time to review. Look forward to having you back in to see what new things will be on the menu and wine list. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AP
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the atmosphere. Service was attentive. Food was amazing.
Couple of things we noticed - one of the two chairs at our table had a huge crack running through the entire seat. We showed it to our waitress and she promptly changed it for us,
Specials were written on the chalkboard, but the waitress never mentioned anything about it

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 9, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to review. I'm glad we handled the chair for you in an appropriate way. As to the chalkboard, that is a list of what's on the salumi board which is listed on the menu so not exactly specials. I just wanted to make sure you didn't think you were missing out on something. Look forward to having you back in and Happy New Year. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DB
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This is a regular spot for us and while it's still good, the service is less than it once was. Not bad, but uneven and we did feel neglected by our server, initially, who came by several times to the table next to us as well as doing a "survey" of her tables, yet she pretty much ignored us. She got better, but it was a not so great start.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on January 1, 2020

David,, I'm sorry to hear this and can promise you that this is not a usual occurrence. If you'd let me know where you sat, who waited on you, etc. so I can try and figure out why this happened on your table, I'd appreciate it. You can respond here or privately to adam@locadoroaustin. My goal is for the service to always be improving, getting more knowledgeable and more comfortable so we appreciate any feedback that helps us keep that focus.. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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s
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took some friends visiting from Dallas. They were blown away by the food. Had a great time

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you as always. We'll see you again soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SK
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not only do we recommend but we like to take favorite people there, and of course its the perfect place for special occasions.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you Steve for your support and the kind review. Always thrilled to be able to celebrate with you as well. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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s
Austin
14 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time visitor and I will return.

Made a reservation for a party of 7 and was pleasantly surprised that we ended up in a smaller private room just off the main dining room. The restaurant was definitely hopping and we would have had a hard time hearing at a larger table if we hadn't been given the room. We could still enjoy the vibe of the place, but also have a little privacy as well. Was very much appreciated.

Service was excellent. Just enough attention without feeling bothered. She kept the pace of dinner moving well. We also got fantastic wine recommendations.

Food was as good as advertised. We had several appetizers, and tried most of the mains courses including pasta and fish options. Everything was excellent.

The fact that there was easy, free parking right out front was also a major plus.

Overall, it was a great experience and we will be back.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on December 21, 2019

This is so nice to hear. These are all the things we want to do well. Please let us know any time you're in with a group that you'd like to sit in the Prima Room and we'll try and get you back in that private spot. Look forward to having you back in and thanks for taking the time to review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DB
Austin
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in Austin, hands down: great food, great people.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on December 21, 2019

Douglas, We will do our best to remain your favorite. Thanks for coming in and for the review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious, super atmosphere and service. Favorite place to eat in Austin and feel lucky it’s so close! ❤️❤️❤️

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on December 21, 2019

I'm so glad you enjoy and thanks for taking a moment to review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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G
Austin
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. A table of six shared different dishes. All were quite good. Nice ambience.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on December 21, 2019

So glad you all enjoyed. and thanks for taking a moment to review. Look forward to having you back to see what changes there will be on the menu. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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G
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious. Outdoor patio was nice on a warm November evening.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on December 7, 2019

I'm glad you enjoyed the nice weather and thank you for the feedback. I'll look into why that may have been the case on the night you dined. Look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. The staff went above and beyond with their service. We will be back soon!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 27, 2019

So glad you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to review. Look forward to having you back in, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing, the lamb lasagna and the beet risotto were amazing. Really recommend!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 27, 2019

So glad you enjoyed and thank you for taking the time to review. Look forward to having you back in, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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S
Austin
12 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to L'Oca d'Oro's Big Night dinner, a recreation of the best dishes from the movie and complete with a broadcast of the film and music by the Lucky Strikes. It was truly one of the best meals I've had in years. I will be dreaming of the timpano until next year when they hopefully have the dinner again. The whole bronzino was tender and flaky, and the Italian pastries were all best in class. Wine pairings were creative and on point and service was attentive and friendly. We can't wait to go back.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 27, 2019

Shannon, I'm so glad you got to celebrate Big Night and Louis Prima with us. I hope you'll be able to see what some of our other party dinners look like. Christmas and New Year's will be a blast! Thank you for the review and we look forward to having you back in anytime. Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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d
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

birthday party for a friend- everything was perfect

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 27, 2019

Duncan, So glad we did the celebration for you and your friend. Thanks for the review and look forward to having you back in. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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Q
Austin
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The house-made pasta was perfectly cooked and delicious, as were the various sauces.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you Quesadilla! I'm so glad you enjoyed and took the time to review. Look forward to having you back in for different pastas with different sauces. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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AY
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a delicious meal! Everything was amazing. We had The meatballs, focaccia, kale salad, red fish, and short rib pasta with the tiramisu for dessert. All were top notch. Service was tremendous as well staff knew the menu well and made good suggestions.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you Amy, I'm so glad you enjoyed and took the time to review. Look forward to having you back in. In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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RW
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine out frequently and we have high expectations for our dining experiences. We've had many great experiences over the years and many more that were middling or not memorial. This particular Saturday night at L'Oca d'Oro was one of the best dining experiences we've had.

We were greeted immediately and we were sat at the best bar spot immediately even though we arrived 15 minutes early.

Our appetizer (Foccacia) and our drinks (3) arrived promptly and were perfectly prepared.

Our pasta dishes (2) were the most amazing we've had since Italy in 2011.

The Tiramasu was nothing like we had ever experienced before.

We have stayed away for too long, but now that we've rediscovered L'Oca d'Oro, we'll be back way more often.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 20, 2019

Thank you Richard. I'm glad you came back in and that we were a hit. I appreciate you taking the time to review and look forward to having you back in soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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w
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very Fun place. Great if you are wanting to enjoy a high energy evening. The staff is wonderful. Very attentive and accommodating.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 20, 2019

That's great to hear William. I think if you want a nice quiet night on the patio, we can do that too. I appreciate you taking the time to review and look forward to having you back again soon. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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s
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely sublime!!! I’m afraid I will have to revisit before I leave in the next two days!!! That good!!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 10, 2019

Thank you Shelly. I hope you made it back in! Safe travels and we'll see you next time you come through town. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I've had in awhile.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 10, 2019

Succinct. I like it! - Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! The food was fantastic, the staff was very friendly/available, and the patio was perfect.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 10, 2019

Smith, These are all the things that we try and do well. I'm glad it worked for you and hope to see you again soon. I think we probably have a few more great patio weeks ahead of us. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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DD
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had the 6-course tasting menu, and it did not disappoint. There was detail in the presentation, and every course was flavorful and balanced, pairing well with the recommended wines. The price was also very reasonable for the amount of food.

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 10, 2019

David, Thank you for coming in and trying the tasting menu and taking the time to review. The fall menu is alot of fun. Look forward to having you back in to see how it changes going in to the winter. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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JM
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Try the Pecan Nocino. It is otherworldly!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on November 10, 2019

I'm so glad you enjoyed. The Nocino is just one of the many concoctions that our bar team is constantly working on. You've got to come in and try all the colors of Amaro some time. Thanks for coming in and taking the time to review. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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BS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mallory was great with her advice and the food met her high praise. Delicious and fun

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Bill, That's great to hear. Our servers and bartenders are one of the most important parts of dining at L'Oca d'Oro. Look forward to having you back in to try some other items on the menu. Best, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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WC
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people. Good food!

L'Oca d'Oro
Responded on October 31, 2019

Thanks Walter. We will continue to try and be nice and serve good food. See you next time, Adam Orman, GM/Owner

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