Thanks to Oddfellows!

As many of you (very many actually) can attest to, the Metblogs monthly meetup took place at Oddfellows Cafe last Thursday.

What you might not have known is that Oddfellows was incredibly accommodating. We originally made the reservation for 10 people. However, when our monthly meetup turned into a discussion of the future of the news, around 30 people showed up.

The manager and all of the staff were wonderful. On occasion it took a few extra minutes to get a drink, or to catch one of the staff’s attention, but when you triple a reservation with no warning, and cram all of those people around a table set for 10 and everyone still gets their food and drinks in a timely fashion without mistakes and all of the staff is pleasant and the manager even tells your group’s organizer to STOP APOLOGIZING REPEATEDLY for the influx of people, you know you’ve got a place you can come back to.
Odd Fellows Steak
Photo by ~wesa~ from our group pool.

There were mixed reviews of the food. I ordered an Oddfellow cocktail (which was delicious and moderately strong) and shared the steak with my husband. The quality of the steak was excellent. It was cooked exactly as I asked and the braised onion was tender and sweet. The mac and cheese was also quite good. I might have preferred a bit more spice, perhaps some smoked sea salt or truffle salt, but the noodles were tender and cheesy with a nice dusting of crunchy breadcrumbs on top.

I thought the mac and cheese was reasonably priced, and while the steak could have used a bit more steak for the $15, it wasn’t unreasonably small.

In short, we’ll be back to Oddfellows for future meetups.

2 Comments so far

  1. josh on January 19th, 2009 @ 9:40 am

    I agree — they were incredibly welcoming and accommodating of our unruly group! I’ve liked most of the food I tried at Oddfellows, but think that the cocktails (and the space itself) are usually the highlight. They’re clever and unusual enough that I’ve been eager to work my way through the entire list. So far, the Oddfellow and the Blood & Sand are the most recommendable.

  2. madelinear on January 19th, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

    The chicken salad wasn’t half bad either.

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