Good atmosphere but overpriced for mediocre food. This place does extremely well because the concept is great, but this place wouldn't last a month in Houston. Of course they are making so much money they have no incentive to get better.
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You can get a $10 bowl of pho in a run-down, smelly supermarket on Rivers Ave, or you can get a $12 bowl in a high-design restaurant located in some of the priciest real estate in the South.
Please open an EVO downtown. It would be packed every night. It blows Monza out of the water, and it's cheaper.
Amen Street has gone downhill. On a recent trip, a bowl of bouillabaisse tasted like they opened a can of stewed tomatoes, heated it, and then added some fresh fish and shrimp to it. Very bland. Oysters were great but very expensive for locals. My companion's Mahi was better than the bouillabaisse but nothing special, and not worth the price. They do use quality fish, but the preparation is lacking more and more with each visit.
If you are comparing Mosaic to fine dining, you might have a point. But Mosaic is a casual place, and their food excels in that category. I even drive from downtown to eat there. Downtown would be well-served with a casual establishment that isn't bar food.
New Orleans is not in the "Southeast" region. It's in the "South" region. Charleston chefs only have to compete with those in GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV. It is the best restaurant city in those states.
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