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I'd put it in my Not Recommended category. The menu was the first sign o' trouble. I was put off by the first item on the men, a "strawberry cheesecake waffle" that included strawberry compote AND cream cheese sauce AND graham cracker crumbles. There was also a chocolate chip waffle option, however strangely enough, Chef Geoff's does not offer a plain old waffle.

Anyway, my friend picked it and I didn't want be bossy so I went. He tolerates my food obsessions (e.g., "grits at Colorado Kitchen NOW!") frequently enough so we met there at noon. We ate at the bar as we often do. We enjoy chatting with most bar staff, however Chef Geoff's barman today definitely fell short on charm. Whatever, on to the food.

They make a decent latte, and were good about refilling my friend's coke. That was the good part. The bad part was the food. After learning that the French toast with apple compote ($11.95 with "roasted" sausage) was not available (did they, um, run out of bread????), I ordered the biscuits and gravy with home fries ($12.95) and my friend had the Texas scramble (again, $12.95).

We both had regrets. My friend's dish must have had between six and eight eggs in addition to chorizo, black beans, salsa, sour cream and tortilla chips. It was huge and overwhelming and not very good. Frankly I was tempted to try to change his mind when he ordered. :unsure: My own choice stemmed from the hope-against-hope that Chef Geoff's version might be even half as good as the same dish at Majestic Cafe; it was not. Instead of the lovely crumbly sausage offered at Majestic, Chef Geoff's version arrives with slices of sausage links that immediately made me think of the franks in franks & beans. But the real problem was the unbearable saltiness of the dish and the leaden biscuits. I could not cut one of the two without a knife. Not a good sign.

Ah well...live and learn.

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Instead of the lovely crumbly sausage offered at Majestic, Chef Geoff's version arrives with slices of sausage links that immediately made me think of the franks in franks & beans. But the real problem was the unbearable saltiness of the dish and the leaden biscuits. I could not cut one of the two without a knife. Not a good sign.
Let me see if I understand this correctly and just to be sure that there is no mistake here: The bisquits and gravy was made with sliced link sausage???? Why, I've never heard of such a thing.

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Yes, I was disappointed too. Must have been the same "roasted" sausage advertised as a side. I'm still guzzling water from the dish's saltiness.

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I ate there once, at the downtown location, with some wino friends. It was OK, but nothing special. The service was not good or bad, but maybe a bit slow. But with wino pals, the wine bottles keep getting opened so it's hard to care at that point.

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It's very hard to picture Chef Monis cooking at Chef Geoff's.

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After learning that the French toast with apple compote ($11.95 with "roasted" sausage) was not available (did they, um, run out of bread????),

restaurants (either very good or terrible) may run out of things anytime . this is as normal as breathing air. I dont think any restaurant holds an 18-wheeler in front of its loading dock fully loaded with bread or tomatoes.

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Chef Geoff has been advertising their $25 "summer sizzler". Any soup or salad, entree and dessert. Even if the food is not fabulous, it is still a good deal.

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Even if the food is not fabulous, it is still a good deal.

I apologize for this sounding so blunt, but along that logic, so is McDonald's Dollar Menu. :unsure:

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Yeah, I agree, but I just thought I would pass along the info. And they have a nice patio...

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Well, Chef Geoff has done it again. The downtown location recently unveiled a new menu, with more than 50 items on it. Included on the menu are the new "Simple Meats"...at steakhouse prices, with steakhouse accoutrements (read: no sides included). For example, you can order Ribeye Steak with Zinfandel Jus for $29.95. If you want such sides as "tempura onion rings," its an additional $5.95. Its like Chef Geoff woke up one day and said, "How can I make this location even more mediocre?"

Despite the fact that my husband really wanted a steak last night, I told him that its probably a rip off, and we both got the burger. I passed on the "chipotle mayo" that's now apparently a standard on the burger. The kitchen apparently mixed up our burgers, because I got his medium rare and he got my medium. And we were both surprised that lettuce and onion no longer appear on the burger (just tomato and pickle, and of course bacon and cheese).

In fairness, the specials seemed to be at more reasonable prices, ranging from $16.95 to $31.95 (that would be the ribeye), more in line with the old menu.

On the plus side, half price wine night is now apparently every Monday at the downtown location, and happy hour is extended all evening on Mondays and Tuesdays. But the wine list seems to be very pricey as well...only a few wines were in the $20 range, with most of the wines more in the $40-$60 range.

The new menu does not seem to affect the New Mexico location. If I go to the downtown location again, I'll sit in the bar.

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I've eaten at the downtown location a couple of times. It wasn't bad, but not at all memorable. I tried to have lunch at the New Mexico location once, but after sitting at a table for 15 minutes without even getting a menu or some water, I got up and left.

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the $5 burgers are the only reason to visit. i'd never go in the place if it weren't for their happy hour.

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Greek Pizza at the New Mexico Location. I've posted earlier about my mixed feelings at their other location, but this pizza was a winner last night. Goat cheese, sweet and hot peppers (banana), tomato and red onion on a thin crust. I can't describe very well why I liked it so much but I guess it was the flavor of the cheese combined with the heat of the peppers. I've always though their pizza was just okay,like the steak and gorgonzola but upon comparison I realize that's just too heavy and the flavor in the Greek is much more balanced. The only down side was that 2 of the 6 pieces had bad crust (too much) to toppings (too little) ratio (but my BF got stuck with those anyway) Just a thought if you find yourself in the neighborhood. And since I've worked next door for five years (and probably a few more) I'm happy to have my new go-to order :-)

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Yeah, have others have suggested the $5 Happy Hour burger special is about the only appealing thing there [well, besides the Happy Hour beer specials lol, they're huge!].

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Needing a place to have a < 1 hour meal with kids before a show at the Warner tonight, and not wanting to eat at the National Place food court, we decided to give Chef Geoff's a try.

Meh. Not terrible, but nothing special.

An appetizer of Fried Ipswitch Clams was actually quite good. Great tasting clams, and the batter was still hot and crispy when they arrived. However, it was a pretty measly portion size for $13 (filled a small martini glass) - probably half the size of the appetizer portion of the same dish at Legal Seafood a few blocks away, at roughly the same price.

The Hummus Three Ways was boring. Tasteless regular hummus that needed garlic, oil, or ANY kind of seasoning, a spicy red pepper hummus that tasted only of crushed red pepper flakes, and an olive spread that was actually pretty tasty. The pita it was served with was excellent, though, warm and just a touch toasted.

The kids had kid pasta and pizza. Both were happy, though neither looked to be anything special. I didn't try them.

I had a grilled hangar steak with chimmichurri sauce, and a side of mashed potatoes. The hanger was very tasty, and though it came rare instead of the medium-rare I ordered, that's fine with me. The chimmichurri could have used a bit more kick, but the mashed potatoes were awful. Tasteless and gummy, they needed a whole lot of salt and pepper to even get a few bites down.

My wife had the "Jumbo Shrimp and Very Gouda Grits w/Peppers and Tomatoes". The grits were great, with just enough Gouda to make you remember that it's there, without overpowering. The veggies and accompanying sauce were just sweet enough to engage with the grits and shrimp, and very plentiful. The half-dozen large shrimp, were, unfortunately, mostly devoid of taste.

Prices aren't low, so I certainly wouldn't put in a regular rotation, but if I were dragged there, I'd find something to eat. Total for 2 apps, 2 entrees, 2 kid meals, and 4 soft drinks was $90 before tax and tip. I've had far better meals for far less money, even downtown.

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It sucks that my second posting is a negative one, but the restaurant made me do it. :P Here is the story. My wife and I are searching for a rehearsal dinner spot. I meet with the coordinator and went over pricing. While I was not expecting the best food in the world, the location, and private room made it very attractive. All they had to do was convince me that the food was remotely decent. However, it was terrible. I made better meals in college, so consider this place wants to be considered high scale and charges some hefty price, here it goes:

Food:

Me-hanger steak medium rare with chimichurri sauce:I am not sure if the cook was color blind, but it was burned on the outside and on the verge of mooing at me. Since the steak was already cut into slices, how can an experienced cook send it out of the kitchen this rare?!?!?! Since it was warm, I did not send it back (with the meat turnover they have, chances are I will not get too sick :blink:) Further, I have no idea what the sauce was, but it was not "chimichurri." It actually tasted nothing like chimicurri. While I do not have the most sophisticated palette, it certainly did not taste like it contained any of the chimichurri ingredients either. Maybe I should hold a class to teach them how to make proper chimichurri sauce. I was expecting an explosion of taste, but got a bland rare chunk on meat. While I am from Argentina and a steak snob, I will never take a cooking class there....ever...or hold an event. Gets worse...

Friend- Pork Chop: It came out soooooooo raw that they waitress wanted to ensure he did not take a bite of it. It was still cold in the middle. He was so hungry that he got the Fettuccine (they also told him it was the quickest dish.) Decent, but it tasted like a lean cuisine. Now, while I think too many people expect to be comped for small items too often, if you mess up an order that bad, you have to comp it. Well, it was not. Further, he got mashed potatoes to eat with the pork and was still charged for them, but there was no pork to go with it.

Wife- Trout: It was bland and the only thing that made it remotely edible was the sauce on the side.

Service

Waitress and greeter were cordial, but to eager to push the extras (a big no-no for me.) I usually eat at least a 5 course meal with lots of alcohols and digestives, but not when you push me.

Other

Cheese selection was extremely limited.

Their alcohol pricing made no sense, GM 150 1 ounce pour as part of the GM flyer was relatively cheap.

Appetizers, gnochi were very good and so were the fried tomatoes.

These are my worthless two cents. While I am sure there are equally good experiences, they just lost a lot of my business.

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Gulp...at the risk of being forever mocked and yes, perhaps, ostracized...I dined at Chef Geoff's Downtown last night...AND ENJOYED IT!

ok, first let me set the scene: it was only a quick snack after an afternoon of shopping and wandering around downtown...we sat outside on their little balcony and the weather was beautiful...there was a parade of fabulously dressed people going to some gala thing which made for fun people watching...so a lot was going in their favor!

the duck spring rolls were nice and crispy and the hoisin BBQ sauce sweet and spicy (3 for $11)

the prosciutto, manchego, asparagus brushetta was piled high and drizzled with olive oil and a reduced balsamic (1 for $8)

a couple beers rounded out a pleasant hour at Chef Geoffs.

There, I said it! :lol:

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I've heard Geoff Tracy is taking over the Colvin Run Tavern space - true or false? If so, he's quietly becoming one of the biggest restaurateurs in town.

Can anyone report on anything good, interesting, or culinarily worthwhile at any of his restaurants? Quite honestly, I have never heard one good thing about any of them, except the "happy hour hamburger," which isn't much of a draw for me. Still, I'm more than ready to give them another try, and would like nothing more than to write about something great. But what, and where?

Cheers,

Rocks.

I've been, once each, to 3 of his places (downtown, NM Ave, Lia's), and couldn't recommend anything I ate to anyone. Mediocre food at best, at a higher-than-expected price point.

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I've been, once each, to 3 of his places (downtown, NM Ave, Lia's), and couldn't recommend anything I ate to anyone. Mediocre food at best, at a higher-than-expected price point.

I concur. His places are ok and I always somehow end up at them with a group of people looking for a "cheap" place that isn't Clydes or TGI Fridays. And then I leave with a bigger bill than I hoped and mediocre food. His burger is decent though and the price is right for happy hour.

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I've been, once each, to 3 of his places (downtown, NM Ave, Lia's), and couldn't recommend anything I ate to anyone. Mediocre food at best, at a higher-than-expected price point.

I've been to one of his locations twice I think with some wine buddies, most recently probably 3 years or so ago. 'Meh' is what I say. Not bad stuff, just not memorable by any stretch of the imagination.

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The happy hour burger is indeed a steal, but the downtown Chef Geoff's has become such a nightmare if you arrive any time after 4pm that we've stricken it from our list.

It remains, however, boss's favorite destination for special occasion lunches, which is good for the sole reason that it's not Aria. Whenever we go, it seems that the rest of the table enjoys their meals, and I get the stinker. (Or maybe my colleagues just have bad taste and they're all bad dishes, but I'm trying to think positive.)

Last time, I got the BBQ pulled chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries. The rest of the table's food was well-portioned and attractive; mine arrived last and was such a behemoth car wreck that a few of my companions actually whispered "jeez." (Exactly what you want for a business lunch, right?) The eight-inch sub roll was overflowing with bad-quality chicken, doused in sickly sour-sweet sauce and topped with a massive heap of frizzled onions. How exactly does one eat that when not at a picnic table covered in newspaper? Well, first embarrassingly, and then with a fork. But it was unsatisfying enough that I gave up after a short while and just ate the limp, tasteless fries.

Two desserts were unmemorable but for the hint of freezer-burn they left on the palate.

I'm just going to get a salad next time.

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Anyone been to the Tyson's location yet?

Menu reads like upscale Cheesecake Factory (lots of choices and all over the map)...we got a coupon for the Tysons branch, probably will use it and see what Chef Geoff is all about. It's been awhile since I've been to Hermes (still can't afford anything in there though).

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Anyone been to the Tyson's location yet?

We went to the Tyson's location yesterday and opted for the valet parking (2.00 added to your ck at the end of the meal...) we waited about 5 to 10 minutes for a table after a bit I mentioned that we can do a half booth I just need the short chairs for my comfort, if we wanted the "high chairs" we could have sat right away. We were greeted cordially by what I may assume is the General Manager and the two ladies in charge of seating. We waited by the bar and 2 bar staff offered us assistance which we declined but accepted menus to browse while waiting... finally we were seated.

We shared 3 appetizers since we couldn't make up our minds. The Truffle Parmesan popcorn (yes, it was popcorn!) it actually tasted very nice. Mini duck corn dogs (yummy and sort of hot-dog-type but a bit hard to eat on a stick) with a purple mustard (The mustard is VERY spicy - think chinese mustard or horseradish bumped up) it cleared my sinuses in mere seconds... and lastly the trio of hummus with pita and olives. The hummus with red peppers was very nicely made the rest were standard fare.

Next we ordered our main courses.

Hubby got the super tuscan burger ordered it medium well it came out medium rare. I got the chicken with goat cheese, red peppers and bacon with a side of sweet potato fries. Mine tasted pretty good but I could not tell if the chicken was a tiny bit "pink" or if it was the red peppers... I hoped for the best since it did look cooked to both of us.

(yes, I got a bit ill in the wee hours but maybe the chicken WAS pink or maybe I wasn't used to all the rich food after dieting all week.)

For dessert we shared since we couldn't make up our minds. We had their "in house home-made" well... according to our waiter/server Michael.. ice cream/sorbet trio - hubby got the blueberry sorbet, vanilla bean and also toasted almond ice creams and I opted for their lava cake with chocolate ice cream on the side of it. We shared it all and we both felt the ice creams were on par with Haagen Daz or better.

They had bread with a pomegranate/red pepper spread that kept getting refilled. The service was very good and they kept my glass full which to me is always a plus, especially on a 90 degree day!

I got my doggy bag from what was left of our meals and added some of the bread that was left to it and we trotted out the door on our merry way.

We would definitely go here again!* There were really no major faux pas or negatives with the tiny exception of being a bit pricy... the location is lovely and easy to get to from Route 7 in the Tyson's corner area.

(*and if I order chicken next time, I may re-check it in case it was the chicken that upset my tummy)

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