I've been back to Karyn's a few times and thought I should give a quick update. This time, I am giving Karyn's a flat 3 stars. On my last trip to Karyn's, a friend of mine got the crab cakes and they were borderline inedible. I stuck with some dishes I had eaten previously (see my prior review) and had a nice dinner.
I have come to the conclusion that you cannot eat dessert here. I had the tiramisu dessert and it was flat out awful. At best, it was reminiscent of tiramisu. At worst, it was the culinary equivalent of digging up the originator of tiramisu only to spit on his skeleton and throw his bones in the trash.
Bottom line on this place is that it is wildly hit or miss, with the hits being great (e.g., the chicken legs, chorizo sliders), and the misses being horrendous (e.g., corn risotto, crab cakes). I wish Karyn's would just focus on making good food, instead of making fake, vegan versions of non-vegan dishes.
The rating is really 3.5 stars. I like Karyn's, but it should be better than it is.
On my most recent visit, I had a caipirinha. Like the cocktail I had my last time here, it tasted great but seemed to have no alcohol (and I'm a lightweight drinker). For some reason, it takes an unusually long amount of time to get drinks here. You're looking at 10-15 minutes minimum to get drinks- no matter what you order.
My wife and I split the chorizo sliders as an appetizer. We had them on a previous visit and they were just as great the second time. Highly recommended.
For our entrees, we got the sweet corn risotto and the chicken legs. The sweet corn risotto was awful. It was just rice and corn. Very bland and not even close to the texture I would expect from a risotto dish. The chicken legs, though, were great. They were served with a sweet potato hash and barbecue sauce. I would definitely get that again.
For dessert, we had the bananas foster. The dish is served with vanilla ice cream over a coconut cookie. The bananas were excellent- sweet and well-caramelized. The ice cream was good, but there wasn't enough of it to enjoy with the bananas. It was like a bowl of bananas with a tablespoon of ice cream. One more scoop and it would have been perfect.
The cookie served with the dish was a complete disaster. It was too hard for my spoon to cut (even after it had been sitting under ice cream and bananas). After breaking a piece off, the thing tasted like I imagine particleboard would. I just spit it out. My wife tried it and her face recoiled like Mr. Yuck. On our last visit, we had some scoops of ice cream served with cookies. They were different than this, but also seemed to be made via some kind of dehydration process. Also terrible. While it might be some kind of scientific achievement, this is the exact type of thing that makes people say they hate vegetarian food.
The service was solid. Our waitress was nice and helpful. Early into our entrees, we wanted another round of drinks, but couldn't get our server's attention until we were about finished and ready for dessert. This same thing happened the last time. While I have really liked the waitresses I've had here, they could stand to be more attentive.
Karyn's on Green is really hit or miss. The prices are very reasonable and the room is very nice. They need to step up some of the menu items and tweak the service (especially the speed of drinks and improving some elements of table service) before it can be considered a top tier restaurant.
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