Mark Snowden wrote:A menu is "pretentious" because they mix a bit of aioli in the mayonaise
Back to Cuisine 101 for you.
Anyway, the better half and I visited Alchemy tonight, and it was pretty darn good. I had the bison melt, and while it was a little bland, a little industrial, and way too big for the bun, it was a respectable offering. However, the BLFT was outstanding. My lovely dining companion told me that it was the best BLT she'd had since Radical Rye closed. Anywhere. I'd be inclined to agree. The tomatoes were nuclear-hot.
As for the sides, both the green beans and fries were well above average.
Sure, the artwork was mediocre, but it was so sparse that only an anti-change zealot would make such a fuss about it. I was more put off by the extreme warmth in the air, the sticky tabletop, and the illegible beer menu on the wall. But these things are easily changed, and the 7 pieces of crappy artwork are easily ignored. We will most definitely be back, and I'd go so far as to say that we'll be back regularly.