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Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2010
We were excited to try this place following an episode of Diners, Drive-In, and Dives, an HGTV program. On our visit tonight, we were warmly greeted at the door by Executive Chef Don, who appeared to be running the front of the house. Our wait staff was attentive and pleasant. Asking our server for her opinion, she suggested one of the evening's specials, a red snapper dish. Two of the four of us at the table ordered it, while the other two chose a pasta dish. Our dinner arrived quickly from the kitchen, very hot and nicely presented. I have to say that while it was tasty, the fillets were loaded with bones. My dinner companion stopped counting after she found the first eight bones in her piece of fish. I found one in mine before deciding to say something to our server. She spoke to Chef Don, who came to the table simply to tell us that red snapper has a lot of small, fine bones in it. I was surprised. I can not imagine an Executive Chef being satisfied that his kitchen was serving fish that was still loaded with bones. I have eaten snapper many times and have never had bones to be left in it. One, even two bones could be considered an unfortunate oversight but eight?! When I replied that while it may _be_ a bony fish, it made it very difficult to eat, he agreed and that was the end of that. The was no hint of apology or adjustment to our bill. My friend soldiered on and finished her meal but I was unable to complete mine. As for the pasta dishes ordered by our other companions, both agreed that while their food was good, it certainly wasn't the best. All in all, Rocco's Cafe isn't bad, it just isn't great, and in this city full of fabulous restaurants, shouldn't you be eating great food?