My husband and I have been wanting to try Red Raven so we went for dinner last night. I did some research yesterday and was surprised by the poor reviews both for food and service but we decided to try it anyway. We arrived about 8:00pm to a mostly empty restaurant. Our server Sam was very sweet but seemed untrained. We ordered the Peppers and Rings, fried calamari on a bed of sauteed sweet and spicy peppers. It was just okay, kind of lukewarm. My husband ordered the fish and chips for dinner and I ordered the raven flatbread. My husband is very particular about his fish hating when fish tastes "fishy" but he thought it was very good except for the coating which was falling off almost as though it had been fried then left to sit so the residual heat from the fish steamed off the coating. Fries and a couple of onion rings were lukewarm. My raven flatbread sounded delicious containing all the elements that I tend to love, confit chicken, roasted figs, bacon, goat cheese, arugula and pickled red onion. The flatbread was bland and limp, the confit chicken had a strange taste, not bad but off putting. The rest of the ingredients were fine so I just ate them off the flatbread. Needless to say, we won't go back unless maybe for a drink. It's too bad because it's a great space and if done well would be a much needed addition to the area.
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