In its original form, Free Rein, the street-facing restaurant in the St. Jane Hotel, had an impressive lunch, making Crain's Best New Restaurants for 2018. It topped my list of go-to answers when people asked for a good, convenient lunch place they might not know about.
It turns out the opening chef, Aaron Lirette, may deserve the greatest share of credit for that version. Lirette left, and Kristine Subido, formerly of the W Hotel's Wave and Uptown chicken restaurant Pecking Order, replaced him this past spring. It's no longer impressive.
Free Rein now shows the shackles of the hotel it's attached to, displaying the typical timidity and underperformance of a hotel restaurant. Carolina shrimp ($16) promises tamarind, ginger and black mustard seeds, but the merely decent roasted tomato sauce dominates the dish. The grilled cheese ($12) is all dry white bread, the cheese not even reaching the crusts, much less oozing over the side. Lunch suffers from chronic underseasoning, although shakers do reside on the tables.
79彩票注册网址Free Rein still has a lot going for it, namely the attractive dining room with a comfy east-facing area carved out for a cafe, a Loop location and attentive service. It's just not all that for food anymore. I'm revising my list.7072彩票开户 7073彩票地址 963彩票开户 7073彩票网址 689彩票邀请码 7073彩票注册 8炫彩彩票app 677彩票开户 7073彩票登录 66顺彩票app