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Daisy Bakers - (closed)

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I've been wanting to go to Daisy Bakers since I saw their Fall menu with a dish that had a risotto in it.

We got there late on a Friday night.  The place was about 2/3 full.  There was no hostess there, after waiting for about 10 minutes, a waitress eventually wandered over and sat us.  It took her about 5 minutes to come back to take our drink orders.

I ordered the pan seared filet of scottish salmon, crowned with a cippolini/honey gastrique, and set atop a roasted butternut squash/bacon risotto with crunchy pea shoots ($23).  The salmon was well cooked, but very lightly seasoned.  The risotto had basically no squash or bacon flavor to it.  It was good, but lacked the flavor profile promised.  It also had onions in it, which is annoying because they overpower a risotto and were not listed on the menu (although it did say cippolini gastrique, so the onions weren't a shock).  It had a bunch of vegetables with it, that were also not advertised, so the portion size of the fish and risotto was significantly smaller than I had expected.  The vegetables were fresh, but unseasoned.

Josie had the shrimp dish with jumbo white gulf shrimp, oyster mushroom, fresh mozzarella ciliegine, shaved prosciutto and cherry tomato, tossed in a pinot grigio/garlic/herb butter over linguini ($24).  The flavors in this dish were amazing.  Everything was cooked perfectly and well balanced.

Warm bread was brought out with a very garlicy butter (perfect for us, but may be too garlicy for some).  And we had a slice of salted caramel crunch cake for dessert ($7)  A-maz-ing.  My favorite part of the meal.  Highly recommended.

The place is a nice size, but very open making it loud.  The tables are very close together (just about a foot between my table and the one next to us).  It is hard to have a conversation and there is absolutely no privacy.  The waitress was very slow (with us, but she seemed fine with the table next to us with people she knew) .  I felt very rushed, with the check coming out with the dessert, but it still took her 5 minutes to run my card.

Parking is on the street, and we found a spot easy enough about a block and a half away.

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Salmon with squash/bacon risotto Shrimp pasta dish

Salted Caramel Crunch Cake