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Little Giant

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I hear such great things about Little Giant that I am convinced people rave about it in hopes that they can will it into being a better restaurant. It's a cute little spot on the corner of Orchard and Broome, and the food is generally good, but there are some real downsides that keep it from reaching the level of awesomeness required for us to back it. For one, it seems that the name Little Giant is meant to evoke the feeling you get when you sit at one of the tiny, cramped tables. At just over six feet tall, I'm certainly no giant, but I felt like Shaquille O'Neal eating dinner in a 3rd grade classroom. The tables are also extremely close together. So close that you might as well be eating from the same plate as the stranger that you are now essentially having dinner with. Second problem - the service confounds me. I swear that every time I have been to Little Giant, my server decides to punish me for something halfway through the meal. Why did you stop coming to the table? Why did you forget my wine? Are you mad at me? Is it because I don't listen to Belle & Sebastian? You were so nice to me earlier. Lastly, when it comes to the meal, consistency is a problem, and the dishes don't seem to fully come together. Maybe that's partly due to greenmarket availability, but also maybe Concord grapes just don't go well with scallops. Then again, I still hear people rave about the place, so maybe they do. Or maybe there are just plenty of people who are fine with spending a lot of money to eat mediocre food at a tiny table.

Food Rundown:

Warm Spinach & Feta Dip
A nice dip that is more spinach than cheese. Served with thin pieces of crunchy grilled bread, this is a solid way to start things off.

Bavette
A French cut of steak, on this day's menu it was a piece of Kobe. This was a large piece of meat, but was honestly a bit tough for what a great cut of beef it was. I found myself chewing for long periods of time and getting no results.

Dayboat Scallops
The scallops were underwhelming, and the grapes with tiny seeds in them were a strange addition to the plate. Not recommended.

Swine of the Week
Various cuts of pork get a different treatment each week. This is definitely the way to go at Little Giant, and any pork butt offering is recommended.

Brussels Sprouts
Vegetables play well at Little Giant as well, most likely a function of the excellent quality goods obtained from the greenmarket. These are small roasted Brussels sprouts with a nice hint of sweetness.

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