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Respond to Review of CLOSED: Spread
by GUEST

Review: My partner and I went to Spread for the first time yesterday and were so excited to try a new vegetarian restaurant. Being vegan in San Diego is a challenge because there are not a lot of good vegetarian/vegan restaurants and we were hoping for the best. Sorry to say, it was so disappointing. The first thing that caught our attention was how uncomfortable the chairs were. They were almost like lawn chairs or something and it was a challenge trying to find a comfortable sitting position. "Oh, well", we thought, "no problem", and we looked forward to our meal. But, it only went downhill from there. The server was friendly and explained each dish on a very limited portable blackboard menu. We were told that we should order 2=3 entrees. We were a little put off when we were told that they only serve one dish at a time because they encourage sharing. We wondered (privately) why we couldn't share more than one dish at a time? The price ranged from $15-$17 per entree which seemed high, so we ordered 2 dishes,but we still were excited about our upcoming meal. I ordered a lemonade ($4), and my partner ordered a mojito ($8). The drinks came out with a few pieces of bread and some olive oil with flowers in it. The drinks were tiny and overly sweet and the bread was dry. Our first dish arrived (bruschetta and garlic) and it was tasty, but tiny, and it used the same small dry bread. The next dish was gumbo and it was good, but extremely tiny (about the size of a small cup of soup, and it cost $17!!). Strangely enough, it also came with the dry bread. At this point we began to realize that we were not going to leave this restaurant feeling full unless we spent major $$$, so we decided to cut our losses and prepared to ask for the check. That's when the owner came by and began to push his "killer" dessert of home-made chocolate nut butter pretzel. We said OK. Bad decision. It was-surprise-that same tiny bread with the smallest shmear of peanut butter on it! We couldn't eat more than one bite each because it was so dry. Oh, and the price-$11!! A PB &J at home would have been a thousand times better. Total bill, including tip was $80 ! We left the place sort of shell-shocked. We were served the equivalent of maybe a small appetizer at most restaurants and two poor drinks and we were charged $80? I wish we had better things to say, as the server and owner were both friendly and the service was fast, but that is impossible.

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