Overrated Eats: Barton G's Circus
In truth, the food is not bad, but it's not worthy of the price tag. Upon arrival, regardless of whether or not you have a reservation, you are directed to the bar and told there is a 20-minute wait. Most diners then indulge in the nitrogen cocktails that overflow with "smoke". When it subsides you have a good martini cocktail with a Lego-like figurine hanging from the side. At $30 a pop, we would want the drink to overflow into another glass, not risk tipping the one we have onto the bar because of the weight of the "garnish".
The meal itself is a colorful pandemonium of stages and accessories in which even simple things like the bread service emphasize form over function.
The lobster appetizer ($27) comes in a toaster. This fun inventive presentation would be better if it came with a toaster that worked so that the dish chunks inside the flaky crust were warm. The chicken cordon bleu bites ($15), wrapped in prosciutto and cheese are crunchy and savory, but a bit 80's. The main courses of good ol' Southern fried chicken ($24), swordfish epee ($33), garden Sea Bass ($33), and charbroiled filet mignon ($43) are all well prepared and do offer a delight to your senses. But with dessert, the overpriced theatrics are backr. Another diner on Yelp commented " For dessert we had the Cup cake picnic. The cupcakes were moist and tasty and it was fun to frost and decorate them to your liking". For $27 we would expect our plain chocolate and vanilla cupcakes (boring) to be decorated. (Editors' Note: Barton G. has not served cupcakes for many months.)
Then there's the wine service. Any fine dining establishment knows that a wine bottle is opened at the table. So when our waiter came over with our selected bottle already open, we questioned him. "Oh, I just opened it back there because someone else needed the wine opener" Not cool dude.
Message to Mr. G.: Keep dinner and the circus separate. Focus on the food.