REVIEW: 2 Dog Café, Gainesville, Hall County
I was pretty excited about going to 2 Dog Café. It’d been since 2010 [Read the 2 Dog review from 2010] since we were there last. In six years, not much had changed. When we arrived we were seated right away and they had a good crowd throughout the evening.
We got started with a Crab Cake appetizer. The crab cakes alone were bland and devoid of seasoning, but the accompanying mustard sauce helped but the consistency of the crab meat failed to thrill us. The meat wasn’t light and flaky, more puréed and packed.
I ordered the special which was a 3 Cheese Lasagna. I enjoyed it but I think would have been much better with meat. Having just cheese in this dish was like eating a bowl of goo. Fortunately, it was seasoned properly and had a very nice flavor.
Melanie ordered the Shrimp and Grits that was accompanied with a BBQ sauce. She was disappointed with this dish overall because of the lack of seasoning during the preparation. The shrimp had no seasoning and neither did the grits. Both of these items are bland on their own and need seasoning to make it palatable. Melanie also noted that some cheese in the grits would have been a splendid addition. The BBQ sauce was vinegar-based and Melanie didn’t care for it at all.
The Grilled Asparagus served with this dish was burned rather than grilled and inedible. Very disappointing. I really wasn’t sure whether the smoky smell I detected was coming off the asparagus or the cigarette smoke emitting from the servers. If you’re a smoker you may not notice, but non-smokers can smell when a person reeks of cigarette smoke and it is both unpleasant and unappetizing.
The saving grace from this meal was the dessert. We ordered a slice of Chocolate Cream pie to share and took a slice of Peanut Butter Pie home for later. Both were exquisite and I would have to recommend dessert even if you normally don’t partake of dessert normally. This will cause you to make an exception.
We left 2 Dog Café a lot less excited than we arrived. Perhaps we caught them on an off night. If you’re a 2 Dog diner, we’d love to hear about your experience there. Guten appetit!