O.H.S.O. Eatery and NanoBrewery, which recently opened in Arcadia, has the style part down. But beyond hanging out on the patio with a cold beer and ordering some traditional pub fare, O.H.S.O. fails to deliver.
Here's an excerpt from this week's cafe review:
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Here's a big part of the problem: O.H.S.O. is all over the map -- literally. There's a little bit of everything -- Asian, Italian, BBQ, and South American dishes are intermingling with plates of your typical pub fare. It seems O.H.S.O. is trying too hard, yet playing it safe. Everything sounds irresistible, but much of what actually comes out of the kitchen needs help -- and flavor.
On too many of my visits, the flatbreads came up short on flavor and crispness. The O.H.S.O. Rita's three-cheese blend overpowered the microgreens, and the "dash of pesto" was undetectable. The flatbread itself wasn't sturdy enough to stand up to the task of holding up all that cheese, and it tasted like it had a touch of freezer burn. The pomodoro sauce lacked spice and reminded my dining companions and me of our school cafeteria days. The Pisa was a little better, but mostly because the pepperoni added a little kick of flavor to the otherwise bland flatbread.
Check out the full review of O.H.S.O. Eatery and nanoBrewery from this week's print edition.