How I hate to be the one negative person, but will try to explain. I love Stephanie's recommendations and after lots of Twitter posts, we went tonight. It was a disaster. I can only guess that our experience was unusual. We had to ask for service several times since the waitress kept neglecting to come back (15 minutes or so to order in the first place). A couple near us was looking for their server at one point, after a while without, to explain they needed their check quickly to catch a movie.
The wait staff brought us AND the tables around us the incorrect orders - 5 times it happened while we were there.
The food was a very enjoyable experience and there were so many things we wanted to try, but after the mistakes and the non-attentiveness, I don't know if we have the energy!
Great flounder with apricot sauce, however, other diner's dish (seabass over succotash)consisted of a square of underseasoned fish dropped on top of a few dozen bland beans in a watered down broth and definitely left something to be desired. Atmosphere was a little too dull for our taste. Would not go back as there are better options in this town.
We used to go to Centerpointe EVERY Sunday to watch the games and hang out. Large group of us, over 15 people in our two groups. No we dont go at all. Owership here is why.
1. SMOKE PIT! Holy cow you cant take a breath in this place without ingesting the second hand smoke from everyone around you. I've been to other bars that allow smoking and this place is the WORST! Who wants to eat food in this kind of enviornment? I mean really!
2. Service - The wait staff is for the most part horrible. They have 1 maybe 2 of them that are good but aside from that the staff acts like they are doing you a favor by being there.
3. Food - The quality of the food is marginal at best. It's on the same level as fast food if I can be 100% honest.
4. Affordability - They really should offer better beer specials on Sundays. Football and beer go hand in hand. Catering to your customers should tell you this. 9 - 10 dollar appetizers... um yeah I dont think so.
This place USED to have a packed house EVERY sunday, go there now and you can almost hear crickets. Sad because the layout is very good and the location is great.
The cupcakes are great, but I think they are much too pricey. Especially, one of the ones they gave me was unbelievable small. I had a two-for-one coupon, but even at 3.50 for two it is a little out there.
I live walking distance from Grindz so when it opened, we had to check it out. My hopes were high there would be a gourmet burger joint with some good drafts where we could hang out, enjoy a good meal, and walk home. The only part of that dream was that I could have walked home. But I didn't - I ran.
I'll preface my review by saying we did go to Grindz within their first month of opening. However, there is only so much to making an excellent burger once you have the menu created. I went with the Dirty Sanchez, not because of the name, but the idea of fusing mexican food and a burger together sounded too good to be true. It was. I ordered the burger medium and it came out essentially seared and bloody raw in the middle. The toppings were all there but none of them were of any particular good quality and they didn't blend together. Although I didn't hate the burger, I was disappointed that it cost me $9 and really wasn't very well made. In addition to being a lackluster burger, it took a good 30 minutes for it to come out. I asked the waitress 2 seperate times for status of my meal and was dismissed both times. A fellow diner ordered the cheesesteak sandwich which was a clumsy disappointment. Tasted like the cooked oscar mayer roast beef in a dry pan and stuffed it into a stale roll. The beer selection stinks and the ambiance rivals that of a DMV lobby.
As Jeff said, this place is not BAD. But it's not great or even good. The food is just average, the service is lackluster, and the atmosphere is a confusing quasi-family friendly-sports bar-strip mall vibe. I can honestly say I would rather spend my $9 for a burger at Ruby Tuesday's. Or go to Hardess and get 2.
Excellent decor, less than acceptable service. Understandably, the bartender was alone. They would do well to have a more experienced tender flying solo. Frankly, I would be very surprised if the management knew their employees (if they are employees) were on a review page giving lip service to customers. Maybe is a little more indicative of their service and attitude than I normally give reviews credit for. Place has great potential.
Evo and Monza are much better...decor is nice, typical new restaurant jitters with slow, inconsistent service. Pizza's are very small (too small for the price), much smaller than Evo or Monza. Mine did taste of ash from the wood fired oven.
Service is EXTREMELY slow. It took 45 minutes for us to get salads. So don't even think about this place during a lunch break. Really a shame because the food itself was excellent.
Paid $8.50 or so for a "bowl" of jambalaya and a 2 inch square of cornbread, no drink, to go ... nothing to write home about and for what is basically working the "leftovers", this was over priced .... I'll pass on a return trip. I can make the same thing at home to take to lunch and beat this hands down.
this place has a great atmosphere but the food is mediocre and although it is a tapas menu i found the portions to be skimpy and overpriced! My friends and I (4 total) literally ordered almost everything on the menu and still left there hungry! I miss Meritage.
Ate there for dinner on a Saturday night, there were maybe 10 folks inside & outside total. Waitress was ok, but kind of had a "meh." attitude in general. B-friend got a quesadilla with pork tenderloin, bacon, and bbq with the salsa side. Was somewhat disappointed. Said bbq sauce tasted like KC masterpiece and the salsa had as much pow as Piggly Wiggly brand salsa. I had a chicken sandwich with bacon and cheese. It was fine, but a little on the bland side, nothing to write home about. Ok for one visit, but not worth two.
I and a couple of friends of mine ate dinner at Tantra last night. It was a disappointing affair. Between the three of us, we ordered the tuna sliders, crab dip, calamari, duck quesadilla, bleu cheese dip, and shrimp tempura. And I say "ordered," because that's not exactly what we got. After ordering, the waitress, apparently bereft of the ability to write, had to ask us to go through our orders a second time. Then, after going to enter the orders into the computer, she came back and asked that we repeat parts of the order yet again.
When the food finally came (most of it, at least), one of the dishes was still wrong (crab cakes were delivered instead of calamari), and one of the dishes was absent completely. One would expect that an order checked thrice would at least be correct.
The food itself was nothing to write home about. I can only speak to the duck quesadilla and tuna sliders. The duck in the quesadilla was stringy, overcooked, and overpowered by a tangy sauce in the quesadilla itself. The aoili served on the side was decent enough. The tuna on the sliders was VERY thin and, as such, slightly overcooked. Given the thinness of the squares of tuna, they should have been placed on a scorching hot grill, immediately flipped, and then quickly removed. These were left on the grill probably twice as long as they should have been.
At least the beer selection was good, though. Wait... actually it's terrible. The most interesting entries are Yeungling and Guiness. And there are no beers on tap. At all. It's all bottled. As mentioned in the City Paper blurb, there is quite an extensive vodka selection, however.
The atmosphere is the best thing Tantra has going for it. It feels nothing like AC's, the bar which it replaces in its location. There is a nice lounge section on the right as you walk in, with overstuffed leather couches and chairs. The bar is centrally located. The decor is mellow. All in all it would appear to be a great place to go have a few drinks (even if the food is mediocre). My only reservation in that regard is the quality of service, or lack thereof. If they fix that and get some beer taps, it could become a nice, relaxing place to sit and chat with friends over drinks. One caveat to the atmosphere on this particular visit - there was an employee walking around hanging and taking down paintings the entire time we were there. It wasn't a huge deal, but I'm certain that she could have found a better time of day than the dinner hour to do such things. It was distracting.
Just average, nothing to blow your skirt up. The Beer was good, my salmon BLT was okay, but underseasoned. Seems like a little too much of a chain-restaurant atmosphere. Maybe theyre still working the kinks out....
Came for lunch and ordered a few appetizers (3). Was told they were out of shrimp so had to change our order.
We waited for about 20 minutes until 2 of the 3 appetizers made it to the table and was told the last one would be out in a few minutes. THEN the waiter came back and said that the meat hadn't been taken out of the freezer the night before so they couldn't make the last appetizer.
At the rate that the food was coming out, we didn't want to wait another 20 minutes if we ordered something else.
The waiter didn't charge us for our drinks (ice tea and water) because of the appetizer issue.....big whoop.
Don't waste your time eating at Fuel.
Bad experience all around.
My husband and I recently dined at Red Pepper. We both have backgrounds in the food & bev industry, so we are generally low maintenance diners and we understand that things can come up that are out of the control of the server, etc. However, I was very disappointed with our experience at the Red Pepper. The food was ok, but definitely not worth the price. The $8.95 Calamari was rubbery, obviously dropped from frozen into the fryer, and lacked flavor. I had the Chicken Parmigiana which was very good and the $13.95 price tag was reasonable. However, my husband ordered the Special - Grilled Pork Chop with Cremini and Porcini Cream Sauce and Spinach Pesto Pasta which the server told us was $17.95. When the bill came, they had charged us $22.95 and refused to adjust the price. It seems a bit underhanded to me to promote a product for a specific price and then once it is too late to send it back they just charge whatever they want. The Special wasn't even worth $17.95, let alone $22.95. The "foccacia" that came with our meal was a joke, it was basically greasy bread sticks. Although the restaurant wasn't busy at all we had to ask repeatedly for refills on our drinks. I was very disappointed in our experience there. They promote their restaurant as "authentic" Italian, but I lived in Italy for over a year, and authentic this is definitely not. Using italian words on the menu doesn't make you authentic. Save your money and eat somewhere else.
NOT the best chicken, KFC is still better than this place. The place was very hot and ghetto lookin. Quite expensive for fast food. Ribs tasted like it was cooked in a crock pot with McDonald's BBQ sauce.
I ate at RB's at someone else's insistence and was unsurprised at how little I enjoyed it. The bar was nice, but beyond that I didn't eat anything that made me ever want to go back. It was so forgettable that the only thing I remember is: don't bother going back.
Clearly the owner spends far too much time worrying about parking enforcement and too little time on the kitchen. Overpriced, under-tasty, and actually somehow the views aren't even that great. Doesn't the same person/group own Red's and RB's? What's with the crazy parking situation.
"RickFriday" rides again...I smell a rat, or a mole.
I can't figure this place out. I've been twice by boat. Saturday afternoons. Both times, we were the only ones there. Still sporting the miss matching yard sale/motel chairs and tables. This is the second time in 6 weeks I've stopped and I feel like they're still trying to figure out how to open a bar/restaurant. I'd like to give their Sunday buffet a try but just can't get up the nerve.
Went on possibly the worst day ever--Valentine's Day. Crowded, noisy, as we expected it would be, but tolerable. Food was good, but not stellar. Waitress was friendly but REALLY pushing hard to pad the (already expensive) tab. Might go again, in the future, maybe for lunch to see if we just originally picked the worst possible day to go!
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