Am I the only one who finds it worthy of note that all of these places offer tables and seats, restrooms, actual place settings and probably a glass of water along with these bargains, and not a one of them is a blasted over-priced food truck with none of that overhead?
kind of an interesting karmic twist given the HG Hill stores essentially lost out to out of state chains...
I am outraged that any reporter includes his statements about the ACA predicating closure without asking him how the other locations must be exempt from the same requirement. You would think that even in restaurant biz reporting circles, everyone knows if something smells it should be thrown out. Thank you for your comments, Lesley, a perfect way to open the thought-stream here.
along with his limp pickles. never a good sign at a supposed (but not branded/certified) jewish/kosher deli.
As for breakfast replacements, the best thing they served for breakfast IMO that was almost worth the price was the corned beef hash and poached eggs, and you can get that with their own absolutely made-in-house corned beef from Athens at any of their locations.
File this under "nobody asked, but..."
Last year's soiree was a big dud - they ran a contest for ugliest sweater, and took pictures as people came and went *if you reminded them* and then apparently awarded the owners' friends the goods because they were still there at the end. or that's how it seemed when you looked at the pics posted later. They did give one free beer for showing up in the sweater and participating in the contest, so it's telling that this year you must pay for the privilege AND the beer.
The people behind the bar are super nice, and frankly one of them had the best sweater, but good grief, every single time I have been I feel like someone should post a warning that says "Watch out for the old bait and switch at this place" - the beer prices are NOT POSTED anywhere except for their own brews, which are the cheapest and nowhere near what you will pay for everything else you get. I didn't even think it was legal to sell anything without posting a price, but they have been doing it that way since they opened. (The numbers next to the ales on the big board are not prices, they are abv, which is VERY welcome info, don't get me wrong.) The owner oddly holds court at a table as though he's a customer and conveniently engages with nobody if there's a question. All very strange.
The selection of locals is good to pretty good, their own beer is meh, the giant room that used to be the Moose lodge is cold, the prices are a mystery until it's too late, at which time you find out they're simply outrageous, and the contests are rigged. what's not to love? Oh, and as for $32.64 and 3 beers and merriment, make sure which 3 beers you get - because chances are, it's not the beer you want. (and, wow, since when do you go to a taproom, have a few beers and have to pay extra for merriment?)
Judge Bean's brisket nachos are reliable for scratching the old bbq nacho itch...
Re chef endorsements: wouldn't you have to be influenced by a chef's endorsement in order to care? I mean, really, who buys something solely because someone who eats fried bugs endorses it for cash? Personally, I view them all as the worst kind of greedy grabbie whores, out for the quickest, easiest buck before their Q rating drops. Same goes for a restaurant they don't actually work at - what a load of shameless crap. Menu consultant? That could be the font selection for all we know.
If chefs are today's rock stars, these crap endorsements have the same caveat emptor attached - you didn't buy a Charvel to play like Eddie Van Halen, you had to play like Eddie Van Halen first. Ooh, buy a strat and sound like Clapton. What a load of nonsense. But, sheep will be sheep, nobody's going broke making these connections.
having said that, I will make this exception: If you buy Paula Deen's cookware or whatever else she has slapped her name on, you probably will get fat, so maybe you can be like her after all...but that's only because you eat like her, not because of the cookware!
I've been and it's not Houston's. No grilled artichokes, no Hawaiian ribeye, no cheese bread, no gooey clumpy runny bleu cheese dressing, no 7 ounce pours of wine, but a bunch of stuff I could get a J Alexander's or somewhere else that I don't miss.
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