For lunch a couple of days ago, a friend and I went to the Caucus Room, an upscale dining establishment in Washington, DC. Never again. I started out with an eight dollar bowl of crab and corn chowder that was full of corn, potatoes and celery, but no crab meat, and little crab flavor. I then had an eight ounce, 27 dollar fillet mignon, which, while tender, was underflavored. My friend was ill that evening, and believes that it was caused by something he ate at the restaurant. I am willing to pay high prices for food that is memorable, but this food was not (except for my friend, and his are not the kind of memories you want of a meal!).
I once (mid-1980’s) ate with my family at a really cheap looking place in Taos, New Mexico. I think it was called Lobo’s. Halfway through our meal, the manager came running to our table, picked up my plate of food, and announced in a loud voice, "This wasn’t prepared properly!" before taking it back to the kitchen. To this day, we don’t know what was wrong with the dish, but I didn’t get sick. I doubt that place lasted much longer.
I will never darken the doorstep of another Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, if only because of those robotic animals that yell at you while you eat. I had the misfortune of sitting directly under the big moose head at one location, and that damn thing went off every 20 minutes with the same hugely irritating ‘Welcome to Bugaboo Creek!!!!’ message. It was enough to drive you crazy. I honestly can’t fathom why they put those things there. If I wanted to go to chuck e cheese, I would go there.
I can only shudder to think what it must be like to work with that moose. I was only there for an hour or so.
Tortilla Flats in Danbury serves the most horrid and pitiful attempt at mexican food I have ever had the displeasure of experiening. I knew it would suck as soon as I sat down and saw their interpretation of "tortilla chips and salsa". What it really was was a bowl of tomato paste and a bowl of chopped jalapenos accompanied by a basket of broken taco shells. I guess the jalapenos were to flavor the tomato paste?? Regardless it tasted like crap and so did everything that followed. If seeking mexican food in the Danbury area go to Pancho’s Tacos on White Street for the real thing. For more americanized mexican food go to Panchos and Gringo’s in Brookfield (really good salsa) if you are on the eastern side of town or Tamale’s (decent food) on Mill Plain if you are in the western side of town.
Tortilla Flats in Danbury serves the most horrid and pitiful attempt at mexican food I have ever had the displeasure of experiening. I knew it would suck as soon as I sat down and saw what their interpretation of "tortilla chips and salsa". What it really was was a bowl of tomato paste and a bowl of chopped jalapenos accompanied by a basket of broken taco shells. I guess the jalapenos were to flavor the tomato paste?? Regardless it tasted like crap and so did everything that followed. If seeking mexican food in the Danbury area go to Pancho’s Tacos on White Street for the real thing. For more americanized mexican food go to Panchos and Gringo’s in Brookfield (really good salsa) if you are on the eastern side of town or Tamale’s (decent food) on Mill Plain if you are in the western side of town.
Reminds me right away of the Amana Colonies.[;)]
I was doing a job in Statesville, NC, when the topic came up as to where to go to lunch. I was working with several volunteer firefighters and they were debating the possible choices. One of the fellows there said,"Let’s go to "Fat Boys".
The second firefighter said,"No the food there tastes like garbage".
The first firefighter said, "Yeah but it’s all you can eat".
We went there and they were both right.
This won’t come as a surprise to anyone I’m sure. I had a particularly horrible service experience at a BK right down the street from my house (That location has been closed for over 2 years now) [:0]. I had been a regular to their drive through for the 99cent Whoppers a few months back, before they started making it a limited time offering. Being on a limited budget back then (and forever it seems). I saw the huge banner they had on the front of the store that said: "Whoppers 99cents!" So I drive on through and am told that the sale is over. Now, being a customer and thinking this is a really crappy way to be treated. I decide to go in and talk to the manager. I ask the manager to take the banner down, so no other customers are misguided. He actually started to lay into me about how I have no right to tell him how to do his job and I’m wasting his time! I couldn’t believe it…I was wasting HIS time! I left after a solid, "I’m never coming back to this dump again." speech. Guess the customer is not always right this day in age, even when you attempt to be.
My wife and I once ate at a Mexican buffett at the Sam Hill room in Cascade Locks, Oregon. The meal was so awful that neither hot sauce nor jalapenos could salvage it. It remains the benchmark for bad food when my wife and I discuss meals
Recently ate at the Dusty Boot in Beaver Creek CO. Can’t say one good thing about the experience except that the server seemed to be a pleasant girl,if inept. Service: Bad Food: Worse Value: overpriced considering the rest of the experience. We actually felt ill that night.
Oooh. Them’s fightin’ words! My husband grew up in Iowa City and as a college student at the university The Amanas was the perfect place for hungry, cash-poor guys to eat.
Every time we get back to Iowa (usually once a year) the Amanas is a mandatory stop on our places to eat list. (Along with Joensy’s in Solon for the plate sized tenderloin sandwiches)
I think I can see your point about warmed over food, but for sheer volume, the Amanas can’t be beat. Also there are MANY restaurants in the Amanas, some better than others. My husband likes the Ox Yoke for its pickled ham and I like the platter that has a smoked pork chop, link of bratwurst and link of knackwurst.
Breakfast is good at the Colony Kitchen. They have these great crepe-thin pancakes and strangely-shaped sausage.
The one time we went to Iowa and didn’t go to the Amanas, my teenage son sulked for two days.
However, I agree with you on the "wineries."
I am not keen on Outback Steak House either. Once, I accidently referred to it as "Outhouse"[:I], much to my embarrassment. Talk about a Freudian slip.[:)] To this day, it’s still the "Outhouse Steak House" to me.
Another place I can’t stand…the Amana Colonies in Iowa. Talk about overrated. Just about all the restaurants there serve faux-German food "family-style", which means that you get platters and bowls full of stuff that’s probably been on the steamer table in the kitchen for a while or warmed over who knows how many times before you eat it. Since there’s not much to do in the Amana Colonies except eat (IMHO) or try the hideous fruit wines at their "wineries", I advise my family and friends to spend their travel dollars someplace else.
I will not touch Pizza hut anymore. Their pizza has gotten so bad it is not even funny now. About the only FF pizza we will have once in a while is Pappa John’s….. and only because the wife doesn’t want to wait to go to a local hand tosser.
The last time I had a similar experience was when I passed though Frackville PA and decided for some stupid reason not to go to the Dutch Kitchen (the Sterns’ local suggestion and our usual stop there) and went to Granny’s Restaurant instead. The decor was quaint to the point of ridiculousness and screamedTourist Trap, but I had my rose-coloured glasses on and there seemed to be a number of locals eating there, so we went. The food was wretched, and I relived it all the way home [xx(] Never again will I flout Roadfood advice!
I had a bad experience at the Madison County, Va Pig and Steak. It was horrible, dirty and the BBQ tasted like melted plastic.
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