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Edinburg

Chili's
Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

45

Chili's

2303 University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78541
(956) 380-2818

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/13/2008

Satisfactory

I really don't like chain restaurants like Chili's, but for some reason other people like these restaurants so inevitably I find myself going back to these types of restaurants. This Chili's is just like all of the other Chili's I've ever been to, so score one point for brand uniformity for the Chili's corporation.

This visit I got the sampler appetizer platter as my entree. I couldn't decide what to eat as everything on the menu didn't look that great (normally I would get the chicken fried steak, but that's what I always get when I go to Chili's and I thought it might be a good time to start expanding my Chili's culinary horizon), so I got this appetizer plate consisting of three smaller appetizers. I got some buffalo wings, some southwestern egg rolls, and I was going to get some mozzarella fried cheese sticks, but they were out of those so I went with some spinach and artichoke dip with some chips. What does it say of the restaurant when the most appetizing thing I could find on the menu was an appetizer?

The food was okay, but it's the fake atmosphere of restaurants like these that piss me off. For instance, in their menu Chili's advertises the fact that they give to charity. I guess that's great, but I hate when people advertise the fact that they give to charity because it kind of cheapens the act of giving -- it makes it seem like the only reason Chili's is donating to charity is 1.) so that they can say "we give to charity" in order to impress their customers, and 2.) to pat themselves on the back and make themselves feel better.

At the end of our meal as we were paying the bill the restaurant manager comes up and interrogates me and my party about the quality of the food and service and he wouldn't leave until we answered him. This bugged me for a couple of reasons. First, I didn't want to talk to him, but there he was at our table bugging us. Second, I guess he would use our feedback to help improve the overall quality of the Chili's dining experience, but I didn't feel like being the unwilling subject of an oral survey card so I just said everything was fine so that he would just leave us alone.

Restaurants like Chili's suffer from being 'aggressively friendly', where they'll go to great lengths, to the point of annoyance, to make sure you had a good dining experience.

Maki
Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

115

Maki

1623 W University Dr
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 380-6254

Head Public Restaurant Critic

7/31/2009

Sucks!

I passed by a new sushi restaurant in Edinburg (it was new to me at least); saw that they were advertising $5.59 rolls on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday; decided to check it out on a Friday; and was hugely, HUGELY disappointed by this restaurant.

1.) When I walked in for lunch on a Friday, and I had to stand around for a good 10 minutes before I inquired whether I had to be seated by a hostess or waitress or some other staff, or whether I could seat myself. I was told I could seat myself, which was not apparently evident to me as this looked like a restaurant where one doesn't seat himself, but oh well.

2.) I had the option of seating myself at one of several open tables, but the problem was that all of the open tables had not been cleaned from the previous occupants, so I had to choose the best of the worst tables available.

3.) One thing that did excite me about the restaurant was when I inquired to the waitress which rolls on the menu were $5.59 and she responded they all were. That was awesome, so I ended up ordering a normally $9.25 Sandoval (I believe that was the name) roll, which had crab, cucumber, avocado, masago, and cream cheese, with salmon on the outside. The bad part was when I received the 12 piece roll, saw how small it was, and realized that I would not have paid $5 for it. The worse part was when I tasted the roll and didn't find it that appealing. Also, one pet peeve of mine is when sushi restaurants don't finely slice their cucumber that they use in rolls -- this restaurant is guilty of that.

4.) My lunch mate doesn't eat sushi and asked the waitress what other things were good at the restaurant. My lunch mate found a rice bowl on the menu and inquired about it, and the waitress said that it was a big rice bowl able to feed two to three people (which she compared to a big cereal bowl), that has beef, chicken, or shrimp, or all three meats. My lunch mate, going on the advice of the waitress, got the rice bowl with all three meats, and I was appalled when that bowl finally got to our table. First, it was a small bowl and there's no way it would have fed two to three people. Second, it looked like fried rice, minus any vegetables or egg, with small amounts of beef, chicken, and shrimp thrown in. To give a specific example, there were only 2 pieces of shrimp in the entire bowl. To add insult to injury, the rice bowl was priced at an exuberant $9 -- it was way, WAY overpriced. (I wish I had gotten a pic of the rice bowl, but it slipped my mind as I'm normally only worried about capturing what I'm eating).

5.) When you have to ask for a container to hold the soy sauce in which to dip sushi, as well as having to ask for wasabi, you know that you're not at a real sushi place.

6.) The service was sooooo slow, and possibly inept. It looked like there were only two waitresses for the busy lunch crowd, and the customers suffered for it. After our meal, my lunch mate and I were trying to get out of there quick because the slow service had eaten up all of my lunch mate's lunch hour, and it took us awhile to get our check. And when we did get our check, we discovered that it was for the wrong table, so we had to waste more time obtaining the right check.

After all of the trouble written about above, we were finally able to leave the restaurant, and I will never return to that particular restaurant again. It seemed like this restaurant was established by someone that thought it would be a good idea to open up a sushi restaurant, but who didn't know the first thing about running such an establishment. There was nothing good about this restaurant, NOTHING. Avoid it at all costs.



Schlotzsky's Deli
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

124

Schlotzsky's Deli

1704 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 316-3354

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/27/2009

Satisfactory

To me, Schlotzsky's Deli is a weird restaurant because in my mind it is defined not by what it is, but by what it is not -- namely, Schlotzsky's is not Subway. I was with a couple of people, we were hungry but not that hungry, wanted something substantial but not too heavy, so I brought up the idea of eating at Subway, but most of my peeps were tired of Subway, so Schlotzsky's Deli was decided upon, because it is not Subway.

I haven't been to a Schlotzsky's in years and I don't foresee myself going back anytime soon. There's just nothing that special about the place that appeals to me. I got a pastrami and swiss sandwich on sourdough. It was ok I guess. I thought there would be more meat on it though. Meh.



Taco Ole
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

44

Taco Ole

2620 W Freddy Gonzalez Drive
Edinburg, TX, 78540
(956) 383-5440

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/13/2008

Satisfactory

Taco Ole is a Mexican restaurant in Edinburg, Texas which offers a buffet at certain times on certain days. On my visit, I choose the buffet option, mainly because everybody else was doing it. The good news is the food is alright for a buffet. The bad news is that it’s a buffet, and I don't necessarily like buffets (unless it's a sushi buffet, then I love buffets (or Chinese buffets... I like Chinese buffets also)).

I believe that Taco Ole has their buffet during the hours they are the busiest, which actually is good business acumen on their part. As they get busy, they just dump food out on the buffet line and let people serve themselves -- this allows them to serve the most people with the most minimal of labor.

At most buffets, food quality suffers due to the greater emphasis on quantity. Fortunately, the food wasn't that bad at Taco Ole. I was going to go on a rant about how much I hate buffets in general, but Taco Ole doesn't really deserve that, so I'll save the rant for another day. All in all, I hate buffets, but Taco Ole is alright in my book.


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Taqueria El Zarape
Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

76

Taqueria El Zarape

1207 E University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 316-4949

Head Public Restaurant Critic

10/26/2008

Great!

So there is this chain of restaurants in south Texas called Taqueria El Zarape and they pretty much rock. They're taquerias, so they serve tacos. Tacos are normally pretty tasty, but Taqueria El Zarape serves them in combos with half a baked potato (their potatoes are huge, so even a half of one of their potatoes is a good amount) and pinto beans.

The pinto beans are pinto beans -- not really much a restaurant can do with those to make them stand out from all of the other pinto beans served by all of the other restaurants. Their potatoes are pretty good, because they drown them in cheese, butter, sour cream, and bacon bits. And the tacos are pretty tasty (I got bistek), especially with the cilantro, onions (raw and grilled), and lime that they serve them with.

I like these kind of taco shops -- I should go to them more. They're not pretensious and they don't try to be something they aren't (a folly a lot of restaurants make), which I really appreciate -- honesty, simplicity, and good food (even if its swimming in grease).

Overall, I really like Taqueria El Zarape.



Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

76-a

Taqueria El Zarape

1207 E University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 316-4949

Head Public Restaurant Critic

7/28/2009

Good

More bistek tacos at Taqueria el Zarape, a stable of my visits to the Rio Grande Valley.


Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

76-b

Taqueria el Zarape

1207 E University Drive
Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 316-4949

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/20/2009

Good

Yea tacos? Yea tacos (and a half half baked potato and pinto beans)!


Willie B's Barbeque
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

114

Willie B's Barbeque

114 East Loeb Street
Edinburg, TX 78541-3432
(956) 318-1373

Head Public Restaurant Critic

7/30/2009

Good

Hell's yeah, that's what I'm talking about. Willie B's was the first place to introduce to me the concept of stuffing meat into a baked potato, a concept which forever altered my perception of what a baked potato could be. My first experience of eating at Willie B's was their location in Donna, but shortly after that they opened up a new location in Edinburg (I have no idea if this Edinburg location replaced, or was in addition to, their Donna location), which I make a point to try to go back to every time I'm in the area.

If it isn't obvious yet, my meal consisted of a baked potato stuffed with meat (they have a variety of meats that you can choose from, but I always go with the brisket) and butter, sour cream, cheese, and bacon bits, as well as barbeque sauce (which I always request they hold off of, since there is barbeque sauce in squeeze bottles at their tables, which allows me to control how much sauce I want at any given moment). The potatoes are relatively big, so big that I can never finish one of these baked potatoes in a single sitting.

Now, I've had baked potatoes stuffed with meats at other establishments, but for some reason I always prefer the meat stuffed baked potatoes at Willie B's -- I don't know if they just taste better or it's my nostalgic mind at work, but either way, I love these potatoes. There was an incident once where I got a cold baked potato at this establishment, which sucked and caused me to complain, resulting in a new baked potato for me and a waste of food and money for them, but all of my other visits to Willie B's have been great.

P.S. Upon reflection, I don't think I've ever had anything other than the meat stuffed baked potatoes in all of my visits to Willie B's, which serves all kinds of barbeque.



McAllen

Blue Onion, The
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

84

The Blue Onion

925 Dove Ave.
McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 682-9884

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/26/2008

Satisfactory

So I was in the Rio Grande Valley recently and decided to try The Blue Onion at their McAllen location (they also have an original Weslaco location). I've heard good things about The Blue Onion over the years, but had never tried their food till now, and honestly, I found that I wasn't really missing anything.

I knew going into The Blue Onion that they were supposed to serve a little bit fancier food than at your normal casual dining establishment, but I really didn't know what type of cuisine I would fine, which ended up being some sort of Mediterranean vibe type of cuisine. I ended up ordering their 'shrimp and garlic pizza', which had, according to their menu, house sauce, shrimp, roasted garlic, and mozzarella. The pizza came personal sized, and it wasn't mind blowing or anything like that. There were these blobs of yellowish mushy stuff on the pizza, which I can only imagine must have been chunks of roasted garlic -- they were alright, but they had a weird texture. If I'm right and the blobs were indeed the garlic, I think I might have preferred smaller bits of garlic sprinkled throughout the pizza than have had these blobs hanging around my pizza looking blobly.

With my pizza came a house salad (which was brought to us before the pizza, so ignore the chronology of this review). The salad was a salad, made of mostly mixed greens than just the standard iceberg or romaine you get at most places. I ordered bleu cheese for my dressing and it wasn't that good. It was kind of runny and had a decidely sharper, more bitter taste than I'm used to in bleu cheese. Apparently, The Blue Onion makes all of their dressings in-house, and while I could see myself maybe some day growing to like their rendition of bleu cheese, for the purposes of my first and possibly only visit I would have preferred them to outsource their bleu cheese making.

Overall, The Blue Onion was a nice little place, but nothing mind blowing. I think I also may have had too high expectations from all of the hype and talk I’ve heard about it over the years.



Golden Corral
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

85

Golden Corral

4310 N 10th
McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 682-2774

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/28/2008

Satisfactory

Argghhhhh... I hate buffets, or least I think I used to hate them. For me, there is just something unappealing about getting food off a feed line, which in my mind is akin to eating out of a trough, which is basically a buffet in a nutshell. On the other hand, the variety a buffet offers is pretty cool, at least at good buffets. Golden Corral is a buffet, and it's not bad. It's nice to get a little bit of that, a little bit of this, repeat twenty times over, and have that be your meal. Although, I always feel cheated when I eat at a buffet, as if I never get my money's worth because I could always eat more if I wanted to, even if I'm already at my breaking point. Maybe I should do an experiment, one where I go to a buffet at the beginning of the day, and just eat and eat, and when I can't eat anymore, I go the restroom and vomit, and then eat and eat some more, vomit again, and eat and continue the cycle. Umm... I wonder if they would kick me out for that? Anyways, Golden Corral is a buffet, there was variety, I ate, but still don't feel like I got my money's worth (and I guess I never will).


Jason's Deli
Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

46

Jason's Deli

4100 North 2nd Suite 100
McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 664-2199

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/14/2008

Satisfactory

I went to a Jason's Deli and got my self a half sandwich and soup combo. The sandwich consisted of turkey, bacon, guacamole, no tomato (because of 1.) the ban on them for a salmonella outbreak and 2.) I just don't like tomato on my sandwich), all sandwiched into a croissant. The soup was French onion, with a layer of cheese on top and a layer of bread on the bottom. The meal was pretty good.

Logan's Roadhouse
Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

0 *Ground Zero*

Logan's Roadhouse

7612 N. 10th St.
N. McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 631-7344

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/23/2007

Sucks

On December 23rd, I went out with my parents and brother to Logan's Roadhouse in McAllen, Texas. There was the usual wait, but things started to go down hill when we were seated. The waiter was nice, but incompetent -- the real problem was the food and overall service.

1.) My dad ordered a bowl of chili as his entree, but as we were being served our food, the waiter apologized and informed us that they were out of chili, as, let me state again, we were being served out food. The waiter should have told us they were out of chili as he was taking our orders or shortly thereafter. Granted, the waiter might not have known himself that they were out of chili, but someone, a cook at least, should have notified him when they got our orders.

2.) My mom ordered an appetizer platter, which included celery sticks to compliment the buffalo wings, but the celery sticks were DECOMPOSING. Either they had been frozen or they were old, but the were turning to gloo.

3.) In place of the non-existent chili, my dad ordered an appetizer platter, just as my mom had did. The appetizer is supposed to come with 3 different items (my mom's did) but my dad only got 2 different items. The waiter did not say why, so we had to ask why, when we had ordered 2 of the same plates, they come back looking different. The waiter said that they ran out of one of the items, which is understandable (somewhat), but unacceptable in relation to the shitty service we also received from the restaurant as a whole.

Overall, I will never eat at a Logan's Roadhouse ever again. The waiter apologized for the service and food saying that they had just finished serving a big party, explaining why some of the food was out of stock, but still, its a restaurant, and they are supposed to be prepared for almost anything.

Shitty service and shitty food equals a bad review. No more Logan's for me, ever.

Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

0-a

Logan's Roadhouse

7612 N. 10th St.
N. McAllen, TX 78504
(956) 631-7344

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/27/2008

Satifactory

Just over a year later and I'm back at the scene of the crime -- back at the Logan's Roadhouse in McAllen, Texas. It was just over a year ago that I ate at this same restaurant and had such a horrible experience that I was driven to create this website to let the world know of my discontent. It was a year ago that I wrote "Shitty service and shitty food equals a bad review. No more Logan's for me, ever." Now I'm back at the same restaurant -- does that make me a hypocrite? I would think so, but hey, I wasn't paying, and a free meal is a free meal.

So I'm back at the scene of the crime, and I still don't like Logan's Roadhouse. The menu sucks -- it's just standard staple food akin to food you'd find at Chili's, Applebee's, TGIF's, and the rest of all of those interchangable, forgettable restaurants. I ended up ordering the salmon, with came with a baked potato and macaroni and cheese. The food was servicable, and they didn't really f*ck anything up this time, which kind of annoyed me a bit because I was just waiting for them to do something wrong so that I could rant and whine about it in this review, but alas, the staff of this restaurant was actually competent on this visit.

Overall, this visit was okay, but the restaurant, and its parent chain, just annoy me. The restaurant tries to be a roadhouse, but it's too clean and corporate to be a roadhouse, which are meant to be, while not necessarily dirty and grungy, at least genuine, while Logan's Roadhouse is just a false facsimile trying to re-create the look, feel, and atmosphere of that which is intrinsically inherent in the genuine article and non-transferable, and more importantly, non-replicable, or, well, at least not genuinely replicable. When I think of Logan's Roadhouse, in comparison to real roadhouses where the food, no matter how bad, is still good because of the ambient, historical notes of such places that have real people running them, I tend to think of the old generic foods that used to come in white packages with black lettering that let the customer know if he was buying a can of green beans or a bag of cheesy poofs (because otherwise, there was no telling) -- a person buying the generic food stuffs was well aware that he was sacrificing quality for quantity (no matter what lies you may have been told that the generic brands were just as good as the name brands, because, at least for me, that was almost never the case), which is what I feel whenever I walk into a Logan's Roadhouse, that quiet sigh and sinking feeling in the bottom of my stomach saying "f*ck me," that knowing feeling in my head that I shouldn't be encouraging these restaurants to survive by playing along with their facades, but hey, a free meal's a free meal.

Quick question, how do you know you're at a corporate place? When the manager comes around and asks if everything's alright, not out of compassion or genuine interest in your dining experience, but just so that you won't complain to her corporate masters and she'll still get her bonus or whatnot. Again, I'm ashamed with myself. When the manager came around and asked if everything was okay, I send everything was fine, when I should have just said "f*ck off, I'm trying to eat," but I did glower at her, so I guess I should get some points for that… right?



Lotus Inn
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

75

Lotus Inn

1120 N 10th St
Mcallen, TX 78501
(956) 631-2693

Head Public Restaurant Critic

10/25/2008

Satisfactory

So I went to this Oriental restaurant in South Texas called Lotus Inn and it was alright, nothing to write home about, but nothing to really complain about either. I was in a party of four, and they all ordered before me... and they all ordered the same thing -- the almond chicken. So, when our waiter finally got to me he made a lame joke about me ordering the almond chicken too, but I ended ordering the shrimp in lobster sauce. The joke kind of got on my nerves because the waiter was a bit presumptuous and a bit of dick, as if he didn't really want to be waiting on us and we were just wasting his time because he had better things to do. But besides the questionable service, the meal was alright.

My entree came with some egg drop soup, which was pretty good because the cooks put some chicken in there. My entree, shrimp and lobster sauce, was alright -- just kind of bland.

Also, one of my restaurant pet peeves is when an establishment doesn't have soda on fountain, meaning that if you order a soda, you get it in a can and there are no free refills. Lotus Inn is guilty of this.

Overall, while the food wasn't spectacular, the prices were pretty reasonable, so I guess you get what you pay for.



Texas Roadhouse
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

123

Texas Roadhouse

1224 E. Jackson Avenue
McAllen, TX 78503
(956) 682-5400

Head Public Restaurant Critic

12/24/09

Sucks!

Texas Roadhouse is a combination of all the things I hate about 'chain' restaurants. Bad food, spotty service, crazy portions, and outrageous design. After my party and I were seated, we were given complimentary bread, which was fine, but the butter that came with it, spiced with cinnamon, was not. Next, we ordered the combo appetizer, which according to their menu comes with "Chicken Critters, Tater Skins, and Rattlesnake Bites served with choice of three sauces (BBQ Sauce, Cajun Horseradish Sauce, Honey Mustard, Ranch or Sour Cream)." The chicken critters were basically chicken strips, the tater skins loaded potato skins, and the rattlesnake bites breaded cheese and jalapeno balls. The appetizers were fine, if unhealthy and not well presented, and, contrary to the menu, we were not given a choice of three sauces by our server.

For my entree I had the "Filet Medallions" which is described by their menu as "Three tender filets (9 ounces total) topped with choice of Peppercorn or Portobello Mushroom sauce and served over seasoned rice"; this entree came with a choice of two sides, of which I choose the cup of chili and the baked potato (which cost an extra dollar to get loaded). The chili came topped with red onion and cheese and looked like a pile of mud. It was alright, but it tasted a lot like the Wolf Brand chili that comes out of the can. I think I prefer the chili at Wendy's over this chili. The "seasoned rice" was over seasoned. Presentation-wise, the plate looked like it had just been thrown together. Oh, and the choice of peppercorn or portobello mushroom sauce that the menu promised? There was none, nor was I given the option of a sauce by the server.

This place is too expensive for the lazy service and food. This place sucks.



Tony Roma's
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

74

Tony Roma's

4400 N. 10th St.
McAllen, Texas 78504
(956) 682-4400

Head Public Restaurant Critic

10/24/2008

Satisfactory

You know those restaurants that try to prop up their image to be something they think customers want but underneath they're just full of shit and could care less (hint: they're normally franchise chain restaurants) Well, Tony Roma’s exemplifies that to full effect.

I went to a Tony Roma's recently and it was a pretty bland experience. First, the restaurant had this weird architecture to it -- I think they were trying to be upscale and chic, but didn't know how, like Borat wearing the 'European' swimsuit in that movie of his. Also, the interior was kind of boring -- just a big serving area with a bar in the middle.

For dinner I ordered their 'Grilled Chicken Spinach Stack', which their online menu describes as "two stacked, grilled chicken breasts straight from the open grill covered with a rich blend of four cheeses, artichoke hearts and creamy spinach. Served with rice and broccoli." It says served with rice and broccoli, but mine came with green beans and a baked potato.

The chicken was good, but the blend covering it had a crust of hard cheese on it (from being baked) that resulted in a weird texture. The green beans were decent, but they had a weird shiny skin on them, like a snake trying to shed it's skin -- honestly, this might be normal for green beans since I don't eat enough fresh ones to know better. The baked potato was good -- it's hard to mess up a baked potato, but trust me, it can be done.

The service was serviceable, for what it was. Tony Roma's tries to give you great service, but as soon as the waiters finish serving you they just go slouch around with their co-workers and give off the aura that they can't wait to get off of work, which kind of has a negative impact on the customer.

The only thing Tony Roma’s does different from other like-minded restaurants (at least the ones I’ve been to) is in handing out hot towels at the end of the meal, which is kind of like putting sprinkles on a pile of shit.

Overall, Tony Roma's was alright, but it just seems like the staff and cooks are running on auto-pilot.



Round Rock

Rudy's
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

79

Rudy's

2400 IH 35
Round Rock, TX 78681
(512) 244-2936

Head Public Restaurant Critic

11/9/2008

Satisfactory

I went to a Rudy's recently, which is a restaurant that everybody but me seems to love. Rudy's is a bar-b-q place that serves meat by the pound, and they have a lot of locations throughout Texas. As far as I know, all of the locations include a general/convenience store as adjacent (or even as a part of) the restaurant, and some locations even have gas pumps. I've never really liked Rudy's because it seems like they were going for that whole 'general store slash bar-b-q place' motif, trying to evoke the way how many general stores also served food back in the day -- I'm not against stores that do that because most of them are privately owned and its just what those stores do, sell food on the side. But when a chain restaurant tries to hijack this idea for their own purposes, with no genuinity behind it besides the basic genuinity of masked greed, that's where I start getting turned off.

So, Rudy's is a bar-b-q place trying to recreate this old time feel, which they do by placing strategically place trash like old signs and pictures everywhere to try to recreate this down to earth feeling of an old restaurant, but they fail because it just seems so fake and pandering, but apparently I'm the only one that feels this way, so there must be something wrong with me. One of the signs they had up states "You mother is not here, please clean up your own mess" which really pissed me because that insinuates that 1.) I'm not going to clean up mess; and 2.) I'm at a restaurant giving you money, please don't talk down to me.

Any way, so Rudy's sells meats by the pound, with sides in a refrigerator that you can pick up, while in line to order, to go along with your meal. I got half a pound of brisket, a fountain drink, and my party got a container of potato salad which we all shared. The brisket was fine, but I got bored of it quickly because it was just plain brisket which constituted my meal -- it left me somewhat lacking. Also, they put your meal on paper, which I guess is alright, but seriously, paper plates aren't that expensive. I hate it would restaurants do a thing an old way (like serving on paper) just to do it the old way when there are much better alternatives in the present.

But oh well. Like I said, I've been to a couple of Rudy's, but this is the first one I reviewed because it's the first one I've been to since starting this site. During my previous visits, I used to get a baked potato topped with brisket and all of the other good stuff that comes with a baked potato (cheese, butter, sour cream, etc.), which is what I tried to order on this visit, only to be stared at blankly and stupidly by the cashier who took our order. She looked at me like I was from another planet. Apparently, Rudy's doesn't serve baked potatoes, and apparently, the cashier couldn't remember a time when Rudy's had ever sold baked potatoes, so obviously, between the cashier and me, I was the stupid one, so I had to settle for half a pound of brisket which, like I noted before, severely lacked variety.

A lot of people seem to be impressed by Rudy's, but I'm not one of them. As you stand in line waiting to order, you can pick up a drink that they have on ice along the wait line. There was an old man in front of me who looked to me like he was in his seventies who picked up a bottle of Bud Light and had it nearly finished before he was able to get to the cashier to order (this was in the middle of the day on a Sunday no less). I'm thinking that guy likes Rudy's; me, not too much.



San Antonio

Chart House Restaurant
Review #

Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

103

Chart House Restaurant (Tower of the Americas)

600 HemisFair Park
San Antonio, Texas 78205
(210) 223-3101

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/21/2009

Good

I made a trip to San Antonio to eat lunch on Father's Day, but I didn't know that I was going to be eating atop one of the Tower of the Americas. The Tower of the Americas is a huge 750 foot tall building made for the express purpose of being 750 feet tall and charging people to go up that high to look out in "wonder" over San Antonio. Apparently, they also have a restaurant up there, which is part of the Chart House Restaurant chain.

The restaurant was very nice and classy, which shouldn't have surprised me once I opened up the menu and saw the prices. But, the restaurant was classy, which is a nice change of pace from the places I normally go to, and the service was top notch. The other nice thing about the restaurant is that it rotates, so as you're eating your meal atop of this huge 750 foot structure with windows for walls, you get a nice panoramic view of San Antonio, which was cool.

For an appetizer, we got lobster spring rolls, which were good -- I just wish they had more lobster. For my beverage, I had pomegranate green tea, but all I could taste was the pomegranate. For my entree, I had the "Snapper Hemingway", which is described as "parmesan and cracker encrusted snapper sauteed and topped with jumbo crab and shallot butter, rice pilaf", which, unsurprisingly, was very good (and I write unsurprisingly because I would have been very very surprised if it had sucked, given the $30 price tag). All in all, a great meal at a great restaurant with a great view with impeccable service, ...which of course is also reflective of the price tag. If I won the lottery, or god forbid, actually make money off of this piece of shit website, I would eat there a lot. But I haven't won the lottery and I don't make any money off of this site, so oh well. If wishes were horses (I don't even know what that means, or even if it's a real saying, but I think I heard it somewhere once, although I probably mutilated it, but oh well, when in Rome right? right...?).



Stone Werks
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Location

Reviewer

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81

Stone Werks

7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd.
San Antonio, Texas 78209
(210) 828-3508

Head Public Restaurant Critic

11/28/2008

Sucks!

So I went to a Stone Werks restaurant in San Antonio and my first impression is that they need to learn to spell. I know they mean 'Stone Works', but I guess they decided to use 'Stone Werks' instead to try and be hip and gangsta or something like that. I even checked the Webster's New College Dictionary (2007 edition) and neither 'werk' nor 'werks' have entries, although in my research I did find that the definition of "whatchamacallit" is 'THINGAMAJIG' (their uppercase, not mine), so I guess all was not lost.

So my family and I went to this restaurant and it looked pretty good -- it had both outdoor and indoor seating areas (we elected to eat indoors) and was sparsely, but nicely, decorated with white Christmas lights and other subtle decorations. While I was looking at their menu, my brother, who had been to this restaurant before, said that he was going to order one of their specials, which was a small pizza and a salad for around $10. At a restaurant (I presumed) as nice as this, I didn't want to try their salad or pizza -- I wanted something more substantial, something I couldn't easily get elsewhere, so I went with their 'Crawfish Stuffed Salmon with Champagne Cream Sauce' which their menu describes as 'Atlantic salmon filet stuffed with our crawfish tail stuffing, broiled and topped with a champagne cream sauce. Served with roasted Yukon gold wedges and sautéed vegetables'. I thought I was going to have an awesome meal.

When our food was brought to us, the salmon stuffed with the crawfish looked and tasted pretty good, but the potatoes and vegetables were inedible. The potatoes were black and shriveled, obviously either over cooked or left sitting out too long, or both. The vegetables were just plain cold, meaning they had just been sitting around for awhile waiting for someone to order them (e.i., me). I was hugely disappointed with the side items and, at the same time, I was hugely impressed by the audacity of the restaurant to actually serve this crappy food and not expect to be called out on it.

In the end, I realized that if I ever visit this restaurant again, I'm getting the $10 salad and pizza, which looked (both taste and economic wise) so much better than the dish I had ordered, which I had originally thought would kick the salad's and pizza's collective ass, but alas, I admit defeat. What a disappointment.



San Marcos

Bennigan's
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

59

Bennigan's

4025 I-H 35 South
San Marcos, TX 78666
(512) 392-5511

Head Public Restaurant Critic

7/31/2008

Sucks!

No wonder Bennigan's shut down most of their stores, this restaurant chain sucks.

My friend and I decided to eat at one of the few Bennigan's restaurants still open because we didn't know when the next opportunity to eat at a Bennigan's would be, if ever. So we ate at Bennigan's, and it sucked.

I ordered a chipotle burger, and it sucked. The hamburger patty was falling off the bottom bun when I got it and I had to put it back in place with my fork. The cheese was half on the patty, half off. The only thing 'chipotle' about the burger were like 3 pieces of caramelized onions. And they were pretty stingy with the fries too.

The service sucked. We had a male waiter serve us, and he was just very pushy throughout our entire meal. My friend and I were undecided on what we wanted to eat because we couldn't find anything good to eat because the Bennigan's menu sucks, and the waiter just kept naming dishes saying they were all good hoping me and my friend would just pick something he said so that he could go off and put our order in. When we finally got our meal, it sucked. Then, half way through our meal, the waiter is already asking us if we want dessert, half way through our meal! When we said we didn't want dessert, he just plopped down the bill on our table -- half way through our meal! The waiter was just too pushy and kept rushing me and my friend, I guess to get us out the door so that he could seat, and collect the tips of, more people.

Overall, Bennigan's sucks. Don't eat there. And you might not even have the option of eating there anymore if they shut down the rest of them. Good riddance.



Selma

Papouli's Greek Grill
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Restaurant

Location

Reviewer

Date

Rating

47

Papouli's Greek Grill

8250 Agora Parkway, Suite 120
Selma, Texas 78154
(210) 659-2244

Head Public Restaurant Critic

6/16/2008

Good

I was in San Antonio with a family member of mine when we decided to eat at a Panda Express. As we approached the restaurant we noticed a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant next door, which, after the flip of a coin, we decided to eat at over Panda Express. I ordered a gyro, which with the purchase of you had the option of also getting a salad and drink for three dollars more. I was going to get a drink anyway, which where priced at a dollar and a half or so, so I decided to get the salad too at what would be the additional cost of a dollar and some change.

I'm pretty glad I decided to get the salad, as it was huge. The gyro was also of a hefty size, but I was surprised by how big the salad was, as I was just expecting a small side salad. I'm not a big eater and I hate wasting food, so I ate as much of the salad as I could. thereby saving the gyro to take home, which would be impractical with the salad.

Overall, I'm glad we didn't eat at Panda Express.


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