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rphillips77stl wrote about Upper Crust Pizza and Patio Wine Bar
First off I would like to say that the food (pizza) and the wait-staff are great! The pizza is the one craving my wife had all throughout pregnancy - and it really is that good. I come from an Italian family from St. Louis that has a ton of good eats in the Italian arena and this pizza could compete with the best!! BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT!!!! The owner is poor form! He for whatever reason has a double standard! If you are in the bar area you feel like family - but - if you are in the dining room you can't take advantage of any of the food specials!!! Now I get why you can't have kids in the bar area - I'm an advocate for that - I can even come to terms with why drink specials are only available in the bar area - BUT when it comes to food specials, and you can't take part in the food specials to try and save a few bucks is ridiculous!! My wife and I just started our family and it’s hard enough with all of the extra expenses that come with having a new born, that this owner thinks that it is okay to segregate families from the food specials just from the simple fact that they aren't allowed in the bar area to order it. I am ashamed of this owner - especially because when you go in the restrooms - baby infant pictures are over each of the stalls!! I don't get it - why do they promote a family environment - but yet they try and price gauge the family. Horrible values - and the fact that he is a family man warring a Pinnacle High School polo the day I confronted him makes me think of how big of a hypocrite he really is. My hope is that he takes a hard look at his rules for utilizing the specials as unfortunately my wife loves the pizza more then I dislike this owner business decisions. None the less - I hope this owner reads this post and realizes he is making a poor "UNethical" decisions and changes his stance. Randy Phillips
Danali wrote about Julio G's Mexican Restaurant
First of all, your price rating is wrong for Julio G's. This is more like a 2 star- $4.99- $12.99, very affordable. Best flautas (I order chicken) in Phx. Whenever I have ordered flautas at other mexican restaurants, they have been skimpy on the meat, dry and non descript- boring plain. Not so with Julio G's, they are plump and have lots of guac and sour cream plus side lettus. My husband's favorite is the Sour Cream Beef Enchaladas. The service is fast and friendly. Actually everything on the menue is good. Julio G's is a cute, and cozy restaurant. We have been taking our company there for many years.
ahotmedic wrote about Petite Maison
Felt like our group was on “Restaurant Stakeout” or we were being Punk’d!!! Seriously, I kept looking around for cameras and mics… and wondered when Ashton or Willie would show up! OUR GROUP HAS NEVER EXPERIENCED SERVICE LIKE THIS in HIGHER-END RESTAURANTS!! We consider ourselves FOODIES, we wine and dine physician’s all the time!!! So I have to say that our group knows a little something about an overall dining experience!!!! Went there on a friend’s recommendation and we were DISSAPPOINTED… to say the LEAST!!! Waiter was completely unprofessional and absolutely DID NOT KNOW THE MENU (this is server 101). He forgot some of our appetizers, a glass wine and dessert orders!! He was so awful... the hostess kept helping him bus our table and she kept apologizing for everything… and she never did anything wrong... Other than bus tables!! (Not something I like to see in a higher-end restaurant.) The Manager came out to speak to us…not on our request, btw. Guess someone must’ve overheard our table conversations. He apologized and comped us our undelivered appetizer, wine and dessert…that was nice of him…Really?!?! I didn't think we were supposed to get charged for meals or drinks we never received. Oh, did I mention he never brought out our missing dessert… but gave us our bill instead! Thanks for kicking us out!! Then to make matters worse… the Chef showed up and apologized for the waiter and practically thru him under the bus…Another unprofessional move!!! I was so upset after all of our experience up to that point…. That I didn't even want to bring up the really fishy bouillabaisse, average chicken and the awful braised short ribs (needed a steak knife for this one). Oh, and their online menu on the day of dining is not the same as the one they give you there! I understand changing menu, but if you are placing the menu online… why not keep up with the most current one!?!?!?! NEVER AGAIN will we dine here and ALL OF MY FRIENDS WILL KNOW ABOUT THIS experience!!!!!! Unfortunately for us, it wasn't just the server we were disappointed with…. our food, the Manager’s response and the Chef/Owner Porter's overall complete lack of professionalism... completed the AWFUL dining experience. I really wished the online reviews had met our expectations... but our whole group was completely disappointed, from beginning to end, with our overall service and meal experience!!! We were all really hoping that we’d be stopped on our way out the door to let us know that we were being filmed for a TV episode, because it sure felt like one!!!
rosinlarry wrote about Bourbon St. Grill
The food was great and I invited some of the people I met there if they liked Cajun music, and I told them us Hurricajuns would be laying in the future if we could get another gig, well we have, and if anyone who wants to dance perform with us or just listen; we will be at the Gaslight Inn 5745 W. Glendale Ave. historic downtown this Saturday from 7;00 to 10:00 Pm, no cover and families and kids are welcome.
BolivianRockstar wrote about La Piccola Cucina
Wow... Where to begin. I always try to frequent neighborhood eateries and I drove all the way from the Goodyear area to spend my money here at this dump of a restaurant. I bought a DealChicken voucher ($15 for $30.00 worth FOOD AND DRINK). Andy Pappas' (owner) website: www.andyslpc.com reads: HAPPY HOUR Mon-Sat 2pm - 5pm. First of all, who offers happy hour that ends at 5pm when most people are getting off of work at that time. Second, the webpage shows they are open Friday and Saturday 10am - 9am. That's just sloppy. So today, 04-18-12, my girlfriend gets there at about 4:45pm and is told by the nice lady who works there that they don't have a happy hour which my girlfriend reveals to me at 4:55pm when I get there. Keep in mind, there is no one else in the restaurant at this time. Anyhow, Andy Pappas brings out the bottle of wine my gf ended up buying because they DO NOT offer the $5 wines happy hour special. So I ask Andy if they have happy hour specials and he proceeds to tell me, "that DealChicken Coupon isn't good for that." Hmmm, not what I asked, Andy. So I rephrase it in a manner that he may understand: "Ok, I will only use the coupon for dinner and pay out of pocket for the happy hour special you advertise online, okay?" This time, Andy tells me he doesn't have a happy hour. When confronted with the fact that his website states he does, he tells me he doesn't offer that and the coupon is only for food. Among other things, the coupon states it is for both FOOD AND DRINK and the fine print reads: MERCHANT WILL ABIDE BY GIFT CERTIFICATE STATE LAWS. Andy then asks me what I want him to do, so I tell him I want him to honor his online advertisement for his happy hour special which I will pay for aside of the coupon. He then tells me it is now 5 o'clock so happy hour is over. I thought you just told me you don't have a happy hour, Andy. With that, I tell my gf we're out of here and I tell Andy he can serve his open bottle of wine to someone else and inform him he is engaging in false advertising. I also point out the time error (10am to 9am) which he responds by yelling, 'SO WHAT!?!?!" and accussing me of trying to run a scam on him. REALLY?!?!? What an idiot! Short of name calling and swearing, Andy starts yelling and getting in my face. Unfortunately, he drew me into an argument in front of one other lady and the kind lady from earlier. He yelled at me to get out of his restaurant (Ha! We were alredy leavig) and pass by other DealChicken customers who are on their way in. I tried to warn the couple on my way out, but Andy ushered them in and threatened to call the cops on me for speaking my mind. Again, really?!?!? I guess Andy's business is doing so well that he asked two customers to leave all because the little man couldn't admit he was wrong and follow the rules. Instead, we went to Switch where we spend $100.00. Andy's loss....
rosin_mark wrote about C4 Martini and Wine Bar
I was nice enough to switch a table I had for four that my wife and I were seated at for a side table when a group of four came in and had to be separated. Both tables ordered at the same time. There food came immediately. We waited patiently because it was busy. When the table of four was almost finished with their meal we asked the waiter for our food. He snapped at us that it was coming (the waiter was a late 30's aged man about 5'6" with a nice pair of RayBan glasses). We didn't respond again thinking it was crowded. He returns to our table shortly and asks us if we want more wine. We responded that we would wait till our food arrived. When the food arrived(a Caesar salad and Prosciutto and peach bruschetta) we ordered more wine. The table that we gave away had already been cleared and was enjoying desert. My wife had to return the bruschetta. It was more like two large pieces of bread with spread and a slab of meat thrown on it( not the excellent bruschetta of the past). My Caesar salad was fine. Definitely not the fine menu that had been available at c4 in our past visits. We declined to order entrees for obvious reasons. Questions: 1) Why did it take so long for a Caesar salad and a bruschetta that was obviously thrown together with little care? 2) What happened to the prompt, considerate service that we were used to in the past. It seemed like this establishment is taking that slide that many businesses do after obtaining initial success. ps: I left the 20% gratuity. Maybe I shouldn't have, but there were other staff working as well as the obtuse waiter with the Ray Ban glasses.
matadorlover wrote about Matador Restaurant
Everyone here is very family oriented being that it is owned by a family. oddly enough they are greek owners who really know the mexican culture and can create great authentic food. The service is quick and the employees are friendly like they have known you forever. they really make it a treat to come downtown and enjoy the convenience of being near first friday events, the herberger, orpheum, convention center, chase ballpark, and even amc. they have great prices, especially for lunch hour which offer a variety of meals to serve anyones needs.. all around a great landmark that has been here for over 30 years and still running to be one of the best mexican restaurant in the phoenix area
SandyCitizen wrote about Hillside Spot
After waiting at least 10 minutes to be seated, a waitress finally made eye contact with me and instead of telling us directly that there are no seats available (which is understandable when it's busy...) she proceeds to SCREAM at the top of her lungs "NO MORE SEATING... DON'T SEAT ANYONE FOR 15 MINUTES!!! Really? Is this your idea of customer service? It's terrible. Fortunately, however, there are plenty of other restaurants in the immediate area who will be happy to take our money and give great service in return. We won't be back.
ditay wrote about Bonefish Grill
I strongly disagree the comments about Bonefish Grill, and no I do not work there. I find the small menu unintimidating. I hate restaurants where it takes half hour to decipher the menu. The have a great happy hour, the food is great even if the choices are limited. Their "Bang Bang" shrimp dish is fabulous, the salmon salad is the best I've ever had and the sauteed shrimp and scallops with a pan-asian sauce is to die for. They have a great burger and pretty good deserts too. I love, love, love it.
skinnerjillian wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
The chips were excellent and lightly salted, crisp and warm. The Carne Asada Taco Plate arrived with 3 corn tortillas filled with Carne Asada meat. The meat was flavorful and tender. The tacos were messy to eat but otherwise delicious. The plate came with beans and rice as well. Everything arrived hot and plates were appropriately heated. The Lite Taco Rito was excellent, the best 400 calories we have ever tasted. The tortilla was filled with beans and covered with light cheese. There was a good helping of salad which was lightly dusted with cheese on the side. The plate was hot and the food tortilla was hot. The Apple Chimi was large and was definitely a good value. There were 2 chimi's filled with apple filling and deep fried. The filling the wonderful and hot - it was a great way to end our meal especially with the side scoop of ice cream, whipped cream on top and light dusting of cinnamon.
markleavy wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
The chips were warm and crisp. The salsa had a nice light flavor of cilantro and had finely chopped tomatoes and onion. The Iced Tea was cold, refreshing and tasted fresh brewed. The Beef Fajitas were delicious. The vegetables were lightly sauteed and remained slightly crisp. The beef was tender, flavorful and the portion was quite ample, accompanied by sour cream, guacamole and chopped tomatoes. The rice was dry, the beans creamy and they added to the overall enjoyment of the meal. The Burrito Fundido was filled with shredded beef which was very moist. The creamy cheese sauce was slightly spicy and covered the burrito well. The rice and beans were also quite delicious. The Fried Ice Cream was a great end to a delicious meal. The ice cream had a crunchy shell and was drizzled with fresh honey. There was plenty of fresh whipped cream on top. The entire meal from start to finish was both delicious and very satisfying.
mizztin wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
The Frozen House Margarita was cold and frosty and the Coffee fresh and hot. The chips were warm and fresh and the salsa was also fresh and mildly spicy. The Beef Chimi was very large and had a generous amount of sauce and sour cream on top and was excellent. The Spinach Enchilada dinner was almost enough for two and also had great flavor. It was covered with ample sauce and cheese. The sauce was mild. It also came with beans and rice and both were equally enjoyable. The Apple Chimi was delicious and enough for two. The dough was flaky and the apple filling was hot and delicious and covered with a generous amount of whipped cream and ice cream. Overall, the food was excellent and we would not hesitate to go back.
JesseGirl23 wrote about Fuzzy's Southwest Sports Bar and Grill
First off, I have NEVER felt so strongly about bad service but this experience has lead me to my first internet review :( Worst service ever! Waited for JUST chips and salsa for an hour then the waitress wanted to argue with us about why people who ordered MEALS after us got their food first...honestly? We weren't rude about our inquiry of why we hadn't received our food but she felt the need to "set us straight". Thanks for the memory Fuzzy's.....Unfortunately this is only a small part of the bad service and unenjoyable atmosphere I, and the rest of my party, experienced.
rodis58 wrote about The Codfather
My husband and I were trying to decide what to eat and we wanted Fish and Chips. We thought were was a Long John Silvers on Bell and it was no longer there. We kept driving on Bell to find another one we thought was further down the road. We couldn't get Fish and Chips out of our minds. We drove and Codfathers and turned about thinking we would try it. It was fabulous! We have been back a couple of times already within in the past month. The Fish was tender and full of flavor. The chips were great. We also had the zucchini and WOW it was incredible. We are looking forward to going back again really soon, especially now that my stomach is growling.
mwildmann wrote about The Codfather
We first learned of the Codfather through on of the discounted social coupon sites. We had a $25 dollar certificate to spend so we gathered another couple and headed into town from Anthem. Not sure what to expect....we ordered a variety of items and shared so that we could try several items. We had fish (cod and haddock), shrimp, salmon cake onion ring and chips. All were very good. The Codfather is not a fancy place, counter service and picnic tables it the restaurant area and small tables in the bar...there may be wait staff in the bar we did not explore that far. It was great no hassle easy fun dining. We enjoyed the meal and we will plan to return. Thanks.
tcanner wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
Chips were crispy and tasted fine with just the right amount of salt. The salsa was fresh and spicy and had a good consistency. The Beef Chimi with beans, rice, guacamole, salad and Pico de Gallo was served piping hot. The chimi was a good sized portion. The shredded beef inside was authentic tasting and moist. The soft tortilla was neatly wrapped and had a good amount of cheese melted on top. The beans were fresh and tasted authentic as did the rice. The rice was a little dry, but tasty. The guacamole was mild and fresh tasting, and the Pico de Gallo was fresh, cool, nice and spicy. The Shredded Beef Tacos were enjoyable. The shells were crispy and the beef was good. Rice and beans were ordered with it and were similarly prepared. The Sopapillas were visually appealing and delivered with chocolate, caramel and honey dips, a mountain of whipped cream, and a cherry. They were lightly sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. The taste was delicious, crispy on the outside and doughy on the inside. We could taste the sugar and cinnamon in every bite. The soft drinks were ice cold and well carbonated.
justifyjoe wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
The Iced Tea was ice cold and smooth. Our server kept the glass filled. The SOS Peach Margarita was very tasty and smooth. The chips were crisp and fresh, but the salsa had lots of kick. The Combo #1 had a Cheese Enchilada with the cheese flowing out when we cut into the enchilada. It was a very cheesy taste. The Beef Taco had a good portion of beef. The Tamale was excellent with a nice texture and not spicy and the Burrito Fundido was excellent. When asked if it was spicy, our server said it was pretty mild but suggested getting the cream cheese jalapeño sauce on the side. We appreciated that. The Apple Chimi was ordered for dessert. It was warm and delicious with ice cream on the side. Overall, we very much enjoyed our drinks and meal and the dining experience was very nice. The food was good and the staff was friendly. We would definitely consider eating at Top Shelf again.
justifyjoe wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
The Mini Appetizer Entree was wonderful and filling. The Mini Tacos, Flautas and Chimi's were filled with chicken. The Mini Tostada's were crisp and loaded with beans, cheese and lettuce. The Pollo Fundido was very tasty. It was filled with a spicy juicy chicken mixture wrapped in a flour tortilla and deep fried. It was served with rice and beans. The Chocolate Cheesecake Chimi was great. It was a chocolate flour tortilla wrapped around a smooth cheesecake filling, then deep fried. The Cheesecake Chimi was drizzled with honey and served with whipped cream. Yum!
noahhunter wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
We really enjoyed our recent visit. Tacos were perfectly crispy with fresh toppings. The sauce on the Burrito Fundido was very good and creamy, but there wasn't too much. The burrito was hot throughout. All the food was well presented on the plates. The soft drinks were cold and well carbonated. The Deep Fried Ice Cream had whole flakes. The ice cream was presented beautifully with nice dollops of whipped cream and sprinkled cinnamon. Everyone enjoyed the ice cream very much.
azfannow wrote about Top Shelf Mexican Food
The Mexican Pizza looked wonderful! It was filled with lots of cheese, meat, olives, onions and tomatoes. The thin crust was a toasted tortilla, and it was great! It was extremely tasty and the temperature was perfect. Then we received our meal! The amount of food was just amazing! The Taco Salad was filled with lots of meat, tomatoes, lettuce, and olives, and there was a nice sized piece of tomato sitting on top. The taco shell was delicious. The Chicken Fajita was yummy. The pieces of chicken were smothered in a sauce with peppers and onions. The beans were covered with cheese, and the rice was cooked to perfection. The flour tortillas were wrapped in foil and were warm to the touch. We really enjoyed all of our food. We don’t always like beans, but these beans were very tasty.