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  • 565 NW 24th St
    Miami, FL 33127
    Vereinigte Staaten
    5.0 Sterne
    16.11.2014
    1 Check-In

    So now I've left Miami.  And now this place shows up?  Is that fair?  Is it?

    Awesome place.  Great beer selection and great beer.  Love the Porter which, apparently is award winning.  Love the IPA, the Stiglitz and the Father Francisco.  Loved them all.

    As if it couldn't get any better, the atmosphere is great.  The room is furnished with picnic tables occupied by friendly people playing board games.  Even better, last time I was there, live music.  A two piece group that played pretty decent Trans-am-like music.  Plus, the parking is easy and there's a food truck right outside.

    The only downside it the limited bathroom bandwidth.  Great place!  Keep it up!

  • 2.0 Sterne
    16.11.2014
    1 Check-In
    Aufgelistet in Burgerville

    Been here three times.  That's like the pretty fair amount of times for a review, I think.  I don't always do that but I can be proud of it when I do, right?

    This place seems all about the toppings.  Burgers topped with every ingredient you can think of under the sun.  That's fine.  I mean that's fine, as long as a restaurant doesn't lose sight of the important bits: the beef.

    Each visit was decent, I suppose.  It's a nice location.  The staff has been friendly, if a bit harried.  I can't really seriously recommend the burgers though; not as good solid burgers.  The last time I came, my burger was more on the rare side than medium rare and it gave me a good chance to examine the beef.  Not that great.  Definitely not in frozen patty form but I get the sense that it was previously frozen at some point.  The consistency, texture and flavor were suspect.

    420 burger?  Burger with peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas (the king burger)?  All of that is fine but you can't serve me sub-par beef at a gourmet burger restaraunt... at least you can't and expect better than a 2-star rating.  I might go back again just to try the king burger but for the most part, BBC has had it's chance.

  • 2310 Massachusetts Ave
    Cambridge, MA 02140
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    16.11.2014

    I'll admit, I was scared of Frank's.  I'll also admit that I've, unfortunately, gotten used to the idea that to get a good steak you have to spend good money.

    But there I was, no food in the house, no desire to make a big event out of dinner and there was Frank's; within walking distance.

    I was recently remarking to a friend that beer has come a long way and it's as if Allagash White is the Miller High Life of Boston.  It seems to be something of a standard for those that aren't looking for anything unique.  People still don't drink Miller and Bud, do they?

    Back to reality, son.  They do at Frank's.  You know what else they do at Frank's?  Eat $15 NY Strips.  Fifteen dollars!!  There are a lot of places you can't get the cheapest pasta dish for $15.  So yeah, I was a little scared.  With steaks at some places easily crossing and leaving behind the half-century price mark, how good can a $15 steak be?

    Well I still don't know because I had the $23 15oz ribeye.  And it's pretty good.  And by pretty good, I mean really good.  Sure, it's not grass-fed, local farm, massaged, pampered cattle but still, pretty tasty.  My cut was cooked a perfect medium rare as I requested.

    The service was friendly and attentive at the bar.  The potatoes were potatoes and the glazed carrots were a little cold.  Wasn't there for the carrots.

    I had a mediocre glass of Mondavi Cab and a heavy pour of B&B to round it all out and my bill came to... forty bucks.  Can't beat it.

    To wrap it up, I'll add that this is a local, neighborhood place.  Take it for what it is.  It's not a "foodie" restaurant, it's just a good place.  Don't approach it with food snobbery but instead revel in the down to earth goodness and pricing.  You just might enjoy yourself and leave happy, like I did.

  • Zo
    3 Center Plz
    Boston, MA 02108
    Vereinigte Staaten
    2.0 Sterne
    24.10.2014

    I feel like it's been so long since I've had a decent Gyro.  Although, no.  I had a good one in Indiana at King Gyro yelp.com/biz/king-gyros-… and I also had a great one in NYC a couple of months ago.

    So seeing Zo around the corner from the office made me feel the dread of another 10 pounds an 2" around the waist.  Unfortunately (or luckily), Zo didn't deliver on either of the two occasions on which I visited.  Both times the meat they served was from the line and not off of the rotisserie.  Consequently, both times, the meat was somewhat dry and mediocre.

    I was hoping that the first time was a fluke but no... I'm thinking about those Gyro kits from the freezer section of the grocery store.  I don't know why I thought of those just now.  Meh.

  • 5.0 Sterne
    3.10.2014 Aktualisierter Beitrag
    2 Check-Ins
    Aufgelistet in Sushi Tour

    SushiSamba seems to have cleaned the place up a bit since my last visits.  Not that it was bad before but now it's even nicer.  I ended up here after walking out of Matsuri yelp.com/biz/matsuri-cor… and then trying to go to Potbelly Sushi and then Doraku at 3pm on a Thursday.  SushiSamba had the right combination of being a sushi place, being clean AND being open for food!

    And boy am I glad.

    No smell inside this restaurant.  Nice clean decor and nice new menus.  The place looks inviting and upscale.

    I love sushi.  I really do.  I love it so much that I sometimes subject myself to grocery store or all-you-can-eat sushi.  That sushi isn't even the same food as what they serve at SushiSamba.

    I had the Hamapeno Roll and the Sushi sampler and all of it was delicious.  The kind of melt-in-your-mouth sushi that reminds me why I love sushi so much.  Just excellent.  Places like Bond Street, Nobu and NAOE (Kevin Corey rocks!!) are different but I can't fault Sushisamba at all in what it serves because the sushi they delivered was top shelf.

    4.0 Sterne
    17.7.2009 Vorheriger Beitrag
    Walking up to this place, it doesn't seem like anything I'd ever like.  A little loud, maybe a… Weiterlesen
  • 5759 Bird Rd
    Coral Terrace, FL 33155
    Vereinigte Staaten
    1.0 Sterne
    3.10.2014
    1 Check-In
    Aufgelistet in Sushi Tour

    I'm not a fan of one star reviews made by people that haven't actually had the food but let me tell you why this isn't the "I waited too long to get in" or "they don't deliver to my house" one star review.

    I came here for lunch to meet a friend.  He was a few minutes behind me so I got a table and went to the rest room.  The first thing I noticed was how neglected and dirty the bathroom was.  As I walked back to my table the smell of the place enveloped me and I noticed that the restaurant just wasn't that clean in general.

    I promised myself a long time ago that I wouldn't eat at a sushi place that smelled and that's just what I didn't do.  I can imagine what the sushi would have been like.  Even if they had brought out 5-star sushi (which I doubt), the smell would have tainted the flavor of the meal.

    This isn't so much a review as a message to the people running the restaurant: your restaurant stinks and suffers from neglect.  The staff wasn't exactly on point either as the waitress slouched over, dropped the plastic lined menus and asked if I would like something to drink.  On the other hand, maybe she wanted to see if I would like the dirty plate she was holding?  My guess would be absentee or uncaring owners and the trickle down effect of indifference.

    It looks like it was once nice but it doesn't seem to have been nice for a while judging from the look of things.  I've seen cleaner truck stops and I would not have considered eating sushi at the truck stop, much less your restaurant.

  • 5.0 Sterne
    18.6.2014
    Erster Beitrag

    Brought my BMW K1200RS here to fix what another mechanic did wrong.  My first time here.  It was my second stop after the BMW dealer.  BMW needs to fix everything and they have to replace with new parts, and not just repair.  Even the BMW service guy said it was a bad idea to leave my bike there.  My bike needs a lot of things right now.

    But the only thing I really needed this time was to have the shake in the front wheel fixed. I just had new tires installed by a lesser mechanic.  I thought it was the balance since I didn't see any weights on the wheel but when I brought it to Moto-Tech, we discussed it and I was convinced I was wrong, because the shake didn't get worse with speed.  So we sat there and he pondered.

    BMW was ready to rebuild my forks but at Moto-Tech, he applied reason, observation and troubleshooting and quickly figured out that the bead had set wrong, causing the tires to be elliptical when they rotated.

    It's rare to find a mechanic that can intelligently analyze a problem and apply the right fix.  My dad was a mechanic.  I've spent a lot of time in garages.  In the end, the MotoTech solution worked beautifully.  He probably spent over an hour on me and worked while I waited.  I was happy to pay an amount that was less than I would have paid elsewhere.  I also have the feeling that if you're a little tight on cash that he'll take it easy on you but don't hold me to that, just an impression.

  • 3304 Calumet Ave
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Vereinigte Staaten
    2.0 Sterne
    8.5.2014
    Aufgelistet in Burgerville

    The core menu item for a burger place called "Burgerhaus" should be the burger.  The core ingredient in a burger is the ground beef.  A burger place needs to have great ground beef.  

    I remember the last time I was at Cheeseburger Baby about two months ago.  yelp.com/biz/cheeseburge…   It's kind of a dive.  The service is spotty.  The atmosphere is hit and miss but... the beef, the beef, the beef, the beef.

    As for Burgerhaus, the fried pickles were excellent.  The place was nice.  The service was good.  The beer list was pretty good.  The bun was decent.  The fries were good.  

    But none of that matters when you don't have the BEEF.  It was strange to me that their standard temperature is "medium well."  What kind of burger place recommends medium well?  Not one that has fresh, not frozen, deliciously seasoned BEEF.  But this one doesn't and they do.

    Still, I ordered my burger medium, at least.  And still, the temp was more like medium well and if you haven't guessed already, the beef just wasn't that good, probably frozen, absolutely not fresh.  I still taste that stale meat flavor in my mouth.  Blech.  Such a disappointment.  For the price of these burgers.

  • $ Pizza
    1689 Morthland Dr
    Valparaiso, IN 46385
    Vereinigte Staaten
    4.0 Sterne
    5.5.2014
    Aufgelistet in Pizza!

    Wow.  I have to review now because I just rifled through a medium, thin Verona Special.  Delicious.  What a great pizza.  Solid.  Great crispy crust, extra thin.  Good amounts of cheese.  Good tasting and browning cheese.  The sausage was a little spicy, in a good way.  I would be very surprised if it was brought in.

    More cheese than Gelsosomo's but not as much as Tony's.  Best crust of the three.  Sausage equal to Tony's but different.  Most subdued sauce of the three, but it worked well.  Overall a great package, a high quality and tasty pizza.

    On the other hand, the deep dish pizza was just bad.  Too much dough and chewy at that.  A perfect example of what non-Chicago people think is deep dish.  Big chunks of hard to chew crust at the edges.  The sauce was more prominent and it couldn't carry the pie.  Not a good showing.

    Also, the phone ordering process is a bit chaotic and I got the last, thin crust pizza in about 1:40 instead of the promised 1 hour.  Still, I'm not going to bitch about the delivery time of an awesome meal; within reason.

    The website sucks and I still haven't figured out why my total is 18 and change, more than five dollars more than the menu price.

    For awesome, thin crust, Chicago style pizza, four stars.  I can forgive a lot if you give me that.

  • $$ Pizza
    2605 Laporte Ave
    Valparaiso, IN 46383
    Vereinigte Staaten
    3.0 Sterne
    27.4.2014
    Aufgelistet in Pizza!

    I have a sense that I'm going to have trouble reviewing area pizzas, just having moved back from Miami.  I think almost any area pizza is going to be better than almost every Miami pizza.  I was ordering from Domino's as a decent option for pizza in Miami, for heaven's sake.

    I'm kind of going through a pizza frenzy.  I'm going to find the best area pizza even if I have to eat a hundred of them.

    As predicted, I ordered a SMO medium thin crust and I thought it was great.  The sauce is a little sweet and it blends well with the oregano flavor.  The crust is nice and crispy but mine was a little burnt at one edge.

    Since I can't compare local pizzas to Florida, I have to compare them against each other.  So far, in Valpo, Tony's and Gelsosomo's.  The thing about Gelsosomo's is that it had *much* less cheese.  Maybe that's your thing?  Not mine.  I like all the cheese.  I used to describe Chicago-style thin-crust to the ignorant (New York style pizza eaters) by explaining that you can't eat one of 'em without a knife and fork until it cools a little and the cheese sets.  

    "What? You can't fold it over??"  

    "Shut up, now."

    This sparing cheese puts Gelsosomo's under Tony's on my scale but I can't say that Gelsosomo's is bad.  It also means that Gelsosomo's is more expensive because cheese is one of the more expensive ingredients and one of the ingredients that are going to fill you up.  I can eat more Gelsosomo's at a sitting before my sides are splitting.  If Gelsosomo's were in Miami it would be 5-stars and I would be there every day.  Since it's not, 3-stars, not bad, and I'll probably order again.

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  • Super Autor

    I couldn't agree more! :)

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    Y, beer alows for more free flowing of ideas!  Thx!

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