Let's start with the good (there isn't much). It was pretty quiet, there is a balcony and the wi-fi was pretty fast.
Now onto the bad:
- stains on everything (and I mean EVERYTHING!)
- pock-marked meth addict for a front desk receptionist
- no shampoo (that is right.....they were TOO CHEAP to provide shampoo!!!!). I will normally bring my own shampoo if I am planning on staying a while, but we were only there for one night, so I didn't even bother. Of course, we don't realize this until we decide to actually take a shower and end up needing to use their crappy soap to wash the lake out of our hair. We figured they just forgot it, but when my friend asked the cleaning lady the next day if she had any, she said no.
- TV gets like 4 channels and the picture was of poor quality.....basically you couldn't give this thing away at a thrift store
- the screen door going out to to the patio was constantly falling off its track
- the sliding glass door would NOT lock!!!!! Thats right......anyone could have broken into our hotel room at ANY point.
- there was broken TV sitting out in the hallway right outside our door the entire time
- the cleaning caddy for the housekeeping staff sat in the hallway the entire time just on the other side of our door.
- the hallways were dark, dimly lit and were just depressing and creepy. An asylum would be more welcoming than this place.
- the walls were dirty, the ceiling stained and the carpets threadbare.....inside and outside the room.
- the carpet on steps looked like it hadn't been vacuumed in 40 years
- there were giant burn holes in my blanket and it was completely stained throughout.....I wouldn't give this to a homeless person to sleep with!!!
It was just awful. I understand that it was a good deal for Lake Tahoe, but this place was worst than most hostels I have stayed at in third world countries......I am NOT exaggerating! Also last I checked, shampoo costs the same whether you are charging $30 a night or $110 a night, and I have never gone without shampoo at a crappy motel 6 before....just sayin'. There also is no excuse for the abject filth that was present throughout. It boils down to sheer laziness. Same reasoning goes for the housekeeping caddy and broken tv left out in the hallway.
If you absolutely CANNOT afford a better hotel, then take the risk, but if you can afford an extra $50, for the love of god, spend it!
Perfectly adequate burger stand. Nicely charred flat patties with all the typical fixins. Big, kinda soft bun......exactly what you want from a 1/4 burger stand. Fries were thin and crispy. They change their oil quite a bit, as they didn't taste rancid like a lot of burger stands around the bay area do. Nice outdoor seating area too is lovely on a nice day.
Ordered the deep fried taco plate and it was off the hook. It was like the tacos I used to get as a kid in so cal. Shells were freshly crisped by the frier. The shredded beef was nicely stewed and flavored. The refried beans had a nice flavor and texture. The mexican rice was delicious as well. Good chips and salsa too. All in all, a delectable plate of Mexican food.
An 8 piece chicken dinner with rice and salad (tonight the salad was a mix of iceberg served with miso ranch dressing and this shredded green salad tossed in shoyu and sesame was $14 and a 4 piece dinner with all the fixins is $9.
All of it was delicious. We had the seven spice chicken, the BBQ and the agave teriyaki. All were really tasty. the BBQ has some spice and some miso in it, so it had this tangy but earthy quality to it. The agave teriyaki was also really addictive. The seven spice chicken was served dry, and was a little more subtle in flavor, but was great dipped in the miso ranch.
We also had tempura fried green tomatoes as well which were also very tasty.
This place is highly recommended, as I don't know where else you can get this type of fare, and it is pretty affordable to boot.
I will definitely be back.
Really great place to have around in West Oakland.....I definitely plan to come back.
As far as beer goes, I am not a huge fan on Linden's brews, but they have some nice stuff on tap from other breweries. I like the little food/wine/beer complex they have set up. It is also not a far walk from the bart station....basically, you could spend all night there.
I found the service to be 50/50. Nice but not extremely attentive. We had to flag down our waitress to get more beer. We also never got a refill on our water at any point during our meal. At the end of the meal, we asked for it but she never brought it. They had just opened, so I will cut them some slack.
Caesar popcorn.....wow! Delicious. You could really taste the lemon, anchovy and grana cheese.
Pretzel - Good, but not mindblowing. It was nice and crispy on the outside though, so that gets points from me
LInguica corn dogs - again, very, very tasty. Perfect drunk food. I wish every corn dog was this good.
Falafel waffle - very unique. I actually loved this and I don't usually care for merguez (not a fan of lamb much). The yogurt brought everything together and the waffle is an excellent substrate.
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings - this was our favorite of the night. Hot, sweet, tangy and crispy.....I could have eaten nothing but these all night and been happy.
Overall, we didn't spend very much money, and left feeling full and satisfied. I can't wait to come back and try more stuff.....gotta get my hands on that fried fennel and onion thing! I trust the kinks in the service will get worked out in due time.
oh, me oh my!
Chicken fried filet mignon with perfect over medium eggs and absolutely delicious breakfast potatoes.....YES PLEASE! I couldn't even come close to finishing it, but I sure as hell tried!
My friend ordered the creme brulee french toast......OH MY! That was heaven.
Both dishes are really rich and heavy, but sometimes you just need that in your life.
Also, super friendly and attentive service. Coffee is also very good.
Basically, a perfect breakfast spot that I would eat at religiously if I lived in the area.
Came here with my buddy.....it was my first stop in Portland.
Had the Fred which was light and crisp, yet complex.
Followed it up with and Adam.....dark and smokey. Again, very complex.
Did not have any food, as we had just gorged on chicken fried steak about an hour prior.
I don't get it. Tourist trap. Long ass line. Not worth it.
Had the obligatory maple bacon bar.......good.
Lemon chiffon cruller......also good.
Both were too sweet for my liking and they gave me donut tummy like NO ONE'S business.
They are just doughnuts with colorful toppings and sexual innuendos in their nomenclature.
I would normally give this place three stars, but given the hype and long lines, it harbors a sense of inconvenience which, frankly, isn't worth it.
I didn't try the food, but the flight that you get is great. They have some really great beers on tap, and their brewing skills are impressive. The fresh squeezed IPA was probably my favorite of the bunch, as I favor hoppy citrusy notes in my IPAs.
Also, for $8.50, it was a steal......I was really plowed when I left (even the heavy-ass voodoo doughnuts I had before couldn't soak it all up).
This place was crazy packed at noon on a thursday, so I bet it could be unbearable on a friday or saturday night.
I ate here on the way to Oregon. Overall I was pleased, but there is room for improvement here.
Atmosphere is really nice. Love the feel of the place. Had a very down home feel to it.
My waitress was on it and attentive.
The food was a bit of let down however. The complimentary sticky buns were AWESOME and fresh out of the oven. I was really excited for the rest of my meal. However, when my chicken fried steak sliders came out, it was kind of soggy, textural nightmare. The chicken fried steak itself was soggy and flaccid. The biscuit was good. The gravy......oh my, how do I put this.......I finally found an application for bacon that I don't like. The bacon in the gravy overpowered everything, and it was all I could taste.
They do have good beers on tap. Had myself a Lagunitas with my breakfast (that's how I roll).
I would totally stop here again.....I just wouldn't order the sliders.
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