I've been here on multiple occasions. Sometimes I visited to shop around and get a price quote from them for various items like a new headlight kit, underbody led kit, sound system, etc. Every time I got a quote, they were the highest.
Once, I had trouble with my subwoofers. I asked them to fix the problem. They did - it was just a blown fuse. It was $45 to replace a $5 fuse...and it took less than 10 minutes.
This location is actually inside of Brookfield Square Mall. It used to be an entire restaurant that was located next to the food court, which was nice because the seating was ample and the atmosphere was quieter and somewhat removed from the hustle and bustle from the busy & loud food court next door.
Unfortunately, the restaurant closed and instead moved to the food court (no longer a restaurant, but just one of the many vendor counters).
The food quality is good. The pizza is tasty and I'd considered it being no better or worse that any other typical Rocky Rococo location.
If you've never tried the pizza from Rocky's, you're in for a treat. They use a thicker/deeper crust than most and the toppings are generous. The pizza is a little on the greasy side, but I like it that way.
I'm very surprised to see such high ratings for Stonefire Pizza in New Berlin, WI. While this restaurant has many positives, it falls far short of my expectations. I do question the motives of all the other reviewers that give this place a perfect 5-rating.
Interestingly, the place does seem to be popular. So popular that I ended up having to wait 45 minutes just to get a table and then another 5 minutes every time I got in line for the buffet. In my opinion, this is unacceptable.
To start things off, the decor of the restaurant is actually very good. From the entrance, you'll see beautiful rocks and plants that give the impression of a high quality restaurant with great food. Then, you proceed through the line to a glorified cash register that strongly resembles a ticket booth where you would buy admission to enter a theme park. In short, it's my opinion that the owners of this establishment decided to focus more on the entertainment than the food and I think it's a fatal flaw.
First, take a look at their website here:
You'll notice that they describe their buffet as a "Luxury Buffet." It's a complete overstatement and I'll explain why:
1. The salad bar lacks key ingredients that a luxury buffet would include. For example, there are no croutons or bacon bits. No tomatoes. No shredded cheese.
2. The pizza's all taste surprisingly plain and boring. They are primarily discs of dough with a little dash of toppings on them. I'd take a premium frozen pizza from the grocery store over these pizzas any day. It's not that they taste bad, it's just that they taste extremely cheap and appear to be made with low quality ingredients.
3. There are two slushie machines that dispense a total of four flavors. Unfortunately, neither machine worked for the duration of my visit.
4. The Asian food looked so bad that I didn't even want to try it.
5. The ice cream bar was staffed by two people. Instead of dispensing ice cream from a machine, they had huge plastic bags full of ice cream, cut those bags open, and then scooped some out. Because these bags of ice cream were just sitting on the counter instead of inside a chilling machine, they were melting quickly. When I was handed my dish, the ice cream was already turning into a "white soup" and was running down the side of my dish, making my hands sticky in the process.
On a positive note, they did a good job with the chicken noodle soup. Additionally, the food items for the children were tasty (chicken nuggets, corn dogs, mac & cheese, etc).
Although I didn't spend any additional money on the entertainment, I did take a quick walk through to see what was offered. The games seemed a little pricey and the variety of games was somewhat limited. From an entertainment perspective, I'd give them a grade of B-. From a food quality perspective, I'd give them a grade of D+.
UPDATE on 10/11/2009:
The manager mailed me a $20 gift card to return and give them another try. I returned with a guest on 9/22/2009. Unfortunately, the $20 gift card was not enough money to cover dinner for the two of us, as the total came to $26.25, but nevertheless it still was a nice gesture of the manager.
I noticed a few differences.
First, there was no line to get in. There was no waiting. The place seemed extremely quiet. The day I attended was a weekday and was at night (7:26pm) while school was in session, so perhaps that had something to do with it.
Second, the Icee machines were no longer available to the general public. Instead, they were behind a counter near the deserts. Somebody at the counter offered me some, but it was in an ice cream dish. I think Icee's should be near the soda machines and served as a beverage, not a desert.
Third, the salad bar was much improved compared to my first visit. They had plenty of croutons and bacon bits (with REAL bacon - not the fake soy ones). I believe it also had tomatoes and cheese too. The entire salad bar tasted much better than I remember from my first visit. It was a big improvement.
Fourth, the pizza tasted better than from what I remembered during my first visit. I especially liked the baked potato pizza. The buffalo chicken pizza was good too, but it could use more buffalo sauce.
My overall experience was improved one compared to my first visit. Therefore, I am increasing my star rating from 2 stars to 4. If you haven't tried Stonefire Pizza, I suggest you give them a try just to see how you like it. The only thing I am still not happy about are the prices. $26.25 for a two-person buffet (after sales tax) still seems on the high side compared to Country Buffet and Golden Corral. I think $9-10.75/person would be a little more reasonable.
Golden Corral is located in Waukesha right next to the Aldi grocery store. Strangely, the only way to get to the restaurant is through the Aldi parking lot. One you have arrived, you will notice that the buffet prices are not cheap, but not extremely expensive either. Keep in mind that drinks are NOT included in the buffet price like they are at Old Country Buffett.
The quality and variety of food is much better than country buffett. It's actually the best quality/variety I've ever seen given it's mid-range prices. I'm especially fond of the freshly grilled cheeseburgers. You can eat an unlimited amount when you'd be paying $6-7 each at a comparable burger restaurant. The steak is not all that great however. It's tough and fatty, but that's not representative of the food in general.
Beware - each table is assigned a waiter that refills your beverages, brings napkins, utensils, and bread/butter. While some may consider this great service, I see it as detracting from the value because this is a person you need to tip. At any other buffet, you would be completely capable of retrieving your own napkins, plates, and bread and not have to tip in order to get them.
This is a corporate owned store, which means they will rotate my tires for free because I purchased the tires at another corporate store in another city.
When I visited, I asked for an oil change and a free tire rotation. They gave me the oil change (about $30 after tax), but were reluctant to give me the free tire rotation. They wanted me to provide proof that I had purchased the tires from them. They told me they weren't going to do it unless I provided a receipt.
I was previously told I did not need to do this because my purchases should be in their computer system. After explaining this, they looked in their computer system and found my purchase. They rotated the tires for free, but could have used more tact and customer service skills.
After paying for the oil change, they gave me my receipt and sent me on my way - without the key to my car. So, I had to return to the customer service counter and ask for it.
The Texan BBQ Restaurant in Lombard, IL is located in downtown Lombard on the south side of St. Charles Street. You need to look closely for it, because its easy to miss. Parking is somewhat limited.
Once inside, you'll notice the wonderful BBQ smells - smoked meat and sauce. I was promptly greeted and seated. I visited on a double date with another couple. Our order was taken quickly and the time for the food to arrive was acceptable. The food tasted very good, except the BBQ sauce is on the somewhat tangy side vs. the sweet side.
My only complaint is that our server did not adequately follow-up with us after we received the food. After another staff member gave us the food, the waiter immedatiely checked on us (before we had a chance to pick up a fork) and asked us how the food "looked." He never showed up again to check on us except to give us the bill. This is disappointing because our group needed beverage refills and additional fish (from the all you can eat fish fry).
When the bill did come, it was not split out by seat or group. He also did not apply the coupon I used from the Entertainment book (Buy 1, Get 1 Free), although I presented it prior to ordering. Shortly afterwards, he came back with a bill that was split out, but gave the other couple half of my discount from the coupon!
I'd go back, simply because the food is good and the prices are very reasonable. I would just hope the service would be better.
Jon Manzo represented me in 2006. He specializes in family and divorce law. Here are some things I was impressed with:
1. Free initial consultation
2. Comparatively more affordable vs. other lawyers
3. Willingness to help
4. Honest & Ethical
5. Easy access to communication
I only wish Jon was a little more knowledgeable or skillful because he lost my case and made some mistakes I think could have been avoiding (having me testify on the stand).
Alfies is that restaurant you immediately notice from Roosevelt Road. The building is large, with the exterior resembling some castle from Old World Germany. The interior of the restaurant looks somewhat aged (from the 70s), but is designed to match the exterior with metal knights of armor standing guard.
The menu is American, but based on the design of the restaurant, you'd never know it. The burgers and fries taste really incredible.
While the table service was okay, the person running the register was a real b*tch. I had to wait about 5 minutes for her just to show up and take my money. When she did show up, she had an attitude. Although I used a buy-one get-one free coupon, she still charged me sales tax on the free meal and b*tched about that too.
This is not a sit-down restaurant, but rather a take-out pizza joint. On Saturday, everything is 10% off (no coupon required). The prices to start with are what I'd call average or reasonable. The actual quality of the pizza is far above average - it's very tasty. It's the best pizza within all of Monee.
Coupons are sometimes given away at the restaurant, but they aren't always available.
Cyprus Court is a small-town mom and pop type of restaurant that can seat up about half as many people as a typical "Denny's." While visting, the service as always been good, as has the food. The menu is traditional American.
The only down-side is that I hear they treat their employees poorly.