It is a longtime favorite, but the one thing that they do superlatively is preparing prime cuts of Angus beef! Whether you go on Wednesday for the Prime Rib special or any other time, you will not be disappointed. My favorite is the 16 ounce Ribeye, slightly charred and crispy on the outside, just a touch of blood when ordered medium rare, simply delicious. This place has been a Glasgow tradition since long before I grew up there in the 60's, and it shows no signs of flagging.
It is located at 307 Klein Ave, just west of the Gordons G.
The moment you walk in and see one of the Knodel brothers tossing the pizza 15 feet in the air, you know that these guys know their pizza, and how to play to a crowd! The Eugenes Special is outstanding, sausage, onion, green pepper and mushrooms, but what makes the pizzas so great is the quality of the crust and the secret sauce! This is the real deal, a family run cafe that serves superlative food.
Somehow, Minh's says, 1979 to me when I go there. It just looks like it is 30 years out of date, but in a nice sort of way. The service is friendly, but slow. The menu is Tolstoyan in scope, but there are some gems here. I usually start with shredded pork rolls but the sour catfish soup is good too. The old standbys like grilled pork with vermicelli and the calamari are really good, rich, flavorful and prepared the way they should be. This is another cafe that has a menu worth sifting through at length. Maybe just park yourself by the door to the kitchen and watch the dishes go by til you see one you like...
And the map dot is in the wrong place too. GNR is in the Harrison Shopping Center, just north of Lee Hwy and the Harris Teeter. I tend to go for their lunch special which is a real bargain, $6 for soup, a spring roll and a plateful of entree. The curries tend to be good, albeit a chili or two short of truly hot, though they have a touch of fire in some of the dishes. The drunken noodles are fairly good, but I think the Pad Thai is better elsewhere.
Excellent serving sizes, large and widely varied menu, everything is rather good. Longer waits are the norm on the weekend, very popular. Service tends to vary, as usual, if you know your server the service tends to be very good. Problem is that this is a very large diner and getting the same server frequently enough to be remembered is problematic. The reuben is rich but a little soggy, the eggs benedict is good, hash browns have been crispy perfection and mushy, microwaved mediocrity a month later. Coffee is hot, rich and plentiful. Deserts look ok, good selection.
I am not sure if it was the beer we usually imbibed before we went, but at 3 am, this place had an Eggs Benedict that was simply phenomenal, and the omelets were very good as well. Closed quite a while back, now a 5 Guys.
You can fill up on just the mezza dishes, the babba ghanouj is very good, the grape leaves are just a bit better than most, the kibbeh is flavorful and crisp on the outside. A friend raves about the lamb, and the Shawarma is good, but I have tended to order the Kafta Bil Jawaz, a perfect combo of beef, onion, nuts, and a few spices that don't reside in my cabinets, unfortunately...
This place is very kid friendly, but the prices tend to make it a special treat, not a place I go to often.
I ordered the duck and was not impressed, not to mention just how queezy my stomach felt later. Not sick, just over-indulged. Next I tried the clam sauce with black bean and it was a soupy mess. I have heard that the baby pork is phenomenal as is the dim sum, but I haven't seen it. I think that if you have traveled in China, or are there with someone who is Chinese, you can eat very well for a very nice price.
Westover has a ton of fun spots, from the Lost Dog, to Arax, to Thai Noy, to Lebanese Taverna. I would rather spend the night in the 7-11 than go into this place.
Unfortunately, the food is only fair. Several paninis are ok but the theme of the day is 'bland'. The Reuben is alright, but kind of vertically challenged. This is the place for the 30-something Mom's with kids in tow, cute but kind of irritating when Mom is more into catching up with friends and the kids are on a sugar fueled rant.
Coffee is better than the food, but only just.