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I live near Finks in Dumont, but wanted to be adventurous, so I hopped on 208 North to try takeout from Bourbon BBQ. We got the Sampler and were pleased with the meaty ribs, though the sampler only had two, (it's a "sampler", duh!) and the pulled pork and brisket were very good. We also tried the blackened catfish sandwich and the Homemade Empanadas, the version that has the pulled pork and black bean.
It was all delicious, the catfish was tender as was the pulled pork and brisket. The empanadas were "interesting" with the pulled pork, but it's the only think we might skip in favor the traditional ones at our favorite local spots. We will try some of the other items on a return fly by soon. I have no complaint about the prices this is special fare for occasional splurges for us. This is not McDonald's dollar menu. There are plenty of those all you can eat buffet joints if your goal is to be able to endlessly pig out at a reasonable price. BBQ meat is like beer, wine, even things like cheese and bread: there's no shortage of folks that think they are the ultimate experts on what's good. It's usually more birthplace/regional snobbery than anything else. I'm from Philly and was raised with a big Cheesesteak chip on my shoulder... then I grew up. There are a lot of posers out there, but Bourbon BBQ is not one of them.
This is rare, that I give a franchise highest rating. I usually say "very Good" but try as I did that day, I really could not find a single thing lacking at
This is rare, that I give a franchise highest rating. I usually say "very Good" but try as I did that day, I really could not find a single thing lacking a this property. It was Sunday night, and happened to be our anniversary, but it was a regular night out without fanfare, with two 9 year olds. I had not gone to Chili's in many years, not since we had kids. Our remembrance of Chilis left us assuming it was spicier than our kids' palates could stand. What triggered this visit was that I had tried Chilis on City Ave when in Philly a few days before. At 5pm a family for four has their pick of restaurants and the easy pick was Applebees, the closest to our house. I saw that Chilis had probably long ago widened their menu choices - its not necessary to scorch your tastebuds to go southwest in your dining experience. Chilis menu was full of non spicy items, and a big plus for me, The chain is one of the last to still have the classic potato skins. My wife had the Ribeye entree, I had the combo of Dry Rub and classic Chili ribs, one daughter had her usual Mac and Cheese entree, and other went with chicken finger tacos.
It was a pleasant surprise that Chilis had a wireless gaming screen on the table, and they bought one or from the bar for our other daughter. For 99 cents, you can play games and explore other entertainment activities while you eat. We will definitely return soon. The food was good, service very attentive and friendly, but even if just because the kids fell in love with video games, we'll return soon!
This location underwent a complete transformation. More accurate, it was rebuilt from the ground up - one day it was there, next day it was a hole in the ground! What was rebuilt was a stylish exterior, and unfortunately, a redesigned interior that kills a lot of the seating space it once had. A family had taken seats from the table we came upon as the last open space, so we had to go get chairs that happen to not be in use at other tables. This location has added the new 100 drink option soda machine that is taking way to long to catch on in fact fod industry, probably because of al the independent franchises that must invest in it one by one. Unfortunately, unlike the Burger King in Hackensack, the expanded soda choices are NOT available in the drive thru. Also, the waiting line has been redesigned to favor coming in from the door on the side of the drive thru so if you come in that door and intend to sit, there is some maneuvering to do past people if the line is long. Wendys is like McDonald in the way the drive thru has an emphasis of speed placed on it so peak lunchtime can get hectic.
I was looking for a place to grab a takeout Lasagna, and wanted to branch out to a spot I had not visited before. It's tough because lasagna is something that can vary widely its not as simple as pizza. I've had the range from sumptuous to stingy. This place had a great lasagna, very rich and meaty, like a home made dish your mom would make because she loves you. One thing, after a few fork fulls it started tasting a bit salty - this being my first time, I'm not sure if it was added salt or in the sauce, but it was pronounced enough to be noticed by me and my wife separately. I want to return to take a shot at the pizza. Pizza done right is a joy to behold!
The three previous reviews were on Sears in general, not the Auto Shop. There is a fundamental problem with speed at this shop. There is none. It should not take 3 hours to get an oil change. There is no Battery Express service, like in a large majority of major auto service operations. I had to wait in line like everyone else - two hours before my car was diagnosed. I stayed only because I was sure I wanted a DieHard brand battery. Vague time references like " not long" and "soon" do nothing to quell the rising anxiety. When you sit and watch the waiting room population change two times, you realize you picked the wrong operation.
There's not a lot of splash and style that can be put into a laundromat. This one is the first one I've gone to in about 30 years. It's close to our house so I'm currently going there until we get our own washer fixed. Many laundromats have the swiping card system for payment these days. Here, they have many 20 and 40lb washers, and a couple 80 lb washers. The walls are lined with dryers, stacked two high, so there is plenty of availability, unless you go at the peak wash times. There is a seating area over in the corner, but due to the space needed to roll the carts to move your wash, not much seating is near where your machine. There is a couple way outdated, (or retro) video machines, likely to cost you more than your washing. Most patrons are smart enough to leave the kids at home - these spots are profoundly boring places to be for children! Snack and soda machines, and TVs are available but this is a prime book reading opportunity! I'd recommend this to others.
I try to avoid places like this during peak shopping days and hours, because the over crowding of customers makes the experience unpleasant and that is usually unfairly blamed on the store. I was looking for the new Innotab 2 devices from V-Tech and was lucky to catch a staffer that was right in that area. He patiently explained about the sale and the items features, above and beyond what one would expect a store person to know. They were also very pleasant at the Customer Service desk, especially considering the holiday demand. This location is closer to me than the Rt 17 branch. I usually go here first, then up to the Rt17 spot if this one is out of stock. Oh, and they looked up on their system and gave me a readout of which area stores had the missing item, and in what quantity.
Perhaps the Christmas season rush may not be the best time to gauge a store's quality? Or perhaps it's the best time because anyone can be helpful and pleasant when they are not under duress. I've been to this location before, but the latest time was in early December. It's a popular place and was very crowded, and many of the customers were aggressively patrolling the aisles with carts full of toys, contending with each other. The lines were long, and it was difficult in the aisles to ask a question. But that's the chaos of the Christmas season. The aisles were too tight for carts, but all the merchandise was clearly organized and priced.
To put it simply, if you have children older than the toddlers years, this is an improved version of the Chuck E Cheese design. Children in the over 6 crowd will feel they are too grown up for the talking mouse, yet these are many of the same games. Fold in very cool touch screen games on the hot themes like Fruit Ninja, and many of the carnival games that soak you dry at boardwalk spots down on the NJ shore, and you will have a happy kid! Dave and Busters has a restaurant component that blows C E.C out of the water! But hold on - that means your budget will take a big hit if you eat and play with a couple of kids.
Our dinner for four ( two were 7 year olds) plus a decent crop of gaming credits ran us $150 ! Dinner is like that at Applebee's and the like, and you'll find that dining in the gaming area instead of the separate outer dining room will mean that your kids will hardly want to sit still for a meal. The light and sound barrage really amps up their energy levels! We could have saved on food by hitting McDonalds first! You've probably heard about Dave and Busters appeal to adults - it is a nice young couples date destination, and to that end, their full bar area and drink menu rivals any of the pub scenes. But you have to wait until after the family hours to avoid the kids. This was far more overrun with children than I expected, but hey, it's part of a very large and popular mall and it was a weekend!
So, our meal of two adults and two kids, bloated by our two alcoholic drinks and totally unnecessary two appetizers came in at about 75 bucks. Then add on the tip and the gaming purchases ( tip the food, NOT the gaming fees!) and my Visa read $127! It takes about 50 bucks to show two 7 year olds a good time, and you will have to drag them away from that! Okay, including some modest participation by two parents! My own activity needed another $20 bucks, so that's why I rounded it out to $150. At first, I wanted to monitor what they chose to play, because their stint can literally last less than a minute - there's no practice time! In the beginning, I held the single play card to swipe, but every time I started them on a game they were both back screaming for more before I could get going on one myself! I got a second card with 20 bucks, but that went in minutes. If you give them their own card, they will disappear and that card will go up in smoke in no time! I had to give D&B credit - It's a very nice racket! They have attentive game technicians on hand because some games jam up, and I also noticed they had ample and well visible security standing about - I assume this was mainly because of the bar, that was fairly active even before the impending adult only hour. I liked that security presence because with the bar, it is a concern when one thinks about it - that a childless stranger - (okay I won't knock all strangers - Let's say any adult with bad intentions) - could very well be right in there, tying one on. With all the children around, and with all the noise, this could be an attractive hunting ground for a pedophile. Sorry to throw that in there, but in these days and times, it can't go ignored! It's good that there is someone there to notice if that adult dragging a kid out of there is not really parent that is broke and has had enough!
I would go back with the kids, but like a trip out to any of these venues, you have to wait until you can free up some money to burn, so it won't hurt so immediately to drop that kind of change on a whim. That's a lot of groceries, lunch money, or about two tanks of gas!
Second trip: We went back during a weekday afternoon, when they had a half day at school. I took my own advice and hit the McDonalds first - once they get in D&B they'll be too excited to eat anyway. I got them a card each for a total of $60 bucks and that kept them going for about an hour. You just have to let go and realize they are going to burn through the games as they revel in the freedom to choose - some crashed and burned within a minute. I followed them around, as most parents were, to collect and hold the redeemable tickets, and of course, I had to keep them separate! There's cups like they used to have at casinos for coins. The tickets from that much playing buy little more than candy. It's a lot of fun for them, but you have to have money to burn!