I've had my fair share of great pizza and I must admit I was skeptical when I saw a very popular Chicago establishment, opened up here in WI. I've had some Chicago deep dish while visiting there and I didn't think this place could be any good.
So while we were enjoying a hot day in beautiful Lake Geneva, we tried Gino's East and man, WOW....
The pizza seemed aptly priced for the size of pizza you get. They make it easy and number the amount of slices in the menu, so you know exactly what you want. We shared a small and that's 4 pieces.
We got sausage which they allow you 2 options for, patty layer or pieces. Of course we did a patty layer. The pie naturally takes longer to cook since it's thicker than a thin. It came about 35 minutes later and just the sight and scent of it were amazing. Don't be fooled when you order, the pieces are large. My first bite into it and I knew it was going to be a very enjoyable taste experience. The crust was excellent, a bit of crunch on the end crust and a firm bottom layer. The sauce was great and had chunks of tomato in it (a tad watery I believe but it had zero impact on the taste and it didn't sog up the crust at all). We had onions, black olives and mushrooms and the pie was loaded with them all. The mozz was so gooey and there was no lack of it either.
This place deserves a chance as it is some of the very best deep dish I have ever had and I've had a lot. Also, the garlic bread sticks arrived piping hot and with marinara.
2 thumbs WAY UP
Cons--The wait for deep dish pizza but this isn't a bad thing
Pros--Deep dish is excellent
I've eaten here many times and just ate here on (6-17). There was only one waitress and she was absolutely terrible. I often need to search for a couple good reasons why I shouldn't leave a tip. Considering she was the only one, she never once mentioned it. We noticed it. She did a poor job of bloating the times when the soups etc would be out. "Soups will be out in one minute she said." It came ten minutes later and like usual to many places, the lunch course came out 2 minutes later......
With a bad experience out of the way, I'll get to the food. It's always hot, fresh and bountiful. They have a huge dinner menu and a huge lunch menu but with half sized portions. The sandwiches are very good and you get two different choices for fries (regular or potato). The comfort food served here is very good and reminds me of being a kid (it's the whole point).
I'd certainly recommend this place for any meal of the day. You can even pick around in the country store. Cracker barrel is similar to this place but food wise, The Shed has them beat.
Cons--Wait times, Waitstaff (can depend), Can get very loud, Pricey food
Since I was reviewing other restaurants, I saw a review for this establishment. The reviews looked good so we went and dined today (6-18) and my experience is as follows....
We entered through a smelly (decades of smoke residue) hall and into the bar area where that also filters into the main seating area. The smell in the bar area was horrible. The decor is very out of date and add a wait to that as well (no one there to greet us).
A woman had noticed us and eventually sat us. Don't get me wrong here, the wait wasn't more than a couple minutes. She offered a menu or the lunch buffet. My dining companion had the buffet (a smaller one compared to others but that's not a bad thing) and I had the fish fry. We also had an order of battered shrimp with bacon. It wasn't what I thought it was and the bacon taste was too overpowering over the shrimp. It was a bit overcooked as well. They are huge, so only have one or share one (however, an order is 2) it was more of an interesting looking food and actually tasty. I would not have it again.
I asked the waitress (only one there) what the fish was coated with. She said lightly breaded with cornmeal. I'm not a fan much of battered fish, so breaded is right up my alley. It was relatively inexpensive compared to many places at $7.49. It came with the typical items such as slaw, rye, fries and it featured 4 large pieces of cod.
The fry came and it was hot and didn't appear old at all. The fish was a bit to "fishy" tasting but good nonetheless. Two of the 4 pieces were to thick and it suffered a bit in the fryer (not burnt but a tad overcooked). The fries were fresh, hot and tasty. The fish was good and the tarter went nicely with it (one of the better tartars I've had). All in all, I'd recommend the fish fry but while concerning Chinese restaurant's fish fry's, Asia Restaurant on National Ave in New Berlin has them beat and I would say it's one of the best fish fry's around the Metro area (had it many times). The price of the fry here is pretty darn good considering the amount of good food you get. No bad aftertaste either.
The buffet was described to me as good but this person has had much better. The egg rolls are very large and delicious and so was the egg foo young. The gravy was a bit watery and salty her first helping but was supposedly better the second time up to the buffet. The price for the buffet is extremely reasonable and so were the lunch specials.
All in all, I'd give the place another shot but to order off of the lunch/dinner menu and get a real taste for this joint.
The waitress seemed bogged down a bit but they had a for hire sign for another (that is no reason for poor performance as she somewhat had).
Cons--Decor, Waitstaff performance
Pros--Fish fry and Buffet.
P.S, Will gladly update when a revisit has been completed.
Let's get this straight, this is a chain, so I'm not going to be impressed.....EVER.
With that said, Domino's seems to have made it a little better since people complained so much that it forced them to change things.
We had 2 different crusts, Brooklyn and hand tossed. Well, if this is what New Yorkers call pizza, they should only sell it there. It was terrible. I would never recommend that crust to anyone. The hand tossed (thicker) crust was much better. It had a slight garlicky (powder?) taste and wasn't bad for a chain pizzeria crust. The sauce is much better than before and the toppings were good. However, I'm not a fan of chain's sausage. It's fatty and nasty.
Bottom line: Get the hand tossed crust with pepperoni (again, my opinion) but don't think you'll be impressed. If you want that, go to a Ma and Pa place.
Cons--Thin crust and Sausage
I love this place through and through!!!!
I agree 100% with the other reviewers. The menu IS large but it's not garbage like many Greek places (this is a Greek joint in better disguise) would have on their menus. They wood grill many items and the taste is robust with flavor.
They do awesome 10 oz burgers and believe me when I say 10 oz, they are juicy and made to your tenderness. Fries accompany them as well. The pasta dishes here are actually much better than other places that do them solely. No lies there. At supper time, you get a MASSIVE portion of pasta. The chicken Alfredo is HUGE and the chicken tastes perfect. No tricks or gimmicks, it's just cooked perfectly. It's way more than enough for 2-3 people so ask for a half portion (also served at lunch exclusively). I've had the ribs and chicken combo and was very satisfied. It was about $15 and it included what normally comes with such. The appetizers here are great, real hand rolled wanton mozzarella sticks, not the usual flimsy, limp tasteless garbage you get at most every other place. Soups are good and accompany entrees or a salad if you prefer. The soup comes in a crock, not a little cup.
Waitstaff here has been nothing short of excellent, easily rivaling what I've experienced twice at Mr. B's Steakhouse (team approach there though) and at Maggiano's Little Italy (very very good Italian done right).
All in all, this place is 10 stars all the way. Never left hungry or disappointed. It's why when you go, you will usually see a full lot and happy diners.
This place is a Milwaukee staple! Forget about McDonalds (I know I have) and Culvers. A&W is where it's at, folks. This place does burgers darn well for a "fast" food restaurant! Onion rings are awesome and the fries are good too. The hot dogs here are very good and probably the best you'll ever find in "fast" setting or even a true sit down restaurant. The coney dog is very tasty and reminds me of when I was a little kid and loved hot dogs. This place can make you feel like that because WI is so mainstream when it comes to food (sad and pathetic considering the ethnicity here) and A&W is simply a place that remains to be unchanged after decades of good food. Also, it's true, the root beer is frickin' so refreshing! Don't stop there though, get a classic float!!!
A great little place that most people may not know about but a place everyone should. Very accessible too!
Cons--Wait times (depending)
I can't believe no one has rated this place yet.
Allow me to enlighten my experiences with prospective patients. I chose the Aurora network for a general practitioner to get a referral for lumbar spine surgery. I had to wait almost 2 months though to see this doctor. However, after he gave me a referral to an Aurora network surgeon (Froedert was too arrogant and told lies, so I passed on the referral to a surgeon there) the process started moving more quickly.
I saw Dr. Stephen Delahunt and he made sure to prescribe all the necessary tests to diagnose my rotten lower back pain. He deduced (after the discography) that it was my L5-S1 disc that was causing most of the bad pain. This clinic wasted no time in getting my appointment approved and scheduling a date. I was able to move from a January 12th gen prac visit for a referral to the actual surgery March 23rd.
The new hospital portion was opened on March 1st and I felt good and thrilled to be fixed up in very clean and updated facility. The nursing staff here exceeded all expectations. The food was good and they did a great job of making me comfortable.
The surgery was a success and the hospital/clinic experience was the very best I've ever had. Folks, they actually call you back "quickly" if you have any questions (especially after a surgery).
Overall, the experience I received here is certainly world class and I'd recommend anyone who can be seen in this network to visit this hospital/clinic on your next choice for care.
All I need to say is this: The fish fry is awesome. It's breaded cod deep fried with french fries.
That's all that needed to be said.
I went because of the hype but there was nothing to brag about here and I'm honest in all my reviews.
It was very busy, even on a weeknight. My dining companion had never had Chinese dumplings before so I recommend we try them here (I love GOOD Chinese) but when they arrived, my jaw dropped at the ridiculously small portion and small size of them you get. Don't get me wrong, the flavor dances in your mouth but for the price?? Not ever again. They have a nice touch here where they bring you 3 different sauces and even combine them all in one. Like a hot chili sauce, wasabi type and a soy type. They were very flavorful when combined but not hot at all (not me at least).
We ordered the General Tso's and Sesame chicken. I love General chicken and this place did it pretty well but I've had much better and it wasn't as pricey. The Sesame was disgusting. The flavor in every single bite had a cellophane taste to it. She didn't like it (neither did I) so I gave her my General and I ate her hardly touched Sesame chicken. The portion wasn't large but it's enough. You don't get a lot of rice either.
Service was very good however and she treated us like we belonged. That's a plus right there.....
My opinion is this place is OK and not at all legendary. I understand it's a spin on tradition but I'll stick to the traditional fare at REAL Chinese joints. Some to try if you haven't already are Golden Gate (Waukesha), Fortune (the Hales Corners location), China Dragon (New Berlin) Asia (New Berlin) Kim's Garden (Waukesha) and Fong's Garden in Oconomowoc. Much better than Chang's any day of the week and it's authentic too.
Cons--Price and the taste isn't legendary at all
Pros--Service and good food that won't disappoint but don't get your hopes up.
This place stands out for breakfast from many others but expect crappy management to put a wrench in your meal.
We were literally freezing this past December on the West side of the building. Everyone on that side was complaining. We got our food and (I'm not kidding) within 5 minutes, it was cool. That's pretty terrible. The waitress made a point to take our drinks (a whole $2.50 worth) but the jerk manager (who had a line waiting for him to complain) didn't give one hoot. He went as far as saying to take it up with corporate. Good luck, there wasn't a number or web site.
Food though is large in portion, tasty and they have ethnic European pancakes you have never heard of. The omelets are gigantic, 3 people could share one. The home fries are very good and so is the (expensive small glass) of fresh squeezed o.j.
Let it be known the 4 star rating is for food. Service gets a big fat 0......
Cons--Bad management, Price
Pros--Good breakfast for sure.