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Re: “The Corner Café

Has gone down hill since that last time our family ate here. I have eaten here in the past for dinner which was perfectly acceptable. We (2 adults, 2 kids) tried breakfast today and I left knowing that I would most likely never come back. The restaurant was busy on Sunday for lunch and after having been in business for several years I would expect that they would be better prepared for a busy Sunday. After a short wait we were seated to our table. The first strike for me was that their famous biscuits in gravy are not available after 11:00 a.m. even though breakfast is advertised as being served all day. We placed our order after a few minutes. Over 40 minutes later we finally received our order. My order was half incorrect, one my son's order was half complete, and all of the food was between lukewarm to cool. After some reminders to the waitress she finally completed my son's order. Receiving the food almost cold and after taking such a long time is unacceptable to me as there are other restaurants for me to go to that perform better.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 4
Overall: 1

Posted by HungryManPC on 01/04/2009 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Salty Iguana Mexican Restaurant

The food was bland, the service was unatentive and disorganized. The dining area is light up like a cafeteria, with tables jammed next to each other leaving little room to move.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 4
Overall: 1

Posted by Jeff on 12/21/2008 at 9:51 AM

Re: “Bambino's Italian Cafe

Our food was inedibly salty, and I had a puddle of oil in the bottom of my pasta bowl. When we sent it back, the owner came out and started yelling and arguing with us. After he harassed us, he charged us for all three inedible dishes! What a rip-off - this place is terrible. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone!!!
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Sarah on 11/29/2008 at 10:23 PM

Re: “Plaza III-The Steakhouse

Anticipating one of the best steaks ever, (my father raved about real Kansas City Strips) I was greatly disappointed, and then angry at the response to my complaint. I could not cut the large Kansas City Strip with the very good knife they provided. Chewing this piece of leather was impossible. When I complained, they allowed me to replace it with a filet, about the size of a golf ball on steroids. They did not offer a free dessert, or any other kind of recompense. Considering the cost of this meal, I would never return to any of their restaurants. Boo.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by gary rocco on 11/10/2008 at 3:36 AM

Re: “Avenues Bistro Brookside

I have to say, I've never differed from a professional food critic's opinion on a fine eating establishment as much as I had when concerning "Avenues Bistro" in the Brookside area of Kansas City. I have never been so ignored or overcharged in all my days. For $30 you can recieve the so-called "Filet Mignon", which is nothing but an over-priced lump of charcoal-flavored cardboard, and served by waiters who are almost as attentive as said lump. In fact, the nicest thing about this place was how quickly I received my check. If you wish to waste your hard-earned money on a $120 meal, please go there. Otherwise, I highly recommend you go elsewhere. In other words..... DO NOT DINE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by George Costono on 11/08/2008 at 10:51 PM

Re: “China Star

I have gone to this restaurant since it opened. I had a somewhat identical experience as the 1st review. The food used to always be fresh and plentiful. The time before last, they were low on a lot of stuff, when I asked if more was coming out, they brought more food out in a timely manner. When I went last night at 8:15, they close at 9:30, everything on the entree side of the buffet was old, crusty and half empty with no meat, just veggies that were wilted and disgusting looking. When I asked if more stuff was coming out the server told me that it was too close to closing time and that they might be out of shrimp but she would check and see if they would make more. I sat and waited for about 20 minutes, snacking on appetizers (since that was the only thing on the buffet that looked edible) for the server to let me know if more food was coming out. She came back and told me that when she asked, they just said "ok" and she did not know if they were making more or not so I waited about another 10 minutes and when no food came out I went to talk to the person I was told was manager. When I spoke with him at not even 9PM he told me it was too close to closing time to make any more food. When I told him we arrived an hour and a half before they closed and asked for food refills he just started talking to the server in chinese and she told me that they would not charge me. That did not solve the probem. They still charged my mother and my friend $10 a piece for crusty, dried up, old, nasty food that was not worth 50 cents. They probably had a major case of the mud butts from eating it anyway after sitting under food lamps for so long. I will never eat at this place again even though it used to be my favorite chinese restaurant in town, my business is now going to Dragon Inn in Corinth Square which actually has excellent food. I don't know if they are under new ownership/management, but this place really stinks now. DONT GO TO THIS PLACE UNLESS YOU HAVE NO TASTEBUDS AND WANT DIAREAHA AND STOMACH PAINS!!
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Rebecca on 10/22/2008 at 7:40 AM

Re: “Blue Grotto

I ordered the Antipasti platter for dinner. The first ingredient on the menu is "Artisan Cheeses" so understandably, I thought there would be plenty of cheese on the platter. There were about 4, small, quarter sized SHAVINGS of cheese on this large platter. When I mentioned this to my server obviously thinking there had been an oversight, she stated the cheese was a "garnish" -- clearly not the way the menu was written -- and offered to bring more cheese. Imagine my surprise when $2.00 additional showed up on my bill! I paid the bill and mentioned my disappointment about the situation to the maitre d' on the way out. He could have cared less!! I won't be going back - not only does the menu over promise and under deliver, but the management is rude and clearly doesn't value the customer.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 1

0 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Anne on 10/04/2008 at 4:53 PM

Re: “Don Chilito's Mexican Restaurant

I do not understand why this place is seemingly always crowded! There is a HyVee market within walking distance where you can get the same food and nuke it yourself in your own microwave! I know it is in Kansas, but I cannot possibly believe that Kansans really think the food here is even remotely similar to traditional mexican cuisine.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

0 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Elle on 09/25/2008 at 12:30 PM

Re: “DiCarlo's Mustard Seed Mexican-Americana Restaurant & Bar

This place gave my entire family food poisoning. I had to take everyone to the hospital shortly after finishing dinner.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Anonymouse on 09/18/2008 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Harry's Country Club

I arrived to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of my best friends last friday. After 3 years of marriage to a best friend of ours, he found Harry's Country Club to be a new and interesting venue to host the party for them and 34 close friends. Having planned this event with the bar owner, "Harry," over one month in advance, my friend Matt was surprised to find there was no area saved for the party, as they arrived at seven O'clock. After rounds of drinks were ordered, many of the group who wanted to walk into the bar's outside courtyard were told they needed to pay a $5.00 cover. Harry had promised not to charge any cover should Matt bring his party to his establishment. Although he initially told Matt his friends who smoke could go to the street, he eventually begrudingly allowed smokers who could not exit the bar with the $4 beer they had purchased to use the courtyard as long as they stood in a far back corner. His doorman made patronizing and belittling comments to those in the party who wanted to leave the stiflingly hot bar, as the air conditioner did not preform any function but to drip on the tables below. Our group finally left, 2 hours after arriving, when the bar owner, Harry, repeatedly sought out members of the party to threaten with removal if they had a problem with the service he was providing. Harry turned a woman's 30th birthday, with friends who traveled far to celebrate with her, into an argument with no winner. Not the angry bar-owner who lost a customer base. Not the wait staff, that lost further tips. Not the friends who gathered to celebrate. I would never again trust this bar with my good time and hope you will not either.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by nickPlayer on 08/04/2008 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Tasso's Greek Restaurant

The only effort worth noting is Tasso's continuous schtick to separate you from your money.Food quality is lacking and meals are severely delayed to encourage you to drink more as well as the staff's continuous soliciting drink orders.The entertainment is corny at best.Don't waste your time.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 1
Overall: 1

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Barry D Elfant on 07/19/2008 at 5:16 PM

Re: “DiCarlo's Mustard Seed Mexican-Americana Restaurant & Bar

I have been to this restaurant 2 times now, each time as unimpressing as the last. The food is decent, but the service is atrocious. Both times we have had to ask for a server after being seated and waiting 20 minutes or more. And a warning to anyone who does not want to be overcharged: My bill was incorrect (7/12/2008), I was charged for 2 orders of chips and salsa I did not purchase and 2 drinks I did not have and the 'Manager' was unwilling to remove the charges. I was told, "This is where it stands, sometimes you have to pay for your friends' food." All in my party paid their bill, no one was trying to shrug charges. I will never return to that establishment, I have never encountered such poor management.
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Chris on 07/15/2008 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Chefburger - CLOSED

If I am going to eat at a place that serves only burgers I expect them to be cooked to the temperature that I request, and in the very least seasoned with salt and pepper. The burger was an embarrasment to meat. I love the idea of garlic with fries; however, raw garlic is not what I had in mind the taste of the raw garlic that completely covered my fries stayed with me the whole day. Would I go back to chefburger? Not even if it was free.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by natalie on 07/07/2008 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Justus Drugstore

This restaurant is one of the few that actually have to pay for there good reviews...seriously! I visited with my family on June 28th at around 5:45 p.m. a Saturday they told us there was no way we could get in that evening, that they were too busy, but if we would like to sit on the patio we could get in right away. We arrive...i talk to hostess that tells me that there is no room for our party of 5! (empty tables everywhere) until i tell her we called 10 minutes earlier and that they told me that they could seat us on the patio...so she says let me check (undecided). I explained to my party that i did not think they wanted our business since she ignored me 10 minutes after stating she would be right back...blah blah blah! ten minutes later she chases me out to my car and says no problem we can seat you... so we all proceed to unload the car and head to our table....so good so far! (ya right)! until we are finished with our 22nd glass of water 1 hour later and told that two of our entree's have been given to a different party and that the owner would like to buy us desert for our inconvenience. I myself am not a big desert person so i pass....the other partie members take advantage of her offer and order desert (bad idea) they bring me the bill and charge me for all 4 deserts that were suppose to be free. I tell the waiter and he starts shaking uncontrollably because he says we were only suppose to get 1 free desert...but they charged me for all 4...huh...what's that all about? anyway my experience was terrible to say the least...food sucks, service is even worse and my poor sister has to live in the same town as this phony restaurant!
Rating Detail:
Food: 3
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 2
Value: 1
Overall: 1

4 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Robin on 06/28/2008 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Saigon 39

I have been by this place many times. My wife,daughter and I were in the area so we decided to try this place many because it has been around for a long time. Bad choice. The (new owners?) now have the place next door too but instead of a bistro they treat like a fast food asian place. The Vietnamese special soup was terrible. The soup itself was nothing special, had few vegetables or meat. Very disappointing. My wife and daughter both orderd the mixed vegetables and they came out with no sauce, condiments or nothing. The other entrees basicly have meat, seafood or chicken and have their special sauces thrown in. Nothing special, nothing unique. Avoid this place at all costs. Don't waste your money like I did. The Vietnamese ones elsewhere (Westport is so good).
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 3
Value: 2
Overall: 1

0 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Eric Flescher on 06/21/2008 at 9:33 AM

Re: “Granny's Chicken Ranch

I forgot to mention that there was a child who was apparently the hostess's daughter who was running around the entire restaurant with no shoes on, in and out of the kitchen, dining room, and other areas where customers were waiting.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Camri S. on 05/12/2008 at 2:57 PM

Re: “Granny's Chicken Ranch

Granny's Chicken Ranch is the worst restaurant out at The Legends in Wyandotte County. Let me explain to you how our Mother's Day nightmare played out. My husband, daughter and I wanted to take my mother, and grandmother out to a nice chicken dinner after attending a very lovely and special church service Sunday morning. We arrived at the Granny's Chicken Ranch at 1215pm. The hostess informed us it would be 1 1/2 hour wait and we accepted because my Grandma loves chicken. Well we waited and waited to see at least 75 other people that came after us enter the restaurant and be seated. At this point we were told that there was a call in list. After waiting 1 1/2 hours we inquired as to when we would be seated and were told we were coming up soon. When we hit the 2 1/2 hour mark my husband again asked the hostess when we would be seated especially since we had our 84 year old Grandma waiting that long, she again said we would be seated after the next 4 groups. (SO WE WAITED) Finally at 345pm we were actually seated at a table. (3 1/2 hour wait) We ordered promptly and had a very sweet waitress. We ordered our 5 four piece chicken dinners at 350pm, and at 430 pm we were yet to have our chicken dinners. The waitress at one point told us that they had run out of chicken and had to go to the store to get more. We did have salad and biscuits, but still no food. Think about this we were there 4 hours and 15 minutes at this point. I was extremely embarrassed that we took our lovely mother and grandmother out to what was supposed to be a wonderful dinner. Finally at 445 pm (4 1/2 hours after we arrived) we finally got our food. This food was definitely not worth the almost FIVE HOUR wait for it. We then informed the manager at this point that we were upset at the wait, and service of the managers to not speak with us concerning this issue. They gave every excuse in the book trying to find excuses why their service was so poor. The hostess/manager stated to another manager that we refused to pay our bill and she called the police dept. I informed another "manager" that we did not want a free meal but would like a discount since we had been there half the day. They were not willing to give us a discount and the cops had already been called. My husband explained to the cops what had happened, and they stated we had to pay the bill (which we just wanted a discount , not a free meal). Anyways we ended up paying the whole meal ,(no discount) to keep from being arrested. This so called "family restaurant" was not willing to work with us, or even consider coming half way with us. I would not suggest this very poorly managed restaurant to anyone, let alone if you are planning to celebrate a special event. This group at Granny's (the many managers they have) were not willing to satisfy the customer. They were bringing in more and more customers who would sit there after us, knowing that they could not accommodate them for reason of seating or to the fact that they ran out of chicken. The owner never once offered to apologize, or even offer a discount after what our family experienced. My husband and I are making a point to all of our friends, coworkers, acquaintances, family, and anyone we meet to tell them to do not eat at this establishment.
Rating Detail:
Food: 2
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Camri on 05/12/2008 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Harvey House Diner - CLOSED

I agree its awful and the wait staff is horrible as well.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 1
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by Michael P. Murphy on 04/21/2008 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Fiorella's Jack Stack Barbecue

I tried out this place called Jack Stack BBQ a little while back, It was on the Plaza in Kansas City. I wanted to try it because it is supposedly the #1 rated BBQ in Kc according to the Zagat's survey. From the outside the aroma was good, it smelled like smokin meat so that was a plus. On the inside the aroma was stronger and making my mouth water, the ambiance was nice, almost kinda upscale, but very loud, you almost had to yell across the table, it was a saturday night so they were very busy. I ordered the premium small end spare ribs ($15.50), and was very disappointed, there wasnt much flavor, NO noticeable smoke ring, and it was like they didn't put any rub on them, they definetly didn't pull the membrane either which really surprised me. Overall they were tender, but not as good as the ones I make at home. I was also disappointed by their sauce....it looked like a tomato based sauce, but once again VERY tasteless! I also has a side of baked beans which were just "ok" but nothing special! The prices are kind of on the high side, but I do have to say they have a very wide assortment of different meats... They have things like Lamb ribs, Crown prime beef short ribs, New Zealand rack of lamb, Beef back slab, and of course pork spares and baby back. They also have steaks, seafood, etc. I scored this place low because I felt it should have been much better, especially for the price and the #1 rating. I know in KC I can get some awesome BBQ, just not at this place.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Value: 1
Overall: 1

Posted by bbqjunkie on 03/22/2008 at 5:34 PM

Re: “Smokestack Bar-B-Q

I took an associate with me to this place, and had a buy one get one fre up to $7.00. We ordered the poor russ burnt end sandwiches. They were nothing but chewey greassy bits of fat no flavor. I submitted the coupon which was printed in the newspaper (no experation date) And they refused to honor it or compensate for the lousy food. I WILL NEVER RETURN.
Rating Detail:
Food: 1
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 1
Value: 1
Overall: 1

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Jeanene Lewis on 02/24/2008 at 6:36 AM

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