Yelp 100 Challenge - 2014
I think the first time I came here was 20 years ago. It hasn't changed much.
That's a good thing, because I have always loved The Kettle.
Whether it's late at night or whether it's a beautiful January morning and you've got a seat on the patio, The Kettle is good for breakfast anytime (I'm partial to the crab omelette) and killer muffins.
The burgers and pot roast are good, too... but muffins. I heart their muffins. I am not ashamed to admit that I often select my entree based on whether it comes with a side of muffins.04/01/2014 Thank for you the great review John!! It means so much to us that you took the time to write it.… En savoir plus
We stayed overnight in Palm Desert en route to the Rose Bowl, and fired up the trusty Yelp app to find a church. As the map wound us through the valley we were amazed at the beauty of the city... and then we pulled up to the church.
It's spectacular. You see the mountains from every angle. Everyone was dressed so nicely, the grounds are so perfectly manicured, and the doubt immediately creeps in. Will we fit in here?
The answer is yes. We were greeted with a firm handshake and a hearty welcome everywhere we turned. The crowd is a little older than back home (but considering we were in Palm Desert that's to be expected) but it was a mixture of a little bit of everything - gay couples, straight couples, families with kids, retirees, you name it. Once you step inside, windows on all sides let in the light and give you a view of the city, and the people made us feel welcome. We had a guest preacher for the homily who could both be relatable about real life yet also be theologically deep. The regular choir had the week off (after Christmas) but the volunteers who stepped in were fantastic.
So whether you live there or you're just passing through, give this church a shot. We will return next time we're in the desert.
We were cashing in some HiltonHHonors points for a night and all of the hotels in the area were going for the same point amount.
So, we opted for the Homewood because we figured we'd get the biggest room of all the Hilton brands, a hot breakfast, and free parking. Check, check, and check.
The hotel is a little bit on the edge of town, but it's off the interstate so it's quiet and there are several restaurants within walking distance if you want some exercise with your meal. But the moment we really appreciated having a suite came when the family next door had several small children who were all hyped up after dinner. We were able to close the bedroom door and not hear a peep. The ceiling fan in the bedroom was another nice touch.
The Homewood works both for an overnight or if you're in for the week on business. No, it didn't feel like home, but it was comfortable with good service and we got a great night's sleep.
Breakfast? Meh. The eggs & waffles weren't that great. I'm glad they don't charge for the breakfast, otherwise I'd be disappointed. That being said, it's on par with what passes for a free hot breakfast at any other hotel, so it's not a dealbreaker. I'd stay here again.
There comes a time when a tourist has to get the heck out of Old Town.
By New Year's Day that time had arrived. Fired up the Yelp app, picked Seco, and walked on over.
It's casual, but it's an upscale dining room. The waiter told us they'd only been open a week or so.
My wife loved the roasted chicken. They must be tweaking the dish because the manager came over to ask her specifically if she liked the seasoning, whether she thought it had enough, and if she thought she'd order it again. Nice.
My pizza was perfect - thin and crispy and tasty.
The wine list has some well priced bottles on it. We really enjoyed our meal and would return. It made for a fine date night - not cheap but not too expensive, and the quality was in line with what we paid.
Overall a good hotel: comfortable bed, modern furnishings, good tolietries, good service. Our first room had been smoked in and the front desk switched us to another room immediately without question. We were part of a large group working on a parade float and all of the materials that we were supposed to be delivered to us at check-in were delivered on time, so the front desk was on its game.
The free shuttle they offer within a small radius of the hotel is nice. The hotel is close to everywhere you'd want to go in Old Town, but sometimes you don't want to walk. Finding a taxi was never a problem either. On game day you could reserve a ride on their shuttle to the Parsons building to catch a free city bus to the Rose Bowl Game, and that was well thought out and executed (although the street closures didn't make it easy). They're well accustomed to dealing with large events and the customer service was top notch every step of the way.
Of course, with this class of hotel, you get nickel and dimed to death: parking, food/beverage, and WiFi. $20/person for a breakfast buffet is a bit much even if they make omelettes to order, but the food was good. The food in the lobby bar was decent, but the service was scattered and the meal was overpriced. There are plenty of dining choices within a quick walk, so don't feel like you have to eat at the hotel unless you really want to.
Our WiFi was comped because of my HiltonHHonor status, but I could never get it to connect. (Tip: if you have internet from AT&T at home, you can use your account login to get the WiFi for free if you don't have enough loyalty status to get the promo code.) But these days WiFi is like having air to breathe, so I wish hotels would quit charging us to electronically breathe.
Closed. Their Facebook says they are relocating to Houston.
Not sure what's going in there next, but the sign is down and the place looks empty.Not as enthusiastic about this place as we used to be. The brunch is wicked expensive, and the lack… En savoir plusLove, love, love. At the rate this place is going they're going to need to add tables. Friendly as… En savoir plusWe first came here a couple of weeks before they opened when we saw the place all lit up and… En savoir plus
I arrived here with low expectations, and boy were they met.
I've been burned by many Buca's before across the country. [hint: they are all exactly the same, right down to parading you through the kitchen past the table next to the line] But we had a party of 7 on New Year's Eve and our options were limited, so we rolled the dice as large parties are this chain's bread and butter.
The restaurant was clearly overbooked. We arrived early to an overflowing lobby and were told that our party would be seated closer to the reservation time. If by "closer" you mean 30 minutes beyond the reservation time and ultimately 15 minutes before they were to close for the evening, I guess she was correct. The hostess was also unwilling to estimate how long we would have to wait after we passed the reservation time. The script seems to be "just a few more minutes" and if you press further you're told "If you'd like I'll ask my manager," after which she does nothing but avoid eye contact with you.
So we finally get seated and the server comes over, announces that he's tired, proceeds to sit down in the booth to take our order, and in the process screws the order up. He missed one entree and one glass of wine. The wine also took about 15 minutes to come out after soft drinks were served to others in the party.
Finally the orders were sorted out and the food was served. It's fairly bland, but served in mammoth portions. One of the pastas was a little on the cold side, but the rest of the hot food arrived hot.
In the end, everyone was pretty annoyed by some part of the meal. The mission statement you pass in the kitchen has something to do with making memories, but this meal is one I'd like to forget and I wish I had chosen someplace else.
I'm sorry that I have to take some stars back. But having been a customer of yours since the day you opened this location, I feel obligated to tell you that something isn't right.
1. Service. It's always been hit or miss at this location, but for the past few months it's been all misses.
Last night was a comedy of errors. The hostess nearly got into an argument with me because I ordered a Coke Zero to drink. This is the second time in as many months this hostess has told me that you don't carry that. Either you turn off the first tap on the left on your soda fountain at night so I can get myself a Coke Zero from your machine at lunch when you're doing counter service only but cannot get one at night when the server uses the same machine, or your hostess needs to learn what fountain drinks you carry. Last night we got bread without having to ask several times (which is the norm), but it came out cold. Our server, who appeared to be still attending Hightower High School, apparently was given some phrases to use when talking to customers but it was clear that he had no idea what he was saying to us or why. I understand that he's young and he needs to start somewhere, but he needs more training before he goes back on the floor. Start with the basics, like waiting for us to actually look over our entrees and maybe take a bite before asking it everything is okay. [It wasn't, but he hightailed it out of there so fast we didn't have a chance to send back an entree brought out with the wrong sauce.]
Most of the crew here is young and probably working their first job. Unfortunately the good servers seem to have gone off to college or something and we seem to be left with green servers who were taught bad habits by only slightly less green servers. Train them right and they'll become an asset.
2. The food. Russo's may be a chain, but the food is usually pretty consistent. Last night the kitchen gets the award for under-seasoning a dish of cannelloni - it was tasteless - while also over-seasoning the meatballs, which came out of the kitchen tasting burnt and just plain awful. I can tolerate the B team in the dining room, but not in the kitchen.
Finally, do you really have to play Fox News Channel in here with the sound turned up while we're trying to eat? Play some music or just turn the TV off. TV doesn't belong in a restaurant in general, but the sound of Bill O'Riley ranting about how the country is going to Hell isn't something that makes most people want to linger over dinner or order dessert.
However, I would like to thank the girl who is probably the daughter of the franchisee for jumping up from her homework and opening the door for us when we left. She was sweet, and she gives me hope that y'all can get this place back to where it was about a year ago. Y'all work hard. But you need to get a handle on the people working for you both in the front and back of house.It appears that when the Russo's down by LA Fitness at Riverstone closed, Yelp changed the listing… En savoir plusThe pizza here from the coal oven is outstanding: thin, crispy, and the right amount of char on the… En savoir plusYou can't beat their sandwiches and salads at lunch.
Service was a little confused. They're set up to… En savoir plus
Okay, so I put Buca on full blast when we were in California, namely because they overbooked the restaurant and because the staff wanted to get the heck out of there on New Year's Eve resulting in a totally sucktacular meal.
How do they do in a less stressful situation?
Let's take lunch back home in Houston. The portions at lunchtime are meant for one person and the crowds are much smaller. They haven't sold out of lasagna yet, rather you're getting the first pan of the day. The server was friendly and food was served quickly.
It's not the absolute best Italian on the planet, but it makes for an enjoyable quick lunch.
I'm still going to avoid them like the plague on a holiday or with a big group because I've been burned one too many times by Buca. But it's a good change-up for lunch.
Like most in Spindletop, we visited on our anniversary.
It's one of those things you have to do at least once, just for the view.
The food? You can get a meal that tastes like this at many other places in town and spend less money. You're paying for the view.
Appetizer: the server recommended the crab cake. It's one of the better ones I've had, with large chunks of crab and more crab than breadcrumbs. It's a few dollars more than it's worth... but you're paying for the view.
Salad: the poached pear salad was quite nice. It probably would have been better without bleu cheese, but that's my preference. It again is a few dollars more than it was worth... but you're paying for the view.
The house specialty is paella, so we ordered the dish for 2. It came out lukewarm, and some parts of it were flat out cold. That kind of spoils the fantasy of this having simmered all day in a giant pan as in Spain; this was obviously reheated. Some of the mussels were strong and gritty. Otherwise, the flavors were well balanced, and the lobster was excellent. Had they executed this dish properly, I would be a lot more enthusiastic about this restaurant than I feel as I write this.
Spindletop is good, and I enjoyed our anniversary dinner. The view is great. Go for the view, not for the food.
Returned for a last minute trip. Because I was a Choice Privileges member and a return customer, I was "upgraded to a suite." If you're told this, don't get your hopes up too high, because it's the same as a regular king room but there's a half-wall between the bed and where the sofa and desk are located.
But this time I was also given a comp bottle of water and offered my choice of a bag of chips at check-in. So don't forget to put your rewards number in when you book the reservation, because you'll feel the love when you check in.
The hotel is located next to a business park. It's quiet, the beds are comfortable, the WiFi works, and every room I've been in has had at least 4 or 5 outlets open on different walls plus outlets to plug stuff in built into the lamps. So it's really convenient to work in the room and keep your stuff charged. This road warrior approves.
You heard about all your other dances
But now there's a brand new dance
That's going around
I want to show you exactly what I'm talking about
I'm talking about the funky chicken, yall ready?
Rufus Thomas was probably the only old R&B/soul song I didn't hear while having dinner last night. It's funky inside the Funky Chicken. Great soundtrack aside, I really enjoyed the food.
The chicken pot pie did not skimp on the chicken or veggies, and the biscuit on top was exceptional. I liked that they put the veggies (yes, they use broccoli for this) in fhe bowl fresh and pour the rest over top. The end result is the veggies are crisp and flavorful. It's great on a cold night.
My wife would have been happy just eating a bowl of the brussel sprouts, but the fried chicken meal looked good.
It's a fast casual kind of place. Prices are in line with other restaurants of this vein (ie Chipotle). Two people can be fed here for a little over $20, unless you go nuts ordering stuff.
They close at 9 every night, so don't come here for a late night munchie fix.
Like JerryBuilt, you have to judge BurgerFi on the whole of the sandwich and not just the patty. The patty is kind of dry and didn't seem to have any seasoning whatsoever. On its own, it wouldn't be that great. But when you add a fried egg, maple syrup, bacon, and a potato pancake you end up with a fine burger.
The burgers are on the small side, but that's okay with me. I don't really need an oversized burger if I'm topping it with a fried egg, you know what I mean?
Fries are (like Five Guys) kind of meh. One order of fries feeds 2
Like many of the other fancy burger joints that have popped up lately, BurgerFi is greenwashing by touting "all natural" beef (which is a worthless claim - there is no USDA definition of "all natural" so you can slap it on everything) and putting signs up all over touting recycling and eco-friendly lighting. I can't wait until the greenwashing trend dies down.
End result: next time I'm at First Colony I'll probably eat here, but I won't make a special trip to First Colony to go to BurgerFi. They have a good burger in a town with many good burgers to choose from, but they don't do enough to rise above the pack.
I love the food at Chacho's, but I don't think the dining room has been cleaned since this place was a Bennigan's. The tables are always dirty whether they're busy or not. It's greasy drunken Tex-Mex. Service is slow. As much as I like the food, the dirty dining room and beat-up tables and chairs make me not want to return.
If you're going to eat a bunch of fried food that's not good for you, do it right and go here. The fried fish is terrific. Fried shrimp is okay. The hushpuppies are out of this world. It's a total caloric bomb, and I was happy to have it in my belly.
The restaurant is a throwback to the 70's and does smell a bit of cigarette smoke. But the fish was hot, straight from the fryer, and for a few minutes I felt like a kid out to get fish & chips with mom & dad back in the day. Then it was time to go back to work.
When chiropractic is good, it's really good. When it's bad... run!
The thing I like about The Joint is they're not trying to promise something they can't deliver. Ever been to a chiropractor who wants you to forgo all traditional medicine? That isn't The Joint. From the first piece of paper you sign, they make it clear that they're here to give you routine adjustments. You walk in (no appointment), you get your adjustment, and you're on your way. There's no x-rays, no dubious nerve scans, no nonsense.
The end result is you can get the treatment that chiropractic is good for without a fuss, and you can afford to keep going on a regular basis to keep things in line.
The doctor is friendly and knew her stuff. I walked in not sure what to expect and walked out a customer and a fan.
I have been under pressure from the management of this restaurant to revise this review. They say that I told the manager that my meal was perfect.
The person who waited on me did not identify himself as a manager.
I do not have any recollection of saying the meal was perfect to the server but I won't challenge it, as I prefer to not cause a scene unless I am truly angry.
The restaurant also claims that their sauce does not come from a can. I will take their word for it.
However, I stand by my assessment of the restaurant. The food is average. Or, as the 3 stars represent in Yelp, A-OK. It's a good place to take kids. But there are better Mexican restaurants on Highway 6, one of which is currently on the Chronicle's top 100 list and one that in my opinion is good enough to make the list.
Bring your kids. Look out for the ones in the parking lot.The good news is that Ula's is better than the former tenant of this space. Unfortunately that's not… En savoir plus
I love the smell of smoke every time I drive by, but like all of the BBQ joints around Bellaire, it's not that good.
The brisket is dry. Jalapeño sausage is decent but not very flavorful.
The cole slaw is fresh, the green beans canned.
I wish the food tasted as good as the smoke as you drive by...
Kitty Hollow is my neighborhood park. My only knock on it is I have to drive to get there, but a couple of neighborhoods and the MUD are getting together to build a jogging trail to get to the park on foot from the surrounding neighborhoods. Last I heard the construction will begin either in 2014 or 2015.
While it's not as nice as Oyster Creek, there are a bunch of picnic ramadas [in local parlance, pavillions] (call Fort Bend County to reserve them), a couple of playgrounds, a lake (don't swim in it, it has gators), lots of open space, and now a dog park. There are also 2 jogging trails that are marked for distance.
The dog park is split up into 2 sections for small and large dogs; both have a pond where the dogs can safely swim. There's also a dog wash area. Bring your own towels unless you want your car smelling like your pooch.
Bring your family, bring your pups, and if you see an alligator, just let them be.
We recently took a day off and wanted to take our bikes out for a spin. After hitting Kitty Hollow in Missouri City and Oyster Creek in Sugar Land, we decided to try to find Memorial Park in Sugar Land.
Well, Siri had trouble finding Memorial Park. But she did point us to this one.
It's an older neighborhood in Sugar Land and it looks like it's been there forever. But it's totally worth finding:
- Well maintained bike/jogging trail that goes for a couple of miles
- Skate park for the teenage boys in your family
- Baseball/Softball fields that are well maintained and used by the Little League
- Sand Volleyball
- A public pool
The pool is pretty basic but it ranges from 3 to 12 feet and has 2 diving boards. It's also dirt cheap. Sugar Land residents pay $1 for kids under 18 before 5 and $2.25 for adults before 5, $0.50 for kids/$1.00 for adults after 5. Non residents can use the pool for a little more: $1.25 for kids under 18 and $2.85 for adults before 5, $0.65 for kids and $1.25 for adults after 5.
We eventually found Memorial Park in a newer part of Sugar Land. But the pool at City Park is a good option for the summer if you don't have ready access to one in your neighborhood and the trails are well maintained. If your kids are into skateboards, the skate park has shade and looked pretty popular.
They've spruced up the interior of this place a little bit recently. It used to feel very stark and bright in here, and now it feels warmer inside. I recommend the pho, the spring rolls, the vermicelli, and the Vietnamese egg rolls.
Service is always very abrupt for me, probably because of the language barrier. They are very prompt to take your order after being seated, and you'll never wait long for your food. It's always very efficient and very good.I love this place for the chicken noodle soup with egg noodles, the soup with noodles and beef… En savoir plus
There's a reason why there is always a wait here when crawfish are in season.
This place knows how to do mudbugs.
We opted for a couple pounds of crawfish done "heaven" style, which is a combination of all of their seasonings. I like things spicy, but I've found that ordering them mild here comes out just perfect. All the fresh stuff is market priced; on our visit they were $8.99/pound and all were good sized.
A fine, messy, spicy date night, and this time I didn't accidentally rub my eyes after handling the crawfish. (ouch!)Returned to try the boiled entrees. The waitress said the crawfish was still not fresh (they serve… En savoir plusI know, I went to a place called Crawfish Heaven and I didn't try the crawfish... however I know… En savoir plus
Galveston, TX 77550
Nice, fairly new hotel directly across from Stewart Beach. Our room was quiet and clean with a comfortable bed, microwave, and fridge. Because you're down by Stewart Beach (about a block from Ferry Road) you're away from the restaurants and bars, but you're not that far, really. There are great eats within 2 miles.
There is a complimentary breakfast in the lobby but we slept through it; it stops serving at 9:30.
I would stay here again. We stayed on a Saturday night when it was fairly full and had no problems parking nor did we hear our neighbors on any side.
If you come in here expecting lunch, you've come to the wrong place. Chez Beignets serves coffee, hot chocolate, and beignets. That's it. Don't bring your lunch, either: the sign on the door asks for no outside food & drink out of respect. Fair enough.
The beignets are stellar. Hot, fluffy, the perfect density, and fried to order. However, having opted for the stuffed beignets I can say skip those and stick with the traditional. The stuffed beignets are filled with what you might find in a filled donut and it's a little too much. It sounds good, but halfway through I found myself scraping out the filling. The regular ones are awesome enough.
Also: they got an ipad with Square so they do take credit cards now.
We had a great breakfast here, but looking at the menu made us want to come back sometime for lunch or dinner. (They're open until 8 Friday & Saturday.)
It gets busy here for breakfast on the weekends. In addition to the regular breakfast menu with tasty pancakes and such, weekend brunch offers mimosas and things like crab omelettes and crab cakes and eggs.
There's a full bakery with cookies, cakes, and pies. It's pretty awesome.
The signs here crack me up. The proprietors of Shrimp & Stuff want you to know the rules for returning things if they mess up your order before you order, and they want you to notice the ketchup and things on the table so you don't take from the stuff for to-go orders.
Thankfully, Shrimp & Stuff is as proficient with seafood as they are with the laser printer. It's all fried and it's all good. It's also one of the more affordable spots to eat on the island. You can pay a lot more for a po-boy or basket of fish & fries somewhere else and it won't be nearly as good as coming here.
There's a bunch of tables crammed into the small dining room or take a seat on a nicely shaded patio. Or take it to the beach. It's casual enough that you can come here before or after getting sand in your toes that you'll fit in.
Yeah, it's a Whataburger, but it's the one in our 'hood. Most nights half of Hightower High School seems to be in here along with a smattering of Sienna moms & kids.
But it's always open, the service is friendly, my order comes out right, and they keep the place tidy. Sure, the taquitos taste the same here as at any other Whataburger. But you're close to home and that's all that matters.
I see that Yelpers have generally panned this place. Yes, the decor is cheesy, and the board of early dinner specials from 2 to 6 makes it appear that they have the senior citizen market dialed in.
But they make a damn fine breakfast. The pancakes are fluffy with a hint of vanilla. The eggs are cooked to order. The portions are generous, and the service is friendly. If you can get beyond the kitschy decor, your most important meal of the day can be a good one.
Is it New York style pizza? Not even close. The slices aren't big enough really to fold. But it is pretty good. The sandwiches make for a good lunch, but the meatballs on the sub were obviously from a frozen bag.
This location is short on atmosphere: the box of styrofoam cups on top of the video game next to the door looks like it's been there for a long time. But the food is fairly consistent from this local chain and service is quick.03/03/2014 Thank you so much for your feedback. We take any and all constructive criticism into consideration.… En savoir plus
It's the most important meal of the day, and it's not a chain joint.
Service is not fast, but it is friendly. The pancakes are large - 2 will fill you up for most of the day. They have some really inexpensive breakfast specials, and there is seating outside for when the weather is nice.
It's a solid 3 star joint. The food and service are good with the potential to be great. Give them a shot.
When I'm on the road, I look for two things in a restaurant:
1. I want a restaurant that I can't find at home
2. I want a dining experience that isn't easy to find at home
The Conch wins. Yes it feels like you're stepping into a Jimmy Buffett song when you walk in, but you're in Florida. The conch fritters are tasty (although seemed a little light on the conch). Blackened grouper, scallops, and shrimp were cooked perfectly. The key lime pie was awesome.
The wait can be long, especially on a Friday night in Lent, but the service was friendly and attentive. I will return.
This hotel advertised itself as Union Square.
Not so much.
No air conditioning means you have to crack a window. That lets all of the noise in from the street, both vehicular and pedestrian.
Yes, it's older, but clean and fairly well maintained. But my #1 question when I review a hotel is "Did I get a good night's sleep?" Well, it's almost midnight and my headphones aren't blocking all the noise. The pillows are too flat and the bed feels like it's slanted. If I could get my money back, I'd get dressed and find a better place to stay. I do not want to be here.
UPDATE from the morning after:
Lots of noise from drunk club-goers outside the window all night. The worst was someone cranking up Bell Biv Devoe's "Do Me" at 2:40 am. I'm probably going to need another hotel tonight. It will not be this one.
This hotel gets a star for location, because it is close to most of the places you want to go. It gets a star for having AC, so you can take the humidity out of the air. However, the fan won't stay on continuously so you can't use it to mask the traffic noise. There's a small flat screen with cable and the room was clean and in fairly good condition. However, I stayed here during a peak time in the city and paid nearly $300 for the privilege of being in a 1950's era motel that was last decorated in the 1970's or 1980's. It's one thing to go for a retro look, but this is just plain tired. I would have felt a whole lot better about this hotel if it hadn't cost that much.
EDITED to add a star for the man running the front desk in the morning who seemed to either be an owner or manager. He was really looking after his guests: arranging tours or transportation.
The Crab Shack is a total dive that looks like it could come apart in a good gust of wind, and I mean that in the most loving way possible. The place was packed to the gills at lunchtime, but service was friendly, the fish was fresh, and the prices reasonable.
I appreciate this hotel for what it is: a moderately priced hotel in a town of really expensive ones. The rooms are tiny: just enough room for a bed, a couple of nightstands, and a small desk. The room will feel a little musty until you turn on the wall AC unit, but once that takes the humidity out of the air it's fine. It's a couple of blocks from the BART station, so you can be in San Francisco in a few minutes (plus you can take BART to and from the airport). My room was clean. I didn't hear noise from other rooms. The bath fixtures looked recently upgraded. The neighborhood did not bother me; I arrived after 9 at night and didn't feel scared, but I am used to traveling alone in large cities and common sense always applies. There are a few bars and restaurants nearby. Overall the neighborhood seems fairly gentrified. The front desk was well staffed & friendly. I would stay here again; it's a good value.13/10/2014 Clean, quite and convenient? Sounds like a good stay to us, John! Thanks for the kind review here on… En savoir plus
The room was a little funky, with steps down that the front desk helpfully warns you of when you check in so you don't trip in the dark. The place has character. The room is small but well appointed, well decorated, and has a comfortable bed and pillows. The location is great, near restaurants and about a block from BART. If you like quirky old buildings, you'll like this hotel. It has a great vibe; I was able to get great sleep, and the price was very reasonable.
This hotel is in a great location; the cable cars run outside the front door, Union Square is steps away, and restaurants are everywhere along with lots of shopping. There is no AC, but there is a ceiling fan. The room was very warm even with the fan. Because you have to keep the window open (it only opens a couple of inches for ventilation) you get lots of noise. On my visit, a band was set up on the street corner, complete with full drum kit and a bass player, and they played until 10 or 11 on a Sunday night. I want to like this hotel more than I did, but the noise and the difficulty I had getting comfortable is my lasting memory.
Take Hooters, put proper clothes on the servers and an infinitely better menu, and you've got the Ale House. There's TVs everywhere you look and most of the menu is fried, but it's all very good and far from tacky.
Unlike other sports pubs, it's worth coming here for the food.
It's a 3 star meal with a 4 star view. When the weather is nice, I can't think of a better spot than on their patio looking out on the lake to sip on some wine. As for the food, it's normal for coal fired pizza to have char on the crust, but ours was a little too charred. The salad was excellent. The wine list is extensive. But the patio is just plain perfect. We found ourselves wishing we had a room at the Hyatt across the lake so we could drink more wine and walk across the little bridge to call it a night. With a little more planning, one night we just might...
I came here with a little trepidation, as my first introduction to this chain in downtown Denver was a bland inedible mess where we walked out after a couple of bites.
But with the crowd that I saw inside, I figured that maybe there was something to this Noodles thing. so I gave them another shot.
My honest opinion: It's okay. Not great, but not terrible. N&Co is trying to be all things to all people, with everything from Asian to Italian to American styles of noodles on the menu, and the end result is kind of average.
You would expect that if you ordered chicken pad thai you would get the chicken stir-fried into the dish and let it get some flavor. But because it's all mass-produced, the chicken is grilled separately and tossed on top, so if you add protein to your carbs, you'd better like bland protein because they make absolutely no attempt to season it.
The patio off to the side in the strip mall is a nice touch. (and yes, this is a strip mall, not a free-standing restaurant) I suspect that eating on the patio on a beautiful spring day is what led me to give this three stars instead of two, because Noodles & Company must cater to people who like to eat really bland food. I ate here because I didn't want to eat something I could get at home (Panera, Chiptole in the same center) but I don't find myself wishing I could come back to Colorado just to eat at Noodles & Company. It's not bad, but it's not very good, either.