They were awesome in the beginning and I guess the more I ordered from them it seems the more the product got worse. That or they just took my constant business for granted. Below are the reasons why this place went from 5 to 2 stars with me.
1. Delicious chicken when its cooked properly. More than once I have
gotten chicken that was either burnt or the grease must have been old.
2. I usually order take out or delivery. The place only has stools. So there is no where to put your purse or jacket. You'll have to sit it on the floor or try to balance it on your knees. Plus i'm short so my legs dangle and cut off my circulation at the thigh.
3. The pieces of chicken are EXTREMELY SMALL! My biscuit was bigger than the chicken thigh and i'm not exaggerating. I'm not expecting huge hormone injected chicken but to pay $13 for 5 of the smallest wings I've ever seen is just ridiculous. I could hold all 5 wings in 1 hand and still have my palm read.
4. The prices are CRAZY! A "supper" consisting of 3 TINY pieces of chicken with a medium sized biscuit and rancid tasting cole slaw is $12.25. The only thing that consistently tastes good( when they have it) is the fried okra for $5.50. Most items are a la carte, so you'll easily spend almost $20 or more for a non alcoholic drink, a side, and a few miniscule pieces of chicken.
5. The service is very friendly although not always quick!
I grew up in a house filled with southern cooking. Bobwhite's chicken is good but certainly not the best I've ever had by far. Its a hit or miss. So roll the dice if you have money to spare.
I've been here a few times and it is either a ghost town or crazy packed. This weekend we showed up between 7:30pm and 8pm for a 9pm double feature. Not only were we turned away we were told that we should have come around 6pm. WTF? So we are supposed to arrive 3 hours early just to sit in a huge crowd of people until the movie starts? No way. When I posted this on their Facebook page including a congratulations on a successful season, my comment was promptly deleted. I guess I should drive the 1-2hrs to get there during the weeknights as their Facebook page suggested. If you enjoy rude service, sitting for unlimited hours in a car surrounded by cars with screaming kids then this is the experience for you. There are plenty of other drive ins that treat you like a customer and not a problem.
My husband and I came on Sunday morning at 10am for brunch. We were shocked to find out that brunch to a hipster really means lunch because that's the time they open. (11am) We left and ate at a marvelous restaurant that I will review later.
After running errands we were hungry again and thought to go to the Cardinal for early dinner. We got there at 4:15pm. As soon as we opened the door, hipster girl #1 told us through a mouth full of food that they were closed. WTF? Then hipster boy #1 told us to "come back at 6pm for dinner". Yeah, because waiting another 2 hrs to eat at a place that already TURNED US AWAY TWICE IN ONE DAY is exactly what anyone would do. *sarcasm* If I have to become hungry during a certain window of time, then chances are I won't be back. There are just too many restaurants that have convenient hours, friendly service, and delicious food in this neighborhood to have to deal with this. So I guess its back to my kitchen or Sylvia's in Harlem if I want great food with consistent hours.
Although I'm never coming back or recommending this place to anyone, I do hope they figure out what's more important. The food and the customers or looking cool when you tell people you own a restaurant. Sailor Jerry endorsements don't last forever.
I'm a Chicago native and have always supported Chicago theater. I moved to the east coast 2 years ago and decided that I would treat myself and a friend to the play Queenie Pie at the Chicago Opera Theater on an upcoming visit to Chicago. I just bought tickets today. I was super excited. Less than 12 hours later I get an email stating that the remaining shows had been postponed and rescheduled to new dates. Unfortunately, I am only going to be in town for one week and none of the dates worked for me. Instead of offering a refund, I was asked if I wanted a "credit" for another day or get a tax deductible letter in the mail. If I don't live in Chicago then why would I want a credit for a show that I won't be able to see. I'd have to inconvenience myself more and fly back which is ridiculous. I filed a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and not surprisingly they are not accredited by them nor did they respond to the BBB's request for a mutual resolution.
So basically I lost $71 and no one there at the box office or management gives a damn. I will never spend another dime here and its best that you know that they can reschedule at any time, so THEIR screw up costs YOU! TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE!!! Can you say RIP OFF?
This was my first time eating a knish and I just didn't like the savory and much as I liked the sweet. I got the mushroom knish. The mushrooms were obviously canned, but for $3.50, what can you expect? The potatoes inside was fluffy and soft, but bland. It needed some garlic, or onion, or some kind of spice. My husband and his friend got the jalapeno mozzarella knish and it tasted much much better than the mushroom. I also tried the blueberry knish and it was very good. I loved that it wasn't too sweet or too tart. In the end, 3 people ate for less than $20 in NYC. You can't beat it. I would come back if someone else was going.
Let me start off by saying I HATE tourist traps! So I wasn't impressed by the fact that this restaurant was featured in a movie.
My husband really wanted to go, so we went last week. When we walked in we noticed the security at the door. He gave us each a ticket. I am not a big deli sandwich eater, I prefer meatball and grilled chicken sandwiches. They didn't have those, so I reluctantly ordered the burger. Yeah I know burgers at deli's are a no no, but I didn't see anything else I wanted. I wanted fries, a pickle, and a soda and was told that I would have to wait in 3 different lines to get each item. WTF??? So after waiting in 3 different lines by the time I sat down my food was cold. My husband got a liverwurst sandwich that was big, but not worth $15. He also got the matza ball soup, which he said was good. My burger was $7.50, the fries were $5, the drink was $3. These sandwiches here range from $14 to almost $20. You would think that for that price it would at least include chips and a drink. NO!! The sandwich is made on regular square bread that you can buy at the store, and portions in no way justify the cost.
When we were ready to pay, luckily we found our tickets because had we lost them, that would have been a $50 fine EACH?? While my husband was paying I went to the bathroom. As we were leaving the same security guards at the door kept asking us if we were together( I'm black my husband is white) and if we had paid. When we said yes, we were given a suspicious look then he opened the door for us to leave.
The whole experience just wasn't worth it. This place is for suckers with a lot of money and time on their hands, who enjoy being yelled at by the staff, all so that you can eat overpriced mediocre sandwiches at a table seen in a shitty Meg Ryan movie 20 years ago.
I'd like to say everything was good, but I'd be FAKING IT!
My husband and I just moved to the area and was looking for an affordable brunch today. We saw this place and it was pretty empty. We got a table quickly and was greeted with water. We started with 2 coffees and split a 1 greek yogurt. The yogurt was pretty typical, but included a weird assortment of fruit. Bitter grapefruit, and soft strawberries with greek yogurt isn't normally my thing. I ordered steak and eggs and I got mushrooms on the steak. The meal was good, nothing fancy for $13.50. It wasn't until we got the bill that we realized that the mushrooms were $6. That's almost half the cost of my meal. Also my husband got an omelette and a half of an an avocado. The avocado half was $3.75. WTF??? After we were served we basically never saw our waiter again. The place got crowded and we had to wait and hound someone to get our bill. My husband went to the atm inside the restaurant and only a few feet from our table. The busboy walked up and just grabbed his chair and took it to another table. He never asked if we were done or if someone was even sitting there. Our plates were still on the freakin table. I guess that was the signal that the meal was over. AVERAGE food, BAD service, HIGH extras, NOT coming back.
THIS PLACE IS AMAZING!!!!
My husband and I were apt hunting tonight and stopped here randomly for a bite.
The owner greeted us and she was so nice and helpful about explaining the area. We were impressed that the food was farm to table because that is what I cook at home. Our server TYRUS was VERY friendly,attentive, and knowledgeable about the food and NYC nightlife which we appreciated being Jersey City residents. We had the meatball appetizer($8) which was seasoned to perfection. For the entree we had the beef ribs($28) which were so tender and juicy. I don't eat pork so I was very pleased that these ribs were beef. The entree also came with hand cut chips and perfectly cooked kale. Soft yet crunchy. We shared the entree and it was exactly what we needed. We loved the beer and wine list. The food was a little pricey, but farm raised and organic food usually is. As a fellow farmers market shopper, I appreciate the quality. I can't wait to take more people here.
I have been a Potbellys fan for over 10 years in both the Chicago and New York area. The sandwiches here are a lot smaller compared to Chicago and the NYC/NJ area does not offer the "big" size for the sandwiches. I started making pick up orders to the Potbellys at Exchange place as soon and they were up and running after Hurricane Sandy. Now that I work from home, I have been placing delivery orders online to the Potbelly's at Exchange Place for the last few weeks, often several times a week. The normal order is 2-4 sandwiches.
Today I placed an online order of 3 sandwiches at about 2pm. Then at about 2:30pm I received a call from a guy at the Potbelly's(I'm guessing he was the manager) telling me that he can only deliver as far as Warren St. and that every time I received a delivery in the past it was a mistake. By the way, I live 2 blocks past Warren St..... 2 BLOCKS. He said that this time I would have to wait an additional hour to get my food because no one was there that could make a delivery "that far" to drop off only 3 sandwiches. He also said that in order for me to get delivery in the future I would have to spend at least $200. He didn't sound apologetic in any way.
My first question is why would the website allow me to place this delivery order time and time again if I was out of the area?? Also for as long as I have been ordering from this location I have gotten my food on time. Why would it all of a sudden take another hour to get my food when it NEVER took 2 hours before? I love Potbellys, but I do not appreciate being spoken to as if I am a problem when I am the one spending $40-$50 a week here. I hope the person I spoke to will improve his terrible attitude and that Potbelly's will continue to deliver to my apartment otherwise I wont be eating here.
The food here is VERY fresh. The décor is very rustic with an open kitchen and brick oven. The tables were pretty close so you are right in your neighbors face. Our server was very friendly and seemed to know the menu quite well.
I ordered a Tequilana drink which was yummy but $10 for a small glass. The beers are top notch, no bud light here. They ranged from $6-$32 depending on the size and quality. Wine list was equally impressive with glasses between $8-$24
On to the food:
The small plates were good and reasonable portions and priced well. $4-$14
My husband got the meatballs for $9 and I got the chickpeas for $5. It was so good.
I then ordered the Mai Pie, which was basically a mushroom pizza for $18. My husband got the Santo with sausage, onions, and tomato sauce for $18. The size of the pizzas are about the size of an average medium pizza.
I don't eat pork or seafood, which was pretty much the only meats they had on the menu that night. I am definitely a meat eater(beef, lamb, chicken), so I was kind of disappointed at the lack of options. The menu does change often and I see by the other reviews that there were more meats to choose from on other nights. They do have entrée specials that were over $20, but when I saw other people's plates the portions of the entrees were pretty small for the price. I liked the food, but I wasn't craving more. Our server was very nice and friendly.
I'm willing to go back and try other menu items, but probably if someone else suggested it.