Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's

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2006/09/27 11:04:50 (permalink)

Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's

The one at Ontario Mills in Ontario, CA. Huge place, and not near as noisy as I was expecting. (a plus) Not as crowded as I expected either. (another plus, as I'm a misanthrope)

Nice oaky/brassy decor with great light fixtures. There was even a guy to open the door for us, coming and going. I sure hope he wasn't expecting a tip.

ALERT! ALERT! White cloth napkin warning!

The specialty drink menu looked like the 213 phone book, but alas, those days are behind me, so I settled for Coke rocks.
And it did.

Our waiter (Hello, my name is Kevin and I'll be your server today) was great. Too bad my sandwich wasn't, but anyway...
The chicken tortilla soup was so good I want to bathe in it and drink the bathwater. I'll definitely be attempting to recreate that in my home kitchen someday soon.

Nothing on the menu inspired me all that much, as I wasn't in the mood for ribs or burgers, so I finally selected some kind of grilled panini sandwich with peppercorn roast beef, havarti, arugula, and red onions along with a dipping bowlette of peppercorn au jus concoction.

When the sandwich came it had obviously been sitting on the pick up shelf for quite awhile, as it was cold and the havarti peeking out from the bread had solidified. The arugula had mysteriously morphed into sliced raw tomatoes, an item I abhor on a sandwich. The bread had been spread with a mayo looking ranch tasting spread. It's probably a good idea at this point to mention how much I despise ranch.
Oh how I despise it. Damn but I wish they'd have mentioned that little tidbit in the menu description.

After one bite I decided I don't like havarti cheese. The rare roast beef slices were sure good, although darned if I didn't forget to pack my portable scanning electron microscope, which would have aided me greatly in seeing the miniscule amount of beef they so lovingly didn't slather the sandwich with.

The dipping sauce was a salty, somewhat thickish blend of pepper, water, and packaged beef "au jus" powder. It helped to hide the flavor of the sandwich, so I fell in love with the stuff. In fact, I'd have gladly traded the sandwich for a big steaming bowl of the dip.

The fries were... fries. Typical bag 'o Sysco frozen product. Good, but not great. And not hot.

I don't play pool or bar games, so I can't see myself returning to Dave and Buster's. If I ever decide to slide back into old habits (getting drunk and playing pool) I'll probably return. It's really a nice place inside, and the service was impeccable.

But a guy can't eat service.
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    wheregreggeats.com
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/09/27 11:16:35 (permalink)
    I was in Providence last weekend and met up with friends, who's kids wanted the D&B experience.

    I, as politely as possible, excused myself from dinner and went to Federal Hill for dinner at Medetranio -- always my first stop when I'm in town. My dinner was excellent (I think Medeteranio is about the best Italian restaurant anyplace.)

    I'm glad I didn't miss much by avoiding D&B.

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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/09/27 12:26:01 (permalink)
    The D&B in Dallas, just off Central Expressway, used to have great food. It has been years since I have been.
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/09/27 22:22:06 (permalink)
    I never understood the Dave and Busters concept. I can get drunk and play video games at home for a lot less money.
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/09/28 12:29:20 (permalink)
    I have eaten at D&B several times as my wife and our friends enjoy playing the games. The food is really nothing special. I usually go with the bar burgers. They are basically one burger cut into 4 pieces and severed on some pretty tasty little hawaiian rolls. And then they have some sort of sacue and a pickle on each one. They aren't great but they fill me up and my memory is that they are only $6. The only other thign on the menu that I even remeber having are the nachos which again are ok. I know I have ordered other things there but I can;t remember what they are.
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/09/29 09:41:47 (permalink)
    We hit the one on the north side of Atlanta w/ the kids when we go to hot 'lanta. The vid games are fun and the food is not poison. We have no video games in our house, eight computers for four people but no games.
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/09/29 15:03:18 (permalink)
    Once a year around Christmas, I go to Dave & Buster's with friends and family. The rest of them love to play all the games, but I would much rather just sit at the bar, eat a piece of cake and watch the football games. I have never had anything to eat beyond the dessert, but some people have told me it isn't too bad.
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/09/29 15:40:02 (permalink)
    The only D & B's I have been to is the one in Charlotte, NC. Burgers was good and the beer selection was very good. Excellent TV and a great sports bar.

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    frogger67
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/23 17:22:21 (permalink)
    When I first heard of their concept, I thought - wow, a Chuck E. Cheese for adults. I envisioned video games from the "old days" (being a child of the '80s)--PacMan and the like.
    When I heard the video games were the current, overly violent and loud, total sensory overload (not to metion expensive) variety , I decided never to set foot in the place.
    A restaurant that HAS these classic old arcade games--now there's a thought!
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/23 23:09:48 (permalink)
    flash bulletin...

    a Dave and Busters has just opened on 42nd St. in NYC...
    right in the middle of Times Square..

    42nd st has gotten so "disney-ized" now!
    I miss the tackiness of 42nd st in the 70's and 80's!
    (and all those little hot dog places(like Nedicks) and better pizza places then what they have now...)
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/24 01:56:00 (permalink)
    I loved Times Sq. in the 80's. The hookers, the pimps, the drug dealers and users, the con artist, the porno outlets. It was people watching paradise!

    There was a SCUBA shop and a camera shop that I loved to buy from.

    Darn the Mayor for cleaning it up.

    MikeS.
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/24 10:18:04 (permalink)
    "I loved Times Sq. in the 80's. The hookers, the pimps, the drug dealers and users, the con artist, the porno outlets. It was people watching paradise!"

    Mike, you're not alone. In the old Times Square you didn't have to pay admission to see a show.

    Maybe that's the next concept. We can open a theme restaurant in Times Square based on hookers, hustlers, hypes and vagrants. Have mock strip shows and stage hourly police emergencies. The tourists would eat it up!

    BTW - threads like this are one of the reasons I love Roadfood. I wouldn't make a point of going to D&B, but I've heard that enough people like it that I could see it happening. Now that I know it's Chuck E Cheez for grown-ups, forget it.
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/24 10:21:14 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by ellen4641

    I miss the tackiness of 42nd st in the 70's and 80's!
    (and all those little hot dog places(like Nedicks) and better pizza places then what they have now...)


    I'm not sure what you remember, I'm thinking you are thinking of a little further up Broadway, because the 42nd Street I knew in the 70's and 80's was full of XXX shops, hookers and squeegee men. So I avoided Times Square, except to go to TKTS.



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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/24 19:58:04 (permalink)
    yes, scorereader , there were mostly those xxx rated shops.
    But I remember a little "hot dog" storefront place right there in the middle of it all,
    plus good ol' Nedicks was on the corner of 42nd and 7th ave.

    and the fried chicken place (corner of 42nd and 8th)
    plus a few pizza places with that NYC vibe; die hard "slice" places, ("next please"), and they mostly just served plain cheese pizza, and it was fresh , too.







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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/24 20:04:29 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Ashphalt

    "I loved Times Sq. in the 80's. The hookers, the pimps, the drug dealers and users, the con artist, the porno outlets. It was people watching paradise!"

    Mike, you're not alone. In the old Times Square you didn't have to pay admission to see a show.

    Maybe that's the next concept. We can open a theme restaurant in Times Square based on hookers, hustlers, hypes and vagrants. Have mock strip shows and stage hourly police emergencies. The tourists would eat it up!



    that is too funny, asphalt!! and what a great original idea!!
    It's the "hookers heaven" restaurant!! with the gals dressed as hookers, and the guys dressed as pimps. It would be like Halloween every day in there! I could even hear the customers ordering, "I'll have the ho-burger please, medium rare"

    And you put it best into words when you said "the old times square you did'nt have to pay admission to see a show!"...

    I used to take the bus in from the jersey suburbs to see bands like Aerosmith play at Madison Square Garden. Late 1970's.

    and I remember trying to walk real fast down 42nd street if it was dark out . And hearing the whispers of "wanna buy a nickel bag?", etc. Yet, it was kind of exciting , (a cheap thrill) doing the "42nd st dash"

    A few years back I went to the Museum of Sex over on 5th ave (around 22nd st). It really exists , no joke.
    There was a great exhibit on the old Times Square. I loved it.
    It felt kind of wierd , though, that this was now considered a "chapter" in history . And for those high school students, etc, who never will get to see Times Square as we knew it!!
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    RE: Well, I finally hit a Dave and Buster's 2006/10/25 10:12:38 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by ellen4641

    yes, scorereader , there were mostly those xxx rated shops.
    But I remember a little "hot dog" storefront place right there in the middle of it all,
    plus good ol' Nedicks was on the corner of 42nd and 7th ave.

    and the fried chicken place (corner of 42nd and 8th)
    plus a few pizza places with that NYC vibe; die hard "slice" places, ("next please"), and they mostly just served plain cheese pizza, and it was fresh , too.



    I was too young in the 70's and 80's for my parents to let me go past all that to get to the food. I guess I missed out
    In fact, in the 70's when we went to NYC I think my mother held my hand the whole freaking time. how embarrasing.
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