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- Location: McKinney, TX
RE: Worst meal you ever ate in a restaurant
Sun, 04/27/08 9:44 AM
Originally posted by bbqjimbob
I think this post of mine on alt.food.barbecue almost exactly a year ago pretty well sums it up!
The wife and I went to local, so-called "BBQ" restaurant tonight in
Canton, Ohio, called Hog Heaven. Their "claim to fame" is, as they put
it, "authentic BBQ". The wife, who is as pretty as she is sweet
(Sweeter than the crap they tried to pass off as BBQ sauce!), had
gotten me a gift certificate for Christmas to the joint, knowing how
much I'd enjoy real BBQ. OK- enough chit-chat- They had several
specials tonight- 2 of which were a full rack of ribs (12 bones) w/ no
sides for $10, and a skewer of 5 shrimp for $1.50. I ordered the full
rack dry, w/ sauce on the side- I asked for the least sweet sauce they
had, and a skewer of shrimp. My wife got the ribs (6 bones) and
Geez- where do I start?! My ribs were about as bland as "par-boiled"
mush w/ no butter or syrup- I'm pretty sure their journey to the table
began in boiling water, and then on to an oven, until they were
"falling off the bone" tender, at which point they normally would have
been slathered with sickeningly sweet sauce, and grilled for a few
minutes. I think they would have actually been better with the sweet
sauce- the bones probably had more, and better flavor! On to the
wife's brisket- it was very odd looking, and tasted like "medicine"-
which I contribute to the probable use of liquid smoke. My wife
couldn't stand it, and after tasting it, I couldn't blame her. We said
something to our server, and she replaced the brisket with what they
called "pulled pork". Geez- it just doesn't get any better. While the
pulled pork didn't have a bad taste, it lacked any bold and smoke
flavor whatsoever! It tasted like it had been cooked in an oven
instead of a pit. It reminded me of mom's Sunday dinners years ago,
when she'd make roast pork- except her dinners were much better. Next-
the skewer of shrimp. I chose the spicy garlic sauce, which was
actually not bad. However, the shrimp were grilled for way too long.
They were chewy and rubbery! Damn- can this place get anything right?!
The appetizer we ordered was their nachos w/ roast pork- uh, I mean
pulled pork (Yea- right). The "cheese" on it was of the "processed"
variety, similar to the taste of a rough night of partying coming back
up- not that I'd know anything about that, of course!
When I said something to our server about the food tasting nothing
like real BBQ, she admitted that they DID NOT EVEN HAVE A PIT, and
that everything was "cooked" in the oven, and then grilled for the
last few minutes, with the exception of their brisket, which never
even made it to the grill! Our server said something to the manager,
who took a whopping $3.47 off of our $50.00 bill, due to our
"dissatisfaction"! Gee, thanks!
Wow! That is hard to top, so I won't even try.
But it did remind me of a dreadful meal I had three years ago in the vicinity of Canton, OH. Growing up in New Wilmington, PA - which is just across the state line from Youngstown-Akron-Canton - it was always a treat to go over to Niles, OH and enjoy a meal at Alberini's (http://www.alberinis.com/). I always knew it to be a wonderful steak and seafood restaurant, so on the occasion of my mother's 80th. birthday we flew up and took her there "for old times sake". It was a disaster!
Like the ersatz "authentic BBQ" above, Alberini's now fancies itself to be a cutting edge Italian fine dining establishment. Yikes! Each of our entrees was lousy, but mine "took the cake": my "pan seared duck" was served pretty much as "canard tartare". Unpleasantness ensued as I returned it for the second time asking it simply to be served warm. The executive cook (I won't grant him his self-arrogated title of "chef") came out and opened up with "You don't know duck
". As we maintain an apartment in Paris I assured him that indeed I did know "duck", critiqued the other two excreable entrees, tossed two ben's on the table and left.
As we had hardly eaten we stopped by the Inner Circle on our way home and enjoyed some excellent pizza and hot wings.