2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year

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JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
2010/12/28 11:33:57
They can't all be winners.  Post your Roadfood disappointments (and worse) of 2010 here.
 
I'll start it off with the Baked Bean Dog at Pat's Drive-in.  Yeah, they call this a "Chili-Dog."  How about some truth in advertising?

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 11:50:39
I promised no rotten tomatoes list this year.
But since this is your thread, Jim, then I'll oblige with this nasty, stale dutch letter
from Java Joe's in Des Moines IA
 
 
 

 
Thankfully I did not get any photos of the dishwater that the Bison Turf in Fargo ND  tried to pass off as beer cheese soup or of the Coleslaw that must have been prepared in someone's dirty socks (that's what it tasted like) at Henry VIII's Carvery in Scarborough ME...
Those were really the only atrocious meals (and in actuality they really weren't meals) that I had in 2010.
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 11:51:24
Where's Pat's located?
 
While I don't have any photos, I enjoyed some underseasoned baked chicken and somewhat indifferent service at Walker's Family Restaurant in Beaver Dam, WI back in January.  I think my sense of disappointment was heightened because the restaurant has a cool '60s vibe in terms of design and decor, so maybe I'll give them another try next month.
 
For a non-food disappointment, Rudy's Lunch is a diner in Brillion, WI and the building is either a prefab diner or an old railroad car.  It was a discovery and not a destination, and when I passed by on a Friday night I made a mental note to stop for breakfast on my home the following Monday...and Rudy's is closed on Mondays.
 
Brad
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2010/12/28 11:56:21
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 12:38:53
My husbands cousin goes to Rudys in Brillion often, as he lives near there.He has never been disappointed!
My biggest disappointment was a restaurant named the Butler Inn-their bacon double cheeseburger description on the menu sounded outstanding, but upon first bite, I found it tasteless.No beef flavor, no bacon flavor,no cheddar flavor and under ripe tomatoes-all I could taste was the onion, and the ketchup and mustard I put on it to try and improve it.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 12:52:09
Brad_O ..., er, SteamingChicken,
Pat's is in Tucson, not much chance of you wandering in there.
I had another disappointment with a non-Roadfood place.  I saw some coupons online for Canyon City Wood Grille & Saloon and bought them despite a previous mediocre meal several years ago.  The PieDiva gave me heck for buying the coupons as soon as I did.  And each time we went back I got it worse.  The place went from mediocre to lousy, we found nothing decent at the place.
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 13:00:48
JRPfeff-
I can't think of any that were worse than Pat's.  It was kind of shocking how crowded they were that night.
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 15:38:33
JRPfeff

They can't all be winners.  Post your Roadfood disappointments (and worse) of 2010 here.

I'll start it off with the Baked Bean Dog at Pat's Drive-in.  Yeah, they call this a "Chili-Dog."  How about some truth in advertising?


 
Yuk!
Twinwillow
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 15:39:44
wanderingjew

I promised no rotten tomatoes list this year.
But since this is your thread, Jim, then I'll oblige with this nasty, stale dutch letter
from Java Joe's in Des Moines IA





 

 
Double yuk!
Curbside Grill
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 19:01:08
Cannot say it was bad food,Cannot say bad service Or TTM. But our favorite Hamburger place outside of Culman, AL was shut down do to no power. Employees standing around looking out and we are asking when . Apparently when they get a rain storm in that area that whole side of the county loses power. Now I know to call ahead if a storm has come thru. They have the best hamburgers, cheeseburgers and such.
I mean this place is general store, gas station and has a kitchen.
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/28 20:24:12
750 miles.  Too many hours in the car.  Hank's Hamburgers closed 1-1/2 hours before we got there.

Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 10:28:16
My biggest disappointment: Red's Eats in Wiscasset, ME. We had high hopes for a splendid lobster roll, because Red's had been written up effusively in the Roadfood books and website, had been featured in the "Sandwiches You Will Like" TV special, and had been praised in trip reports. But for us, after a dismal time finding the place, we got a tough, rubbery lobster roll with unpleasant onion rings.
I'd still give it another try, though-many people I trust have had wonderful experiences there.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 10:34:45
Ralph Melton

My biggest disappointment: Red's Eats in Wiscasset, ME. We had high hopes for a splendid lobster roll, because Red's had been written up effusively in the Roadfood books and website, had been featured in the "Sandwiches You Will Like" TV special, and had been praised in trip reports. But for us, after a dismal time finding the place, we got a tough, rubbery lobster roll with unpleasant onion rings.
I'd still give it another try, though-many people I trust have had wonderful experiences there.

Ralph,
 
I know I'm the minority here, but for a lobster roll, Red's is as good as it gets ( I do agree about the onion rings, I didn't find them to be anything special) with that said, I would take one fresh lobster out of the shell at market price  from Five Island Lobster Co.in exchange for 5 free lobster rolls from Red's anytime
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 10:38:03
Believe it or not, 2010 left me with nothing to bitch about as far as RF reviewed places.
 
My biggest disappointment of the year had to be Ted's in Meriden, Ct.  Yep, I was disappointed that I didn't order two steamed cheeseburgers instead of one
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 11:16:46
Joe-
Agree 100%!  I've heard some negative things about Ted's here in the forums, but my burger was really good.  I would definitely go back.
 
Ralph-
We have talked about this person, but I am still astonished by your experience at Red's Eats.  Hopefully, you will get a chance to try them again soon. 
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 11:19:32
joerogo

Believe it or not, 2010 left me with nothing to bitch about as far as RF reviewed places.

 
Not even the closing of the Ooh Ooh Bird?
 
For me, I wasn't happy to see Doug's Soul Food Cafe close its doors.  Nice people and nice food.
 
Brad
post edited by ScreamingChicken - 2010/12/29 11:22:27
Lisajo
Hamburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 11:45:09
My big disappointment for 2010 was Charlie's Steakhouse in downtown Greenville, SC.  We went there in August for our anniversary, long story short, my filet was way under cooked, more raw than cooked, I ordered it medium rare.  When the steak was returned after I asked them to just cook it a little longer, it was a different shape and smelled like they put it in the micro and of course it was way over cooked.  Very sad......
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 11:46:39
ScreamingChicken

joerogo

Believe it or not, 2010 left me with nothing to bitch about as far as RF reviewed places.


Not even the closing of the Ooh Ooh Bird?

Brad

 
That was 2009 Brad.  But thanks for making me cry this morning
kaszeta
Double Cheeseburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 16:29:58
Myself, I'm not a great fan of the Ted's steamed cheeseburgers, since the cheese has an odd gummy texture to it as a result of the process.  I do love a Ted's steamed hamburger, though.
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/29 17:17:03
A joint called Kennedy Fried Chicken opened here in New Paltz this year - I hear it is part of a chain. We went once and the chicken was awful - nearly tasteless with a  strange texture. Maybe that was only a bad day and we should try it again, but I do have some hesitation concerning a chain that tries to get our attention through a lame homophone of Kentucky Fried Chicken...
 
Cheers, John  
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/30 08:37:53
No real food disappointments this year. Portland's food carts have expanded exponentially and the tendency of chefs to open up new places to serve classic American cuisine has continued.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/30 08:40:53
JRPfeff

They can't all be winners.  Post your Roadfood disappointments (and worse) of 2010 here.

I'll start it off with the Baked Bean Dog at Pat's Drive-in.  Yeah, they call this a "Chili-Dog."  How about some truth in advertising?

I guess I was lucky. I went to pat's and had a wonderful Chile Dog that was spicy. But it was a decade ago.

Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/30 10:10:58
My biggest disappointment was that a place I've written about here a few times, The Anthracite Cafe, has gone downhill over the past year. The menu has declined, the service has gotten spotty, it isn't open for lunch... we don't go there any more.
Benzee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/30 14:43:40
Hello all ,
Great thread ,
There have been a few less than stellar dogs that I have had this yr , but in previous visits they were usually above par . So they will remain nameless .
John , The Kennedy Fried Chicken is a direct ripoff of Kentucky Fried , they are big in The Bronx and Northern Manhattan . 
The closing of Worlds Best Hot Dogs and burgers , I think more than a yr ago , north of Newburgh NY was a shame , because the food was that good .
Benzee
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/30 15:53:11
Mosca
My biggest disappointment was that a place I've written about here a few times, The Anthracite Cafe, has gone downhill over the past year. The menu has declined, the service has gotten spotty, it isn't open for lunch... we don't go there any more.

 
Mosca, On the local front, I kissed a frog on Monday night.  My daughter wanted to try Mizu for her birthday.  Horrible.
 
Not one person in the place spoke enough English to be working there.  I asked the waitress if the salad dressing was made with mayo.  After consulting about 3-4 other people she came back to our table and grabbed my salad and took it away.  No offer of a substitution. 
 
The chef asked how I wanted my tuna prepared and I said to just sear it.  He shook his head no.  Then he threw a frozen solid piece of tune on the grill.  He had to over cook it just to cut it.  And it got worse from there!  
DougS
Cheeseburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2010/12/30 16:33:50
wanderingjew

I promised no rotten tomatoes list this year.
But since this is your thread, Jim, then I'll oblige with this nasty, stale dutch letter
from Java Joe's in Des Moines IA







I am still trying to figure out what the Halibut that is.
I know what it looks like, but can't be....they are inedible." />

Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/02 11:44:18
DougS, that was pretty much my thought too.  :)  Lisajo, I'm really sorry to hear you had a bad meal at Charlie's.
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/02 12:00:20
Apparently the Dutch use tildes.
 
Brad
mar52
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/02 13:11:56
Sold!  ~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 
bartl
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/08 16:43:21
ScreamingChicken Apparently the Dutch use tildes.

I used to live in Amsterdam, and I never saw a single tilde being used. Now, in the Red Light District, there were plenty of Hilde's being used; are you sure you didn't make a typo?
 
Bart
mar52
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/08 23:43:15
My biggest disappointment was when the waiter at Hodad's in the San Diego area removed my chocolate malt before I took my 3rd bite.  I was saving it for dessert!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/09 02:41:02
The Iowa Cafe in Mesa, AZ used to be good eats. Then it changed hands and went right into the dumper. Took it off my list. 
cavandre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/10 08:54:45
This is going to be Roadfood heresy, but I was underwhelmed by the fried shrimp at O'Steens in St. Augustine, FL. We went there for lunch on a Tuesday in Sept. & got a table without waiting. While the fried shrimp were fresh & well prepared, they just didn't have enough crunch to them for my taste. I found that their Minorcan clam chowder & fried chicken to be tastier choices. Would I enjoy eating here again: yes. Would I wait an hour or two to do so: no.
post edited by cavandre - 2011/01/10 11:04:10
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/10 09:25:05
Foodbme

The Iowa Cafe in Mesa, AZ used to be good eats. Then it changed hands and went right into the dumper. Took it off my list. 

That's good to know but I don't know yet if it will deter me from trying it when I expand my breaded pork tenderloin sandwich pursuit into Arizona come this April. At least I will understand if disappointed based on past reports by others.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/10 09:28:10
I did stop at the Iowa Cafe just about a month ago, but all I tried was the sour cream raisin pie.  The food I saw on other people's plates did not look very impressive.
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/01/10 09:34:51
With Margherita DOC pizzas from Naples, Italy fresh in my mind I am now on a pursuit of same throughout the United States. I've found some very agreeable and comparable ones at Punch Pizza in Wayzata, MN and RedRocks Pizza in Old Town Alexandria, VA. But I tried the version presented at California Pizza Kitchen (Fairfax, VA in this case) and found it terrible by comparison. It was edible and if I weren't making comparisons the subtle differences might have passed right over my head. I'm finding this a good way to make accurate comparisons in sticking to one recognized style of pizza. Of course some places don't even have anything comparable.
big666dog
Hamburger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/07/02 09:37:04
Closed before you got there! reminds my of our last road trip from Austin to Myrtle Beach. Pulled into Asheville, NC ready for an late lunch early dinner and made it out to 12 Bones with 40 minutes to spare before it closed. Little did we know we crossed a time zone and the place had been CLOSED for 20 minutes.  sigh...
korshmar
Junior Burger
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/07/02 10:08:08
Add Antico Napoletana, Atlanta, GA to your list. See 
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:2010 Roadfood Disappointments of the Year 2011/08/11 16:16:41
JRPfeff

750 miles.  Too many hours in the car.  Hank's Hamburgers closed 1-1/2 hours before we got there.


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