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brittneal

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Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 4:47 AM (permalink)
How many took advantage of Sizzlers Steak&Lobster specials?  I was out in  SoCa back in the early 70's and the first lobster I ever ate was there.  they would run a regular special of a small lobster tail and 6oz sirloin for $3.99.  It wasnt great but how many would but it today at a compraable price?
Why is it always the same J.O.'S that play grammar patrol and act like 3rd graders?  I dont know about others, but i have severe arthritis and mistrike keys at time.
<message edited by brittneal on Wed, 04/1/09 5:49 PM>
 
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    David_NYC

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    Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 9:57 AM (permalink)
    I don't patronize budget chain steakhouses anymore for two reasons. First, many of these chains have gone out of business. Second, maybe my tastes have changed or the food has changed, but the ones that remain open I now find unacceptable. Really poor grades of meat and fish. The salad bars seem to be stocked with food items purchased from those vendors who submit the lowest bids for prison food contracts.
     
    We are talking about almost 40 years ago. What I can't remember is if they used the same low grades of meat and fish back then, or if that only came later.
     
    With all the fixed costs of restaurants today, that steak and lobster special would only be a few dollars less than an edible one. 
    <message edited by David_NYC on Wed, 04/1/09 9:59 AM>
     
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      WarToad

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      Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 10:28 AM (permalink)
      My first and last venture to the Sizzler was in Kona Hawaii about 15 years ago.  Wafer thin t-bone too well done. (because it was so thin, impossible to cook rare or even med-rare).

      Such a poor meal, I never went back.
       
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        MiamiDon

        Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 1:08 PM (permalink)
        brittneal


        How many took advantage of Siaalers Steak&Lobster specials?  I was out in  SoCa back in the early 70's and the first lobster I ever ate was there.  they would run a regular special of a small lobster tail and 6oz sirloin for $3.99.  It wasnt great but how many would but it today at a compraable price?


        They closed all of the Siaalers around here.  I do hear some Soca once and a while.
         
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          KonaErnie

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          Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 1:20 PM (permalink)
          WarToad


          My first and last venture to the Sizzler was in Kona Hawaii about 15 years ago.  Wafer thin t-bone too well done. (because it was so thin, impossible to cook rare or even med-rare).

          Such a poor meal, I never went back.


          WarToad.....They tore down that Sizzler years ago to expand the parking lot for the KTA grocery store. My ex mother in law used to love the all you can eat fried shrimp. Personally I couldn't stand the place.
           
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            Ahi Mpls.

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            Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 1:34 PM (permalink)
            So they paved Siz-a -ler, to put up a parking lot...... BRAVO !!
             
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              KonaErnie

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              Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 1:38 PM (permalink)
              AHI MPLS


              So they paved Siz-a -ler, to put up a parking lot...... BRAVO !!


              Yeah they did but took another part of the same parking lot and put up a Starbucks and Wendy's. Go figure!
               
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                thundacat

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                Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 5:28 PM (permalink)
                Honestly the Sizzler near my house is the most consitent and tastiest restaurant ive been too in the area. All the other chains suck.
                 
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                  Adjudicator

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                  Re:Sizzler? Wed, 04/1/09 8:15 PM (permalink)
                  This belongs under "Long Gone Regional Chains".  Sizzler was mentioned there the other day.
                   
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                    thundacat

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                    Re:Sizzler? Thu, 04/2/09 7:55 PM (permalink)

                    are most Sizzlers shut down or something? They are alive and well out here in So Cal.
                     
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                      David_NYC

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                      Re:Sizzler? Thu, 04/2/09 8:39 PM (permalink)
                      thundacat


                      Honestly the Sizzler near my house is the most consitent and tastiest restaurant ive been too in the area. All the other chains suck.


                      Back in the late 80's, there used to be a Sizzler in Babylon, Long Island, NY that had better steaks than others in the NYC area. The franchisee was in the restaurant on all the busy nights. He must have had the freedom to buy good fresh meat rather than the frozen stuff that came in off the trucks from the 'logistics' companies.
                       
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                        Adjudicator

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                        Re:Sizzler? Fri, 04/3/09 8:16 PM (permalink)
                        Sizzler's gone in my tri-state area as far as I can see.  Golden Corral's seem to have infested the areas.  Oh happy days. 
                         
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                          sk bob

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                          Re:Sizzler? Fri, 04/3/09 9:48 PM (permalink)
                          remember Bonanza steakhouses?
                          how about Ponderosa?
                           
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                            David_NYC

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                            Re:Sizzler? Sat, 04/4/09 4:29 AM (permalink)
                            sk bob


                            remember Bonanza steakhouses?
                            how about Ponderosa?


                            They are still around, but I don't for how much longer. Metromedia Steakhouses Company is in Chapter 11. However, that company has a zillion separate corporations. The franchisor arm is not in Chapter 11. Details here:
                            http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20081022005937/en
                             
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                              easydoesit

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                              Re:Sizzler? Sat, 04/4/09 7:12 AM (permalink)
                              David_NYC


                              ....maybe my tastes have changed or the food has changed....
                               
                              We are talking about almost 40 years ago. What I can't remember is if they used the same low grades of meat and fish back then, or if that only came later.
                               

                               
                              I think about this every time I eat fast food.  Yes, the McDonald fries are different, but I would sure like to bite that plain old hamburger from the 60's again -- it was really something -- then!  Of course there was nothing else to compare it to, either.  And the Whopper really was a whopper, and the Whaler too.
                               
                              What has changed -- the food, my tastes, or my memory?  All three, I am sure.  But some things seem the same, for example the Sausage McMuffin has always been good.

                               
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                                easydoesit

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                                Re:Sizzler? Sat, 04/4/09 7:16 AM (permalink)
                                I meant to add, I first encountered Sizzler in the 70's, and liked it.  But maybe I didn't know any better.  Back to the question, is it me or them? 
                                 
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                                  mayor al

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                                  Re:Sizzler? Sat, 04/4/09 4:38 PM (permalink)
                                  EasyDoesIt-
                                    You aren't alone! There was a time in my life when going to Sizzler (or Ponderosa, or Bonanza, etc) was a big deal. Not just when I was a kid! As a teacher with a large family (on one income) taking the family to dinner was a real 'project'. Sizzler gave us a 15% discount on the total meal-ticket each time we went! (There were ten of us when all were present) Having three boys in High School at the same time in those days meant that the 'AYCE' Beef Rib Specials would yield a huge pile of bones to take home!

                                  Recently we tried the Golden Corral and Ryans with a herd of Grandkids. They left happy and FULL. We found the steaks off the grill to be like the old Sizzlers, but the supporting foods were no where near the quality that I recall on the Sizzler 'Salad Bar'.
                                   
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