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Joe Tess' Place

5424 South 24th Street, Omaha, NE - (402) 731-7278
Posted By Amy Brock on 12/11/2008 2:31:00 PM
We recently made our first visit to Joe Tess Place in South Omaha. The food was very good; no complaints there. However, we were given a waitress who, although friendly enough, didn't wait on us in a timely manner. She was very pleasant though and we tipped her well.

On our second visit we were placed in the upper level of the restaurant, and were given an older waitress who, although efficient enough, was about as pleasant and friendly as a pinecone, but because she was efficient and did her job we left her a decent tip.

We recently made our third and last visit to Joe Tess. We were once again placed in the upper part of the restaurant, and were given a young waitress who had to be asked not once, not twice, but three or more times for simple items and they were NEVER received. She took 15 minutes to acknowledge our existence in her area and then we waited brutally long times for refills. Finally one of us refilled our own drinks at the soda station, because she was obviously never coming back.

It was a horrible experience. Yes, the food was great (it always is) but if they expect to keep good customers they better step up their service because other places with better service have good food as well. I left no tip. I didn't feel bad about that and I won't be returning to Joe Tess again. I expect service to gradually IMPROVE when I frequent a place, not steadily DECLINE. Time to move on.

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The carp is slit before frying, and the result is a crunchy piece of fried fish.  You'll have to pay attention while you eat, though.  The fried potato discs are particularly good, too.
"The carp is slit before frying, and the result is a crunchy piece of fried fish. You'll have to pay attention while you eat, though. The fried potato discs are particularly good, too."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle





Carp too scary?  There's a full menu of alternatives, like this grilled salmon.
"Carp too scary? There's a full menu of alternatives, like this grilled salmon."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Any restaurant that serves upside-down cake gets bonus points from us.
"Any restaurant that serves upside-down cake gets bonus points from us."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


You can usually trust a catfish wearing a dinner jacket.
"You can usually trust a catfish wearing a dinner jacket."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


In the market next door, you can observe your meal swimming in a tank.  We don't know our live fish very well, but we think these are catfish, not carp.
"In the market next door, you can observe your meal swimming in a tank. We don't know our live fish very well, but we think these are catfish, not carp."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Joe Tess' delivery truck was parked out front.  They supply fish to other area restaurants, too.  Home of the famous fish sandwich - that's no lie.
"Joe Tess' delivery truck was parked out front. They supply fish to other area restaurants, too. Home of the famous fish sandwich - that's no lie."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The planter out front is topped off with oyster shells.  Probably not a common sight in Nebraska.
"The planter out front is topped off with oyster shells. Probably not a common sight in Nebraska."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle



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