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Comment Archives: Locations: 2 Stars

Re: “Asian Wok

Let's have a poll. Choose A or B.

A The four previous reviews were written by four Asian Wok employees who were given a script with what to write.

B The four previous reviews were written by the owner on four different computers.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by seekandfind on 08/04/2011 at 11:46 PM

Re: “The Matador

Pretty unexciting food, and overpriced tequila doesn't do anything for me. I gave it two tries, but I've no real reason to return for a third.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by waded on 08/03/2011 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Chandlers Steakhouse

Chandlers Steakhouse at Hotel 43 in downtown Boise used to be one of my favorite dining spots in town, but my recent visits have been utter disappointments. I’m not sure what happened, but something better change quick, especially at the prices they charge.

Everything sounds like it should be great. Their website states, “CHANDLERS STEAKHOUSE is an upscale dinner house specializing in prime corn fed steaks and Kobe-Style Beef. An incredible fresh seafood menu featuring delicacies from around the world and a three course prix fixe dinner menu featuring Idaho-sourced ingredients round out a menu that has already won praise from guests that have dined at Chandlers, not to mention the Best Steakhouse Award from the Idaho Statesman’s 2010 Best of the Treasure Valley.” Their menu states that they dry age their steaks and then broil them in an 1800° oven. Sounds just perfect, but something’s amiss.

The Limousine Salad was good not great. The Rocket Salad a total miss. The Oysters Rockefellar phenomenal. The Roasted Artichoke a bomb. The steaks were perfect cooked, but bland, unexciting, and not worth the $39 price tag. The Potatoes Au Gratin was absolute filth. Desserts are great.

Read the entire review at…

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by thebaldgourmet on 07/20/2011 at 11:23 PM

Re: “Bella Aquila

The food is not special. The location and decor are beautiful. The people are friendly and highly skilled. I think they will get better and better with time.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by justicenow on 06/02/2011 at 2:37 PM

Re: “Casa del Sol

There were 5 waiters during the night, we got there and seated our selves and waited 40 minutes to be helped. We watched a waiter pace around the tiny restaurant about 30 times and did nothing to help a single person. After about an hour we finally ordered some food, unfortunately it didn't come out for hours. It wasn't a busy night because mostly everyone was ordering drinks then food. But still how hard is it to make a bowl of chips and salsa and a salad? Shouldn't take an hour, after we finish our cold food we waited about 20 minutes for our check to arrive, only to see it had a bunch of different food items we had never ordered. This place was awful, I would never take a group here ever, and i'll be taking my business across the street to cafe ole.

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Dylan on 05/06/2011 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Mai Thai

Busy beyond belief at 6pm on a Friday night. Nice decor. Chaos reigned supreme, staff in semi panicked state. Pad Thai was mediocre at best, Sushi was down right terrible, and smelled fishy. Food, service need work.

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by DeucesWild on 04/01/2011 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Studio J

Very cool space, but not great for large events considering it only has two bathrooms. Limited parking as well. Contact people were unresponsive and difficult to reach after booking and paying for the date. They were prone to promising alot and delivering very little - be prepared to be very flexible and accommodating if you use this event space. Also not sure if the building is up to city code - if not it would be impossible to bring any vendor in for catering food or drinks.

Posted by MissBoise on 03/10/2011 at 8:13 PM

Re: “Fresh Off the Hook Seafood

I am from Seattle and love fish and chips wherever I can find it. My wife and I gave Fresh Off the Hook a try a few months ago, and I thought the food was just okay. Nothing to rave about, but I didn't leave disappointed either. My biggest complaint was the price. Again, it was not a terrible price for a dinner out, but the food and atmosphere was only slightly better than what you would expect to find at Skippers or some other fast food eateries, while I was paying full-service restaurant prices.

I understand trying to make a profit, and that margins are a lot tighter for small companies like this, but a little more effort and a bit higher quality should be expected for the prices they charge. I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by IDTwin on 02/25/2011 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Smashburger

Expensive. $10 for a burger, fries, and soda is what I expect at a sit down restaurant, not at an order-at-the-counter joint. Burger was good (real avocado), fries were decent, but far from $10 worth of a lunch stop.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by thegoodword on 01/03/2011 at 11:09 AM

Re: “Whitewater Pizza & Pasta

Very average compared to Carino's, Smokey Mountain, or even Idaho Pizza nearby. I'd even prefer to eat at Louie's than Whitewater. If you get stuck here, avoid the salads, appetizers, and sandwiches. Stick with a pizza or calzone.

Posted by spuddbrother on 11/03/2010 at 2:12 PM

Re: “Louie's Pizza and Italian Restaurant

Gosh, I feel bad about writing this review. I want to like this place so badly, but I also need to be honest with you. The fact is that Louie's has a huge local following because they've been in business for so long that it has become a family tradition for many people. The food might have been good enough a generation ago, but times have changed, tastes have changed, new competition has emerged. Unfortunately, even Carino's and Smoky Mountain Pizza have tastier food than this place. The only real bright spot is the weekend buffet, which is an absolute steal for the money. If you must eat here, stick with pizza.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by spuddbrother on 11/03/2010 at 2:04 PM

Re: “Jade Horse

I've eaten a lot of Chinese food in my life. I can deal with cheap prices for cheap food prepared well, or high prices for quality food prepared well. Unfortunately, this place is too expensive for what they serve off the menu and they don't have enough traffic to keep the buffet food fresh enough. That said, they have decent service and a couple of their menu items are good enough for them to avoid the dreaded one star rating.

Posted by spuddbrother on 11/03/2010 at 1:59 PM

Re: “Buffalo Wild Wings-Meridian

Great atmosphere, but none of the food I've tried is very tasty or a good value. Not as bad as Hooters food, but Hooters has more talented waitstaff. If you get stuck here, stick to the beer or the Asian wings.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by spuddbrother on 11/03/2010 at 1:27 PM

Re: “The Blue Door Cafe

Did not enjoy my TWO HOURS spent there today at all. I was there to drop off my resume and have lunch to get a feel of the service, food, and public that I may, if chosen for the job, to serve. When I apply to a restaurant I go in and eat and see if it is a kind of company that I would like to work for, I've learned this through 8 years of working in the food and beverage industry. Not only was the Manager, the only server on shift, taking care of 8 tables and "a banquet in back for 20 top," but he was also suppose to talk with me about my experience and so on before he handed my resume to the owner (who I met when walking in the door). This owner however was sitting at a booth by himself for the most part probably getting some work done, while I waited an hour and half to get my food and speak with the manager only to say to me "let me go hand off your resume to the owner." Why didn't the owner speak to me in the first place. Not only did the manager take my time as a customer but was wasting my time as a future employee, and all the while making other customers wait? Why didn't the owner ask to speak to me instead of pushing it over onto his manager who was obviously busy? At the end of my 2 hours, after I WALKED up to the counter to pay my bill, I walked out, glanced at the owner still sitting at his computer, not wanting to return as an employee or customer. I really hope there night atmosphere makes up for there lunch. I give two stars for the salad (thank you Chef), which would have earned better had my experience been.

Posted by Anonymous on 10/18/2010 at 11:02 PM

Re: “Lock Stock & Barrel

Went a few weeks ago. About my meal (the Fillet Oscar): The salad was bad. Straight up bad. Seemed like bag salad with no frills. The potato was room temperature and the fillet, while it tasted good, was hard to cut and hard to chew. Our waiter was unfriendly, unhelpful, and seemed to want us in and out ASAP. The busser at the the table next to ours made a loud and smelly show out of bussing the table. There were two flies buzzing around our table, which had a lovely view of the salad bar. Felt like I was at Golden Corral, except I paid 95 bucks for dinner for two with no cocktails, beer, or dessert.

I'm normally a friendly and forgiving person, but I'll never go back to this restaurant . Just sayin'.

Posted by Nullo on 10/15/2010 at 9:38 AM

Re: “13th Street Pub and Grill

Food was just north of terrible. Service was great. Waitress = Lee. Can't beat the space, but really, this joint has nothing to do with that, so no props. How hard is it to do pub food? Wings = dry. Kids' chicken tenders were so so (Harrys' are better). Fries were mushy, though ample. Tuna melt was not revolting. Really not enough of a beer selection, though what was there was fine. Didn't have a cocktail, so dunno if the bar is worth the time.

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Spudman 5 on 10/03/2010 at 6:38 PM

Re: “13th Street Pub and Grill

Pretty good food, large portions, but poor service. I think the staff was hired to meet the "cool" standards of Parilla, but they're not trained to handle the expectations of the customers in this location.

1 like, 3 dislikes
Posted by lc on 09/09/2010 at 8:53 PM

Re: “Tony's Pizzeria Teatro

This place has good pizza. That is the only positive thing I can say though. The dirty blond haired woman that has been working there awhile provided the second worst service I have ever experienced anywhere in Boise. She took 22 minutes to bring out the bottle of wine, only to tell us they were out of clean wine glasses. Those glasses took another 15 minutes to bring out. The place was not that busy. I made a reservation for outdoor seating, only to find a table inside set instead. There were four open tables outside. When we had friends join at another table outside, they were rudely told that they had to sit inside due to Boise City regulations. Huh? Even if that were true, it is not hard to say, "I am sorry, we can accomodate you inside due to city code," instead of "You can't sit there." I will not be returning until they advertise that they have purchased more wine glasses and the waitstaff has changed.

3 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by thegoodword on 09/08/2010 at 11:30 AM

Re: “13th Street Pub and Grill

This place has the best food in Hyde Park but the worst service of any place in town. The waitress ([**part of this comment has been removed by the administrator]** was her name on the bill) brought out the wrong beers twice, for a total of 3 mistaken beer orders. The beer I ordered was given to someone else at the table and when we realized what happened (as the beer certainly tasted different than what was ordered) we told her about it. She then took the beer that was half drank by my friend and then gave it to me. She then had the audacity to charge me for it and argue over the bill! This place could do better by serving wild-caught salmon instead of farm-raised Atlantic salmon (known to pollute waters). I give this place 2 stars since they use real leaf lettuce instead of iceburg like every other place in Hyde Park, and the food really does beat out Harry's Hyde Park Pub. This place has potential, but the beer is very over-priced and the service really is that bad!

6 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by thegoodword on 09/01/2010 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Yen Ching

I always wonder why I order Chinese food and again I ask myself the question. The chow mein tasted like an oily non descript food source. Egg rolls were filled with cabbage I think... again tasted fried and no real flavor other than fried. We also ordered General's chicken . This was the best thing we ordered however I thought it was supposed to be spicy and it was not.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by lovefood4 on 08/28/2010 at 11:11 PM

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