I tried Big Bird's for the first time because of these reviews, and I'm so glad I did! I bit the bullet and had the peanut butter burger first, because I just had to see what all the fuss was about. The fuss is legit. It was one of the best burgers I've ever had. The bacon was easily twice as thick as I've seen anywhere else. It was a little uneven, but where the peanut butter was in a thin layer, it just made the burger taste really buttery and good.
When I went back (as soon as possible!), I tried the pastrami burger. Unfortunately, it was SLATHERED with mustard and I couldn't taste anything else. I'd pass on that one unless you're a mustard lover. I had a bite of my boyfriend's mushroom bacon swiss with chicken, though, and it was incredibly juicy.
The fries both times were perfectly delicious. Crunchy batter on the outside, dipped in that spicy fry sauce with just enough kick but not too much for my wimpy tongue, they were a revelation. And speaking of Revelations, I didn't notice the Christian-ness of the decor at all, and I'm neither Christian nor anti-Christian. I didn't feel at any time that a religion was being pushed on me, but if you're sensitive about that kind of thing, well, I guess you'll miss out on some great food.
To be honest, on both occasions, my burger patty was a bit pink in the middle. I think I'll order it well done next time. But there will be a next time... oh yes. Some things could have been better, but the things that were right were SO GOOD I can't wait to go back. I've been craving and dreaming about Big Bird's ever since! It's the kind of place you can become a big fan of.
Scalping may be legal in Idaho, but the tickets expressly prohibit "sale or resale."
I think you mean 833.9 mph, not 83. I've done 83 on my way to Idaho Falls.
I've enjoyed this series so far! However, after being so critical of badly organized karaoke books, I'd prefer if all of the entries could be tagged so I can find them. There's no sign of Chapter Seven, and why two Chapter Nines (Ranch Club and Liquid Revisited)? Keep up your research, good sir.
I suppose I have a different perspective. I came to the Smashing Pumpkins show a not-quite-fan. Of course I'd heard their hits and may be the only person ever to only own Adore out of all their albums. Still, I left thinking, 'Wow... I think I like this band.'
Yes, Billy was trying to piss us off, and I think for the most part, it worked. Was it because his ego was bruised by none of us knowing the new material? That's my guess, but who knows. I probably wouldn't like it if people only wanted me to be who I was 10-15 years ago either.
I heartily agree with K. Sully and Matt about the lineup. Billy has a right to the Smashing Pumpkins name, and to me, he IS the Smashing Pumpkins, just like Trent Reznor is NIN. Jeff Schroeder seems to be a much better guitarist than James Iha, and the Mike kid did an admirable job of trying to fill Chamberlin's unfillable shoes. What made you think that he was Asian, Josh? I agree a bit about the band resemblances, but to me the bassist looked more like Melissa Auf Der Maur and Jeff's eyebrows remind me of Jimmy Chamberlin.
All that aside, though, I actually really like most of the new material. I wish I'd listened to it before I came to the show so I could have shown my support for it by knowing the words, but I've been listening to it almost incessantly since. "Freak" is an instantly likable song, and all the rest (except "Spangled", which I think is too simplistic) are quite good. You didn't have to be a jerk, Billy, but I'm glad you came to Boy-zee anyway, because I am excited about music again. Thank you.
I have to wonder if this reviewer would say similar things about any other type of religious decor. How about that giant Buddha statue in Mai Thai? I doubt he would say that Buddhism was being "shoved down his throat" there, though it's much more obvious than those few shirts on the wall. I agree that decor is part of a restaurant experience and fair game in a review, but I think this reviewer was just being inflammatory.
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