F&F: Brats

October 11th, 2010 by Dick Johnson

PX This presents THE F&F REVIEW

Hey, sorry we couldn’t make it to "Friends&Family," we were out of town/ had to work/ not invited. We’re really glad we finally managed to come by, though— it’s so nice to see you!
What’s that? You would still like us to take the time to fill out the F&F survey, because you’d love to take advantage of all our vast experience, knowledge, insight, and expertise as long as we’re already here? Because you invited 75 people to F&F, and afterward all you got was 41 "Congrats[es]!" 22 "Awesome[s]!" 3 "Ciao[s]!" and 9 "Best of luck[s]!" ?
Of course, we’d be honored. Oh ha, yesss, we’ll be honest— brutally honest even, ha ha! After all, that’s what friends & family are for!
No no please, don’t send anything more, we’re stuffed, we can’t breathe, you’ll have to roll us out of here, ha ha ha… !


Brats: Dogs & Wieners

What was your first impression?
Oh, it’s… small.

Please rate the Bar:
N/A. It’s more like a diner counter than a bar, really. And let’s just say the trash can is a bit too "aromatic" to be so located so close to where people are dining.

Please rate the drinks/ cocktails/ wine:
Cocktails are N/A; beer and wine only.
Aaand… still no liquor license (for now). So, never mind!

Please rate the Dining Room:
Well, it’s really small; it only seats about 10. And the tables are tiny and not exactly sagacious. So, I guess I wouldn’t call it so much a "dining room" as much as a few tables crammed into whatever space they had left after building the counter.

Please rate the BOH:
It’s… eh. OK. Sort of.

How was the staff?
Friendly, welcoming, enthusiastic, and proficient enough. But, ya know, it’s… diner-style. With wieners.

What did you eat?/ How was the food?
Greek Olive Salad : Not so good. Sloppy, wet, not particularly fresh. Sort of a mess, essentially. And I mean— stuff like this just shouldn’t be served on paper unless it’s waxed, come on now.
Bratwurst :
Overcooked; the casing is tough. And the quality is hardly outstanding. And what is this, a Pepperidge Farm Hot Dog bun?
Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Pepperidge Farm, but for $8.50, it’s a bit of a travesty. For example, I know of a place that has a much better (and bigger) bratwurst on a pretty terrific gourmet pretzel bun, all for $4.95. So ya know— figure that one out.
Dragon Wiener : This is "spicy"? (No, it’s not.) Also, this pink cabbage slaw/kraut is nothing "like kimchee." Same blah aforementioned bun— and the wiener is a kind of bland, actually. But the mustard is good.
Red Cabbage Slaw : No. Other than tartness, there’s not much to it. And again with the unwaxed paper; it’s just ridiculous.

What did you like?
Not much.

What did you dislike?
Everything else?

What was your last impression?
I’ve certainly had better. At lots of places. Especially for this price.

Would you come back?
Sorry, I don’t think so.

Thank you, and hope to see you soon!
Thanks, and best of luck to you.




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