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Old 12-31-2009, 05:37 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Tried to eat at Dough Pizzaria today. Service service was horrible. Took about 15 mins to get a server and we ended up leaving before we got our drink (I hate to leave after i order drinks but it was just ridiculous plus we didn't order alcohol). Drove all the way to Big Lou's in an attempt to salvage our pizza night, but it was packed, had a line out the door, and people parking across the road on the shoulder.

Finally decided on La Fogata, service was poor, but food was good as usual. Took a few minutes to get some attention but the drinks came quickly. However, the appetizer of queso flameado took well over 20 mins to arrive. And when it did, the waiter begrudgingly prepared it and did not let the alcohol that makes the fire totally evaporate giving the cheese a little aftertaste. About another 30 mins later the food finally arrives, after the waiter asks if we had gotten our food yet, though I still had to wait about another 10 mins for fresh tortillas (always good) and even longer for a refill on my tea.

I have to say that i usually get much better service at La Fogata, as I have a regular waiter I use. Also it seemed like our waiter was a bit over stretched with two big tables of at least 8 each and 3 smaller tables with 2-4 each.

Food was good and I was able to spend some good times with a friend, so not a total loss.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:07 AM
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Not a restaurant, but I had a really good Cheesesteak at Park North Drafthouse
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:34 AM
 
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Which restaurant did that?

Bad service at Dough is not the norm. A bit of patience would have certainly cost you less time than driving from Dough to Big Lou's to La Fogata, but I understand your frustration.
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Old 12-31-2009, 08:35 AM
 
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Excellent Cajun food at the Big Easy, a little hole in the wall on Randolph Blvd. near 35. Went Monday.

Last night, Matamoros off I-10 near De Zavala, Good service, worst Mexican food I've ever had, had better from a box from HEB. To top it off, bill was $52 for 2 adults & 2 kids under 4.
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Old 12-31-2009, 11:27 AM
 
Location: 78108
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I asked for advice, not an overused line from Seinfeld



BN
LOL, I thought it was funny (I could hear him in my head).

On to advice... for whatever it's worth ;-) I'd be tempted to copy and paste the guy's email here. Did you report it to Urban Spoon? If that's possible, I'd do that too.
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Old 12-31-2009, 01:10 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Which restaurant did that?

Bad service at Dough is not the norm. A bit of patience would have certainly cost you less time than driving from Dough to Big Lou's to La Fogata, but I understand your frustration.
Well, I'm willing to give Dough another try some time, perhaps during the day. However, at the very least, I do expect to be acknowledged by the wait staff within a few minutes of sitting down. An "I'll be with you soon," would have sufficed, as well as a "sorry for the wait." Especially being that the person who was our waiter passed several times next to our table without saying a word.

Oh well. Hopefully next time will be a better experience. And if it is, I will be sure to judge Dough for that experience rather than my first.
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Old 12-31-2009, 01:40 PM
 
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I really hope that Sweet Tomatoes or Fresh Choice hurries up and opens a location or two in SA in the near future. While I have never really been impressed with Souper Salads, it was okay for a quick-and-easy-and-cheap salad bar. But I went there twice in the past month, and I have noticed that the quality of their ingredients has really gone downhill. There's few things more off-putting than a tub full of browning, wilted lettuce.

When I lived in California I would visit Fresh Choice almost every week, and in the past couple of years I used to be a regular at Souper Salads - but as their ingredients have grown less fresh and consistent, they're now off my list. Until Fresh Choice or Sweet Tomatoes opens up a location in town, I guess I'll settle for Jason's Deli for a decent buffet-style salad bar meal.
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Old 01-02-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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Bohanan's Bar

While it's the prohibition-era style bar and drink menu that's the real showstopper here, their menu of small plates and intuitive service is impressive as well.

I tried two classic cocktails: The gin fizz and a sidecar. Both were made with fresh ingredients, mixed perfectly and served in the proper glassware. While a little on the expensive side ($9-12 a drink), the service, bartender experience and atmosphere is unmatched anywhere in San Antonio, much less Texas. Mark Bohanan created an INCREDIBLE bar on Houston Street... Honestly sparing little to no expense. It's beautiful and sexy, in a very woodsy, masculine, almost Avengers-era Brit style. It appeals in a variety of ways to both men and women.

I also tried the 2-2 plate of cheese and meats. Very large portions for sharing and nicely plated. They also include a fresh piece of actual Texas honeycomb to compliment the spread. Very neat idea. Other menu items include candied jalapeno spread, in-house roasted nuts and an assortment of cheeses and meats.

The bar, from what it seemed, was non-smoking. They did have a comfortable looking outdoor patio for smokers.

Best bar for liquor snobs in San Antonio, bar none. I saw gins on their menu that I haven't seen anywhere else but in the UK. Amazing by-the-bottle beer selection too. Huge wine list by-the-glass too.

I really hope this spot takes off. Houston Street is a tough market to crack, as the tourists are fickle and locals too lazy to drive downtown to try something new. With valet parking now included, there's no reason not to give Bohanan's Bar a whirl.



BN
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Old 01-02-2010, 06:45 PM
 
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I really hope that Sweet Tomatoes or Fresh Choice hurries up and opens a location or two in SA in the near future. While I have never really been impressed with Souper Salads, it was okay for a quick-and-easy-and-cheap salad bar. But I went there twice in the past month, and I have noticed that the quality of their ingredients has really gone downhill. There's few things more off-putting than a tub full of browning, wilted lettuce.

When I lived in California I would visit Fresh Choice almost every week, and in the past couple of years I used to be a regular at Souper Salads - but as their ingredients have grown less fresh and consistent, they're now off my list. Until Fresh Choice or Sweet Tomatoes opens up a location in town, I guess I'll settle for Jason's Deli for a decent buffet-style salad bar meal.
Adore ST and FC both, but too $ for SA diners, trust.
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Old 01-02-2010, 08:36 PM
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Adore ST and FC both, but too $ for SA diners, trust.
How can you possibly know everyone in SA's dining out budgets? Please.
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