The new Old Bank

When it come to The Old Bank Sports Bar people tend to be on one side of the fence or the other, which leaves me somewhat troubled.  When you read the reviews and comments they are all over the place, this means “INCONSISTENCY”.  One of the most important aspects of owning and managing a restaurant is to strive for and remain consistent, both with service and food quality.  Both of which are mitigated by great management.  What I have seen since they opened has been frequent change to the menu and a change in management.  New restaurants have many challenges and it can be fun to watch them evolve but those times can be troubling as well.

The OBSBG has found itself a new GM with Eric Markle.  Eric has been a part of several great eateries in Russellville including the Russellville Country Club and Fat Daddy’s BBQ.  I am expecting great things to come and have been very pleased on my most recent visit.  The Super Spuds to start and the pork tenderloin sandwich to finish.  Great service and good food, there’s not much more you must ask for.  thanks Billy, looking forward to the next time. Photo May 23, 2 51 18 PM

Nothing Fancy anymore

Photo May 22, 10 58 51 AM

Well friends, today’s blog post saddens me; the demise of the Thien Huynh famous eggroll. These eggrolls were of a whole different caliber eggroll from any other eggroll I had eaten before.  I can remember when I was a kid and didn’t care for oriental food, but that eggroll, oh that eggroll.  I have been to Nothing Fancy on a few occasions since it was sold to Dennis from Opal Mae’s and the restaurant just didn’t feel right anymore.  I’m sure many of you feel the same, but despite that feeling I was oh so hoping it would remain the traditional flare from Thien’s reign.  I wasn’t opposed to Dennis bringing in some of his flare either, as long as her Vietnamese dishes remained the same.  To my dismay, the eggroll-the iconic, nostalgic, magical, make a kid eat oriental- eggroll is gone. No, not physically, but as you can tell the passion and heart is all gone.  This isn’t the same eggroll, therefore isn’t the same Nothing Fancy.  I don’t want to be too harsh here and say I won’t be back, but I’m just not certain what would bring me back in at this point.

Fast Food’n and BBQ’n

Well friends, today was one of those days, one of those days where just about every meal is eaten outside of the house.  I started my dining off at Wendy’s drive thru. I had to try the new mozzarella chicken sandwich after hearing a fellow blogger, The Mighty Rib, rave about. My whole experience here was kind of amusing to watch, I’m sure, especially while trying to communicate with the drive thru speaker person.  The first thing I heard was an automated voice greeting say “Hi welcome to Wendy’s, would you like to try our new mozzarella chicken sammida today?”……uh. what?? As I’m trying to figure out what in the world the speaker box just offered me, I’m also trying to find the chicken sandwich on the menu so I can just skip right through the awkwardness that would follow.  I said to the speaker box “sorry, did you say chicken sandwich?” but then a live person replied “the automated greeting asked about the new mozzarella chicken sammida.”  Umm. Ok. Oh geez, I thought. I decided to not even try again and just order what I came after anyway so I said “Well i’m not quite sure what either of you said but I would like to have the new mozzarella chicken sandwich.”  She concurred and processed my request, I was so relieved to have gotten through this part.

I ate the sandwich while leaving the parking lot and really tried to take it all in. I had high hopes for this sandwich since my fellow foodie, The Mighty Rib (Little Rock) enjoyed it but I wasn’t as impressed as I had hoped although it was overall pretty good.  I could definitely see the potential here, with the marinated tomatoes and the grilled and seasoned chicken breast it most certainly has the potential.  I have been a fan of Wendy’s my whole life, with their signature patty and their delicious frosty.  Lately I have been a fan of their salads only wishing they would do more green leaf or spring mix base.

After my wife got off of work we went to a local BBQ joint, Old Post BBQ. This restaurant is a long time staple for Russellville and it’s always worth the money and time.  I chose the rib dinner with green beans, coleslaw, and of course, a beer.  While I wasn’t very impressed with the coleslaw, the green beans were well prepared and very tasty.  It always blows my mind that more places don’t try harder to make their side dishes tasty, for the most part what you get with green beans is simply out of a can and boiled with some salt and pepper, nothing else, big let down.  I was thrilled with Ricky’s beans and I might add that I was happy to be greeted on a Saturday by the owner Ricky Black himself.  Ricky and I shot the stuff for a few minutes talking about beer and brewery’s here in Arkansas, I really like the guy, you can tell he has a true passion for food.  We enjoyed our lunch thoroughly and only somewhat disappointed in the under done fried pickles, assure you this was a one time thing, we left very full and very happy.

Lastly, I would like to comment on one of my new favorite fast eats from Taco Johns located in 2 places here in Russellville.  They are hailed by critics for their dedication to fresh ingredients and for their classification some really tasty food.  Right now they are running a limited time offer with their quesadilla pork carnitas.  These small bites are perfect for a snack or even a full meal.  They start with doubled 3 inch tortillas centered with melted cheese then folded in half and stuffed with some very tasty and seasoned pulled pork, a sauce of some flavor with a kick, and diced herb tomatoes.  It is not always easy to get my wife to join me at Taco Johns but these days its simple.  I recommend these to everyone.

Thank you Russellville for your food today, keep up the good workPhoto May 22, 12 13 17 PM

 

B’Dub

So let’s go back to where it all began, today @ lunch.  Today at lunch my wife and I decided to go to B’Dubs, for those of us in my hometown of Russellville this is what we commonly call buffalo wild wings.  Any who, when we arrived it took several minutes to even be greeted by a member of the wait staff, now I am often partial to their street tacos and more often than not, the only reason I go here, plus it’s close to my wife’s work and doesn’t have a lot of time to lunch break.  After the hostess greeted us she asked if we were familiar with the 15 minute fast break lunch.  we concurred that indeed we did, we were seated and after the waitress took our order she walked away without starting the timer.  My wife had to stop her and ask “should we turn this on, or you? ”  as she started back to our table she stopped and said “you can go ahead and do it.” Oh gee thanks, I thought.  Needless to say our food arrived on time and then she had realized she forgot my side item and went to retrieve it.

Upon returning to our table she dropped some chips on the ground and sort of chuckled at the feat.  She walked away to get us some napkins, brought them back and then departed without a word otherwise.  My wife and I looked down at the ground and then at one another in disbelief.  I have been here a few times let’s say and mostly during the lunch hour.  This is a time of the day when you can, as a manager, truly make an impact on your customers.  Most places overlook this day part and let it be what it is.  A big missed opportunity n my book.  Y’all, good customer service is not hard.  To the servers; I have been there in your shoes and I know sometimes it sucks, but please remember we as the customers have come to pay our hard earned money to enjoy ourselves and will pay for great service, this is your opportunity to make the difference.   As it goes, I will probably return to B’Dubs within the next couple of months for the street tacos (love em) maybe to find a happier place.

First blog post

So I said to myself ‘when is it time to start a blog”? probably about the same time your wife says, after a 20 minute rant at a restaurant for lunch, maybe you should start a blog.  HAHA,  I probably spend more time whilst eating out, either ranting, raving, or reviewing the restaurant.  I can’t help it, I have been in the restraint and hospitality industry since I was 16.  I feel that now is the time the world heard my voice, that maybe I can speak out for the customers out there who frequently dine out and say what they are all thinking.

I hope this space provides a space to Rant, Rave and Review the restaurants and eatery’s that I visit.  I will not be harsh here or belligerent, fair and impartial is what will set me apart, discussing customer service around many corners.  No restaurant will be left out as my kids often choose to go to some of the faster of food joints.  mainly I will talk about my experiences in my small town in Arkansas and as an avid hunter I may give some wild game cooking tips and recipes.  Please only head my advice as a guide to go and experience new things, new foods, new places.  I am not by any means a writer please join me in thanking my wife for the editing.  I simply just have a lot to say about this industry I love so dearly.    Happy eats my fellows!