Saturday, August 20, 2016

Wok 'n Roll

Wok 'n Roll is a small Chinese restaurant located at the Seven Points Intersection in Florence.

As a young child growing up in the Wilson community, there was nothing like the thrill of traveling down Chisholm Road to Seven Points in North Florence. One of the first things I would see was the Hardee’s pagoda. I wasn’t very old when that was razed and a larger eat-in version of the char-broiled hamburger heaven took its place. When Hardee’s began to downsize the chain about 15 years ago, I looked for their Seven Points building to be razed, but instead a new name came to North Florence—Wok ‘n Roll.

Wok ‘n Roll calls its cuisine Chinese American, and for years I avoided their drive-thru, not knowing what to expect. When a co-worker handed me a menu one day and I saw cheese sticks listed I decided finally to give them a try.

So just what does Wok ‘n Roll serve? I was really surprised at the menu having so many choices, but as usual when I and my friend decided to have a nice sit down lunch, I ordered the General’s Chicken. It rocked!

My friend just ordered soup, but when I saw the amount and side items I understood how almost anyone could make a meal out of just their soup. Her whole meal cost under 2.00, so this is a great place for UNA students on a budget.

The small restaurant also has Wi-Fi for students and business people on the go. You do have to purchase something to get the access code, which I assume they change regularly.

After my great experience with eating in the small dining room, I decided a few days later to try the drive-thru. I don’t know if I hit it just right or what, but I had only a couple minutes wait. Customers at Micky D’s across the street were growing old while waiting. This time I got the Kung Pao chicken. I did have to reheat it when I got home, but it was still great.

On the down side, outside the soup, I thought some of the menu items were slightly high, at least for lunch. The times I’ve eaten inside the service has been good, but not outstanding. I’ve also had to wait for someone to clean the table even at a slow time.

Now the big question: Is the food better than Rice Box? I’d say yes. Plus it’s so much quicker to get waited on. All in all, Cherry says you have to try it!

Cherry Pitts 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Logan's Roadhouse--Muscle Shoals: Redemption

As you know by now, I have written three previous articles about the bad service/food at the Logan’s Muscle Shoals location. It has been about a month since I wrote the last one. Shoalanda said it was one of the most viewed articles. So I figured someone at Logan’s has shared it. So, to be fair, I decide to go Saturday afternoon to hopefully give them “a thumbs up” article.
I arrived at 5:00 PM on a Saturday afternoon. Walking into the lobby I was promptly asked if I wanted a table or sit in the bar area. I took the bar area since that is where I sat the last couple of times. Sitting at my table a waitress came by and took my drink order. I ordered my food and sat back to see what happened.
Within 10 minutes I had my food. I got the 6 oz Sirloin with Barbecue Grilled Chicken, Creamed Potatoes with White Gravy and Chili. The Chili could have been a little hotter but overall was good. The rest of the meal was great. It had a good taste and was the right temperature. The waitress refilled my drink several times before it ever got close to getting empty.
I am glad to say that I am giving Logan’s in Muscle Shoals a “Thumbs Up.” Keep up the good work.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Taco Bell - North Florence

Taco Bell in North Florence is located at 1412 North Wood Avenue directly across from the Seven Points Shopping Center. It specializes in a very Americanized Mexican cuisine.

I have an invalid relative in North Florence so I’m in the Seven Points area at all times of the night and day. I usually get some kind of take-out as I leave for home when I don’t feel like cooking. That means I can choose from McDonald’s, Wok-N-Roll, KFC, or Taco Bell. I’ll admit to a weakness for Taco Bell’s food, but it is about as real Mexican as I am.

On the good side, I love getting a breakfast crunch to take to work in the mornings. Delicious and the price is right. Taco Bell has a great selection of other entrees as well, plus their Happy Hour drink specials if I happen to be in the area in the late afternoon.

Now the downside. Once in the drive-thru, you can’t get out. That means I once, for whatever reason, spent almost twenty minutes of my lunch hour stuck in the drive-thru. Once you get your food, you can exit on Wood Avenue, but it’s extremely difficult during high traffic times. Don’t try a left turn. Or you can go around and leave by one of two back exits, but that probably means you’re headed in the wrong direction to get where you want to go.

Dining in presents some other problems. A co-worker and I once decided to eat lunch in the dining room. No one was ahead of us in line, a line that isn’t actually a line that could cause problems if the counter is ever rushed. No matter, my friend and I had to wait for about four or five minutes before anyone actually came to the counter to help us. It appeared that everyone had one designated job and no one was designated for the front counter.

My friend’s order was wrong, and it took the same inordinate period of time for her to get it replaced. For those of you who dine alone, there is WiFi, and the dining room is clean.

I also suggest paying for your purchase with a debit card since I’ve frequently had problems with cashiers giving me the wrong change. And there always seems to be new cashiers training about once a week.

These problems aren’t unique to Taco Bell so I suggest you give them a try if you haven’t already. Ideally your first visit should be at a slow time, but all in all, I give the North Florence Taco Bell a thumbs up.

Cherry Pitts 

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Logan's Roadhouse--Muscle Shoals: Part III

As you know by now, I have written two previous articles about the bad service/food at the Logan’s Muscle Shoals location. It has been about a month since I wrote the last one. Shoalanda said it was one of the most viewed articles. So I figured someone at Logan’s has shared it. So, to be fair, my guest and I decide to go Saturday afternoon to hopefully give them “a thumbs up” article.

We arrived at about 5:00 PM. We were taken straight to a table. My guest ordered Potato Skins with Ranch Dressing. I ordered Chicken Fingers with Mashed Potatoes (and Gravy) and Chili. The Potato Skins came with no Ranch. My meal came with no Gravy on the Mashed Potatoes along with NO Chili. Our waiter came by the table and we asked for Ranch, Gravy and Chili.

Another waitress came by and we asked for Ranch, Gravy and Chili. She brought us the Ranch and Gravy. Hmm. My Chili is MIA. Finally Chili arrives. It appears that it was nuked in the microwave for so long that the cheese on top is burnt. It is terrible.

So, we ate……….

You know what, screw it. No more Logan’s in Muscle Shoals. There will not be a part 4 article. I give up.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Genghis Grill

From their website:

Legend has it that during their conquests, Genghis Khan and his men grilled food on their shields over an open flame. In much the same way, our Grill Masters grill your combination of fresh ingredients and stir fry them to perfection on our sizzling hot grill. It’s a centuries-old tradition you can enjoy only at Genghis Grill – the Build Your Own Stir Fry.

This is a Restaurant Review for Genghis Grill, located at 2893 Florence Blvd, Florence, Alabama. If you have never been there, it is across the street form Logan’s, in the same strip mall as Five Guys Burgers. Hmm, that sounds like another place to do a Restaurant Review. I went at 11:30 on a Sunday morning. The place was ¾ full but I was seated promptly. By Noon, the place was packed.

If you have never been to Genghis Grill, let me explain it to you. Upon arrival, you can choose from 3 size bowls (small, medium or large). Getting your bowl, you venture forth to the serving bar. The serving bar is divided into several sections. The first section is the meats. They have Chicken, Beef, Pork, as well as Seafood that you can pick from. If it fits in your bowl, you can have it. I went with the Sliced Beef.

Moving forward, you will find the spice bar. There are several different spices to choose from. Hmm, let’s go with Salt. You can never mess up something with Salt. Then you proceed to the Vegetable Bar. Assorted Vegetables were present, looking fresh. I picked Green Peas. Next up was the Fruit Bar. I chose the Pineapple.

Then you have to make the major choice, the Sauce Bar. There are approximately a dozen different Sauces available. There are sampling spoons where you can try each Sauce. I went with Sweet and Sour. At the end of the serving line, you have another choice, Udon Noodles, Rice or other choices to round out your bowl. I went with the Udon Noodles.

Then a nice lady takes your bowl from you and they cook it on an open grill. Within 5 minutes, my meal was at my table. Okay, here we go. First bite, yummy. I really enjoyed the meal. Everything meshed together to bring out the Sweet and Sour Sauce. What’s next, desert of course. The Pineapple cake was the choice. It was layers of cake, pineapple and toppings. Awesome!
To be fair, I did go to Genghis Grill when they first opened. Some of the food was okay. However, upon my return 6 months later, the atmosphere and food had changed. The food was good. It was so good that I went back the next Sunday and had the Pork with Udon Noodles. If you want to try a different type of restaurant, give Genghis Grill a try.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Logan's Roadhouse - Florence

Recently I wrote two articles for this website concerning the Logan’s Restaurant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The articles were about the bad service and food that I had gotten there over a few visits. I had stated that I had always been a Logan’s fan, especially the restaurant in Florence. Thinking about it, I realized that I had not been to the Florence location in some time. So, off I go.

I arrived at the Logan’s Restaurant in Florence on a Saturday afternoon at around 5:30 PM. We were seated promptly. To be fair with the comparison, I decided to order the same thing that I did last time from the Muscle Shoals location. Right off the bat, my chili came and it was scalding hot. Okay, plus one for Florence. 

Our waitress brought my guest's and my dinner. It was freshly prepared and hot. A basket of rolls was added to our table. Our food was good. As I looked around the restaurant, I remarked to my guest “that the wait staff here seems happy.” Everyone was smiling and seemed to be enjoying their jobs. Before we left, the restaurant was packed and people were waiting outside for tables.

In summary, I would endorse the Florence location of Logan’s Restaurant. I talked to an employee of the Florence location while I was there and they told me that they hear bad things about the Muscle Shoals location all the time. That’s sad. My thought process would be swap some employees from Florence to the Muscle Shoals location and get it on track. Ahh, well, they didn’t ask my opinion. Until next time, go out and enjoy eating at our fine restaurants that the Shoals Area has to offer. 

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Logan's Roadhouse--Muscle Shoals: Part II

Quad-Ciies Cuisine recently published a review of Logan's Roadhouse in Muscle Shoals. Our reviewer, H.D., decided to give the eatery a second chance. Here's a blow-by-blow description of his most recent visit:

As much as I hate to, I guess I am going to have to write this article. Back on March 26, 2016, my article was published on this website relating my three bad experiences at the Logan’s in Muscle Shoals, AL. I thought with the views that the articles got that somehow it would filter back to the Logan’s management. I guess it didn’t.

My guest and I went to Logan’s in Muscle Shoals on April 21, 2016, at around 6:15 PM. There were about 10 people waiting in the lobby for tables. We approached the podium and I saw that there was several tables open in the bar area. I asked about them and was told that “first come, first serve on them.” Well, that is better than our last visit. We sat at one of the bar area tables.

The waitress got our order in a timely fashion. I am thinking they have got their act together since last time. There is where it started going downhill. The waitress came to our table and said that “they did not have any rolls due to an email about a peanut allergy. However, they were making some more.” After she walked off, I looked at my guest and asked if I had misheard that. Nope, I didn’t.

I ordered Chili as an appetizer. It came pretty quick, but again, just as the last visits, it is cold. How do you not know Chili is hot? Once maybe twice, I could overlook it, but this is the fourth time. Sigh.

Our entrees came. My guest’s side was not correct and my main dish was not correct--not what I ordered. The waitress took it back and we got new plates shortly. I asked if there was some type of bread that I could have with my dinner. I was told “no.” Hmm, so I guess if I had ordered a sandwich, burger or slider, it would have not come with bread.

I give up. I was talking to a friend of mine who manages a restaurant in Muscle Shoals. I told him about my experiences with Logan’s. He said that he heard it all the time. People came into his restaurant after getting tired of Logan’s. I guess I will have to make my weekly trip across the bridge. Florence Logan’s, here we come again.