Saturday, December 24, 2016

Legends in Florence



Legends Steakhouse has four locations in Tennessee, with the Florence store being the only one in Alabama. The medium-price eatery is located across from the Shoals Theatre in an old pharmacy that has housed at least three failed restaurants before it. So far this incarnation shows every sign of hanging in there. Is it that good?

My significant other and I decided on a late lunch. We rightly assumed we’d be too late for the cheaper lunch menu, but that is an option if money is tight. You can also opt for just a salad since the Florence location is one of the three stores with a salad bar.

There was no problem getting a booth mid-afternoon, so we looked forward to some quiet time to ourselves. Unfortunately, our waiter decided to make our little outing a threesome for a great part of our visit. On the plus side we now know the restaurant is doing much better with their health scores.

My companion had the sirloin/chicken fingers combo and I had the rib eye. Both steaks were cooked to perfection and the wait wasn’t overly long, though it shouldn’t have been since it was a slow time. We had iced tea, but alcoholic beverages are available for those who are so inclined.

Portions were large, so we debated a desert. Finally, we decided on Key Lime pie. There were several cake and pie items on the menu, but we were told not all were available at the time we went. If this is important to you, you might want to call ahead.

It took a while to get our check, so you may want to ask for it immediately after you’re sure you have finished ordering. We heard some diners complaining about how long it was taking for them as well. The waiter forgot our takeout boxes, so we had to wait a little longer still. By this time it appeared the early dinner crowd was coming in, so next time we'll try our “late lunch” a little earlier.

My date had been before, but it was new to me. Will I go back? Yes. My one complaint is that the wait staff needs better training. I understand there are often coupons online and elsewhere, so consider watching for those. 


Enjoy!


Tuttle

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Return to Taco Bell & the Crazy Little Chicken


It’s been a busy time at work and I volunteered to pick up lunch for some of my co-workers at Taco Bell in North Florence. After placing several orders, one went like this:

Me – An order of taquitos with extra quacamole sauce.

Girl – Extra guacamole sauce is twenty-five cents.

Me – That’s fine.

Girl – We don’t have taquitos.

Me – I think you call them rolled chicken tacos.

Girl – Yes, but we don’t have them anymore.

Me – You had them two days ago.

Girl – Yes, but we discontinued them.

Me – Discontinued as in you don’t have them on the menu anymore?

Girl – That’s right.

I drive to the window just as two employees are changing out the drawer. So I think I’ll try my luck again.

Me – You’ve discontinued your taquitos?

Second Girl – Oh, no. We just ran out of shells Friday night and the warehouse ran out too. They’re really popular. We’ll get them back in eventually.

So I decide to try the Crazy Little Chicken since I hated to come back empty handed for my co-worker. I park, bop up to the door, it’s locked. Then I see the sign. They’re closed for two weeks or so, or even more when I check their Facebook page on my phone. Who knows? At this point, who really cares?

This makes two not so perfect experiences at Taco Bell and the Crazy Little Chicken. Maybe God doesn’t want us to eat Mexican?



Cherry Pitts  

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Five Guys Burgers

Five Guys Burgers: A Restaurant Review
By: “H.D.”
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From the Corporate Website:

The Five Guys Story

Five Guys has been a Washington, DC area favorite since 1986 when Jerry and Janie Murrell offered sage advice to the four young Murrell brothers: "Start a business or go to college."The business route won and the Murrell family opened a carry-out burger joint in Arlington, Virginia.
Under the guidance of Jerry and Janie, the Murrell family served only hand-formed burgers cooked to perfection on a grill along with fresh-cut fries cooked in pure peanut oil. The little burger joint quickly developed a cult-like following. Press paid attention. Customers voted the burger"#1" in the metro area.
During the 1980's and 1990's the Murrell family perfected their simple system. Five Guys was The Place to get a fresh, juicy burger with all the toppings you could stuff between fresh-baked buns. A fifth brother was born and, as their family grew, so did their business. Four more restaurants with sit-down seating were added to accommodate the growing clientele.
Early in 2003 Jerry and Janie, together with the five"guys" began offering franchise opportunities. In just under 18 months, Five Guys Enterprises sold options for over 300 units. The overwhelming success of franchising a local restaurant made national news with articles in trade publications such as Nation's Restaurant News, Restaurant Business Magazine, and the Franchise Times.
Now, over 20 years after Five Guys first opened, there are over 1,000 locations nationwide and over 1500 units in development. Five Guys continues to receive media attention and has grown a cult-like following around the world

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We have never gone to Five Guys Burgers in Florence. It has been open for years, but for some reason, we have never gone.  Recently a friend had invited us to go so we went on a Friday Night. We arrived at around 7:30 PM that night. There was a crowd but there were several tables available.
Looking over the menu showed that there were many, many combinations on how to get your Burger. You have a choice of a Little or Big Burger. I decided on the Big Burger with Barbeque Sauce, Cheese, Mustard, Ketchup and Pickles. A Large fries rounded out the meal. Sitting down at a table, we saw that peanuts are available for the guests. We got some and they were very tasty.
Our food was ready shortly thereafter.  Now, I am a Burger Connoisseur. Unwrapping the Burger, I observed there was a perfect amount of the items ordered for the Burger, just right, but not dripping off. Biting into the Burger, the flavor flowed over my Taste Buds. This is a good Burger. I really enjoyed the Cheeseburger. The fries were good also.
So, if you are looking for a good Burger go by Five Guys. There are so many variations that you can get. Of course, no restaurant is 100% good. The only down side I have is I thought it was a little costly. Overall I would rate the trip a solid 90% out of 100. Try it; I think you will like it.



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Menu
Burgers
  • Hamburger
  • Cheeseburger
  • Bacon Burger
  • Bacon Cheeseburger
  • Little Hamburger
  • Little Cheeseburger
  • Little Bacon Burger
  • Little Bacon Cheeseburger
Dogs
  • Kosher Style Hot Dog
  • Cheese Dog
  • Bacon Dog
  • Bacon Cheese Dog
Sandwiches
  • Veggie Sandwich
  • Cheese Veggie Sandwich
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwich
Note: Veggie Sandwiches do not contain veggie burger patties.
Fries
  • Five Guys Style
  • Cajun Style
Our fries are cooked in pure, no cholesterol, tasty peanut oil! 

WE SERVE BULK PEANUTS.
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Five Guys Florence Blvd

Phone: (256) 349-2058
Pickup Hours: 10:30AM to 10:00 PM

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

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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.