Nasty meal

@ElicBxn (60770)
United States
January 22, 2011 5:06am CST
So, at the roommate's recommendation, we stopped at a place I had never been, Bill Miller's Bar-Be-Que. Now, she had said she had been with another friend of ours and it was okay. So, since we were driving by it, we stopped. I should've been suspicious, they treated it like a burger joint, with "meal #1) and stuff - and then you couldn't see them fixing the food - it was all in the back behind a wall... not good. We were taking it home, so it came out in a big bag (the cats like the bag). You know, they didn't even have proper to go plates! We told them "no sauce" there was sauce all over the meat. They didn't know what was in their food... and wouldn't check. The only good things were the french fries (chips for those non-Americans) and how badly can you mess them up (I know, you can, but you really have to work on it) and the iced tea (another thing you can mess up if you work on it.) The turkey was white meat and FATTY! The sauce, since I was sort of stuck with it, was BLAND! nearly tasteless, the beans were also bland, but not burnt or anything, and the "cole slaw" was TOO spicy! One bite of that and in the trash! The roomie said she was sorry and won't ever mention it again! here's their website... http://www.billmillerbbq.com/ maybe their fried chicken is better - but I don't eat fried chicken... at least I didn't get a reaction from the food... You ever been to a place that had such terrible food?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 Jan 11
I am not out much & don't stop to get food when i am very often but when i do i stick to the same places. Wendy's is my favorite hamburger place & i like taco bell's taco salads. i stop there sometimes on my way home from church. I always bring it home w/me. Sorry your meal wasn't good. That's the pits to spend your money on something that wasn't good.
@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
22 Jan 11
I like Sonic or What-a-burger for burgers, or grilled chicken sandwiches. And a Wendy's is actually the closest place, but I've had problems with their buns... However, with in 3 blocks there's a Wendy's, a Taco Bell, a What-a-Burger, a Burger King and a Sonic! Used to have a KFC but that closed (not the best KFC let me tell you!) Obviously Taco Bell isn't some place I frequent... I know several good or at least decent BBQ places, maybe they need to change their name to Bill Miller Chicken and more... their fried chicken looked okay... As the roomie said, we'll be sticking to Pok-e-jo's from now on!
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 Jan 11
i THINK WHEN U FIND A GOOD PLACE U NEED TO STICK W/IT. BBQ sounds good. Haven't had any in a while.My cousin owns a meat marhet & a restaurant together. He has the best bbq around here. U have made me hungry for bbq, lol.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
22 Jan 11
I'm willing to try new places, that's how I discovered Pok-e-jo's in the first place, but this wasn't a winner!
@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
2 Oct 11
You must've needed a break from your Sheds Project, huh! Found time to clear out your backlog of unresolved posts, I see! Anyhow, THANK YOU for the Best Response mark! It always makes my day! Just doing a bit of email, waiting for Fr. Aidan. Discovered computer had rebooted itself overnight (unless it was S. working on it LD again...?), & ALL my tabs were missing! I had to dig up Gmail alllll over again. I hate that! It's not easy to find! Maggiepie "I see too much order in the universe to believe this could have been accidental." Albert Einstein's reply when asked how he could believe in a Creator.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
2 Oct 11
actually, I'm trying to do a BR for every response I do... not at 100% but better than nothin'
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
3 Oct 11
Well, I just wanted you to know, I really do appreciate it! Maggiepie "Our job is to give people not what they want, but what we think they ought to have." ~ Former president of CBS News, Richard Salant
@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
16 May 11
I have eaten at a few terrible places but I don't think I have ate as one as terrible as that. I may look at the website when i get the chance.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
22 May 11
if you are lucky, they don't have a branch near you
• United States
23 May 11
well I never heard of them untill your post. I don't think they have one around here so I must be lucky lol.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
3 Feb 11
"The Home of Texas's Best Eatin'" huh? lol
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
4 Feb 11
NOT!
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
30 Jan 11
I can't say it's happened to me but I have complained about the size of the portions. I'd eat at that place...it sounds pretty yummy. We don't have much of that sort of thing where I live and your food is much cheaper than ours. At KFC now 2 pieces and chips ( small fries) & a drink costs 7.45. I refuse to go there any more. Dad wanted some food recently and for 5 tiny pieces, two large chips (which I really didn't want) and 2 drinks it was $17 something. I was disgusted but Dad paid.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
30 Jan 11
Their menu looks good, their food was just vile! Yeah, KFC isn't that great and over priced - when a place does that I call them "overly fond of their food". But if the roomie wants fried chicken and I want grilled or roasted or whatever they are calling it, we have to go to KFC because the other places don't have chicken that isn't fried.
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@MsTickle (24991)
• Australia
30 Jan 11
I used to be able to have my 2 pieces and chips for under $5 at KFC then it went to $5.45 then it went to $7.45 and I just can no longer justify my monthly treat for that much. I guess KFC is not for the poor. Woe is me.
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@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
23 Jan 11
Bill Miller's Bar-b-que is an institution in the San Antonio area, and I've never heard any complaints. It's true that their beans are just pinto beans, but that's what I'd expect to compliment the barbuque. How can turkey white meat be fatty? I've had their fried chicken and found it to be good. In fact, I've not eaten anything from there that I didn't like. I've only actually eaten at the Universal City and the Schertz locations, though, but I've eaten at several functions that were catered by Bill Miller's and have never heard any complaints.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
well, I suspect that the San Antonio ones might be better run... these folks didn't seem to know which was was up - the roomie got the LAST piece of lemon mergange pie and it was bad... and I really don't like BBQ sauce, so I DON'T want even a GREAT place to put sauce on my meat... because I don't know whats in that sauce, with my food allergies, a MAJOR concern!
@bellis716 (4806)
• United States
24 Jan 11
I understand about food allergies. So far as I know, I don't have any, but I have relatives who do.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
23 Jan 11
Too many times to mention! But I will... Elic, do you recall that pancake place we went to in South Austin which had what they called potato pancakes on their menu, but what we got was regular pancakes poured over a few re-hydrated hash-browns that adhered to the bottom?!? I was appalled! It was weird.... I guess I might have overlooked it had it not proclaimed itself a special restaurant for pancakes, for pity's sake! In London, there was that weird restaurant I told you of which J. & I tried, which had something they called a tossed salad, but which was full of white cabbage & much closer to coleslaw, with mayonnaise in it, yet (eeuw...), & let's not even get into what they do to "iced" tea. I suppose I could forgive that, since it was England, after all, land of hot tea...still...this particular restaurant was located very near the city's largest train station, & should've been aware of other nation's cuisine, yet it was as if they'd never met an American before! In a quieter, off the main path, non-touristy little diner, I was surprised at having to ask where the ketchup was for my fish & chips. Turned out there was only one bottle, & it was currently in use by the only other customer. The manager/cook actually had to ask him if I could borrow it! And it wasn't like thick American tomato ketchup, either, but watery, & it had seeds in it. I was not upset, rather I was amused, & I love seeing different customs. Why travel if you don't want to do that? Sometimes it's the service that stinks, as with that chain restaurant (Denny's?) in Houston after the convention you & I had attended. I'd had such a great time I just laughed off our waiter's shenanigans, such as lying down in the booth next to ours & talking to us about his concerns, or the salad I ordered in which I discovered the broken plate shard... Or consider the midnight run I did once at a Steak & Eggs diner, in which the ONE poor schlub was running everything, & the place still had steak, as I recall, but had run out of eggs! Half of its product--gone!! The sink was buried under dirty dishes, & I felt sorry for him. I offered to help for a while to get him caught up, in exchange for a free meal, & he unhesitatingly said, "Oh, yes! Thank you! Then there are the many restaurants I've visited which simply didn't know how to prepare their dishes. Perhaps the worst was a small Chinese restaurant in Houston. I was craving Chinese, & was sooo disappointed at the haphazardly prepared foods. Since when are egg rolls supposed to have very little filling--so much so that the wrap went around it twice, & they were dry & hard! I could go on, but my desk would tip over if I did, so, bon appitit, mon amis! Maggiepie "Politicians & diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly & for the same reason." ~ Source unknown
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
I do agree that you seemed cursed with finding the worst meal to be found... You do recall that the night of the convention and the plate shard was also the night Howard parked us in the ditch! That's a WHOLE discussion all its own!
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
24 Jan 11
Oh, yes! I'll never forget that time! Car half flipped over in one of those 8 feet deep Houstonian ditches, water & GIANT mosquitoes rushing in, & how hard it was to climb out of that seat! And that was right before the restaurant. Some shortcut, Howard! LOL! You gotta KNOW I was still high from that great time at the con for ME to not care if I were mosquito-bitten! Had I not sold so many of my drawings, or been considered for a prize by the costume contest judges, or had Theodore Sturgeon tell me he wanted to help me become published, I'm sure I'd have been my usual grumpy person. (BEG) You know how I hate mosquitoes! But I wasn't going to bring it up here, since it's irrelevant to this thread. But never mind! Thanks for the memory! Maggiepie "Politicians & diapers have one thing in common. They should both be changed regularly & for the same reason." ~ Source unknown
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
22 Jan 11
at a reall bar bq place the menu is like for ribs and what they call chopped meat mostly pork! and they put sauce on the side in a littel bowl like thing you add what you want. have not seen turkey on the menu at all and sure aint bland. sorry ya had such a bad time of it
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
Around here, and remember, I'm in Texas, they bar-be-que about anything, turkey, ham, chicken - but they also ask if you want sauce and offer to put it on the side if that's what you want (I don't care for sauce so don't get it) but BBQ sauce shouldn't be BLAND!
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
23 Jan 11
No it shouldnt got to have a good spicy taste to it and I got my first ever BArB q when I moved to Tenn in 64. They also put the slaw on the bun with the meat I got where I asked for it with out the slaw.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
22 Jan 11
My daughter and I were out shopping. I had picked up some items and went to do something else any way she paid for my items so I took her to lunch. We went to a place she is familiar with and I have eaten there before. The breakfasts are good, but It is very cold here and we wanted a good soup. We decided on Chicken and noodles. Never again. Their potatoes tasted like instant and the noodle soup was like canned soup, too salty and not redeemable at all. This was put over a baking powder biscuit that was not good either. It was listed as home made. Our server couldn't even tell me what size the juice would be if I ordered a large. Now believe it or not this is a well know chain in my area. My daughter ate hers but I couldn't eat it.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
That's pretty bad. And this place is a chain, maybe down in San Antonio they have better quality control, but this was NASTY!
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
24 Jan 11
Well what one person thinks is good another doesn't.
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
18 Feb 11
Can't say that I have. However I was disappointed with Red Robin. After all the hype of the commercials we went there for lunch. While it looked nice and the people were nice, I thought it was expensive for a hamburger joint. The "gourmet" burgers really did not impress me. The sauces were just about the only thing I could taste. The burgers and friends seemed tasteless. Don't plan to go back.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
19 Feb 11
gee, I have a waiter friend who's just started at Red Robin... Now I'm leery of giving it a try again. I mean, I was leery before, and now I'm leery again... **sigh**
@Hatley (164743)
• Garden Grove, California
23 Jan 11
hi its the pits when you go out expecting good food and its anything but good. After you have already paid for it and get home with it. I do not like McDonald's which may make some up set. I once had their on sale hamburgers and they looked like they were made for a doll and greasy and almost tasteless. very thin overcooked hamburger that was almost crunchy. I ate one and threw the other in the trash. Even their fries were limp not crunchy and those they always brag about. that cured me of going to McDonald's again. the few times I eat hamburgers I will go back to Burger King again.I never was sold on McDonalds and rhat meal clued me in why. lol lol.
@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
I didn't expect great food, but I expected better... I can't say I eat at McDonalds any more, when I was in college it was about the only place nearby - tho most of the time their fries are okay I really like fat "steak" fries rather than those skinny reconstituted sticks, but all things considered, they are better than no fries, I guess - if the rest of the meal isn't bad, like we went to Sonic twice today, just because we had to eat and it was there...
@cerebellum (3871)
• United States
23 Jan 11
I am sorry you had such a bad experience. It is always a shame to spend money on food and then not enjoy it. I am suprised it was so bad, after your roommate had already been there. Well, at least you can add it to the places you will never go back to.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
I will say that its been several YEARS since she'd been there, but apparently even the PIE was bad!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Jan 11
I went to place called Planet Wings that everyone said had great food. Well...forst of all..we waited FOREVER and then when we finally got our food..my philly cheesesteak was cold and just gross. Just the way it was made. It was more of a party joint..I'm thinking that by the time people were eating..anything must have seemed good.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
I have seen places like that the went for big drinks so that by the time the food arrived, it was remembered through a fog!
@bunnybon7 (35529)
• Holiday, Florida
22 Jan 11
i cant tell you how many times ive been recommended to a place and it was terrible. also, i know that different places with the same name and menu can be different when you eat there. like we have a coco's in sun city here thats wonderful. but if you go to the one in surprise area, same menu, etc. but the food is not so good maybe its the different cooks or something. who knows.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
23 Jan 11
ooo - we used to have Coco's here and loved it, I was sorry to see it go!
22 Jan 11
ewww how awful its so dissapointing and very off putting i remeber when subway first opened and i got a sub it was awful and i have never tried it since but i know many think is fab now.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
22 Jan 11
I never cared for Subway, they put stuff on their sandwiches I HATE and I can't eat lunch meats... so, a cheese and lettuce and tomato sandwich - right... not worth it!
@anne25penn (3310)
• Philippines
22 Jan 11
I remember this one restaurant my co-workers and I went to. It was a new place and I mistook it for this Singaporean restaurant I have read about in the internet that had good reviews. I was so embarrassed because the grilled chicken was bad and the pasta was watery. As it turned out, it wasn't the restaurant that I read about. I have never felt so bad in my life because I told my co-workers that I read about the place and they know that I do go out often with friends to try out different restaurants since I am a foodie.
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
22 Jan 11
That's always bad. I'm not a foodie, but I have to say, this barely qualified as fuel, much less FOOD!
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
22 Jan 11
I can't say that I've been to such a place although there have been parts of a meal that weren't the quality what I expected. I remember a place in Florida called The Pig that had the best BBQ I've ever tasted, aside from my dad's. It's all in the sauce and, of course, lean meat without a lot of fat. You kinda roll the dice when you eat at any restaurant. My dad likes KFC every so often and sometimes the chicken is delicious and other times we can tell it's old and has sat there awhile. I solved that by asking them for the freshest possible for my 90 year old dad--works every time!
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
22 Jan 11
my biggest problem with KFC is that they don't always have the roasted or grilled or whatever they are calling it this time and I don't eat fried chicken... never really liked it. my dad would sometimes grill things, but while he was a trained short order cook, he was a "damned yankee" and BBQ wasn't on the menu!
@gabs8513 (48764)
• United Kingdom
22 Jan 11
Hi Elic I am sorry that you did not enjoy it and yes it has happened to me years ago I was really looking forward to my Meal at the time, it was Spaghetti Bolognese well the Spaghetti where over cooked and the Sauce was runy and tasted disgusting I did get my Money back though as I was eating in and on the way Home I stopped of at McDonalds which really was not what I wanted
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@ElicBxn (60770)
• United States
22 Jan 11
That's a shame, I really would've preferred an Italian place myself, but the roomie didn't want it. At least you got your money back... I mean, over cooking the pasta? Generally I have more of a problem of them under cooking it, since I don't really like it the way they say it should be, but I want it to stay together and over cooking means it becomes mush! Should'a gone to IHOP, that's where we had been going before the change in plans! Not really much I can eat at McDonalds these days, I go to a burger joint, I want a better burger!
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