I guess it's splitting hairs, since both have food and alcohol, but I think of Cappy's as a pizza joint and of The Indy as a bar. I take my children to pizza joints, I don't take them to bars, that seems reasonable to me. Would love to know what your point is.
No. Why do you ask?
Ned, do you also take your kids to the Independent?
So happy he got more business by being a jerk. He got what he wanted -- he's a hero of the DINKS who buy more alcohol, this was always about changing his customer demo. Those of us with families will continue to take our business where our money is welcome -- elsewhere.
This is not about thinking it's OK for kids to misbehave. Mine don't, and if they did, I'd remove them from the restaurant. It's about singling out ONE kind of misbehavior for a sign at the door, warning those of us with kids that we are on probation, under scrutiny and on notice. Rowdy, drunk sports fans after a game can disrupt a meal -- there's no sign warning them to behave, no warning at the door saying "RAYS FANS, KEEP IT DOWN, OR ELSE!" Scooter wants their business and doesn't want to make them feel watched or uncomfortable. People gabbing loudly on their phones can disrupt a meal -- there's no sign warning people not to do this. Scooter wants their business and doesn't want to make them feel watched or uncomfortable. There was only ONE form of misbehavior Scooter wanted to call out, and that's because he made a calculation that any business he lost he'd make up double in people who are annoyed by children; he was tired of watching the snob money going up to the Refinery. Absolutely his privilege. And mine to eat elsewhere, and to encourage my friends to do likewise. It makes me sick to see that he's so proud of what he's done.
Unruly customers are a fact of life in the restaurant business. Whether they're noisy kids or belligerent drunks, you deal with them by warning them, then kicking them out -- you do not post a warning to everyone of the same demographic that they are on notice. You don't tar everyone with the same brush, you punish the offenders and welcome everybody else. Unless what you really want is to make a certain group leave. Well played sir. I'm glad to know you have a steady customer for your bland, overpriced, greasy product.
Try Boudin for the sausage sometime. It works well.
Madison, probably not. They are mostly local to Tampa Bay. So... you should come visit! :)
Yes, that may be something they want to consider for next year. At least with water.
It was WAY too hard to find just plain water to drink. When I asked at the food booths, I was told "we're not allowed to sell water". I waited in line at the vodka booth, hoping they'd sell me some soda - nope. "Not allowed". What??? They pointed to the beer booth, where the line was about 20 people deep. Ridiculous. EVERY BOOTH SHOULD HAVE WATER! I was frustrated and near tears, finally one guy at the food booth next to the vodka people gave me a bottle from his own stash. Very furstrating!
Sounds delicious! I think I can do it :)
Amy is one of the rudest people I've ever met. Anyone who treats people like that does not deserve their business.
I read that my favorite restaurant, Vintage on Fifth in Crystal River, is serving BBQ Corned Beef. Think I am going there tonight!
Love the suggestions! A good substitution is the way to convert those who didn't even know they needed converting. I haven't tried a majority of these and wonder if I can get a hold of them in North Carolina?
I once drove all the way from lutz to el crapo and couldn't believe how overrated it was. Mediocre burgers and typical macdonalds fries. I don't like the grease at 5 guys but it sure beats el crapo.
Who rated this place every year so high anyway? That person should be forced to eat there every day for a year.
I totally agree with this review. Must add that I love the coziness and the friendly & accommodating owner and staff!
Pinot Noirs are my favorite. Ore., Ca, Fr.
I don't get what the excitement is about the sandwiches. They use Publix rolls and the portions are tiny. Hell of a long ride for this.
After hearing nothing but rave reviews for Wimauma, my friends and I decided to host a small bridal brunch there for a friend of ours. We were thrilled that there was no charge for a semi-private space (6 of us total), and the food prices seemed pretty reasonable for South Tampa. When I arrived 15 minutes early to set out place cards, I had to ask for water to be put at every seat, very minor and no big deal. We ordered our meals at about 12:45, and Amy, the chef’s wife came out to say hello. We were then left alone until 1:15, when the bride’s glass of water ran empty, one of us peeked into the main dining area only to see that the other 4 tables were eating and being served. At 1:25 we were informed that the kitchen had “run out of potatoes”, would it be okay if they subbed fries and sautéed them with peppers and onions. Sure, no problem, we’d just like to eat. Shortly there after, the manager came out and said that Amy had run to the store and purchased potatoes, and that it would be only a few moments longer. My seat gave me a pretty full view of the kitchen where I saw Amy pulling biscuits out of a Pillsbury Grand’s freezer bag and placing them on a cookie sheet. Within moments all but one of our meals came out. I had ordered eggs over easy with biscuits, sausage gravy, and grits. My eggs were hard as rocks, and biscuits had zero resemblance to the buttermilk biscuits I was promised on the menu. I said nothing about those, but did say something about my eggs being way overcooked. Amy came out and said she would simply have the cook make new eggs, but I should eat everything else on my plate. When I said I really wanted to eat it all together, and that the rest of my meal was actually pretty cold (gravy was already separating), she said “oh, okay, that’s not how I like it!”. She proceeded to bring me out overcooked eggs again. When I again said something, she again tried to leave me with the cold gravy and grits! The next things that came out of Amy’s mouth were shocking: “No, it’s not cold. We’ve microwaved it”. This was after she said “Well I didn’t want to be here today”; and “Nobody can cook eggs perfectly, they won’t ever be like your mom’s” after stating for the third time her cook had not made eggs over easy, but hard fried eggs. Every diner that charges $2.95 seems to be able to cook eggs over easy, and she’s charging $12! I’d assume they could be cooked properly. I was more offended though to hear that she had admittedly MICROWAVED MY BISCUITS! Their website even says: “Food is perishable and ephemeral. It’s greatest expressions are still destined to be consumed immediately upon creation”. I’m not so sure where the microwave fits into that food theory… When I refused to eat the food, she insisted to make me new ones so that I could be charged. Instead of removing the foul meals (mine was not the only one), she insisted that she bring us a series of desserts. Some were quite delicious, but her indignant manner with us was so disgraceful, I’ll never go back. Mimosas made with concentrate, freezer biscuits, and over cooked eggs are things I can manage from home. Our meal here cost more than 4 pitchers of sangria and more than a dozen tapas at another local restaurant. I wish I had followed the advice of this article.
Here's to Cigar City for giving us a brewry to be proud of. Here's to Tampa. Now pass the Jai Alai.
Saigon Deli has moved into a new location at 3858 W. Waters Ave. It is right across the street from the old location. Behind Zaxby's Chicken and next to the La Quinta Hotel. Don't go to the old place because it's the imposter one! BEWARE!
I'm glad our event helped in this article :)
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