Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Oh where, oh where has my little blog gone? Oh where, oh where can it be?

Until I figure this out, we shall continue.

The last post, I think, I mentioned the possibility of an Olive Garden coming to Grand Forks. This story came from a dinner conversation I had with somebody whose friend (or whatever) has seen some schematics for an Olive Garden that might go in the strip in front of Kohl’s. I, for one, am in favor of an Olive Garden coming to town. At least I know I can get a somewhat decent pizza, which is head and shoulders above Boston's. Olive Garden also serves one of the better cups of coffee I've had in a restaurant. Their Caffe la Toscana (from S&D Coffee), is a new line for them, and along with their new brewing system, makes a very nice cup...for a restaurant, that is.

We went to Boston's the other day. Man, could the service be any slower? Not slow in a "let the guests enjoy their meal" sort of way, but slow in a "Has our waiter quit?" sort of way. At least they didn't screw up the order this time the way they seem to every other time we've been there. I've just about had it with them. However, they make some of the best Buffalo wings in town. So, what's a guy to do? Go to Ground Round, I guess.

Speaking of Kohl’s, I wish I could figure out why Grand Forks needs one. I would have thought that Sears/JC Penney/Target/Wal-Mart/Gordmans/etc. would've cornered all of those markets by now. It isn't like Kohl’s is more upscale or anything. Macy's, I can see, but not Kohl’s. I guess I'll see when it opens.

11 comments:

Dave Miller said...

Glad to see you back.

I had my mother and sister in town the last couple of days... I'm in Sioux Falls by the way. And we were planning where we wanted to go out to eat and mentioned Boston's... thinking they had not heard of it and I hadn't been there and it could be a win-win all the way around. My sister informs me that Grand Forks has had a Boston's for almost a year and that she wasn't that impressed. That I would go right back to my favorite restaurant, the Green Mill.

So, we decide no to Bostons and go to a place called Red Rossa Napoli Pizza.

Wonderful!

We got the Italian and the Chicken Pesto pizzas. I am not a huge fan of olives and that ruined the Italian for me, but the Chicken Pesto was great. If Grand Forks is looking for something that is different, quick and very good... someone should do some looking into Red Rossa.

JGS said...

I agree with the slow service at Boston's. I've been there maybe twice and both times the service wasn't up to par.

As always, I would love to see an Olive Garden come to Grand Forks. When I head down to Fargo next Tuesday you'll know I'll be eating there.

dale said...

Yeah, what Grand Forks needs is yet another "mid scale, run of the mill chain restaurant." We went to Applebees the other day, and saw that they'd significantly ratcheted up their service, in that we were only ignored at the door for five minutes instead of the usual twenty, and the service was only 2-3 times slower than local restaurants like Mexican Village, instead of the more expected 10 times slower.

As much as I like Olive Garden and would like the option, I'd sooner see the italian diner patronize Mama Maria's. Non-descript, crap service places like Ground Round, Grizzelbees and Boston's, we've enough of those already.

Good Ol' Boy said...

I'm with you guys- Boston's service is c-r-a-p. Food is ordinary too. Tsk.

I've eaten at Paulo's in EGF, the food there is great, but service is s-l-o-w there too. What is the problem? We need someone beside Marilyn Hagerty doing the restaraunt column in the Herald- maybe get somebody's attention.

That's it! I'll put on my best bib overalls and plunk my ass down in all these places and do some reviews! OO-rah!

Matthew K. Hartman said...

Kohl's is actually a great place and in my opinion, far exceeds Sears and Target in selection and expecially price. It's very similar to a JC-Penney... but I'll tell you what, as a kid and a young-adult I would always buy shoes at Kohls, simply because they supported name-brands at very cheap prices... A pair of Nike's, for example, selling near $100 at a Foot Locker would probably sell at $60-70 at Kohl's. I'm excited to see it coming into town.

Goon said...

Bring on the Olive Garden, then I won't have to worry about my wife spending a bunch of money driving to fargo.

I personally like Boston's pizza, I noticed if the serivce was slow, but in my opinion I thought the food was good.

Patrick Mahoney said...

mmmmm... Mama Maria's... just polished off a slice of focaccia bread filled with salami, pepperoni, lettuce, banana peppers, etc... 75% of the city has probably never heard of the place though which is too bad...

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