Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:37pm [Dine in]
We went over to Fireside for their BBQ when the weather was nice so we could sit outside and enjoy the evening and have some nice food. We sat and watched as the guy on the grill proceeded to burn everything he had cooking. To a crisp. And then they served it to us. Thanks, but if I wanted to eat briquettes, I would go over to Canadian Tire and buy a bag of Kingsford.
To add insult to injury, the sides consisted of a few bowls of "salad" next to the BBQ. Their presentation was nice but I wonder if any of the people preparing them had bothered to taste any of them. Not one of them had any redeeming features and they were uniformly bland, if not tasteless.
The location is really beautiful but the food was totally horrible. Every time I drive by I think about it and wince. And it was expensive too.
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Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:31pm [Dine in]
I stopped in at this Eugene's after a doctor's appointment to grab something for lunch. I've been eating at the one downtown since before they moved over to Broad street so I know what to expect. If you're looking for a fancy restaurant then go to Periklis or Sidney. If you want cafeterial style greek food made fresh, then this is a good choice. I opted for the vegetarian platter which consisted of a spanikopita (spinach and cheese pie), houmous, tzatziki, pita and greek salad. The spanikopita was warm and cut into little cubes which made it easy to eat and was really good. At first I was dismayed by the little cups of humous and tzatziki because they looked pretty small considering the price ($10) for the platter but they are deceptive and actually hold quite a bit - certainly enough for the pita which had been grilled and cut into 6 triangles. The houmous was good and garlicky and the tzatziki was really good - creamy and nicely balanced. The salad was a bit disappointing for me as it didn't have much of a dressing but I think I'd rather have it that way than have it swimming in a dressing that I don't like. This way I think it appeals to more people. Good fresh food made on the premises. Everyone at work was jealous. When I have feta withdrawl, Eugene's always comes to mind!
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Submitted Thursday, April 24, 2008 - 4:19pm [Dine in]
I went to this establishment for the first time on a Sunday with a friend and her 7 year old daughter. When we walked in, there were three other tables occupied. We were seated and had to ask for menus. About 15 minutes later we asked if we could order coffee as nobody had bothered to come and ask us if we wanted any. We ordered the coffee and the waitress disappeared for another 10 minutes or so and then came back with one coffee, put it down and left again. The 7 year old wanted a smoothie (on the menu) so we asked what flavours they had. The waitress didn't know and said she didn't know how to make one either. She eventually asked the other waitress who said she could make it. What they didn't say was that it was a liquid from the fridge mixed with ice. It was so sweet that even a child didn't like it. About 30 or 40 minutes after we arrived, we flagged down the waitress and asked where our other coffes was and if we could actually order breakfast. We gave our order and the other coffee finally arrived. The restaurant gradually began to fill as we sat there and we drank our coffees and waited for our food. We waited over an hour and a half. People who hadn't even been in the restaurant when we got there had come in, ordered, eaten their breakfast and left and we still hadn't gotten any food. While we were waiting an elderly lady with her grandson told the waitress that she'd had enough and was leaving since she'd been there over an hour and still didn't have any breakfast. She walked out.
I had thought that we were sitting at the "invisible table" but it seems as though we were not alone. When our food finally came it was okay but nothing out of the ordinary and not once did anyone appologise about the wait or even seem to be aware that we had been sitting and waiting for an hour and a half. It was really fortunate that my friend's daughter is really well behaved because she was HUNGRY and leaving a child unfed for that long can be really difficult.
I'll never go back.
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