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Bob Evans Bacon Cheeseburger

Posted by LOTGK on July 24, 2011

Bob Evans Cheeseburger

Just the other day I was at Steamers restaurant and had one of the best tasting cheeseburgers I have ever had. Tempting my luck, I ordered the same at Bob Evans restaurant in Youngstown yesterday.

The service was great, the waitress kind, fast, and courteous and my cheeseburger was brought out right on time. Did I mention it was take out?

So I get home and unwrap my bacon cheeseburger with fries. The burger was hot, there was bacon, and cheese, and the burger was a half pound of beef. Then I picked it up.

The bun was soggy. Not a little, but if it were a sponge, you could wring it out. Inspecting the bacon, there were two slices, and it was half cooked at best. The cheese was melted and the burger well cooked. However, upon first bite, my expectations were quashed.

I wouldn’t say the taste was horrendous, but it wasn’t good at all. If you ever held a hockey puck, this had the same texture, hard, round, and tasteless. Even adding fries to the top of the burger couldn’t help mask the taste. Perhaps the fries would assist in this meal.


As you can see, there were not a lot of french fries with the order. For 10 dollars, I was expecting more fries. Also note the one piece of bacon hanging on the left side. The fries were hot, not soggy, not crisp, but just OK. The taste was adequate as fries go. Nothing bad, just OK.

The take out order was packed in a white xardboard box and the burger was inside and wrapped in a foil wrapper. The fries was strewn on the bottom.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 2 out of 5 shots and does not recommend Bob Evans cheeseburger for dinner.


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Applebee’s Restaurant – Youngstown

Posted by LOTGK on August 1, 2009


Applebee's - Youngstown, Ohio

One of the Lead Scientists favorite restaurants is Applebee’s. After a little persuasion, we landed up there for dinner. It was not crowded when we arrived and we were seated rather quickly. The waitress took our drink order and returned shortly.


As you can see I ordered the Ultimate Trio sampler platter. (I really couldn’t decide what I wanted so I ordered everything) Our dinners were brought to our table in less than 10 minutes. (Pretty speedy business)

The platter consisted of two mini burgers, (Sliders) which were surprisingly tasty and well cooked. So far so good. Also on the platter were fried cheese sticks with marinara sauce. Surprised again. They were well cooked, crunchy, and the sauce was zesty. Lastly, spicy boneless wing dings with celery sticks. The sauce was just hot enough, not five alarm hot, but ringing a bell at least, and the chicken itself was juicy and good tasting.

The cost was $12 dollars not including drink and tip which for what I received, was a fair deal. The service was efficient and speedy. A very good first impression. I could see why the Lead Scientist dined there frequently.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 3.25 out of 5 shots and recommends Applebee’s for lunch and dinner.


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Jump In Jack’s Chicken Shack

Posted by LOTGK on June 18, 2009

Jump In Jack's Chicken Shack

Jump In Jack's Chicken Shack

Patty and I decided to dine at Jump In Jacks, a local restaurant here in Boardman, Ohio. They have really tasty fried chicken. Sadly, this would be the last supper as the the Chicken Shack closed just the other day. Something about the liquor license and the lease. I was a little leary (Not the Denis type) seeing that there were only about a half dozen patrons in the restaurant, but we were there, and we were hungry.

Where's The Cheese

Where's The Cheese


The waitress came out right away and sat us down and took our drink order. I had a diet Coke. A few minutes later we ordered. My salad arrived in mere minutes, and it was adequate, but there was no cheese. No worry. But no cheese.



Not The Standard Loaded Potato Skins

Not The Standard Loaded Potato Skins


Our appetizer was loaded potato wedges. This is what we got instead. Jojo wedges with cheese melted on top with a sliver of bacon. Seriously, jojo fries with cheese.



Chicken Parm

Chicken Parm


The main course was chicken parmigiana and a side of penne pasta in tomato sauce. The penne was adequate, the sauce was good, the chicken part, not so much. The breaded chicken was rubbery, and fatty, a combination not desired for your food. I will say it was edible, just barely, (I was hungry mind you) and the penne saved the meal.


The service was OK, not good, just OK. The waitress never came to check on us, (Not like she was busy with six people in the whole joint) never refilled my diet Coke, never brought any bread or rolls to our table. Perhaps she knew she was getting canned the next week.

The cost was reasonable, $7.50 for the entree, $6.00 for the wedges, $1.50 for the diet coke. The salad came with the entree. Total was $15 not including tip.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 2 out of 5 shots and DOES NOT recommend Jumpin Jack’s Chicken shack for dinner. Not that it matters anymore, the joint is closed.


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The Elmton Bar Pizza

Posted by LOTGK on February 20, 2009


The Elmton restaurant and bar is located in Struthers, Ohio, and is an old favorite place to dine. When we arrived, the place was packed, no parking, even in the parking lot across the street. A sure sign that the food and price is right. We waited about 10 minutes for a table to free up. The waitress squeezed us all at a table. Very cozy indeed.

elmtonwings Our waitress came over to our table in a couple of minutes and Patty and I ordered diet Cokes and the famous Elmton wing dings as an appetizer. The wings were brought to our table in about five minutes. Not bad for crowded evening. As you can see the wings were huge, not your standard fare wing dings. Let me tell you, they were very good. The batter coating was crunchy and tasty and the chicken was surprisingly good as well.

elmtonpizza Our main course was Elmton’s pizza. it took about 20-25 minutes total including the wings time so the wait didn’t seem to long at all. The pizza was brought out on a silver platter, steaming hot, just from the oven. The crust was crunchy and thick enough, not soggy. The cheese was melted completely and the sauce zesty enough.

One of my pet peeves concerning pizza is that it is sold to be eaten by the slice. If so, then you would think that the preparer would cut the slices completely. Not for this pizza. We had to use butter knives to saw through the pizza to get the slices separated. However, once we did, the pizza was delicious.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 3.5 out of 5 shots and recommends Elmton restaurant for dinner.


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Crowne Plaza Hotel Room Service – Chicago

Posted by LOTGK on February 13, 2009


Sometimes when I’m on the road, I am just to tired to go out for dinner. At those times I rely on room service. Sometimes you get the bull, sometimes the bull gets you. Today, I got the bull. As in a side of beef.

I was in Chicago for a trade show and stayed at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, just a quarter mile from the convention center. The flight was long and late. Tonight I would dine in room. I dialed up room service and ordered a bacon cheeseburger, fries, and an appetizer of chicken planks. And of course a Coke.

Twenty minutes later there was a knock at my door. My dinner had arrived. I signed and tipped and the waiter was on his way.

As you can see, the portions were huge. I underestimated the generosity of the Crowne. The bacon was crisp, thick, spicy, and hot. Three thick pieces covered the burger. The cheese was spicy and was also generous. The burger itself was a half pound of grade A beef. Perfectly cooked and juicy. The bun was lightly toasted and buttered. Combined, it was one hell of a cheeseburger.

On to the chicken planks. Lightly golden browned, crisp, tender chicken, with just the right spices. Very good. And let’s not forget the fries. Very crisp, not soggy and undercooked. Very little grease present on them. And they were hot and very tasty.

All this for around $25 dollars with tip and room charge. Pretty damn good.

The Grassy Knoll Institute scores 3.5 out of 5 shots and recommends the cheeseburger from the Crowne Plaza hotel in Chicago for dinner.


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