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9 hours ago, Crowley said:

I have to admit, I was more impressed with Cheddars and IHOP than I was with Hoolihans. It wasn't bad, but it was overpriced for what I got. 

Mine from hollihans was very good but yeah it was a bit high price. Marcos pizza delivered and was excellent

 

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10 hours ago, Dr Bob said:

I know our table had pizza delivered--easy-peasy. Even my cast iron stomach couldn't withstand yet another shot of InAndOut and it was nice to hearken back a little to the catered dinner of the past sitting around the table. I also have to applaud the increase in food choices around the hotel. Hooligan's quality seems to be worse this time around; maybe it was just our menu choices...

 

I had only good food from Hooligans, but the prices were definitely on the high side.  That said, those folks were slammed by us.  They had full staff the whole con and had 2 extra servers just running food to the gaming tables. There was a definite decrease in food quality from Thurs to Sat; I think we just wore them out.

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18 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

I had only good food from Hooligans, but the prices were definitely on the high side.  That said, those folks were slammed by us.  They had full staff the whole con and had 2 extra servers just running food to the gaming tables. There was a definite decrease in food quality from Thurs to Sat; I think we just wore them out.

 

Last year we slammed them as bad but with less warning and the food quality remained high.  I want to add that it wasn't bad this year, just not as amazing as last year.  I found Cheddars the same - more average than excellent.  

 

But last year everything was fresh and new and by now it was more routine, so there was maybe less passion to really impress.  

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26 minutes ago, buglips*the*goblin said:

 

Last year we slammed them as bad but with less warning and the food quality remained high.  I want to add that it wasn't bad this year, just not as amazing as last year.  I found Cheddars the same - more average than excellent.  

 

But last year everything was fresh and new and by now it was more routine, so there was maybe less passion to really impress.  

 

I kind of thought the same thing about Luigi's. Shockingly un-amazing this year.

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Luckily after venturing out a bit with Mori and Marike's husband I discovered that there are plenty of alternatives for food fairly close, as well as a grocery store. Honestly I'm not above just buying some microwaveable fuds and doing that in my room. 

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11 minutes ago, Doug Sundseth said:

 

I kind of thought the same thing about Luigi's. Shockingly un-amazing this year.

 

The fettucinni carbonara was as delightful as ever for me.  As I do not generally like ham, and that dish has a lot of it, anything less than perfection I would have noticed.  

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24 minutes ago, Loim said:

Luckily after venturing out a bit with Mori and Marike's husband I discovered that there are plenty of alternatives for food fairly close, as well as a grocery store. Honestly I'm not above just buying some microwaveable fuds and doing that in my room. 

 

That's how we handle lunch; just get a sliced ham, swiss cheese, mustard, rye bread, and assorted fruit and have ham and swiss sandwiches in our room.  It is an easy way to ensure all three of us are fed, and not have to worry about matching schedules.

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53 minutes ago, TaleSpinner said:

 

That's how we handle lunch; just get a sliced ham, swiss cheese, mustard, rye bread, and assorted fruit and have ham and swiss sandwiches in our room.  It is an easy way to ensure all three of us are fed, and not have to worry about matching schedules.

 

We may do that next year.  This time I was with 3 people who had no schedule, except my husband who had 1 class the first day, and they got restless and wanted to go out.  I like eating out, but I wanted to be at the con, too. 

 

We tried Torchy's since they were offering % off with Reapercon badges.  Food was good but DH could not eat it, even the guacamole had chilies in it.  Food for serious pepper heads only.  DH managed to score some leftover pizza at the hotel and had a snack bar in our room for dinner. 

 

Firehouse Subs.  Standard sandwiches on a roll. We used the free chips & drink coupons they left at the hotel for Reapercon.  We liked it, even if it is standing room only at lunch time. 

 

Cheddar's.  We had dinner there Friday night. Another American Grill style family restaurant in the manner of Applebee's or Chili's.  I had a decent country fried steak and house salad.  I wouldn't expect anything great here, but these places are usually consistently good, and cheap. 

 

Freebirds.  This is a burrito place in the shopping area across University from the hotel.  Buffet line giant custom burritos, the difference being that they don't put pepper or chilies on everything by default so those of you with more delicate or refined tastebuds can eat there. 

 

Thai Ocha.  Small family run place. It had good ratings so we tried it and were happy and well fed.  Not recommended for large groups because they are really small.

 

Juicy Pig BBQ.  It's a shack with a gravel parking lot so you know it's going to be good. And it was. Very limited seating (I think they have 3 tables and only 1 seats 4 ) saw a lot of take-out going through the door.  It's a few miles from the con so you need a car and a navigator. 

 

 

 

 

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the year before last when we didn't have a car, we got a whole chicken from Cowboy Chicken and kept it in our fridge upstairs eating off of it

8 minutes ago, Inarah said:

 

Cheddar's.  We had dinner there Friday night. Another American Grill style family restaurant in the manner of Applebee's or Chili's.  I had a decent country fried steak and house salad.  I wouldn't expect anything great here, but these places are usually consistently good, and cheap. 

 

 

ah man Cheddars has some great stuff, you just have to find it. My husband absolutely loves their broccoli cheese casserole side and their buffalo chicken wrapper meal, their wisconsin cheese bite appetizer is really good, and i really like their salmon

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13 hours ago, Sirithiliel said:

ah man Cheddars has some great stuff, you just have to find it. My husband absolutely loves their broccoli cheese casserole side and their buffalo chicken wrapper meal, their wisconsin cheese bite appetizer is really good, and i really like their salmon

 

They also have a pretty tasty frozen margarita.

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15 hours ago, Sirithiliel said:

Cheddars has some great stuff, you just have to find it.

It’s been some years since I visited a Cheddars. They had a tasty Pot Pie back then. Did anyone give that a try? if they still serve it?

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7 hours ago, TGP said:

It’s been some years since I visited a Cheddars. They had a tasty Pot Pie back then. Did anyone give that a try? if they still serve it?

 

Hmm I don't remember, I will have to check next time I go to one. I tend to stick to my salmon, but my husband branches out and tries other things . I know he tried their chicken parmesan and said it was pretty decent

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7 hours ago, TGP said:

It’s been some years since I visited a Cheddars. They had a tasty Pot Pie back then. Did anyone give that a try? if they still serve it?

 

Patrick Keith posted a picture on FB of him happily eating one during the con.

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They still have the Pot Pie.  They no longer have the Shepard's pie however, and that made me a sad puppy last time we went.  

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On 9/9/2019 at 6:22 PM, Crowley said:

I have to admit, I was more impressed with Cheddars and IHOP than I was with Hoolihans. It wasn't bad, but it was overpriced for what I got. 

Typical for hotel restaurants.

We go to multiple conventions every year for our Fraternal Orders, and I can tell you from a couple of decades experience that the "hotel food" can vary widely in quality, as can the service, especially outside of the normal meal hours.

Houlihan's is actually above average in quality and in line in pricing from my experience.

That still doesn't make it good, especially when it is a business that is a tenant of the hotel instead of being the actual hotel kitchen.

GEM

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