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Monday, April 10, 2006

Jack Jackson hates frat bars

101 N 14th St, Lincoln, NE
Tel: (402) 438-8383

Woody’s Grill and Pub
By Jack Jackson

After some time off, Woody’s has fired up their food service and so I repasted there last week. I’m glad, first off, that Woody’s Grill is not Woody’s “Grille” with the superfluous “e.” It’s a grill. Having said that, I don’t know that there even is a grill inside the kitchen.

I don’t go into Woody’s to drink, and I hadn’t been there since my 21st birthday crawl, back in the ancient days when free birthday shots were served at the downtown bars in tiny clear plastic cups. I realized quickly why I don’t go in there, because Woody’s tells you why with it’s ubiquitous posters advertising their daily drink specials.

I always wondered where things like Blue Curacao were consumed, and now I know. I haven’t even heard of half the things they have on special in those posters, mostly because they are over-sweet concoctions designed to get you drunk quickly yet also be savory. I have no respect for people who can’t just drink whiskey straight and get it done without adding some neon-colored schnapps.

The menu is simple, and it’s to be expected. Sandwiches, burgers, salads, and fried things. I ordered a French Dip, it seemed to be on a fresh Rotella hoagie. The beef was lean and real, the jus was good, and the onion rings were crispy and nice.

But once again, I have to bag on the service. Only one server on staff is not enough. With that many seats, one person cannot effectively do the seating, ordering, refilling, serving, and bussing, and it’s especially annoying at lunchtime when people usually have to be somewhere at some point after eating their lunch.

So, this is another major disappointment with eating in Lincoln. Why can’t new restaurants get the service right? Why wouldn’t you want to have great service when your restaurant opens, or at least adequate service? Waiting five minutes to get your check is not acceptable, nor is never refilling the water.

Shame on you, Woody’s Grill. The food was good but the service sucked. I’m not going back anytime soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unless the new restaurant is a franchise with an operating manual, it is difficult to get things right the first time. Why? So many reasons. Good servers don't want to take their chances with restauants with no track record. The owners underestimate their business and over estimate their abilities. The owners have limited funding so they tend to go conservative on staff. Those are just a few.

3:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Jack Jackson is an idiot, considering the completely misinformed and moronic articles he's posted on here. Even though I don't frequent frat bars either, I say don't put any weight or consideration into any of his articles. thanks.

2:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget to add that it's obvious Jack is not well educated in restaurant, bar, or hospitality services. Taking into consideration his confidence in his lacking skills, it is evident that he is completely ignorant as to how one is supposed to enjoy a dining experience or provide one to a guest. At times I wish idiots like this man didn't have a medium, such as the internet, to express their un-warranted opinion. Nobody wants to know or should have to read his idiotic blabber

2:10 AM  

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