Saturday, February 25, 2006

Busboys and Assholes

Chai and I met up tonight, after her Rip Van Winkle move, to catch up and get some dinner. We decided to head over to Busboys and Poets since it's nearby and we had a fairly good time last time we stopped by for Open Mic night. After tonight, we've reached the consensus that that place is totally effing overrated.

We got there at a little past eight pm and faced a 45 minute wait. So we took some seats at the bar. After the bill for the first round came back at just over $15, we decided that, since we were obviously going to be at the bar for awhile, maybe we should switch to some cheaper beer.

Chai put in the order for two Amstel Lights, pretty much the cheapest cheap damn swill beer you can get, and this is the bartender:

"That's um....$10.50. Oh, er, it's $12.45, sorry."

Neither of us were really paying good attention to this exchange he had with himself about our bill, until NEARLY TWO HOURS LATER we were finally escorted to our table and asked for a drink menu. Amstel Lights? Four dollars. How do two four-dollar beers add up to more than twelve dollars? I mean, we're not trying to be cheap bastards here, but the guy was blatantly trying to rip us off.

Luckily, our waiter was both extremely nice and cute and brought us some drinks on the house after we innocently inquired about our bar tab. Still, we had some decent but not spectacular sandwiches (sandwiches! Saturday night fare!), after being passed over on the waiting list for hours because they forgot we were sitting at the bar (with everyone else who was waiting for a table), and were taken for fools by the bartender. You think we're going back?

Hell. No.

(And if you think at least one of us (cough...Chai) didn't say, "I'm totally blogging about this," you don't know us well enough.)

Update: Not enough Busboys hate? Chai does the review right.


At 5:06 AM, February 26, 2006, Anonymous Roonie said...

That's lame as shit treatment. You should make it known - i.e., I'm glad you both blogged about it. Fug that. I'll never go there when I'm in town. I can get a good sandwich at that little Potbelly chain and be happy.

At 11:20 AM, February 26, 2006, Blogger elliott said...

they definitly have some "service" issues. But it always seems crowded, so they probably don't care. Not sure what the big attraction is - other than it being a big sitdown place w/ bar in the 'coo'l neigborhood.

Cuebar is not too bad, but I don't remember what the beer prices are, and the menu is limited.

At 11:25 AM, February 26, 2006, Blogger Chai said...

ugh. i am so sad that i hate this place now. but its o-v-e-r.

At 12:57 PM, February 26, 2006, Blogger JordanBaker said...

Their service has gotten consistently worse every month they've been open. In January, they seated us in the event room at 8:30. . .without telling us that a film/poetry reading was starting at 9. Great way to spend a date.

At 3:50 PM, February 26, 2006, Blogger Alexandra said...

that sucks...if you want to give it another whirl, i got some good friends who work there and we'll get good service. in all fairness to the busboys staff, while luna on ct. is going through renovations a lot of luna staff are working at busboys...and i hear a lot of them are doing a pretty crappy job.


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