Building a good hamburger appears to be very hard. BCBB uses excellent meat and, hence, has a good pattie but the bun sucks. And, PEOPLE LISTEN TO THIS-- you must also have tomato, raw onion sliced, pickles, crisp lettuce and all the usual condiments of high quality available. Otherwise, you are not making a hamburger. Sure, add other stuff if people want it but you must get the basics down or you are sunk. BCBB is currently sunk.
The burgers here are only okay and are overpriced. Frankly, Cookout is a better burger and a better deal.
I went one and only time and wouldn't go back. The place is highly overrated. The fries were really good, but burger and house brews weren't anything special. I tried bites of two other burgers so even though I only went once I've sampled three.
My biggest issue, however, is that I ordered and asked for tomato on my burger and they said no.
It's out of season, they said.
So in other words, during certain times of the year can you get a burger with a tomato on it. If they're going to do that, they should put a sign up so you don't waste time in line only to get to the register and find out you can't get what you want and what is expected at any serious burger joint that isn't run by poseurs.
Onions aren't always in season. Neither is lettuce. Neither, I'm sure, are the ingredients they use for their brews. I'm sure they have a ton of products not being produced locally. But a guy can't get a tomato depending on whenever the owners decree it so.
And if Bull City Burger is so worried about being freaking organic and local and getting stuff "in season" they can surely grow their own or contract a local farm to do it hydroponically or in a greenhouse. Do they purchase their pepper locally? Is the salt local produced?
They're poseurs. If you're going to deny a customer only one product that many, many people believe is essential to their burger eating experience, simply because it's not locally grown, then don't be a hypocrite and do that with everything.
Sadly, the woman taking my order was arrogant about it as if I were an idiot for wanting a slice of tomato when it so obviously wasn't in season. Perhaps it's because I asked her to explain more than once b/c I'm a big burger fan and having had probably a thousand in my four decades and having been to probably a hundred places I had never experienced something so silly before and asked her to repeat it.
Had I not been with others and had we not already spent so much time in line to get to the register I would have walked out. Frankly, there are better burgers in the Durham area. Cookout, Only Burger, Allen and Sons are probably the top three burgers in the local area.
I love Joel Lane's! It has a great versatile venue to just grab a drink and dinner on a weekday evening or to go out on a Friday. The new menu is especially good.
Good food, terrible service.
Unfortunately Indy doesn't let you rate places zero stars. We had a similar experience to the review above. The venue claimed to have the game we were interested in watching but then didn't. The manager didn't care one way or the other about us. The only real reason why we went out was because we didn't get the game at home. We spoke to the manager about the issue on our way out and she apologized however offered no solution. We called the GM the next day and he was very discourteous and snide even. We live in North Raleigh, there are plenty of decent sports bars in the area to go to. We will NOT be returning. If you're new to the city and looking for a good place to watch sports, the downtown sports bar is worth checking out, along with The Hibernian if you're looking for a more laid back environment.
I'm extremely disappointed with the Sawmill Tap Room and its manager. We called ahead to see the NCSU game (6pm vs Liberty) and the hostess said it was on. Upon arrival, we find out it's not. Our friends, while on their way to the bar, called with the same question and the hostess responded by saying "I'm watching it right now." When we talked with the manager, she apologized for that mistake but said she "wished she could" comp us a round of drinks and that she would tell the hostess to not say that anymore. Our friends' brother called 20 minutes later only to be told that the NCSU game was on and that she was watching it. We again talked with the manager before we left, and again she apologized for the mistake but gave us some attitude. We won't be going back to this place!
The City Tap is the cat's meow. It's the bee's knees. FREE live music Thursday, Friday, Saturday night and the first Sunday of every month. 10 beers on draft, over 20 brands bottled, wine, mixed drinks slammin' pannini style sandwiches.
You won't find a TV in the place, the company is so damn fine.
Took the family for dinner - they were running a special for 1/2 price for anything on the menu! Food was good, service very friendly and accomodating. All in all, a great experience
This place is out of business as of March 2011
Nice Place - loved the people, But the bar tender Brandon made it a place I will go back to - perfict drinks every time.
Really great place - Relaxing and very welcoming - if your in Raleigh you really should give it a try
I'm so excited the event has moved to Durham. I love bringing my kids out to see all the old bikes and scooters. A great charity this year too.
Hands down best spot in Durham for a drink or a burger!
The Tavern is great! It's huge, with a big stage and great dancefloor. They have bands practically every weekend. And not just the same old cover bands, but real bands who write their own music. They have DJ's, trivia, karaoke and a great juke box. They also have pool tables, dart boards, video games, tons of stuff to do while enjoying the music. Not to mention 24 draft beers, great liquor, great specials, even wine! And I hear they are opening a kitchen this summer. This place has everything! Oh, and lots of parking - it's the best new spot in Durham!
I absolutely LOVE Bull McCabe's. The food is delicious... even the french fries (best ever). The staff is super friendly and the drinks are mighty tasty. My husband and I have made some special requests on food that the kitchen staff were glad to accommodate. Wonderful!
The soups are fantastic. I like the fish and chips a lot. Rodolfo and Richard personal attention is a plus.
Ate there last week. Beer selection was excellent, food was very good. Try the stew and the reuben. Compares favorably with Federal. Blows Tyler's out of the water. Plenty of nearby parking. This could become my favorite bar in Durham. Give it a try.
A big improvement over what used to be there.
Excellent burger cooked exactly as ordered. Fries are fries, nothing special there, but overall every menu selection has surprised me. I couldn't stand to see Joe & Jo's go away and was ready to hate Bull McCabe's but there's no denying quality food and friendly staff. I gladly go there for reliable eats.
Love Dain's Place. Went there the other night on our way to George's Garage. Ended up staying there for more than 2 hours. The bartenders were so friendly and fun. The guy at the door was cool too. AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO DESPISE SECOND HAND SMOKE, THIS PLACE IS SMOKE FREE!!!!!!!!! The fries were delicious and martini's smooth. The music was at a great volume, loud enough for ambiance but quiet enough to chat with friends.
friends and I went there friday night.The blue chees chips are awesome!!!I had the chicken parmesan for an entree,it was fabulous,had to take half of it home there was so much.Our waitress was extremely attentive and friendly.We went over to the tavern after and enjoyed a night of good people and music.We plan on going back this friday to see the bill lyerly band,we give it a thumbs up!!
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