Thursday, August 18, 2016

I love Barbecue and it was suggested that I try this place out which is in the business center in Woodlawn between Security Boulevard and Liberty Road. It is a breakfast and lunch place, set up to be able to accommodate the local area business center employees and the federal employees located not too far away. The first thing about this place is that it is hidden away in the cut in a nondescript building. Even once entering the building itself, it's easy to get thrown off because you walk into a lobby and the eatery is off to the side. It is jarring.

The decor is nice and friendly but the space seems to have been an old cafeteria the way you are herded around. The new thing is chalkboards and I don't have a problem with it. I'm not a breakfast guy although Gebs does sell breakfast food all the hours they are opened, I went to try some Q! There was also an odd smell like the mop water wasn't fresh.

I ordered a brisket sandwich and fries and my daughter had a grilled chicken sandwich. The food didn't take long to come out and the staff was friendly. For my daughter's sandwich, she said the chicken was a little dry however the sauce on it was really good and made up for it. The fries smelled great the entire ride home and they weren't overly seasoned but not exactly what I was expecting when I finally got a chance to check them out and taste them.

My brisket sandwich had potential but ultimately didn't deliver. The roll was classic and tasty. The barbecue sauce is pretty good as well, no complaints with it and it was the best part of the meal. The brisket, while it had flavor, was too tough for my liking. When I get brisket it should come apart easily not fight me and that was a real downer.

Geb's seems like it could be a good place to eat but I wasn't feeling it. Maybe it was a bad day, and maybe as some reviews say, it is better for breakfast than the barbecue. I wanted to really enjoy it but I felt let down by the brisket.

Rating: 2/5

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Sides can make or break a meal and when you're making a quick meal, fries often become the default from someone like Ore-Ida. I've never been one to try frozen mashed potatoes but in the past I have tried and tossed out the refrigerated ones because they didn't taste right. So when I saw these guys, I thought that they might have potential to be a different kind of snack/ side dish for sloppy joes or cheese steaks.

I chose to get the original butter flavor to eat with our meal. The directions are simple, toss on a baking sheet in the oven for the appointed time, flip in the middle and voila. The bites were smaller than I thought. I honestly expected something larger, more akin to the smiles that Ore Ida makes. These were more like the size of a dime. As they cooked they got crispy but just didn't look appealing at all.

The taste wasn't there for me either. I think the fake butter flavor disturbed it the most, but along with the size being so small, I didn't get the fluffiness that normally comes with mashed potatoes and was pretty disappointed with the flavor and texture. Ore-Ida normally comes through with products but these were a huge disappointment.

Rating: 1.5/5