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Noon O - The Curse of Check Pleez?

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Noon O - The Curse of Check Pleez?

Mr. T | Jan 20, 2004 12:57 PM

While I initially enjoyed the show Check Please, has anyone else noticed what I can only call the Check Please 'effect' (or curse) on the featured establishment's service/food? My family and I have been frequenting Noon O for over three years now. For a long time, it was a joy to frequent and order take out from on the cheap. The staff were wonderful and we often saw the owner and chatted. Since they were featured on Check Please (and I think on CLTV Good Eats before that) I have had several bad experiences with them botching our orders. Yesterday we ordered the family combo, got home and found they had given us plain white rice instead of dill. My wife brought it back and the staff said w/o apology, 'Oh the dill rice must not have been ready yet' - this despite the fact that my wife had observed patrons eating dill rice when she arrived to p/u. Another time in addition to meat that was still raw in the middle they omitted the Gormen Sabza and gave us white instead of dill rice - I called to complain and the response was, 'well do you still want the Gormen sabza?' I went back to claim my g.s. and the staffperson said 'oh we won't even charge you for the plain rice'. I love Noon O's food and have recommended it on the board, but this most recent incident irked us enough to begin the search for another kabob house in the Albany Park area(any suggestions??). I had a similar experience with Gennessee Depot right after they were on the show. We walked in for dinner and the hostess/manager was incredibly rude to everyone who did not have a reservation (basically told us and several other parties to leave). I am curious if anyone else has noticed a similar effect on a favorite restaurant that was featured on Check Please? Sorry for being longwinded but the emotions are still running high.

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