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Allens on Danforth - how do they draw the crowds?


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Allens on Danforth - how do they draw the crowds?

atomeyes | Dec 30, 2009 06:18 AM

After a few years of swearing it off, me and the missus decided to try Allens on the Danforth. We heard about the burger and I remember them having a nice beer selection.

We arrive and are seated in the bar area. The dining room - at 9 PM - was packed and new tables were being seating steadily up until 10 PM. The patrons seemed like they were regulars and they were joking with the manager and wishing him a happy new years. Seemed like they were happy customers.

I wasn't hungry but my lady ordered a burger - medium-well - and we split a side of potato fries.
She ordered a Trad Ale and I had a hankering for a Belgium beer. I asked our waitress about the Belgium beer and she coldly said "I don't know anything about them." But....if your restaurant is known for its beer selection, shouldn't you know something about 25% of your bottled beer? She continued, "the most popular is Leffe Brun." When you have some Chimay and St Bernadus in bottles, Leffe Brun isn't a really a specialty beer.

I stood up to walk around the corner to eye the beer list again and our waitress disappeared for 10 minutes. I finally asked her if she could find out what the Witakerke is like and she silently went to the bar. I saw her ask the bartender, heard him say "I don't know!", then saw him read the bottle to her. She came back and said "its a wheat beer." Fine. So I ordered it.

Burger came 15-20 minutes later. The waiter who brought it put it down silently. Fries were ordered a la carte. My missus didn't enjoy them because they weren't crispy at all.

We had to wait and wait and wait to flag our waitress down for the bill. Seemed like she was unhappy with us even though we were very polite and our only crime MAY have been to ask politely about a recommendation for a Belgium beer. A burger, an order of fries and two beer came to $35. It was a good burger, but it was not worth that whatsoever. Horrible service, just like I remember. And the rest of the menu seemed very overpriced....yet it was a packed house.

what gives?

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