I recently moved into the South Slope and have been quizzing various friends of mine who live in the neighborhood about decent food there, as I know that things can be a bit dodgy. Several people have told me that the best bar/diner food in the area was Bonnie's up on 5th, and that it easily beat anything down my way. I've also seen it praised on this board.
So yesterday, on our way up to Queens, my wife and I stopped in and... ugh. I got a cheeseburger (ordered medium rare) that was too small for the bun, cooked so it was burned on the outside and nearly raw on the inside, and with a few lonely pieces of shredded cheddar on the top. My wife had a chicken-brie sandwich that was a bland rubberized chicken breast with 2 tiny unmelted pieces of cheese on top.
The worst thing was that both of our sandwiches came on buns that were completely stale to the point of inedibility. They seem to have stuck them on the grill for a second in an attempt to lively them up, but it wasn't nearly long enough, and I doubt they were salvagable under any circumstances.
The fries were indeed pretty good, but why in the world do they put that nasty faux-southwestern mayonnaise all over them? My wife had hers removed, and the fries were much the better for it.
Anyway, I'm wondering if I'm missing something here, but both Johnny Mack's and 12th St. Bar & Grill down my way have been much more satisfactory on these same types of simple dishes. They may cost a couple of dollars more at those places, but at least they're wholly edible.