Restaurants & Bars 1


DoobieWah | Mar 8, 2013 08:08 AM

First a quick background. I've been trying to drop a few pounds. I'm not obese, but at 52 I've managed to Chowhound my way to a bit of...shall we say..."excess" around the middle.

Anyway, yesterday was a new low weight for me and when my buddy drove us to Cliff's Hamburgers on Fountainview, I decided to have something lighter than my usual Patty Melt and what are surely some of the best fries in the city.

Before I go on, let me make two more quick points. First, we have been eating at Cliff's for ... I don't know...twenty years or so. It's just a couple of miles from the office. BUT, since we've gotten older we've started eating more salads and less Patty Melts so we've only been there maybe once or twice a year for the last three or four years at least. You know how it is.

Second, There's a short order cook there named Primo, who's been there that long at least. His signature chili is on the menu as "Primo's Chili". He always smiles and waves at me and I have the utmost respect for that guy. Helluva cook.

He wasn't there yesterday and I want that to be perfectly clear. For all I know, he's retired, but in any case this is NOT on Primo.

I ordered a BLT.

You know, I'm thinking maybe four strips of bacon on toast with a slice of tomato and some lettuce. They do breakfast so, I mean, it seemed like a safe choice.


What I got was a wad of obviously precooked bacon on a stale hamburger bun. Yeah, the lettuce and tomato were there but they could not save that abomination of a sandwich.

My buddy's Caesar Salad was equally "Meh".

I don't think I'll ever darken that door again. And it's too bad, because that was a great Patty Melt, but ...


Oh and by the way, last weekend when we went to Lopez, my mom's friend asked me if I was going to write about it. She doesn't read Chowhound, but my mom told her I do online reviews sometimes. I told her "Sure", and she asked if I was going to give it a good review.

My brother, (known to you as "OtherBrotherDarrell"), chimed in that I never give bad reviews. While that's not technically true, (I've panned a couple of bbq joints at least), I did start on here specifically to tell you guys about my favorite places, and I have maintained that theme, I think.

OBD, this one's for you.

So, how about it?

Do you have a favorite (HOUSTON!) restaurant that serves something awful, or even SO awful that it turned you off of it forever?

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