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GCGuy Apr 15, 2007 06:15 AM

Anyone been. I've heard very good things but have not gone since the wife is on bedrest. Seems like a nice place. Mini chain as part of a small FLA restaurant group.

http://www.bigtimerestaurants.com/

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    Shawn Jul 2, 2007 03:14 AM

    I work near City Cellar and have eaten there twice for lunch. I had salads both times. The first time I had a grilled chicken salad. It was pretty good, and there were some interesting things in it, but the tarragon dressing was so strong it was overwhelming. The second time I had a cobb salad, which was so heavily salted I could feel the crunch of salt crystals as I chewed the lettuce.

    That said, it is a pleasant place to eat (though I agree with the poster that noted the "wannabee city hip" nature of it), and better than the other chains in the area. But it is still unmistakably chain food. Also, it is a bit pricy for what you get. Since there are plenty of better non-chain options around, I probably will not return.

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      GCGuy Jul 2, 2007 09:01 PM

      Chain food? Ok, so is it obviously chain food if there's more than one location?

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        Shawn Jul 3, 2007 03:50 AM

        No, it's obviously chain food because the menu and the ambiance seem chain-y to me. More formulaic than independent restaurants tend to be.

        I'm basically stuck in the area for lunch every day, so I am always on the lookout for something new, different and tasty. While I didn't hate the place, it isn't the sort of restaurant that would be on my regular rotation. Not necessarily because it's a chain, but because on two visits I had two pricey salads and while they were OK, I didn't love them.

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          Linda Sep 19, 2007 08:29 AM

          not by choice, but i'm going here for a dinner soon. can anyone give me an update on the place? anything in particular i should keep my eye out for when it comes to choosing my dinner? and in terms of expensive - how so? thanks!

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            Linda Sep 19, 2007 08:34 AM

            found their menu.

            http://www.bigtimerestaurants.com/men...

            the prices, as stated above, are pretty pricey per se, for a place like this (a supposed chain) in the area. for dinner - main entrees range from $24 (salmon and lamb) to 34 (new york strip steak).

            i think i want to have an entree salad ($12 - 17), but am nervous based on the description above about the cobb and chicken salad. salt crystals?! eek.

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      CityFoodNY Apr 18, 2007 07:02 PM

      I ate there a few weeks ago, it was very good. The atmosphere is great, interesting menu. Definitely worth a try, it is a small chain from Florida which makes it unique, a lot different from the mega chains of Chilis, Bertucci's, Houlahan's, Friday's that have taken over that area.

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        GCGuy Apr 18, 2007 10:24 PM

        Yes, sadly an Applebee's is opening in the new building by Home Expo. Damnit..I was really hoping for something good.

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          MKS Apr 19, 2007 02:57 PM

          Thank you CityFoodNY for your review.

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          nuyorknikz Jul 1, 2007 11:22 PM

          I finally have some time off this week and am going to try this place. Is it Italian? Right across from Target, no?

          I have some issus with Famous Dave's but seems like perhaps this is less chainy (is that a word?) according to what you all have to say? I'm a huge fan of the mom & pops too, as long as they give me big portions 'cause I'm a big fella with a little wallet!!!!

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          MKS Apr 15, 2007 01:45 PM

          Not sure what to make of it but passed by last night around 8:30 and the place seemed dead as compared to the hoards of people waiting to get into "Famous Daves", and most of the other chains in that vicinity. More of a reason to give it a try.

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            JGS Apr 15, 2007 03:59 PM

            I popped in to get a menu, just for the heck of it. Very pricey, for a chain, or "mini-chain".

            Smacked of a wannabe "city style" hip spot, but really just a chain among chains in the retail mecca. Why go to a spot like this when there are so many small and good mom and pops to enjoy?

            We try our best to support the mom and pops and not the chains.

            People are always complaining about the lack of good eats on the Island on this board. If we all supported the small businesses, we wouldn't have to complain.

            The chains will do just fine on their own, catering to the sheep.

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              MKS Apr 15, 2007 04:52 PM

              I quess my reverse psychology backfired. No crowds does not equal no chain. I'm with you on the mom and pops. Thanks for setting me straight.

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                GCGuy Apr 16, 2007 07:24 AM

                I support local places too, but this isn't exactly a big, bad chain restaurant, is it? It's apparently 4 guys with a bunch on places in FLA and in outside of FLA.

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                  MKS Apr 16, 2007 04:17 PM

                  I quess the bottom line is feedback from someone who has tried it.

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