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Bobby's Burger Palace

Confirming the rumor: the name has gone up in the last few days. The new Bobby's Burger Palace (Bobby Flay's place) is opening soon at the Monmouth Mall (December according to the website). It's in the NE corner of the parking lot, next door to the new Jarrad's.

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      1. The bbp in long island has beer and wine, I wonder if this location will also.

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        1. re: AC Captain

          Hopefully the video on the website is not any indication of how the burgers are prepared, as Bobby gleefully smashes all the juice out of them with his spatula...

          1. re: AC Captain

            As opposed to the LI location, the Monmouth Mall menu does not list beer, wine or margaritas. I assumed as much due to the high cost of a liquor license in NJ.

          2. Bobby's Burger Palace opened today at Monmouth Mall. We just had lunch and I must say that the burger was very good. It's about an 8 ounce burger. The sides are ala carte. We both had the Santa Fe Burger. We got to meet Bobby who agreed to take pics with anyone that asked him.

            We will surely go back to this restaurant.


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            1. re: vtt7

              vtt7 - Thanks for the info. I intend to try it this weekend. One important question - Notwithstanding the menu's proclamation , where the burgers cooked to order or served well done ala Five Guys?

              1. re: bgut1

                bgut1: As you stated, I would assume no liquor license due to the costs in NJ. Also, we automatically order our burgers the way we want them cooked so we didn't give the order taker time to ask. sorry.

                1. re: vtt7

                  Slightly off topic, went to Chee Burger Chee Burger in Manalpan on Monday with Kids. It was OK. Certianly better than a fast food burger. the wife and I ordered medium but it was not my idea of medium.

                  What really ticked me off was I ordered my 2 1/2 year old son the kids burger and they would only serve it well done. He likes steak medium to medium rare. I said he would not eat a hockey puck. We sucked it up and they brought a well burger, he ate half of it but I sertainly won't oder it again.

                  I am getting annoyed with establishments not serving medium rare burgers. Everyone is afraid to be sued. My feeling is the establishments should have enough confidence in their suppliers and the logistics of getting it to their store that medium rare should not be a probllem. Trying to protect me from bad beef indicates to me that you are serving an inferior product.

                2. re: bgut1

                  Served well done. Was not asked at the counter how I would like my burger done, which is very disappointing considering the prices.

              2. well, after meeting Bobby - I hope the food is better than his inflated ego! of course I wish him all the best, as we need better establishments in this area.

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                1. re: eatinman

                  Really good chefs almost always have big egos. I don't mind a chef that thinks too much of himself provided he's a great cook and stays in the kitchen. Flay does the former but not the latter.

                  Then again, seeing him smashing all the juice out of his burgers on the video, it's just as well... :-)

                  1. re: equal_Mark

                    I couldn't agree more regarding chefs and their egos (and that video made me scream at my laptop)... but I accept the big egos when it comes to higher-end places, it's tough to serve up an inflated ego over a burger joint (I'm sure the food is good, but it's still burgers and fries). I will likely check it out for curiosity's sake, but maybe I'll just stick to JRs and Boom (and the Pour House, Globe, Boathouse, Barnacle Bill's, etc.) for a good burger instead.

                2. Yes it is open and no it is not worth it. Went there Wednesday. It was packed (expected). Upon arrival the place looks nice. But the food? Awful. I got the Dallas Burger, which is spice encrusted with coleslaw and pickles. The spices on the burger were disgusting and I expected something much better from the self-proclaimed bold flavor king. My fiancee got the LA Burger with the turkey patty. I know turkey burgers aren't quite as juicy as beef, but this was ridiculous. She had to take a drink after every bite just to swallow and the avocado relish that came with it, well maybe it's just my professional opinion but avocados just don't go very well. The burgers were both small and overpriced at 7.50 each. We also got an order of fries and an order of onion rings, also over priced. I could have gotten better fries at McD's and the onion rings were under seasoned and under fried. And the milkshakes? Overpriced again. I got the black and white and it tasted almost identical to a Wendy's frosty. And the "real" whipped cream was overwhipped and gritty. And at 5 dollars each, very much not worth it. The service was good overall. I am a big fan of family style dining, but not at all in this type of establishment. When trying to make a modern malt shop, family style isn't something that I think works. And as for Bobby Flay? I've called him a boss and a colleague, but most of all I would call him a sell out. This place is just horrible and after reading some people's opinions of the Long Island one, it is not a one time occurence. If it wasn't for people wanting to eat at a "celebrity" chef's restaurant, this place would be closed inside 6 months. As for all the people that will respond that it is just a burger place what can I expect? First, Fudruckers is ten times better than this place. And second, go to 'witchcraft and you can see what a celebrity chef can do with a casual place. All in all I give Bobby's Burger Palace an F- - - - . Even though I am not a fan of Bobby, I expected more. And for close to forty bucks for 2 people, not worth it. Don't waste your time with this place

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                  1. re: rluke2286

                    I was just there this afternoon. I could not agree with you more on your assessment of the Burger Palace. I also had the Black and White shake (could have made a better one at home), we got the Crunchburger (basically a cheeseburger with 5 potato chips on top), and I got the onion rings (I paid $3 for 5 onion rings). I have had better burgers at Five Guys, The Pour House and The Sitting Duck. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was completely disappointed. I paid $17 for something I could have gotten elsewhere for a lower price. I, most likely, will not go back.

                    1. re: CynicalC

                      I was there a little after you. I concur completely. I had the sweet potato fries, which were very good. But the burger was nothing special, and I needed a magnifying glass to find it. The chips were a nice touch, like what I did as a kid, but so what. If it had been half the price it might have been worthwhile, but not $6.50 for a standard 3 or 4 ounce burger. I will likely not return.

                      I predict that after the Christmas rush and newness wear off, it will be deserted. There are just too many nearby better choices. It won't last two years.

                    2. re: rluke2286

                      Do yourself a huge favor and drive down 35 from the mall to Belmar and have burger at Boom. Their burgers and fries are exceptional.

                      1. re: rluke2286

                        AGree 100%--burgers stink, seating ridiculous, shakes delish..but way overpriced..fries..awful...i give this place under a year. ANy diner will get you a better burger meal. don't goto bobby's

                        1. re: queenlinda

                          Don't expect a place with a celebrity chef's name attached to it to be gone in a year, despite what might be sub par burgers being served. There is no accounting for the taste of a lot of people. We were in a NY burger joint a few weeks ago (New York Burger Company at 6th and 22nd), where the burgers were really not good at all. But the place was packed, and they couldn't have all been first timers like me. How do they do it? With a bunch of gimmicky burger menu items, ala Bobby's place.

                      2. To follow up on what I just posted, this is what Bobby's Burger Palace should be like.


                        The site isn't done yet, but it's a burger place by Richard Blais from Top Chef Season 4. Same prices, but 100 times the quality.

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                        1. re: rluke2286

                          rluke, just curious, do you have other information on Flip Burger Boutique? I certainly can't make any judgment on quality or prices given the stunning lack of content on that website.

                          1. re: equal_Mark



                            This has some of the prices and menu items, ranges from $7-$24 ( for a foie gras, wagyu and truffle burger


                            Unfortunately it is only in Atlanta at this time, but hopefully it does well enough to expand into the area.

                        2. i am taking one of my guys on a "field trip" tomorrow for burgers. we were going to BBP and Boom, may have to try a few others along the way. any suggestions?

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                          1. re: chefMD

                            M - Although not as good as Boom you might want to try Jakes on Rt 35 in Ocean. It's probably on par with Five Guys. It might be interesting to compare the shakes at Jakes with the one at BBP and Boom. Either way, I look forward to reading your assessment.

                            1. re: bgut1

                              will have to let someone else assess the shakes, no lactose for me. Where is five guys? in the same area? generally speaking?

                              1. re: chefMD

                                There are two Five Guys in the area. One in Shrewsbury on Rt 35/Broad St. and another one on Rt.66 in Ocean (off of the Asbury Park Circle in the Seaview Square Shopping Center).

                                Seaview Square Mall
                                2301 Route 66
                                Ocean, NJ 07712

                                Tel: 732-493-0505
                                Fax: 732-493-0504

                                747 Broad St.
                                Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

                                Tel: 732-530-1203
                                Fax: 732-530-1204

                                1. re: bgut1

                                  bgut1, where exactly is the 5 Guys at the Seaview Square Mall? I missed that one somehow. Did it just open?

                                  1. re: JerzeyShore

                                    It's right next to the Baja Fresh in the little strip mall adjacent to Rt.66 west. Last time I was over there I noticed it, but it wasn't open yet. That was a couple weeks ago though.

                                    1. re: willblake72

                                      It's open. I ate there this past weekend. :)

                                      1. re: willblake72

                                        Thanks - I know exactly where that is.

                                  2. re: chefMD

                                    Five Guys is off Rt. 35 North in Shrewsbury. It is a bit before The Grove in the building that used to House Friendly's and then a middling Chinese/Malaysian place...

                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                      M - Here is how I would do it: I would start at BBP at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown then head south on Rt 35 and go to Jakes. After Jakes, head further south on 35 to the Asbury Circle bearing right on Rt. 66 to try 5 Guys. From 5 Guys I would continue onto Rt 35 south for a few miles until you bear left at the sign for Avon. This will put you at the intersection of Main St. Bear left on Main which will take you to Belmar where Boom is located. Good Luck and please let us know how it went. Be sure to bring a big appetite and enjoy the Monmouth County/Rt. 35 Burger Crawl. :)

                                      1. re: bgut1

                                        wow! directions as well. you never fail me b..... although i had sushi at nobi again(and again, exemplary! ohhh the hamachi belly, to die for) i plan on killing myself tomorrow. anyone have a defibulator i can borrow for the afternoon? maybe german butcher for breakfast....................... more to come

                                        1. re: chefMD

                                          I hate to toss a spanner in the works, but BOOM is closed on Tuesday...

                                  3. re: bgut1

                                    Hey bgut1 -- had a very recent meal at Jakes and was less than impressed with the fries and shakes. Agree that the burgers were about on par with Five Guys. I know that Jakes is relatively new, but they really didn't have their act together. I'd give Five Guys the edge.

                                    chefMD -- my son (who would gladly eat cheeseburgers for breakfast, lunch and dinner) and I plan on hitting up all the local spots during his Christmas break. If you want to add somewhere in between BBP and Boom, consider J.R.s in West End (Long Branch) if you haven't been. Really delicious sliders (they come two to an order so you can share). Of course, I hope to add Trinity's much-praised burger to our sampling.

                                    1. re: jsfein

                                      J- I agree about the fries at Jakes. They use frozen instead of fresh and are not as good as the ones at 5 Guys. As far as the shakes are concerned, I thought they were pretty decent although admittedly I only had a few sips from my son's cup. :)
                                      One more to add to the list is Barnacle Bill's in Rumson. Although I've never been, friends have raved about their burgers.

                                      1. re: bgut1

                                        As I reported in another thread, Jake's onion rings are pretty good, and I enjoyed the orange shake. I did not have the fries, but one of the others in my party agrees. The burger was decent, but I give a slight edge to 5G. I would go to Jakes again.

                                        1. re: bgut1

                                          I am so glad some one finally mentioned Barnacle Bill's....I have recently eaten at Boom, BBP & Barnacle Bill's (is there a "b" theme going on with Burger joints!?) and this is how I would rate them:
                                          #1 - Barnacle Bills - hands down the biggest juicest messiest cooked to perfection burger around! -Atmosphere is great too!
                                          #2- Boom - nice size burger but the Onion Rings were the best part of the meal
                                          #3-BBP- the burger itself was dwarfed by the bun and the rest of the condiments, best thing there was the sweet potato fries and all the dipping sauces! The regualr fries were a big dissapointment

                                          1. re: stack_c

                                            I was also surprised not to see Barbacle Bill's mentioned. We haven't been in a couple of years (very inconvenient for us to get to) but it was always our favorite for a burger and brew.
                                            If Boom is as good as BB, thats saying something.

                                        2. re: jsfein

                                          can i adopt your son? thanks for the suggestion, may make it there as well. hope all these places are open all afternoon....gonna be a long day

                                          1. re: chefMD

                                            How does RED REBIN compare to these new burger joints?...


                                              1. re: equal_Mark

                                                I enjoyed the burgers at Red Robin in Hamilton on RT 130 I had a brie Burger Yummy....if your in the area give it a shot.

                                                1. re: Tapas52

                                                  I have to say I like the Red Robin chain. I will go there when traveling -- the food is consistent and pretty good. I didn't know they were in NJ.

                                                  1. re: Tapas52

                                                    Heading home from Philadelphia, dh & I have stopped at this specific Red Robin location twice. We've enjoyed the burgers and the steak fries (which for those of you who can handle it are bottomless fries). Last visit we enjoyed the turkey burger and RR's version of a fish cake burger. The menu includes salads and although I haven't tried the onion ring stack judging by the number of "stacks" I've seen arrive to other diners, they appear to be a very popular appetizer.

                                                    As for Bobby's Burger Place, we have no plans to stop soon but BOOM is def. on our list and Barnacle Bill's is an absolute favorite burger stop.

                                      2. Just went to BBP yesterday and was highly disappointed. Bobby has sold-out for sure. The burgers are mediocre -- the meat is tasteless & bun is average, a step above McDonalds, equal to TGI Fridays and Five Guys. Fuddruckers is better.

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                                          1. re: Tapas52

                                            I had the classic burger and fries.

                                          2. re: daynaholly

                                            Went yesterday (~15 minute wait) had the Bobby Blue Burger, Sweet potato fries and vanilla shake. Fiancé had Miami Burger. Nothing special with the burgers. Sweet potatoes were got but you get better at CJ Montana's and Brickwall in Asbury, The shake was unforgettable. The crowded dirty tables were also bothersome.

                                            Barnacle Bill's is far better and I can get a beer.

                                            1. re: stickman731

                                              Barnacle Bill's is our "go to" place for a burger. CJ Montana's does a very good burger, too. However, we like Barnacle's atmosphere....

                                              1. re: vtt7

                                                My favorite burger in this area was Hook, Line and Sinker. Have to try B Bills again -- have not been there in years. CJ Montana overall has good food.

                                                1. re: daynaholly

                                                  I totally agree with hook Line being the best - that was a loss of a true go-to restaurant. BBills can't be beat either though

                                                  1. re: ncn

                                                    Try Boom in Belmar, different atmosphere than BB, its BYO but better burger. Just OMHO of course.

                                                2. re: vtt7

                                                  Barnacles Bills has the rep and high end crowd to go with it ..but the Very Best burger is @ the Cassville Inn in Jackson .It is kind of afriendly biker /hunter,
                                                  /fisherman bar ,that keeps the prepie crowd away ..If you are not bashful .You will get the best beef in the area ,MAYBE the state

                                            2. BBP gets a mention in today's NY Times. I wonder how many other burger joints got mentioned in the Times after being open less than a month?


                                              1. Asbury Park Press ran a sort-of review which seemed more of a brown-nose advertorial of BBP... it's such a load of you-know-what... can't seem to remember such a large spread (pics, jump, menu) of Boom, JRs or 5 Guys, let alone Barnacle Bills, Pour House, Brickwall, etc.....


                                                  1. re: equal_Mark

                                                    I've long-since stopped expecting any real journalism - on any subject except maybe HS sports - from the AP Press, but was surprised that the Times NJ section piece was nothing more than a description of the menu, etc.

                                                    1. re: OGguy

                                                      I attempted to give BBP a try this evening for dinner. The operative word here is "try" as I was unable to complete my mission. Instead I left BBP a bit disappointed and hungry. I entered the establishment with about 45 minutes to eat before my movie started (Frost/Nixon which was in fact excellent). I got there in what I thought to be an off hour (around 4:30 PM) and found the place to be quite busy. In fact when I arrived, the line was practically out the door. I decided to wait hoping the line would move fast. Instead, it took more than 20 minutes to get to the register. The line could have moved faster had the second register been used and the gentlemen handling the orders took orders faster and/or didn't leave the register often to attend to other needs. When I finally had the chance to place my order, I inquired how long it would take to get my food and was told it would take 15-20 minutes. Not having the time to wait I decided to leave the restaurant. Now here is the interesting part. I decided to bring the matter to the manager's attention. Instead of just acknowledging the situation and moving on, the manager instead was a bit defensive advising that the "slow register movement" and "closed second register" was intentional in order to pace the number of in restaurant diners. When I informed the gentlemen that this "plan" negatively impacted takeout customers, the manager just shrugged and thanked me for my time. I'm sorry to say that I doubt I will ever return to try this restaurant. From the above posts, I doubt I'm missing much. Good Luck.

                                                      1. re: bgut1

                                                        bgut1....sorry to hear about your BBP experience...I guess if you add the mall & Holiday confusion together you get a very hectic time for all businesses....might be better to give it a shot mid January when this is all over...I was gonna try Boom yesterday myself but after thinking about the crowds, traffic, & waiting scenarios I'll wait a week or so & maybe hit em both.....Then shoot down to Rossi's bar & Grill in Trenton to make it a Burger Triple header !!

                                                        Happy New Year...... at least you saw a great movie!!

                                                        1. re: Tapas52

                                                          Well i ate at bobby"s today and as almost everyone said it was okay at best. I also felt rushed at the place, like they were gonna grab your plate if you didn"t hurry up. Im gonna try Boom after the new year!!

                                                        2. re: bgut1

                                                          please do not worry ...with the poor service , high prices ,ok food and no decor'.The place will not last more then 6 months

                                                          1. re: big1515

                                                            What kind of market reserch did they do for this.....or did they hope that just Bobby's name would carry the francise?

                                                            1. re: big1515

                                                              you're describing pretty much every restaurant in NJ, most of which stick around.

                                                              1. re: tommy

                                                                This is true. The one thing that I've not heard in all the comments on BBP is that they aren't busy, quite the contrary. To those who feel they can't last because of mediocre food, bad service and a lack of decor, I humbly present the lines of folks waiting to be seated in any suburban Pizza Hut or Red Lobster for the last 25+years. Are they not able to find good Italian or seafood around here?

                                                                I won't even address the packed fast food places...

                                                                1. re: equal_Mark

                                                                  you made a great point ..but I think went smoke clears and the dollar gets tighter Bobby 's place ,with there $15 h-burg meal will have an hard time making the nut and my be a thing of the past ..

                                                                  1. re: big1515

                                                                    It is now May and I went for the first time--had to wait on line for 45 minutes...it was packed!

                                                      2. Went to Bobby"s today and felt it was okay at best. I also felt rushed with the servers hovering over you... Gonna try boom after the new year..

                                                        1. Yes, BBP is nothing special, AGREED !!
                                                          I did love their dark choc. shake though.....
                                                          (wish it was bigger for the $5.00 price, however)
                                                          A burger, fries, and shake set me back about $15.00

                                                          I tried JR's in the west end section of West Long Branch right after BBP.
                                                          And I LOVED JR'S!!!!!!! Great charbroiled taste, you get 2 thick , little slider burgers , they come out 2 to an order............

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                                                          1. re: ellen4441

                                                            just to clarify, in my preceding post, those pics are from BOBBY'S BURGER PALACE...
                                                            and I never get tired of talking burgers!
                                                            (and I love talking steaks, too!)

                                                            1. re: ellen4441

                                                              Your pictures reminded me of something I forgot to mention...

                                                              All their condiments taste like shit.

                                                          2. I just saw this place when passing by Monmouth Mall and would like to try. My wife does not eat red meat and is more into tofu burgers, veggie burgers.

                                                            Does anyone know if they have these kinds of offerings? Thanks.

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                                                            1. re: yankeefan

                                                              No. Only beef, turkey or chicken. They do however offer a salad or grilled cheese sandwich.

                                                              1. re: yankeefan

                                                                I just went there and had possibly the most horrifying dining experience ever.

                                                                13 dollars for a burger meal that's not much better than a whopper meal at BK. I asked for my burger rare and got it medium/medium well.

                                                                Bobby should be ashamed of himself.

                                                                1. re: joonjoon


                                                                  Sorry to hear about your bad experience......I acually passed BBP last night and remembered all the negative reviews here & passed it right by.....I did enjoy BOOM in Belmar last week....maybe you should give it a try.

                                                                  good luck!

                                                                  1. re: Tapas52

                                                                    Been hearing quite a bit about Boon here on the hound site and am intrigued. Looks like I should try that before Flay's place.

                                                                  2. re: joonjoon

                                                                    Food average at best. I, too was put-off by the rushed atmosphere. The guy across from me almost had his wife's plate taken twice in a span of two minutes while she was in the bathroom.

                                                                    I was quite surprised there was a chicken AND turkey option, but no veggie burger. you would think a guy who plays on Mexican and SoCal flavors for a living would be able to come up with a black bean burger.

                                                                    Also, when you're at the counter, you can look thru the windows into a storeroom, and it's #10 cans of Sysco products...the same company that stocks cafeterias and prisons.

                                                                    Major disappointment.

                                                                    1. re: jwk2


                                                                      Does anyone know if they intend on spreading out with more of these places......if they do I hope improvements are created .

                                                                      1. re: Tapas52

                                                                        Sysco supplies many, many restaurants, not just cafeterias and prisons. Not defending them, just that's the deal.

                                                                        1. re: BeerWeezil

                                                                          Yeah, I was going for a little shock value there.

                                                                  3. re: yankeefan

                                                                    For anyone hitting Monmouth Mall for a movie or wanting veggie burgers I suggest trying Johnny Rockets inside the mall near the food court. Now I haven't been to that exact one yet but I've been to Johnny Rockets everywhere else and they have great prices, the food sounds MUCH better than bobby's and they do offer a pretty decent tasting veggie burger. Oh and anyone going to Red Robin has GOT to try their raspberry lemonade! I'm extremely picky with my lemonade but it's an awesome (non alchoholic) drink in a funky glass:-D

                                                                  4. After reading all this, I think I'll stick to Jr's in West End. My usual is the bacon cheeseburger medium rare with kayzer fries.

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                                                                    1. re: tom porc

                                                                      Like others have said, let the excitement die down and I think this place will be better. Haven't had a bad burger there yet. Not your typical fast food burger joint. If I want something greasy, and down and dirty, I'll hit 5 Guys. If I want a gourmet burger with good meat, lightly seasoned, and fancy toppings, Bobby's in the place to go. Just my 2 yen...

                                                                      1. re: njfoodies

                                                                        I'll go back to Bobby's. The burger was good. I just wish a small side would come with the burger such as cole slaw or even some chips on the side, however, as njfoodies stated, the quality is good enough for me.

                                                                        1. re: vtt7

                                                                          Does anyone think BBP would do good if it wasnt in the Momouth Mall Parking lot?

                                                                          1. re: Tapas52

                                                                            High profile location. Could he have chosen a better place?

                                                                            He is familiar with the area and maybe the Monmouth Mall ticked all his boxes.

                                                                            1. re: tom porc

                                                                              The parking lot at Monmouth Mall, neighboring Chili's and some jewelry store, on an uncomfortable corner mired in speed bumps, is a high profile location?

                                                                              Anyway, it's just a burger joint-- similarly priced to the other local burger joints. I really don't get all the fuss. Is it just because it's a TV star's name on the marquee?

                                                                      2. re: tom porc

                                                                        Hi Tom,
                                                                        I finally checked out Jr's (in the West Long Branch area, guys!) and I loved it, too!!!

                                                                      3. OK, I did it... I felt that I couldn't continue threads on the local burger scene if I didn't at least give BBP a try. You know, it wasn't all that bad. I have to figure that after a month they have ironed out many of the major kinks, at least in the food itself. The atmosphere is something you are either going to deal with or not.

                                                                        First of all, it was a monday night and it was still pretty packed. It took me about 10 minutes to get to the counter where I ordered a Bobby's Blue Burger (They actually asked how I wanted it done), An order of rings and an Iced tea. I was given the little number thingie and told to find a seat and my order would be brought to me.

                                                                        Then it was time to find a seat. This is where it could be problematic. With only a couple people it's not that difficult to find seating, but with parties of 4 or more it could be an issue. Within a minute of sitting down my iced tea was brought to me, a good sized glass with lots of ice. There was quite a din... This was not the place for a quiet meal or thoughtful introspection. There was quite a crowd of ankle biters present, so the romper room atmosphere was pretty pronounced. Given that this was a Monday night I can't imagine the circus that would be generated on a weekend...

                                                                        After another 10 or 15 minutes my burger and fries arrived. Unlike some of the other local burger joints the food came on actual plates and metal flatware is made available. As I've posted earlier my favorite burger is a chipotle blue cheese bacon burger. As the Boby Blue burger is served with blue cheese and bacon, and there was chipotle catsup on the table this was doable (Of course I also carry a bottle of chipotle hot sauce with me just in case)... It was a decent sized burger, at least 8 oz. served on a toasted bun with tomato and romaine lettuce (one minor issue was the bacon, which was fried crisp int 6 or 7 inch rashers was arranged "artfully" in an X shape on the top of the burger, causing most of it to hang over the edge, nothing a bit of re-engineering couldn't solve. There was plenty of blue cheese and the burger was cooked as ordered. There was a decent sized half sour pickle included.

                                                                        As for the onion rings, it is true I only got 5 of them, but they were very large, cut at least an inch thick. For $3 this seemed OK by me. They were rather mild but a squirt of the chipotle catsup remedied that. They also were cooked just right, served hot and there was not any problem with the onion slipping out of the batter (They are served in parchment in sort of a tin cup, and I removed them when they arrived to keep them crisp).

                                                                        All in all it was definitely a serious step up from places like 5 guys where overcooked patties are masked into foil/paper wrappings and dumped into bags. The burger was pretty juicy and the toppings were well made and plentiful. It would be nice if the $7.50 price included some fries and maybe a small container of slaw. It is not in the same league as most of the local sit down venues like Pour House, BBs or the Falls, and I'm still convinced that BOOM leaves them all in the dust. The only real issue seemed to be the seating, the noise and the crowded atmosphere.

                                                                        1. o.k., so I should have listened to all these bad reviews here and never went, but anyhow, we did go for lunch yesterday (Wed.). All I can say is it is very disappointing if you are really hoping for something great, and thinking you will find something better than Barnacle Bill's.

                                                                          We were there around noonish, maybe a little before. We ordered a blue burger and another burger, I can't remember the name but is had a dusting of black tortilla chips and some sort of "queso" sauce. When I asked first what this sauce was, the girl at the register told me, "Oh, a cheese sauce." I knew that, but I figured this place was like a 2009 Farrel's (from East Brunswick Mall) or Buxton's (Avenel).

                                                                          Anyway, the seating is pretty bad, but it was only my husband and I so we were o.k. with the counter-like seating. The onion rings came first, which we shared. There were hardly any in the container it was served in and they were definately not made there. More like a US Foods product. The burger was so small and cooked too well for my tatse, but they don't give you a choice. No juiciness at all to this burger. Basically, you are biting into a hockey puck. The roll was a joke. Another bun thanks to US Foods.

                                                                          You really need all those different topings, sauces they have on the counter to give your burger any kind of taste.

                                                                          The place was pathetic. We were hugely disappointed. I will never go back and I will never recommend that place, even for someone to try. SO not worth it. I wish we went to Barnacle Bill's instead.

                                                                          1. Forgot to add about the service. We were also rushed with our plates. We had to tell the young waiters, NO, we are still working on it. So annoying. They almost took away my husband's root beer and it was not even done. He went to use the Mens' room, and the waiter said, "I thought he left." Left...without me?? Plus 1/2 a burger still on his plate??

                                                                            Another funny thing was, I asked the waiter for a "set up". He asked what I wanted set up!! ha ha!!

                                                                            Service is really bad, but all the wait staff looks anywhere from 17-21.

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                                                                            1. re: Angelina

                                                                              I went to BBP today. I had the philly cheeseburger medium rare, fries and the dark chocolate shake. The buirger was cooked as ordered and very juicy but small. Looking at my close neighbors, the size of the burgers looked pretty random. Some looked like 7ozers and others like mine more like 5oz. Fries were good but needed more salt. Sake was very good but small and didn't quite live up to the dark chocolate billing. More like a very good regular chocolate shake. Seemed more like a $12 meal than a $16 one, in quality and size.

                                                                              1. re: tautog

                                                                                Thanks for the post, taotog. I asked to have both our burgers med. rare and the girl at the register said, "We only cook them one way." I figured, I drove all the way here..fine, how bad could it be? I was so wrong. I saw those shakes, they were such a sorry-looking version of a shake. It almost reminded me of when I was a child, and my darling 80 year old neighbor would make those rinky-dink shakes for me. That was o.k., then, but don't they charge $ 5.00 for those itty-bitty shakes?

                                                                                I am not being cheap, but this whole place reminded me of someone who wants to make a lot of money off of bad, inconsistant food, just using his name to SELL SELL SELL!

                                                                                My husband thinks, as do I, the burgers are sooo much better at FATBURGER in A.C. Unfortunately, we do not live near AC, nor do I even care to go there..unless a concert.

                                                                                1. re: Angelina

                                                                                  While the burgers and rings I had were OK (Still not up to par with the local sit-down places) I agree the prices were excessive. Sitting while waiting for my food on a Monday night and watching the endless line of folks having that $$$ extracted from them certainly gave an indication of the cash flow this place is generating. And these are bad times?

                                                                                  1. re: equal_Mark

                                                                                    "Sitting while waiting for my food on a Monday night and watching the endless line of folks having that $$$ extracted from them certainly gave an indication of the cash flow this place is generating. And these are bad times?"

                                                                                    We have a 93 post (and counting) thread on a place that 98% of the posters agree is bad or at best, not worth the money. I am amazed.

                                                                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                                                                      Hey Mark...I think it is more HYPE..than anything. The place is sooo not worth it, and just because it had Bobby Flay's name, I think people will want to try it. I was one of those sorry people...haa haa!!

                                                                                      1. re: Angelina

                                                                                        I wasn't implying that the place was in any way impressive, just OK and overpriced. I still like it better than 5 Guys (saying much? I think not). For my money I'd more likely go across the parking lot to Chilis for a burger.

                                                                                        To be honest I liked and was impressed with Bobby Flay when he opened Mesa Grill in NYC before there even was a food network (Got their menu in my collection: http://www.exit109.com/~mstevens/mesa... ). Really liked his take on Southwest cuisine. Since then I've been less than impressed.

                                                                                        My current favorite is BOOM even though there have been some recent detractors...

                                                                                        1. re: equal_Mark

                                                                                          I totally understoon what you meant. Sorry, if it sounded otherwise. I think 5 guys was better, too! (Do I sound like a big fat pig?? haa haa!!)

                                                                                          I was impressed with his place in AC, but this burger place...PHULEESSEEE.....he can keep it!

                                                                              2. I can not believe that this posting has recieved so much attention ..as your can see the place is over rated and @ best an over price fast food joint..Bobby I am sorry !

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                                                                                1. re: big1515

                                                                                  hey big! I think this has gotten so many posts because we are all simply digusted with the place. I paid $7.50 for such a bad burger, only to drown it in ketchup. I am more aggravated than anything.

                                                                                2. BBP is attacking Paramus soon... those poor people! oh, the humanity!

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                                                                                  1. re: aklein

                                                                                    I got a chuckle when I noticed that the directions online include information on how to get there from Pennsylvania...

                                                                                    1. re: equal_Mark

                                                                                      My god ,could you see the disapointment coming that far for so little ,but it goes to show you what a name can do !!

                                                                                  2. Cut and pasted from my BLOG

                                                                                    Today we drove up to Eatontown to check out Bobby Flay's new "fast food" burger joint called Bobby's Burger Palace. I had originally tried Bobby's Burger Palace a few weeks after they had opened, and found it quite enjoyable. I've heard and read a lot of negative reviews both around the office, as well as on Chowhound, but I find it rather enjoyable.

                                                                                    Most of the complaints I heard are either about the price, or about the goofy seating, or lack of seating. In my opinion, to pay $7.50 for a certified back angus burger is absolutely worth it. But for those looking for a down and dirty, greasy burger as I like to say, Bobby's Burger Palace is not for you. Instead, go check out 5 Guys, save a few bucks, and get a good greasy burger. Yes, I enjoy 5 Guys as well, but it depends on what kind of burger I am looking for.

                                                                                    I consider Bobby's Burger Palace more of a gourmet burger, with good, fresh, different ingredients. Yes, you can get a good old plain, old fashioned cheeseburger here as well, or you can get a burger with fresh ingredients, different sauces, different vegetables, and different cheeses.

                                                                                    Zelda opted for the Palace Classic Burger made with ground turkey, topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and fresh red onion. One of the first comments she made was that the tomato was so fresh and vibrant. After lunch, she made the comment that it may have been the best turkey burger she has ever had. That is a pretty bold statement as she loves her turkey burgers.

                                                                                    I opted for the Philadelphia Burger, cooked medium, and topped with provolone cheese, griddled onions, and hot peppers. This is the second time I had this burger, and it was as much of a joy this time as it was the first time. The provolone is a nice touch, and the hot peppers are fresh and very tasty. It's great combination! The meat itself is lightly seasoned, so it really lets you taste the meat and the burger itself. I love making fresh burger pattie's on the grill, and I would not change a thing on these!

                                                                                    We both opted for a side of fries, and these were served up in a big metal tin, with a side of their signature french fry sauce. I'm not sure what is in this fry sauce, but it has a nice blend of what taste like roasted red pepper and chipotle. Needless to say it is great stuff.
                                                                                    We also opted for malts, and she went for the chocolate, and I went for the vanilla. For $5, I have to say that it is a darn good malt! The vanilla especially really has that nice malt taste to it. We also had a nice fresh lemonade to wash our burgers down.

                                                                                    A few comments about complaints I have heard:

                                                                                    1) Price: to me, paying $33 for 2 gourmet burgers, 2 large orders of fries, 2 malts, and a lemonade is not a big deal. If this was McDonald's or even 5 Guys, yes, I might be a little hesitant. However, you are paying for Bobby Flay's name, and he has to pay for his overhead. I've paid it twice, and I'll pay it again.

                                                                                    2) Seating: yes, seating is an issue, especially during the week at lunch. We got there around 1PM today, and must have just beaten the rush.

                                                                                    A. When you walk in, you stay in the line to the right, place your order, then they give you a number and you have to find a place to sit.

                                                                                    B. The tables are all large, and it is seat yourself. When it gets busy, it can be very hard to find a place to sit for 2 people, let alone if you have a large group. If you do have a large group, I do not recommend going here. It will be very difficult.

                                                                                    C. They also have a counter that wraps around the restaurant as well, and you can sit here.

                                                                                    D. The first time I was there, as well as when we were getting ready to leave, the line was out the door. That said, know that you are taking a chance, and you might end up waiting. But after being open for almost 6 month now, what does that tell you? It either tells you that one, their food is that good, or two, people are still intrigued and want to give it a whirl. I will attribute it to both of these.

                                                                                    The restaurant itself is nice inside. One of the first things that I noticed is the big colorful light that hangs over the counter top seating. It is adorned is nice vibrant colors, and mirror the counter itself. You will also see large, wood look subway tiles on the walls, and very neat lighting hanging from the ceiling. The inside looks nice and modern, and they did a good job on the decor.

                                                                                    So regardless of what others have said, and regardless of reviews I have read, we give Bobby's Burger Palace two thumbs up, and we look forward to our next dining experience there. Keep up the great work Bobby! Cheers! -mJ

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                                                                                    1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                      Do you work there? The place was horrific!!!

                                                                                      The burger was so small, and needed all that gross sauce to spice it up.

                                                                                      I suggest going to Barnacle Bill's.

                                                                                      Sorry, just my opinion....

                                                                                      Bobby Flay's Burger's are AWFUL!

                                                                                      1. re: Angelina

                                                                                        Work there...definitely not. Small burger? Mine was the perfect size...but then again, I am in pretty good shape and weigh just under 180 pounds. As for the sauces, I stayed away from them. I like a burger to taste like a burger. I want to taste the ground beef, and maybe have a little salt and paper in there for seasoning. To me, filling a burger with seasoning or something else to give it a different taste does not constitute a good burger. A good patty to me needs nothing else but salt and pepper. Leave it to the toppings to spice it up.

                                                                                        By the time I ate some of my fries and my malt, I was stuffed. Maybe I have a smaller stomach and am not as much of a Chowhound as others, but to me, a burger doesn't have to be a pound to be good, or to fill me up.

                                                                                        I agree with Barnacle Bill's, but again, it's a totally different burger in my opinion. Different strokes for different folks. Other good burgers in Jersey include Rossi's in Trenton and the bar at The Swan Hotel in Lambertville. But if you thought Bobby's burger was small, you'll think that the one at Anton's at the Swan is like a White Castle. Cheers! -mJ

                                                                                      2. re: njfoodies

                                                                                        My husband and I did go back to Bobby's for lunch a couple of times. I do get the turkey burger and find it very tasty. Once in a while, we'll share the sweet potato fries. They're good, too. It's a quality burger. We'll keep going for a quick bite.

                                                                                        1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                          I'm glad you liked it, but I agree with the negative comments. As for the size, it is small. Let me put it this way: I had to move the lettuce to find the meat. Really. But at least the bun is decent.

                                                                                          Another comment I strongly disagree with. You praised the fact that it was certified black Angus. That is a bunch of marketing hype. I find the taste of the Angus to be no better than other beef of the same grade. It certainly is not worth the price differential. In fact I have talked with a few butchers and chefs about the difference, and they agree with me. The told me point blank to just buy the regular line.

                                                                                          1. re: cantkick

                                                                                            I don't think that their burger is any smaller than a burger you would get at any of the other fast food chains: Applebe's, Ruby Tuesday's, Chili's, Friday's, etc, not that we frequent any of those places.

                                                                                            As for the certified angus, as a marketing guy, you are probably correct, but but regardless, I still enjoyed the fact that I tasted the meat, tasted the burger, and it tasted good to me. If I wanted a burger that tasted like something else, say onion, I would make some Lipton onion soup burger. Or I would chop up garlic, or green peppers, or something else to flavor my burger. But for the most part, I enjoy a burger that tastes like a burger, and I want the toppings that I put on my birger to make it flavorful. Just my 2 yen. -mJ

                                                                                          2. re: njfoodies


                                                                                            nice review, thank you......

                                                                                            For the naysayers, just posted on another thread:


                                                                                            1. re: fourunder

                                                                                              Nice notes FourUnder..best I've ever come in was 3 under unfortunately. -(

                                                                                              At Monmouth Mall however, you still need to ask for the silver, and they still do have the crinkle cut fries. Regardless, I'll still eat there. Look forward to going back for lunch soon one week when it's my week to drive in the carpool. Nice notes! Cheers! -mJ

                                                                                            2. re: njfoodies

                                                                                              Everything else you said is subjective so i'll leave it alone...but honestly, you thought their burger was big? It's like the size of a Whopper Jr...(with two patties)

                                                                                              I'll take any 7$ burger platter from a diner any day over the Bobby burgers.

                                                                                              1. re: joonjoon

                                                                                                Subjective how? I wouldn't say their burger was big, and from what I remember, I think I said that it was "the perfect size." Maybe it was for me as I left full, but I also ate most of my french fries, and had a malt as well. No idea how big a Whopper Jr. is, but you could very well be correct. I have no idea. Have yet to find a diner burger in the Trenton, Princeton, Bordentown area that wasn't super thin and came out like a hockey puck, so if you have any good suggestions in this area, let me know! Thanks! -mJ

                                                                                                1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                  njfoodies: FYI-My husband and I will return to Bobby's. I thought the burger was very good. Although, not as big as Barnacle Bill's, the meat is better quality. We go to Barnacle's at least twice a month. However, sometimes it good to have good quality over quantity.

                                                                                                  1. re: vtt7

                                                                                                    "However, sometimes it good to have good quality over quantity."

                                                                                                    Why to you have to choose between them? Go to Boom. They have a first rate 8oz. burger made with good meat.

                                                                                                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                                                                                                      I definitely look forward to trying Boom as I have heard nothing but great things, but if you're like me, you don't want to go to the same burger place over and over. You need to split it up a bit. Wonder how far this Barnacle Bill's is from Fort Monmouth. Might have to try it for lunch today. -mJ

                                                                                                      1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                        We've made that mistake before (luckily Brennan's is close by!).

                                                                                                        Barnacle Bill's is a bar in Rumson. It opens at 4 or 5.

                                                                                                        1. re: MGZ

                                                                                                          Just saw that on their website. Bummer! Thanks for the heads up MGZ! -mJ

                                                                                                          1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                            There are a number of Chowhounders working at the fort. If you are looking for a decent burger you might try Pour House on Shrewsbury Ave or Zachary's or Sitting Duck in Long Branch. These are generally standard issue pub burgers but have been perfected over a long time. The Falls does a good burger but they don't serve lunch during the week... Yet.

                                                                                                            1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                              I'm pretty sure that Barnacle's is open for lunch on Fridays.

                                                                                                              1. re: vtt7

                                                                                                                Good info Mark, thanks, and I will look into those! vtt7: figures if they are since it's Lent right now so no meat on Friday. LOL! Will have to look into that after Easter! Thanks for the info! -mJ

                                                                                                                1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                                  njfoodies, you HAVE to get to Barnacle Bills'!! This whole discusiion led my husband and I there last night! We usually share one at the bar because they are rather huge. It was the first time I ordered cole slaw there (and I NEVER ordr that out..I always think it sits by heat and the mayo gets all gooey.) Anyhow, the slaw was great!!! The place was jumping at 6pm.

                                                                                                                  Anyway, when you go, enjoy and let us know how you liked it! :)

                                                                                                                  1. re: Angelina

                                                                                                                    We will most definitely do that! Just have to look at the menu first and make sure there is something on there for my wife who doesn't eat the beef or pork! Wonder if they have turkey burgers for her...and wonder if they are as good as the regular burger! -mJ

                                                                                                                    1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                                      Okay, please let me add my two cents to this longer than deserving thread. Curiosity got the better of me this afternoon and I decided to try BBP with my young boys. Admittedly, due to the above posts and my earlier failure of an experience, I expected to hate the place. We arrived at about noon today and as expected the line was long and there was a bit of a wait for a table. The difference between this time and the last was that the line moved pretty fast and management was very alert and diligent about finding space for their customers. My boys each ordered the kids burger meal (a steal of a deal for $6.50 as it consisted of a normal size burger, a decent amount of fries and a small drink). I ordered the classic burger with american cheese and a side of onion rings as well as a black and white shake for one of my kids. All in all, I was very happy with the meal. While I would classify the fries as a throw away (and barely above cafeteria level fare) all the other items were good to excellent. Noteworthy were the excellent onion rings (thick cut with a very crunchy coating and nicely salted) as well as my burger (which while a bit more done than ordered was nice and juicy). While I wouldn't go well out of my way for this restaurant, I am a bit shocked by all the criticism this place has garnered. Mind you, while I didn't find the burger as well prepared or as tasty as the one at Boom, I found the burger and the experience very enjoyable and I wouldn't hesitate to return. In fact, if BBP decided to replace those frozen fries with fresh cut ones a la Five Guys, this place would be quite the keeper. Next on my list is Barnacle Bill's and I think I will have tried all the local burger offerings. Good Luck.

                                                                                                                      1. re: njfoodies

                                                                                                                        Hey foodie! I don't know about turkey burgers, maybe they do..I just never looked into it, but I have seen these delicious looking chicken breast sandwiches, but like I said, I never had them. Just be prepared for a large amount of food! Have fun..enjoy your day!!!

                                                                                                              2. re: MGZ

                                                                                                                They are open for lunch Friday, Saturday, Sunday

                                                                                                                1. re: ncn

                                                                                                                  I'm sorry to revive this old and long thread but I had to report about my second experience at BBP this afternoon. My boys wanted to take me out to lunch for Father's Day and for some reason this was the consensus pick. I must admit except for the mind numbing wait to place the order, the food and service were very good. My Classic Burger was tasty and cooked to my requested temperature while the "fixins" were fresh and plentiful. I also thoroughly enjoyed the large and crispy onion rings along with a few sips of my son's vanilla bean milkshake which was better than any I recall having in a long time. Of further note was the service of the staff. All requests were met with a smile with several individuals going out of there way to wish me a happy Father's Day. A pleasant experience all around and I intend to return when I want something a little more than 5 guys (who make better fries BTW).

                                                                                                  2. I know this thread is almost 4 years old (!), but the BBP in Princeton (Market Fair Mall, Route 1 South) is opening today. DH suggested we give it a try tonight, but I'm hesitant for a few reasons...
                                                                                                    1. Opening day - no time to work out the kinks
                                                                                                    2. Will probably be packed (word on the street is that "the Grillmaster" will be onsite for the opening)
                                                                                                    3. Reviews of the food seem to be lukewarm, at best.

                                                                                                    Has anyone been to BBP recently and had an experience that would catapult me into the fray tonight?

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                                                                                                    1. re: punkin712

                                                                                                      The only reason I can see to go is to say you were there on the official first day. In the end, it's just a hamburger.......but don't get me wrong. I feel it's a good product and done well....just that some have high expectations looking to be wowed, and that just may not happen.

                                                                                                      I like BBP in general, but many feel the burger & shakes are small, and the portion of fries & onion rings are even smaller....hence, the value is not there and it's expensive for what it is.. I would argue that from production position, they do everything (execute) with the highest of quality and standards possible and it's very good value.

                                                                                                      1. re: punkin712

                                                                                                        I tried the one in Monmouth a couple of years ago. The burger was good, but I didn't care for the community seating. My favorite thing about it was the onion rings.

                                                                                                        1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                          +1 on the community seating. I get it in places like NYC where space is at a premium and people are used to being cramped and crammed together. But in the 'burbs where people buy houses with an acre of land so they don't have to bump up against their neighbor, it seems odd.

                                                                                                          1. re: punkin712

                                                                                                            There is a distinction between counter seating and communal tables......BBP is the former, not the latter.....at least the ones I have been to....and I found the seats to be quite comfortable.

                                                                                                            1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                              I thought the one in Bergen had both.

                                                                                                              I don't mind communal seating in the right context. At lunch with kids and shopping bags is not a good context. At a place like Porta in Asbury it's totally fine.

                                                                                                              1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                                I'm pretty sure the BBP in Princeton has communal tables. At least that's what it looked like when I peeked in last week. Maybe it has both and I couldn't tell from my angle. Now that it has officially opened, maybe someone can confirm (or deny). I don't mind counter seating, but I will run screaming from communal tables. I feel like It's harder to control personal space at communal tables.

                                                                                                                1. re: punkin712

                                                                                                                  The one I went to had this sort of serpentine type counter running throughout the dining room. So it's technically counter seating, but unless you have an empty space between you and the next party, it feels like community seating.

                                                                                                                  1. re: punkin712

                                                                                                                    The issue I have with the Monmouth BBP is that when they are crowded and you have a party of 4 or more people it can create logistical problems trying to find seats together.

                                                                                                            2. re: punkin712

                                                                                                              I've been the the BBP in Monmouth Mall and just recently had lunch at the one in Cherry Hill Mall. I wasn't impressed with the burgers at either place. Not that they weren't good, just wasn't all impressed considering all the hype BF gets for these places.
                                                                                                              The onion rings are good, and the different ketchups/sauces are pretty original.
                                                                                                              As for the "seating" situation, well, I'm a big guy (Oh, let's face it...I'm large...round...fat), and the seats at BBP are all bolted to the floor and is VERY uncomfortable for someone my size.

                                                                                                              1. re: gigotz

                                                                                                                I went to the Paramus location yesterday. I have to say I liked it. The burger has a home made, non-chain, even non-restaurant vibe to it. Kind of how you might expect BF to make one for a guest at his house. I can understand the seating not being comfortable. They really are planted close to the counter.