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Just Eat by Brown Gold - Never again

Becfhlax Jan 31, 2009 05:51 AM

Maybe we had an off night - but we tried Just Eat by Brown Gold. Sorry, I know I said I would head to Lime Light this Friday, but we were looking for a BYOB. So - headed to Just Eat. The best thing about this restaurant was the server. He was cute and very attentive. The atmosphere and the food - no so much. We got there about 7:30 and the restaurant was about 1/4 full. They were playing this awful Jazz music - and not lightly in the background, but Blasting. We couldn't even hear each other talk. I had a squash soup that was mediocre. It had nice spice and a hint of nutmeg, but was watery. My husband had the vegetable pot pie. The server brought it out with oven mitts because it was so hot - which it was... Well the bowl was anyway. The inside was ICE COLD. We are not usually the "send it back" type, but this was too much. We just had to ask for it to be heated up. The server was really sweet about it and brought out a piping hot version on round two. The pot pie did have nice big chunks of squash and other veggies. It was ok, but did not knock our socks off. I had the Grilled Tuna Skewers. Again, it was just alright - two pieces, about a square inch each. Not too much flavor.
Like I said, maybe it was us or maybe it was a bad night for them, but I think it will be a while before we visit Just Eat again.

What BYOBs are you visiting in Bucks County?

  1. watercress Jan 31, 2009 07:13 AM

    My two cents-- yes, it sounds like it was an off night. I've been there ten times, maybe? The food has been, on the whole, really decent. I think the atmosphere's fairly cozy. Nice lighting, tasteful, whimsical decor-- I do think it's a little pricey, so we don't go that often, but I would definitely give it another shot if I were you. Maybe vegetarian stuff is a weak spot there, I don't know, because I don't tend to order that.

    One good BYOB I can think of is La Campagna in Quakertown. Not the best atmosphere, but the food makes it worth it.

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      givemecarbs Jan 31, 2009 11:12 AM

      Thanks for the rec watercress. I am curious about other eateries in Quakertown, the qmart draws me in like a giant magnet but I know there is other turf to explore there. Any other places you like in that neck of the woods?

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      mark stejbach Feb 5, 2009 09:53 AM

      Not at all reflective of our experiences. Have been there several times over the past few years as a couple, with other couples, with our kids. Never disappointed. Food is terrifc, desserts tremendous and we enjoy the casual but upscale atmosphere.

      1. famdoc Feb 5, 2009 10:18 AM

        There probably isn't a single chowhound regular who hasn't come across a trashing of his or her favorite restaurant on these boards. When that happens, we scratch our heads and wonder whether the reviewer actually went to the same restaurant. We wonder how could anyone have had such a negative experience at a place that's been uniformly positive for us.
        Well, this is such a review. Let's assume that you did, indeed, go to Just Eat. Distilling your complaints down to their essence, you found the music too loud, the soup cold and the portions small. The server responded to your request to heat up the soup. In fact, you found him cute. I've never walked away from a meal at Just Eat thinking that what I had just eaten lacked taste. In general, Marc and his staff are thoughtful about their preparations and their food is anything but generic.

        We've been enjoying Just Eat regularly since it opened and have not had any similar experiences. In fact, if you search these pages, you'll find some rather positive comments by others about the place. So, I'd conclude that you did come on an off night and encourage you to give it another chance.

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          fotoose Feb 5, 2009 01:48 PM

          This place is actually a reason to spend a weekend in its part of Pennsylvania.

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            famdoc Feb 8, 2009 08:11 AM

            Well said. And, as a part-time resident of the region, I'm finding the choices of fine places to eat increasing. In addition to Just Eat, we're enjoying really fine meals at Villa Ponte in Stockton and Moustache in Lambertville, both relative newcomers. Older choices in Lambertville, New Hope and Doylestown have been extensively discussed in this forum.

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              ambrose May 23, 2009 12:19 PM

              Moustache has closed.

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/594967

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            george2 Feb 8, 2009 07:55 AM

            JEbBG replied and said they would refund the entire bill, including the tip. Input from other CH members said that JEbBG was a friendly, usually quiet BYOB, but that if the music was too loud, it was always turned down on request.

            1. PeterJustason May 22, 2009 01:34 PM

              We have eaten there a half dozen times and always had a good dining experience so it must have been an off night. It happen's, suggest you try again before writing them off.

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                emcd Oct 19, 2009 06:07 PM

                Seems to be too late--Just Eat is closed. New owners of the same spot, which now has a sign that says Copper Leaf Grill.

                Too bad--I really liked eating at the grill part of Just Eat and the family that ran it seemed to really have their heart in it.

                1. re: emcd
                  famdoc Oct 19, 2009 08:27 PM

                  Mark and Theresa announced the sale of their restaurant to their mailing list, their Facebook friends and on their web site (justeatbybrowngold.com) in August. According to the web site, they have sold to Dominic Vigilante, who, it says, "shares our passion for fresh, local ingredients. He plans to continue the tradition of high quality food cooked over a wood-burning grill. You won’t see much change (except for Theresa’s art). We are very excited for this young man who will continue serving great food for dinner and lunch, expand catering (the weddings!) and offer cooking classes. "

                  No reviews of Dominic's restaurant have appeared in these pages yet. I urge Just Eat fans to give it a try and report back...starting a new thread (the title of this thread is a bit unfortunate).

                  emcd, you are one of hundreds of Just Eat regulars who share fond memories of the food, the art, the atmosphere, the people and the conversation in the years Mark and Theresa ran Just Eat (and in the years prior, when Mark was co-chef at Lambertville's Hamilton Grill Room). After decades in the business, the Brown-Gold's have retired at the top of the heap and are moving on to other pursuits.

                  1. re: famdoc
                    ambrose Oct 20, 2009 06:27 AM

                    Famdoc, may I suggest that you start a new thread and report what you say above. You could title it "Just Eat Closes" or something similar.

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                      rsgdmd Oct 20, 2009 04:04 PM

                      My wife & I have a gift. cert.to just Eat - I wonder if the the new owners will honor it. Looks like I need to make a call.

                2. famdoc Nov 1, 2009 06:50 PM

                  Time to bring this thread to a close.
                  Here's a review of our first visit to Copper Leaf Grill.

                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/663999

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