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5220 State Hwy 121, Colleyville, TX

CocoaNut Oct 12, 2010 02:42 PM

This location has housed multiple failed BBQ joints. It's currently JR's Grill, off-spring to the successful JR's Steakhouse only yards to the north.

After giving it ample time to get the newly opened kinks out, I decided to give it a try Sat afternoon. I'd been eyeing the prime-rib French Dip sandwich on their internet menu and was anxious to give it a try. Expectations were running high given their steakhouse pedigree. My dining partner ordered one of the burgers and was told they were cooked to medium unless otherwise specified.

Wow! The prime-rib was sliced paper thin (ok, it's a French Dip thing), then finished off on the grill to a perfect medium-well. Besides having a bitter taste, the accompanying jus was pretty greasy and extremely salty. The "medium" cooked burger fared not much better as it was dry and overcooked as well. Huge disappointment and in retrospect, we both wished we had sent them back.

Other disappointments included being overwhelmed by a heavy BBQ smell immediately upon entering. Normally, smells tend to dissipate once you get used to them. Not these. They lingered throughout the meal. I'm not sure if it was simply forgotten, but there was no lettuce, tomato or pickle served with the burger. And on the funny side, when the server made the statement "isn't that just a slice of heaven" (concerning the prime-rib sandwich) and I responded "not really, it's extremely overcooked and dry", his response was, "well, it's cooked rare and sliced thicker on <another> sandwich and you really have to yank at it to get a bite". His words.... I swear! I kind of smiled and said "You should probably quit talking now".

On the up side - the Rangers were playing (hope they win tonight!) and there were plenty of wall mounted TV's around for viewing no matter where seated. They've added a patio that looks like it will be quite nice given the lowering temps. While there were not many people in the dining area (off-hours, mid-afternoon), the bar had a good number of people.

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    Brad2 Oct 12, 2010 03:57 PM

    Thanks for the report. Been thinking of trying it. Think I'll stick with my newest fave, Bottlecap Alley.

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      CocoaNut Oct 13, 2010 06:50 AM

      Love Bottlecap Alley! Great addition to Grapevine!

      1. re: Brad2
        Scagnetti Oct 13, 2010 07:52 AM

        Have you ever had the TMan burger at Bottlecap Alley? I've heard it's very good.

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