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johnnyboy Dec 16, 2010 08:06 AM

Was dragged to a Jack Astor's yesterday for some group work function. From the outside it looked like any of those dreadful suburban american chain restaurants. From the inside, it was exactly that, but even worse. Seems like they think Hooter's main attraction is something to emulate. And the food was crappy. To be avoided like the plague.

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  1. JedZ RE: johnnyboy Dec 16, 2010 10:53 AM

    The West Island is plagued by Jack Astor type eateries. I just can't figure out why there aren't better places to eat.

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      SnackHappy RE: JedZ Dec 16, 2010 11:06 AM

      The problem can be resumed in a single word: demographics

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        JedZ RE: SnackHappy Dec 16, 2010 11:20 AM

        Yup. Have to agree. Demographics drives most things in this society.

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        ios94 RE: JedZ Dec 16, 2010 11:13 AM

        These Jack Astor type "family style" restaurants are what works in the WI. My theory is that with a high concentration of young families in this part of the city, they want something quick, cheap and preferably from a chain. I don't think they are too concerned with quality as much as price and a "popular chain" like Scores or Jack Astors will do the job. Kids wouldn't want to have their chicken from a Romados, they want it from Scores. I don't know, just my theory.

        How I with there was a Romados and other good stuff out here so I wouldn't have to trek to far.

        I think it just comes down to demographics, tastes and priorities.

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          mak2k RE: JedZ Dec 17, 2010 07:02 AM

          the same can be said about the south shore (Brossard). Barbies, Jack Astor (well Greenfield park.. which is next to Brossard), Chenoys (it gets brownie points for being opened 25 hours), Newport buffet. I am usually at a loss when i have friends that asks me what is good to eat in Brossard. That being said, like ios94 pointed out, the suburbian area is filled with family so these "family style" joint is the better bang for the buck when you have younger kids who don't really care/know about food.

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            porker RE: mak2k Dec 17, 2010 09:51 AM

            At least Brossard has some real Chinese...
            Plus a gentrified La Milsa...

        2. porker RE: johnnyboy Dec 17, 2010 03:09 AM

          Ya gotta love being dragged to a restaurant for a work thing that you'd never otherwise visit. Few years back, the staff (18-24 yrs old) voted on Boccacinos, WI branch. I went, but cringed all the way, the wife constantly kicking me under the table...

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            celfie RE: porker Dec 17, 2010 05:27 AM

            i was once kicked out of that baccacinos. because i am not a coiffed italian, the waiter was inattentive so when i went to get my own water, the manager told me i had to leave.

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              ios94 RE: celfie Dec 17, 2010 07:20 AM

              lol....That's hilarious, they did you a favor by kicking you out. The funny thing is, that location keeps failing. Mind you I can't blame the location as much as the establishments, Boccacinos, Carmines (both are places I've never eaten at, mind you I once tried De Vino's many moons ago which is operated by the same people that ran Carmines and it was an epic failure). Now there is a Mozza where Boccacino's once stood on St Jean, I tried their pizza and does not compare to Bottega, far from. Will not be going back.

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                reelection RE: celfie Dec 19, 2010 05:35 PM

                What? I don't get it... did you enter their kitchen to fetch yourself water?

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