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Went to Bonnie's Grill tonight...are people kidding?

vvv03 Sep 9, 2011 09:12 PM

After 8 years of living in Park Slope, our family finally decided it was time to give Bonnie's Grill a try. We'd heard about the terrific burgers and my husband recently read a review that they have amazing pulled pork sandwiches. We were all incredibly disappointed with the food. I had a chicken/bacon/avocado salad that was inexplicably flavorless. My husband had a pulled pork sandwich with a similar problem. My daughters had burgers that had the taste and texture of prefabricated patties. All of this would have been no big deal if we hadn't heard so much about the place over the years. Am I missing something, or are there a lot of people out there who have really bad taste in food?

Bonnie's Grill
278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    tex.s.toast Sep 10, 2011 05:24 AM

    I havent been, but from my friends who rave about it, i think you did miss something: the wings. I guess i may have seen praise for the burgers on this board but it was my impression that the thing for which bonnies is really known is their wings, but maybe im mistaken.

    1. David11238 Sep 10, 2011 05:28 AM

      The latter.

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        irvingk Sep 10, 2011 08:04 AM

        I personally think that Bonnies burgers are the most overrated anywhere.

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          Claire Sep 10, 2011 02:13 PM

          I always thought Bonnie's burgers were lousy. I could never understand why people like them.

          1. janie Sep 10, 2011 05:30 PM

            unfortunately, I've been to a few places in Brooklyn that were hyped up on this board, and thought they stunk, or were so overpriced and inadequately described.........eventually I developed more of a sense of a poster's likes and dislikes so I could tell if we were on the same wavelength....sometimes I posted about them, but sometimes I didn't because I just thought I could see how it might appeal to someone, but not me and I wasn't really invested in returning ever, and felt my review would just keep people away and felt bad to do that to any place in this economy.....places that get little word, like Joe's of Avenue is priced right and the food's terrific, but you don't hear it talked about in great detail or raved as a destination spot...other places for example like Noodle Pudding (which i found to be overpriced, small portions, extremely limited menu, loud, and HARDLY child friendly) and touted as a neighorhood gem.--and lots of places change, so recent writeups can make a big difference, too.

            Joe's of Avenue U
            287 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223

            Noodle Pudding
            38 Henry St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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              Vesuvius Sep 12, 2011 09:44 AM

              You went to Bonnie's and didn't get:

              1) the burger
              2) the wings

              That's your problem. It's a place for a beer, fresh, juicy burger and wings...and that's about it.

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              1. re: Vesuvius
                brickscoli Sep 12, 2011 06:23 PM

                It's good grub. Cool place, great location. Don't think they have the best of anything but I recommend it for a beer and a burger / wings

                Bonnie's Grill
                278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                1. re: Vesuvius
                  vvv03 Sep 14, 2011 08:27 PM

                  We did get the burger. It was not even remotely good.

                  1. re: vvv03
                    travotravo Sep 15, 2011 11:56 AM

                    I completely agree, the burger was nothing to write home about. Bonnies = way overrated!

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                  nychas Sep 12, 2011 09:52 AM

                  Bonnie's burgers are grilled and taste grilled, nothing like a patty. I've never gone beyond medium there and on occasion go rare and I have never been disappointed. The wings are perfect classic buffalo. Good fries, good humus of all things, and always good craft beer on tap and in bottles.

                  Bonnie's Grill
                  278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                  1. re: nychas
                    Bob Martinez Sep 12, 2011 02:15 PM

                    I've always enjoyed Bonnie's burgers. I'd rate them B to B+. The wings OTOH are excellent and are the best I've ever had in New York City.

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                      Mike R. Sep 12, 2011 02:47 PM

                      Are they really as great as they were under the ORIGINAL regime?
                      Know what?...I haven't found them to be right in over a year. And, yes, their burgers seem to have taken a hit as well.

                      1. re: Mike R.
                        Bob Martinez Sep 12, 2011 06:21 PM

                        I never thought the burgers were great, just above average. I found that the recipes made the transition to the new team. The wings are still excellent.

                  2. egit Sep 12, 2011 02:40 PM

                    I've been to Bonnie's sporadically over the years. They have good wings. I think the first time i went there, I too was the victim of over-hype. A friend told me how "amazing" this place was, and I left feeling it was only okay.

                    If you keep your expectations in line (and order wings!), you'll realize it's a good, solid neighborhood-type spot. Nothing more, nothing less.

                    I went there a few weeks ago and shared a bunch of wings, and then had Beef on Weck, which I enjoyed.

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                      mike1213 Sep 13, 2011 06:24 PM

                      I live right by the placce so I have been to Bonnie's well over 50 times (or done takeout) over the years. The regime change was over four years ago so the transition has been made. I never had the chicken/bacon/avocado salad. The pulled pork has always been tasty, but impossible to eat because the bun falls apart. I also believe that pulled pork needs cole slaw as a foil, and it is not served that way. The wings are good, the fries are good, the burger is good, but has never, never been juicy enough to be a great burger (my touchstone). I usually have the catfish burger ( a concession ot my cardiologist), and it is good. The last time I had the catfish burger the outside was not crispy enough and my wife thought it was like cat food. I still enjoyed the catfish burger but the comment momentarily tempered my enthusiasm. The beers are good and I have never had a dessert there - the wings and burger and beer kill any enthusiam for that part of the meal.

                      Bonnie's Grill
                      278 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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