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Oh how it's fallen... [Charlotte, NC]

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Poor Penguin...

I had not been there since the change and I never intended on going, but the best laid plans...oh, it's soulless now. Empty, in terms of a crowd (one waitress handling all six people) and a vibe. And the food...I'm pretty sure the chili on my burger was canned Texas Pete. The menu sections seemed to be titled after the sort of verbal diarrhea Guy Fieri spews on a regular basis (I guess they're still cashing in on his visit, which is funny since it was the old Penguin he came to see).

Disclaimer: I did not choose it-it was a friend's birthday. I've tried to explain to him, to no avail, about the changes, and that we can essentially get the old Penguin food at the Diamond. He doesn't much care about the loyalty and politics, but he did admit it was not the same and the food was not as good.

It was just sad and pathetic. And the burger was not good in the least. Who puts lettuce on a Carolina-style burger (sorry, I forgot its special name on the menu) anyway? Like I said, I had not planned on returning once the owners had their way with it, and I didn't like reneging on that. Having now been, I can assure you I won't make that mistake again.

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  1. Never having been a huge fan of the Penguin, it is indeed sad and pathetic. The silver lining is when they eventually go belly up, it's a good space for yet another bar/restaurant in Plaza Midwood to try to make a go at it. Lord knows there's enough successful spots in that part of town.