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loki993 Apr 30, 2012 08:53 AM

Ok so I love this place and its one of my favorites. However I fear it may have been ruined by TV. Now I know this place usually had a fairly long wait, but I'm sorry I cant wait nearly 2 hours to eat...on a Sunday at 6pm. I went on their FB page to see if anyone else had mentioned it and yeah a few people did but what bothered me even more were all the people say "Saw you of DDD cant wait to stop...ugh.".

DDD is one of my favorite shows, but once a place airs on there it seems like it brings people from all over to try the place that was on TV and compounds something that was already starting to be an issue in the first place.

Anyway I'm really not here to rant or anything, even though I just did a bit, just had to vent a little.

What I really want to know is is there a good time to go to the Woodshop and not have to wait a hour and a half to eat? I love to eat there, buts its not practical for me to wait that kind of length to eat somewhere

  1. l
    ladybugthepug Mar 30, 2014 05:02 PM

    "You ruin everything."

    -Guy Fieri's mom

    1. b
      boagman Mar 22, 2014 04:44 PM

      Tonight's wait, when I called around 6:45PM? Two hours and forty minutes...and possibly more. Apparently, there were a bunch of people there who were just sitting around there watching the game.

      There is no restaurant, anywhere, anytime, that's worth anywhere *close* to that long of a wait, to me.

      I was grateful to the hostess who answered the phone, was kind enough to answer my questions, and was still in good enough spirits to have a sense of humor about the situation. I would absolutely *hate* to have her job.

      Again: if more QUALITY restaurants could open up in the northern areas around here, they'd clean up, just as the Unions have done, and Root has done.

      No one is more amused than me about the whole Andiamo fiasco with their rebranding. They're going to be rebranding their Clarkston restaurant for, what, the third time in two years? Yike.

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      1. re: boagman
        coney with everything Mar 24, 2014 09:01 AM

        Woodshop's sister restaurant, the Vinsetta Garage, is also mad busy most days, and it's not like we don't have restaurants aplenty in the RO/B'ham/Ferndale corridor.

        Andiamo is another story. They really don't seem to know WTH to do.

        1. re: boagman
          Markcron Mar 24, 2014 11:21 AM

          Sitdown midweek
          takeout weekend
          easy peasy - no waiting, ever

          so what is Mesquite Creek going to be now?

          1. re: Markcron
            boagman Mar 24, 2014 07:16 PM

            "Andiamo Trattoria Clarkston", apparently.

            Just rolls right off the tongue, don't it? ::rolls eyes::

        2. jjspw Apr 30, 2012 04:56 PM

          On a related note, how long is everyone willing to wait in line to eat at a restaurant (either you don't have a reservation, or they don't take reservations)?

          Personally, the ONLY restaurant I'll ever wait in line for is Namaste Flavours out in Farmington, and even then, I won't wait more than 30 minutes. Am I just very impatient?

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          1. re: jjspw
            rainsux Apr 30, 2012 06:59 PM

            It's just a restaurant ... 15 minutes.

            1. re: jjspw
              tokyo May 1, 2012 09:34 AM

              20-25 minutes, regardless of whatever fanfare a place is getting. We've only been to Woodshop on Mondays, and Slows on off hours.

              1. re: tokyo
                loki993 Jun 25, 2012 09:14 AM

                Depends on how hungry I am and how bad I want to eat there. On a regular day no more then 45 minutes.

                I would probably be willing to go over an hour on a rare occasion for a place I really want to try for the first time.

              2. re: jjspw
                SavoryBrown Mar 26, 2014 02:42 PM

                Was in Austin recently and stayed near Franklin BBQ, figuring we could get there early and eat a pile of meat. Got there at 9AM on a Friday (Franklin opens at 11AM and closes when they sell out) and were a block and a half back from the door. We were still about 20 people in front of the last person guaranteed to get meat, so we figured maybe the line would move quick. We were told that we should expect to get served around 2:30PM and promptly opted not to wait 5.5 hours for brisket.

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                Markcron Apr 30, 2012 11:43 AM

                I agree that the Woodshop waits are out of control. 2 hrs. is not bad, friends have waited 3 hrs plus.

                I usually go on Mon-Wed, and it doesn't seem that crowded.
                I always eat at one of the bars, so I can't really say for sure there is no wait, but it doesn't seem like people are waiting long on these off-nights.
                But if you only want the food, call in an order and take it home. I do that a LOT! I live 10 minutes away, and the food is usually ready when I get there.

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                1. re: Markcron
                  boagman Apr 30, 2012 11:47 AM

                  Or alternately, once the warm summer days hit, grab some carryout and head to one of the closest parks, and enjoy!

                  1. re: boagman
                    loki993 Apr 30, 2012 12:28 PM

                    I honestly didn't know that was an option, that sounds good.

                    3 plus hours is just terrible, I just cant do it. about an hour is my limit, and I don't really like that. Beyond that In getting antsy and starving. Then your so hungry you dont even enjoy the food at that point.

                    1. re: loki993
                      Markcron Apr 30, 2012 01:17 PM

                      The other thing you can do on the weekend is get there at 4PM.
                      By 4:30 the waits are in full force.

                      1. re: Markcron
                        goatgolfer Apr 30, 2012 01:26 PM

                        Mark's intention is right but on weekends they open at 12noon. Same strategy though. And if you are just one or two the bar is a good choice.

                        1. re: goatgolfer
                          ak994 May 1, 2012 07:09 AM

                          I haven't paid very close attention, but it's my impression that Vinsetta Garage on Woodward is about to turn into Union Woodshop South. Also not sure of the opening date, but per their FB they're hiring.


                          1. re: ak994
                            coney with everything May 2, 2012 05:18 AM

                            Yes, very true. There is a "now hiring" banner on the building as well.

                            I'm very excited about that...it makes me happy that the Crain family, publisher of AutoWeek and Automotive News, is involved as they will want to keep the garagey quality of the building (it's probably been photographed in every car "buff book" in existence, plus it even has a TV show named after it!)

                2. rainsux Apr 30, 2012 11:09 AM

                  At the risk of asking the obvious; have you considered calling them and asking?

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                  1. re: rainsux
                    loki993 Apr 30, 2012 11:12 AM

                    Honestly I have not, I could though. I thought maybe some other locals could provide some insight. Since honestly it been a little while since I was there last before last night.

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