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#161 DevsMan84

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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:10 AM

Went tthe Office in Bridgewater over this past weekend.  While the beer selection is great, most of the food sucks except the burgers.  It was quite tasty.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 09:52 AM

Went tthe Office in Bridgewater over this past weekend.  While the beer selection is great, most of the food sucks except the burgers.  It was quite tasty.

 

That place used to be a lot better, but like a lot of places lately, it seems like they felt the need to fancy themselves up. They used to have some of the best wings around, but now they're crap. The burgers are still good, though.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:09 AM

That place used to be a lot better, but like a lot of places lately, it seems like they felt the need to fancy themselves up. They used to have some of the best wings around, but now they're crap. The burgers are still good, though.

 

I've been going to that Office since the mid 90's and boy they used to have lines and wait times for a table of up to an hour on most Fridays and Saturdays.  Now I can show up there on a Friday or Saturday night and the place is half empty.  The food menu used to be pretty big too with pages of stuff, but now the menu is just a double-sided piece of laminated paper.  The food has gone down significantly and although I cannot prove for sure, I did get food poisoning from there about 2 years ago and didn't got back for a solid year after going there on average once a month.

 

You are 100% right about the wings as being excellent a whole back (I think that was food I got sick on as they looked to be half-raw when I got them and stopped eating after having about 3 wings) and now they are just crap.  The only thing worth getting on the menu there are the spring rolls and burgers.

 

If it wasn't for the great craft beer selection and the fact that I know whenever I feel like going there I can get a pretty nice seat in front of one of their big screens I wouldn't bother going for the most part.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:25 AM

I've been going to that Office since the mid 90's and boy they used to have lines and wait times for a table of up to an hour on most Fridays and Saturdays.  Now I can show up there on a Friday or Saturday night and the place is half empty.  The food menu used to be pretty big too with pages of stuff, but now the menu is just a double-sided piece of laminated paper.  The food has gone down significantly and although I cannot prove for sure, I did get food poisoning from there about 2 years ago and didn't got back for a solid year after going there on average once a month.

 

You are 100% right about the wings as being excellent a whole back (I think that was food I got sick on as they looked to be half-raw when I got them and stopped eating after having about 3 wings) and now they are just crap.  The only thing worth getting on the menu there are the spring rolls and burgers.

 

If it wasn't for the great craft beer selection and the fact that I know whenever I feel like going there I can get a pretty nice seat in front of one of their big screens I wouldn't bother going for the most part.

 

My wife's family lives real close to The Office. Our first date was even there, and my old man and I bided our time there with some beers and burgers while waiting out her bridal shower. We used to love the wings and made a point to talk them up to people. Then we moved to MD and got real excited when we had a chance to go back. Imagine our disappointment when these sad little wings coated in a sauce that must be 95% salt came out with a fancy shmancy paper cone of french fries. We've actually apologized to people for previously recommending it.

 

But, like you said, they still have a quality beer selection, their burgers are still pretty damn good, and you never have to fight for a spot near the TV anymore. Take what you can, I suppose.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:37 AM

...  The food menu used to be pretty big too with pages of stuff, but now the menu is just a double-sided piece of laminated paper. ....

 

Usually this is a good thing to reduce the menu.  Too often places with large menus have too keep to a large variety of inventory which reduces the freshness of the food.  Its often better to focus on a few small items and do them fresh and well than quantity.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 11:41 AM

Usually this is a good thing to reduce the menu.  Too often places with large menus have too keep to a large variety of inventory which reduces the freshness of the food.  Its often better to focus on a few small items and do them fresh and well than quantity.

 

True but not when the food has gone down in quality as well as quantity.  At this point it is a cost-cutting measure to control inventory.  However, even with this bare-bones menu most of the items on the menu outside the burgers and a couple appetizers are awful to just OK.

 

Back when they had pages of items (I am talking about during the 90's), that place had lots of good stuff on there that was always delicious.  It started going downhill around the turn of the century and by 2002-2003ish it was pretty bad.


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Posted 05 August 2013 - 10:37 PM

I loved the one in Montclair when I was growing up, but got raw meat there in high school. I've been back before -- there are only 2 bars close to my parents -- but I try to avoid it, especially since Egan's (the other bar) has good food, though it definitely costs more.

 

I also have some sentimental attachment to Egan's, since it's where I went when I skipped work to see this:

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=2bg8vQKN4m8

 

And this isn't a complete thread hijacking, because Egan's makes a solid burger.


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