Wednesday, July 28, 2021

On the Bayou - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to makeover On the Bayou.  On the Bayou is owned by married couple Greg and Janice Johnson and the restaurant is causing them to constantly fight.  The restaurant is ruining their relationship and has put them in debt.  Robert needs to get them to accept their roles in the restaurant in hopes of saving their business and their relationship.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments, and reviews about On the Bayou to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Ship Inn - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Exton, Pennsylvania to makeover Ship Inn. Ship Inn is a fine dining restaurant whose owner has an overbearing management style and is supposedly $895,000 in debt.  Robert needs to get Michael to embrace change and repair his relationships in hopes of turning the restaurant around.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Ship Inn to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Buddy vs. Duff Season 3 Discussion

Photo - Discovery
Season 3 of Buddy vs. Duff airs on Food Network at 9pm ET starting July 18th, 2021. This season will be eight episodes long with the finale being on Sunday, September 5th.  In this season, each of the bakers will take on the challenges in their home bakeries with Duff being on the West Coast in Los Angeles, CA and Buddy being on the East Coast in Hoboken, NJ. 

Buddy Valastro and Duff Goldman will be tested on what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master as they build elaborate, enormous cakes that fit a theme each week.  Fifty professional cake artists from across the country will be judging the competition virtually. This season will also focus on Buddy overcoming a gruesome injury sustained to his dominant hand.

Season 1 of Buddy vs. Duff was very popular and controversial with a lot of people talking about the behavior of Buddy Valastro on the show. Buddy and Duff didn't really want to do another season after season 1, but here we are on season 3.  Duff won season one of Buddy vs. Duff, while Buddy won season two of the show. 

Feel free to discuss season three of Buddy vs. Duff in the comments and I will do another post for the finale.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Soul Food in the Park - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in York, Pennsylvania to makeover Soul Food in the Park. Soul Food in the Park is a soul food restaurant owned by a husband and wife team.  The wife Audra tries to cover up her lack of knowledge and confidence by yelling at her husband.  Robert will need to get Audra to control her anger issues to save both the restaurant and her marriage.  Also, the rundown building will need to be completely renovated. 



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Soul Food in the Park to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Saturday, July 10, 2021

The Great Food Truck Race: All-Stars Winner

Sunday Night at at 9pm ET on Food Network is the season finale of The Great Food Truck Race: All-Stars where the winning team will take home $50,000.  The two remaining teams competing for the prize are Seoul Sausage (Ted Kim, Yong Kim, Han Hwang) from season three and The Lime Truck (Daniel Shemtob, Jesse Brockman, Mark Esposito) from season two of the show.


The final episode description states:
"The last two all-star food truck teams face off in a challenge with special ingredients from Chinatown. In the final taste challenge, the teams create a dish that represents their heart and soul as a food truck, stirring up deep emotions and pride. The teams compete for every last sale as the clock runs down, and in a thrilling elimination by the bay, host Tyler Florence crowns the winner of the all-star season!."

I will update this post with The Great Food Truck Race All-Stars winner after the episode airs.


Continue reading to see who won The Great Food Truck Race All-Stars......

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Grille No. 13 - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Waldorf, Maryland to makeover Grille No. 13. Grille No. 13 is an Irish pub owned by Katie Pierce who is supposedly $350,000 in debt and has no time to spend with her infant daughter.  Robert Irvine needs to teach Katie to work smarter to save her restaurant and to be able to spend more time with her family.


As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Grille No. 13 to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):


Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar - Restaurant Impossible Update

Tonight on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Cleveland, Tennessee to makeover Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar.  Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar has turned from a dream into a nightmare and the owners Tom and Sabrina are letting it impact their marriage.  Tom is supposedly on the brink of another heart attack and Robert Irvine needs to get him to change his ways to improve both his relationship and his restaurant.




As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):



Positive Reviews:
  • "Very friendly. Good atmosphere. Would go back."
  • "The food was good. I had the pulled chicken with bbq sauce. The service was good as well. Our waitress was fast and friendly"
  • "Oh my this is now one of my go to when I am in East Tennessee. The fried pickles were cut just right and the ranch was so good . The serve was on point"
  • "Really loved the food service was amazing and the live singing was amazing."
  • "Went Thursday night. Was our first time here. Thought the inside was really cute. Other than the waitress being very quiet, she did a fantastic job. Didn't take too long for food to come out and was fresh and hot. I loved the sweet potatoes fries with the cinnamon sugar and side of cinnamon butter. Buffalo wings were a good size and very juicy. Try their juicy Lucy burger. Was really good also. I have no complaints."
  • "Awesome place! Great service! Our waitress was great! Everyone was super nice and down to earth. I told the waitress to surprise me with what I got. I gave her some options and she didn't let me down. Food was exceptional! Will definitely be back!"
  • "Outside deck is really nice. If you didn't know better you'd think you were on the beach! Very relaxing. Friendly staff with great service. Chicken fingers and fries were delicious."
  • "Awesome place to go after a hard day's work and the waiters are always friendly, keep it up Tom!!!!"

Negative Reviews:
  • "First visit to this establishment after being told how great it is. Order taken for 4 and 1 entree was delivered 15 minutes after and the others never showed up. Asked our waitress 45 min into wait where our food was and she went to check. Came back and was told they lost our order but she was gonna talk to Tom. She never came back so we asked hostess if we could speak to Tom. Tom very nice but made excuses for waitress and told us he would “discount” our food. Finally did receive all meals but had to ask for water and silverware. Our total bill was discounted $14 for 4 people after horrible service. However, kudos to Tom’s son who was very apologetic and came back several times to check on us. Not sure if I will come back anytime soon."
  • "I was excited to try this place and was horribly disappointed. My sweet potato fries were burnt. The pizza was hard as a rock and cold. There was barely any cheese on the pizza or my husband's sandwich. I always find something positive about my experiences, but this is the first time I just can't."
*Reviews from Google



Other News and Links:
  • The Restaurant Impossible makeover happened in February 2021. 
  • Here is the Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar website and Facebook page
  • Big Tom's kept most of their menu and added dishes suggested by Robert Irvine. (Link)
  • Here are the reviews for Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar from Yelp, TripAdvisor, and Google.
    • The restaurant takes the time to respond to reviews online.


Conclusion:

The reviews for Big Tom's Backyard Grill and Bar have been mostly positive since the Restaurant Impossible makeover with people liking the food, service, and atmosphere.  Big Tom's has kept most of their menu and also has added the dishes recommended by Robert Irvine.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

J's Restaurant - Restaurant Impossible Update

This week on Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Waveland, Mississippi to makeover J's Restaurant.  J's Restaurant is owned by friends Louis Fouquet and Jeff Bui and they are months away from losing everything including their 40-year friendship.  Robert has to fix their relationship and teach them how to run a restaurant if they want to continue their business and friendship.



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about J's Restaurant to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Deraney's Two City Tavern - Restaurant Impossible Update

On this week's Restaurant: Impossible, Robert Irvine and his crew are in Barnesville, Georgia to makeover Deraney's Two City Tavern. Deraney's Two City Tavern is a small-town restaurant and owner Christopher Deraney is in jeopardy in losing his home, his restaurant, and his reputation.  To turn the restaurant around Robert plans to improve Christopher's work ethic and also get him to make amends to his staff and the community.  



As I normally do with Restaurant: Impossible episodes, I searched around the Internet to read stories, comments and reviews about Deraney's Two City Tavern to get an idea of how the restaurant is doing since Robert Irvine visited, and here is what I found (note - all reviews are post Restaurant: Impossible):

Monday, June 14, 2021

BBQ Brawl Season 2

Photo - Food Network

BBQ Brawl is returning for a second season on Food Network and airs Monday nights at 9pm ET/PT.  This season features Bobby Flay, Michael Symon, and Eddie Jackson each mentoring/coaching a team of four pitmasters.  The twelve pitmasters competing on the show are:

  • Ara Malekian
  • Brendan Lamb
  • Brittani Bo Baker
  • Christina Fitzgerald
  • Christopher Prieto
  • David Sandusky
  • Erica Blaire Roby
  • Lu Holter
  • Max Hardy
  • Megan Day
  • Taylor Carroll
  • Terry Matthews

The judges on this season are Rodney Scott, Brooke Williamson, and Carson Kressley.  BBQ Brawl season two will be 10 episodes long with the season finale being on Monday, August 9th during a double-episode finale. 


Season 1 of BBQ Brawl aired in 2019 and featured Bobby Flay vs. Michael Symon during a four-episode season that was won by Lee Ann Whippen.  This season enters Eddie Jackson and additional competitors meaning it will be a longer season.  


I will do another post for the finale and you can discuss this season in the comments.