We went here for lunch, a few months ago. I still remember the place as Zorba's, where I had many fine breakfasts and lunches, but that was many years ago, of course. This was another place where we found the decor interesting and inviting, but the food really wasn't up to snuff, and on top of it, the service was rather slow. It was bad enough that we probably won't be coming back for lunch. On the flip side, it looks like it is more of a dinner place these days, and might be worth a second shot on that basis.
As much as I like Menard's overall, this location is in a miserable spot. It is landlocked and jammed into a sliver of land where it probably has no business being. The store is cramped and crowded, and the design of the parking lot leaves a lot to be desired (trying to deal with Bluemound is a pain in the butt!) There's a Home Depot a mile away that is the exact opposite... large, spacious, pretty good layout.
Fuddrucker's is a good burger joint. Located adjacent to Brookfield Square, it is convenient with a separated parking lot that serves a few stores in the strip mall it is in.
The topping bar is very nice, usually well stocked and fresh looking. The burgers are nicely done, rarely a complaint. I would give it four stars, except that the prices are a little on the high side. Smart customers will participate in their loyalty program (cardpunch type deal). Fries here are very good, and you can have them with cheese sauce if you like. :-)
Gorgeous new restaurant at Brookfield Square. It looked really nice, and they were very kid-friendly, even offering a "kiddie plate" with some cheese, turkey, and applesauce, also an interesting little plastic placemat that was taped to the table (not necessarily a good idea, but I'm open to new and interesting).
Unfortunately, my sandwich was nothing to write home about. A $12.95 clubhouse sandwich, seemed expensive but sounded good.
The turkey absolutely wrecked it. It was dry and tough and even though there was a generous amount of it (over half an inch thick!), it was thoroughly unenjoyable to eat. I tried peeling off some of the turkey but it didn't really improve things.
The portion of ham was equally generous, and I decided that there was such a thing as too much ham. The ham wasn't bad, but it wasn't great.
The sandwich was slathered in a garlic mayo. I don't care much for mayo and it makes quartered sandwiches hard to eat. I'll happily take the blame for not remembering to tell them to hold the mayo, but on the other hand, many people don't like sandwiches slathered in it.
The toast was overcooked, or rather it seemed like the corners were dried out. Some of the corners were nearly inedible, dry, toasted, halfway-to-hard-crouton.
The rest of the meal was not memorable.
One visit isn't a lot of experience, and I think we'll try them again, but maybe not for a while. Still, I was disappointed. It pays to get the basics down, such as putting out really good food, before investing in large restaurants with fancy decor. I'll skip the decor in exchange for great food any day.
Bieck is a large rental management company in the area. They manage numerous properties around town, both residential and commercial.
I lived in one of their apartments for a number of years. It was an older building, satisfactory for what my needs were. It wasn't great, and it wasn't horrible, and I thought I'd share a few opinions.
The apartment itself was in okay-though-somewhat-battered condition. The air conditioner didn't work (was promptly replaced upon request, good). The refrigerator's dial had been cracked and couldn't be set. They fixed that too. The windows were loose and a little drafty, but with free heat, I took the one that I felt might be a security issue, and fixed it in place with a bolt and fender washers (years later, we note that it is still there). There were a number of wall dings and door frame scrapes, and the paint job was relatively terrible (the words "slopped on" do not do it justice). I gathered, over time, that Bieck provided some sort of cash allowance to the on-site manager to fix up apartments for new tenants, and that there was some sort of incentive that led to the manager usually doing the painting and cleaning him/herself. The first few managers weren't all that great, and they came and went frequently, although on the flip side, there were few occasions to deal with them. One day, however, I was hearing a lot of banging and power tools in the basement, went down, found a new manager. He had come to an arrangement with Bieck where they would let him have a portion of the basement as storage and a workshop, and he was framing and drywalling the area. Unfortunately right under my apartment. Sounds bad, maybe, but it was actually the beginning of a better time, because he took great care of the property, rapidly fixed problems that other managers used to call in handymen for, etc. He was there until I moved out. Might still be there, who knows.
Anyways, the main problem with Bieck seems to be that the in-building managers aren't always what they could or should be, and that's the face most renters are going to see.
Okay, well, we don't currently live in Heritage, but we did for several years. Heritage is a nice, reasonably modern apartment community, with spacious apartments and modern electric appliances. We had a two bedroom, two bath apartment with 1100 square feet and a single car garage, and were very pleased with it. Solid walls meant that you almost never heard the neighbors. Coin op washer and dryer for every four units, at least in the units we were in.
The grounds offer two "heated" pools (we never felt that they were meaningfully heated) and other various amenities. Maintenance department was very attentive, but we had a few minor issues. They had used a cleaner in the bathroom that had fogged and spotted the glass on the shower, and we were careful to get that noted when we moved in. There was also a winter storm where it took a full day for snow removal to clear the place so that we could get a car out of the garage. I realize that they contract that out, and that most employers had closed their sites that day, but if you're paying top dollar, you expect that they've got a way to get you out of your garage when you want.
Overall, we were happy with it, and if we ever rented another apartment, it's likely we'd consider Heritage.
This store is a second-generation Pick N Save. It started out a block south, where Home Depot is now, many years ago, back when Pick was a warehouse format grocery store, with shelves lined with boxes of goods slashed open, electronic scanners were new, and they actually handed out grease crayons so that you could scribble the price on each item because you didn't trust the scanners.
The jump to second-generation eliminated the remaining remnants of the warehouse format, thankfully, but reduced some of the "discount grocer" value as well. This location is simply a bit tired, and it feels like it. It's been in service for many years (guessing at least 20) with occasional remodels and touchups, as Pick has tried to reimage itself into a more modern grocer. Unfortunately, it's in a poor location, situated next to a Kohl's and a Menard's in a very busy parking lot that requires you to negotiate Hwy 100. Inside, the layout is a bit puzzling and confusing, due to the way it was converted from a Zayre's years ago.
I'm hard-pressed to figure out what Pick does well. For quick trips to the store, I much prefer a smaller store like Sentry, and for major shopping, Sendik's offers a better variety of items. Aldi's cleaning up as the "discount" grocer. Pick and Jewel seemed to be trying to play the middle ground, with Jewel ultimately leaving the local market, but all that really says to me is that there's less demand than there used to be for this sort of grocery store.
With the economic downturn, Aldi's probably going to continue to mop up with the cost-conscious consumers, and Sentry and Sendik's will continue to serve their niches. I suspect Pick's market share will fall.
Boston Market is probably on its way out.
Years ago, they offered great value. Good sandwiches, decently sized, with a choice of fresh side items.
In recent years, the side items are of varying freshness. Worse, they've taken the sandwich size and dinked with it. They now offer a "half" that seems smaller than their old sandwich, or a "full" that seems larger, and I find that neither is really what I want. The old sandwiches were just the right size.
But the thing that kills it? They got rid of their premium lemonade, and now dispense "lemonade" from the soda machine. I haven't seen a lemonade dispenser at the other locations either, lately, so I'm guessing at a companywide change.
Boneheaded move, guys, it was something that differentiated you! Now Quiznos wins the lemonade war.
I generally like Cousins Subs, a solid chain that I've been eating at for years.
Cousins does a few annoying things. I sometimes prefer french fries to potato chips, and Cousins will let you substitute, which is nice. However, they distribute ketchup by the packet, and only by the packet, they don't have a dispenser like most other places. This is a bit annoying since you might need to open half a dozen packets to get enough ketchup for your fries. This has annoyed me for decades.
But to add weird into the mix, this location took the ketchup packets and put them behind the counter. I had seen a few Cousins doing that, and then they'd ask you how *many* ketchup packets you wanted (a bit annoying), and one day at this store I commented on the practice, and I was told that they did it because one of the other restaurants nearby was allegedly coming in, taking large amounts of ketchup from the self-serve ketchup packet bin, and distributing it in their own restaurant.
I'm not even sure where to begin on that. It sounds unlikely. It also sounds self-inflicted.
Cousins could easily order packets printed with their name and logo on it. That would address the problem.
Cousins could easily move to a ketchup dispenser, which would also solve that problem.
And does this imply that the same thing is happening to the other Cousins who have moved the ketchup behind the counter? Because it seems more likely to me that some bean counter decided that customers were just grabbing a fistful of ketchup packets (guilty) and that a way to reduce ketchup waste would be to try to meter it out, but that they couldn't figure out that a dispenser would be a cheap solution compared to the expensive ketchup-in-packets.
Sherper's is a great place to find hunting, camping, and other outdoors supplies in the Milwaukee area. They've been around for many years. Their Hales Corners store used to be in a somewhat cramped and crowded building, and when the area was redeveloped, they ended up in a very nice storefront that's spacious and well-organized.
It is a little on the small side, compared to something like Outdoor World at Gurnee Mills, but the staff is knowledgeable and helpful, and you'll probably find what you need here.