We grabbed a window seat, overlooking the bustle of Roncesvalles. The narrow room looks like a old diner trying to pose as a cool burger bar for the locals. Well it’s a complete fail. Not just the decor, but the service and food.
Specializing in beer and quality meats, “BQM” undercuts prices on booze so they can secretly over-price bar food. Single shot $4 Caesars all weekend long, Beer-Mosa’s and Hoppy Hour $4.50 Pints; 3-5pm, and 10pm-close. Sure, it sounds good – if you don’t order any food!
To start, we order a deep fried pickle appetizer; 3 spears (not even a full pickle) served on browning iceberg lettuce with mustard aioli for $5! An the kitchen didn’t even think to send us four so we didn’t have to split the tiny appetizer…
Next wings arrived. I asked for naked with hot and honey on the side. Well guess what? For the first time ever when ordering wings, they mixed the two sauces TOGETHER! What the…? Like, how can you get that confused? Even at Wacky Wing, the crappiest wing place I’ve ever been to, they got my sauces right. After all that, I must say, the wings themselves were nicely seasoned and crispy. The fries at first were mushy and cool – we sent them back and the second batch was fine.
I ordered BQM’s banquet burger: a totally unseasoned patty (there may or may not have been a pinch of salt) red onion, pickles, fried egg, cheddar cheese and bacon. I asked my server to bring me garlic aioli, instead they brought me the same grainy mustard served with the pickles. Again, not what I wanted nor what was explained. The coleslaw was palatable.
I’ve saved the WORST of my visit for last: the arrival of the bill. First take a look at the picture below, especially the line where is says, “All Our Hand Crafted Burgers come with Fries or Green Salad.” It looks very straight forward, doesn’t it? Well its not.
My Banquet Burger was $12.50 including fries or a salad, however a side of onion rings added $2 to my total. When our bill came my burger was $18.50!! I couldn’t believe my eyes or our serves explanation. “Well,” he said, ” the burger is $12.50, and fries are $4 (extra) – so $16.50. But you wanted onion rings instead and that’s an $2 + $4 = $18.50.” When he finished I was so shocked that they didn’t realize the total and utter mistake they had made (quite embarrassing). I wondered if the owners were just too disconnected from the restaurant’s menu.