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B.A.D Burger

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Burgers, breakfast & more in Williamsburg.

What We Had

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I had the Wake & Bake Burger – 2 beef patties topped with bacon & eggs. The burger meat was well-seasoned and juicy, and the whole big sloppy hot mess was fantastic for the first half (even though I lost the bacon early on). Then I came up for a breather/attempt to reposition everything back on the bun and the sheer amount of grease I had just consumed caught up with me and I couldn’t finish. It was great, but I couldn’t rally without running the risk of exploding.

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My DH had the Dirty South Sandwich – fried chicken breast with pepper jack cheese & bacon. This was also a well-seasoned and juicy sandwich with great attention to flavor combinations. Not quite the hot mess the burger was.

Each sandwich came with fries and a little side of slaw. The fries tasted exactly like the fries you get at the fair. I don’t know how these wizards managed to capture that magical flavor, but they are now my junk food gods and I must stay far, far away until I am firmly entrenched in the exercise regimen I’ve been supposed to start since November.

The slaw was also surprisingly good. If I hadn’t just consumed enough meaty potatoey grease to choke a kitten I would have enjoyed it more. Having silverware would also have helped.

Décor

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Cute rock n roll diner theme with flames, movie posters and rockabilly waitresses.

Service

The service wasn’t awesome and the food was s-l-o-w. So slow they must have a lone one-armed, one panned chef. With a dull knife. That, or they had to hunt the wily cow. Or find a fair from which to source the fries. Take your pick.

Overall Impressions

B.A.D or Breakfast All Day has a little for everyone, with a whole host of vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. And we’re not just talking a Gardenburger, either. These guys are serious about catering to special needs diets.

It’s just too bad the food took so long (we’re talking over 45 minutes in a restaurant with 4 tables seated – 2 of which had their food already).

Rating

3.5 out of 5 because it took so long for the food to come out we both felt like we were grounded. If you happen to be walking past and happen to have an afternoon to kill, stop in. The fries alone are worth a trip. Consider calling ahead and picking them up at the to go counter.

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Red Hot II Szechuan

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While serving an Americanized version Szechuan, the menu holds a few dishes that are slightly more spicy than the more traditional Hunan or Canton style dishes served by most Chinese restaurants. This was also the only restaurant we found open from 4-5 in Park Slope on a weekend day.

Convenient to the F train.

What We Had

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I had the Basil Seafood — Basil-y, spicy, and non-gloopy sauce – a hit. Unevenly cooked seafood, but for the most part cooked well – out of the dozen or so sticks of squid, only 1 was cooked to death; all half dozen or so of the shrimp were cooked only a little over; and the 3 scallops were all cooked well. I didn’t touch the 2 sticks of surimi – I hate that stuff and it looked like styrofoam.

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My DH had the Hot & Spicy Chicken — A surprisingly complex dish that kept him interested until the end. I had a bite, and it was indeed really good.

Décor

Basic non-fancy Chinese restaurant decor.

Service

Not bad. Friendly and efficient.

Overall Impressions

The meal got off to a rocky start with really greasy table chips (fried wontons). Like so greasy, if we weren’t in needing food meltdown mode, we would have bolted. I’m glad we stayed though, because the food was a surprising treat.

Rating

3.75 out of 5. A solid option for lunch or dinner.