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Not only does this restaurant have great food but the atmosphere is second to none. It’s located downtown right across from the Aquarium. It's a little pricey but well worth it if you are a burger fan. This place will make you wonder how Red Robin stays in business. The decor is right out of the 50's. Everything you want in an old fashioned malt shop. From malts to cherry or vanilla cokes, you'll find something you'll love. Even the kids’ meals are served in a "57 Chevy box". They have so many different toppings and ways to make a burger you have to love them or it's your own fault for not making it better. Fries are OK but don’t waste your time on them when you could be eating their onion "Frings". Hot, homemade and out of this world. Dozens of different flavors of ice cream for shakes and malts await you. Their burgers come in all sizes from a 1/4 pound all the way up to a one pound for the adventurous which will get your picture on the wall if you finish it. If your 12 or under you can make the wall of fame by finishing a 1/2 pounder. For the average person their 1/3 pound "Serious" burger is a full meal especially with some "Frings" and a malt. Service has always been very timely and the staff has been very pleasant. The management has been very cooperative when we have a group in from out of town for reservations, very accommodative and helpful. And they will always go out of their way for a birthday! This place is a burger lover’s delight. Whether it's something simple like mayo, pickles, and American cheese or more adventurous like jalapenos, black olives, spicy mustard and Blue cheese, you'll find something you'll love. The food is a little greasy but it's burgers, fries, and onion rings. Aren't they supposed to be greasy? If you’re looking for a wide variety menu you'll probably enjoy Tuesday's or Fridays better. If you want ribs downtown you go to "Sticky Fingers". If you want a burger, this is the place! I've eaten at several other burgers places in town including the old diner at the top of the hill overlooking down town and Cheeburger Cheeburger is the best. Oh yeah, all their burgers come with cheese but they will leave it off if you ask.
When I say my favorite restaurant, I mean it. On my last visit.... While we waited for our first course, we were treated to small bowls of chilled tomato soup with grilled shrimp and ramp Crème fraiche. After the first taste, my husband and I smiled at each other and settled into our seats knowing were in for a few hours of pure culinary bliss. For our first course I ordered the quail and arugula salad with radicchio, honeybells and maple glaze, sprinkled with edible flowers. Potato and ramp soup with butter poached main lobster and black truffle oil. Mouth watering yet? I always get the quail at St. Johns. It's delectable no matter how it's prepared. Wondering what a ramp is? It's an incredibly rare wild leek that only grows in the Appalachian Mountains for three weeks. It has a wonderful garlic taste and for the next while can be found throughout the St. Johns menu. I decided to be adventurous and try the leg of venison while my husband picked out a Buffalo steak. Mine was served with a gouda cornmeal souffle and marinated beets that perfectly complemented the gamey meat. The buffalo steak was absolutely divine paired with a scrumptious Béarnaise sauce. The highlight of the meal was (of course) the dessert. As soon as I knew we were going to St. Johns, all I could think was....Chocolate Pudding. Chocolate pudding at a five star restaurant? Oh, you have no idea how good this dish is. Served warm with carmel ice cream, it may be the most divine dessert I've ever tasted. I could eat at St. John's every night. Our server Catherine was wonderful, and the chef, Daniel Lindley, is pure genius. By the way, if you want to enjoy St. Johns quality food in a more casual atmosphere (and less expensive), check out The Meeting Place. I've never been, but I plan to try it out...very soon.
This dealership is unique in their approach to selling cars. We started our day at 2 or 3 other dealerships. We just couldn't feel relaxed and free to roam & take in all the inventory. The sales pressure was on and I was starting to get stressed awfully early in the morning. We stopped at the end of t International Drive at a smaller used car dealer, MTN. View @ 153. From the moment we drove on the lot it was a wonderful experience. Our sales person was Jace "Grasshopper" Flatt. He is very young but also laid back & eager to please. He introduced himself to let us know he was there but quickly backed off to let us have our look at the lot. There was a good variety of vehicle, most only a few years old. All cars were unlocked and the price with all the vehicle's information were available on each car. We were able to shop with so much more ease this way. We quickly picked out 4 cars to test drive. There was still no selling pressure even after we drove the cars. We were very surprised at the no haggle policy as I've never heard of a dealership not negotiating prices. After some research all cars were competitively prices per my Edmunds.com estimator. Some better than others & their doc fee of was a little steep. However even after everything was said & done I still got into this vehicle under Edmund's suggested dealer price and the experience was so much more enjoyable than our previous cars bought. Jace was skillfully handling multiple customers at one time and because of his genuine desire to make each customer happy nobody minded to wait a few minutes to grab his attention. They seemed to be selling quit a few cars on New's Year Eve! Thanks Jace "Grasshopper" & Mtn. View @ 153 you've made a customer for life!
There are more than 700,000 auto service technicians and mechanics in the U.S. Finding the right one to repair a dent in your car door or fix an engine that won't start can be overwhelming, especially when it's an emergency. Review a few important facts about auto repair professionals and what you can do to get the best possible mechanic working on your vehicle's issues for a fair price.
Looking For Reliability
Unlike home repair services that evaluate a property, meet with homeowners and have time to prepare before their physical work begins, auto repair businesses are often asked to make fixes on the spot. If you come into a garage with a tire issue, the expectation is the mechanic will know how to correct that problem quickly.
That is why reliability is so vital when searching for a trusted auto repair shop. It may take going to several different mechanics before you find one you are truly comfortable with. Pose questions to this professional to find out what approach they will take to repair your car or what alternatives are available. Shopping around also gives you the best opportunity to find the cheapest rate or the fastest service, as some garages may be backed up with other vehicles that need repair first.
A recommended way to locate a trustworthy auto repair professional is to seek out customer reviews. Online sites offer honest opinions from real customers who have used a business. Read through this feedback to learn how a business operates and what you can expect if you were to take your vehicle there. Look for reviews about how quick maintenance was completed and if prices were fair. By learning what other people have said about a garage, you can gain a better idea if it's the right place to go when you have a car problem in need of fixing.
It can be difficult to know which automotive problems are serious enough to require expert assistance. A ripped seat cushion or broken radio don't involve safety and will not warrant enough of a problem that going into a garage is required. However, setbacks with brakes, lights and other parts that are vital to the safety of your car's driver and passengers, as well as others on the road, necessitate quick fixes. Many modern automobiles will notify drivers of an issue, in the form of a signal on the dashboard or a noise within the vehicle.
In the event of an accident, even if your vehicle does not appear to have any damage on the outside, it is generally recommended that you see a trusted auto repair professional. Internal damage may have occurred, or an important part may have been knocked out of place. Fixing these issues before driving much further can prevent further vehicle breakdowns in the future. In the case of a serious accident, a body shop can assess the problems and determine the best course of action for repairs, as well as evaluate how much they will cost.
Beyond that, regular checkups are recommended. Tires must be rotated, fluids needs to be replaced and the engine must be evaluated. After driving 25,000 miles, most auto dealers suggest having the vehicle checked out to ensure everything is running smoothly. Taking the car into the auto repair professional you trust will protect you from further problems down the road.
Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop. At the same time, be aware of mechanic scams that can impact your experience.
Preventing Trips To The Professional
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage. By handling these types of tasks on your own, you'll gain a better understanding for how your car operates and save time and money.
Along with understanding how to fix manageable vehicle issues that may arise, taking preventative measures to avoid future problems is a valuable time saver. Many problem-solving best practices are related to the seasons. Your vehicle will be in different conditions in the winter than in the summer, meaning it requires a different type of preparation.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures the vehicle will be exposed to, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check your tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
There is a common worry among many people that auto repair professionals take advantage of the general public. Because so many people are unaware of how to fix the problems in their vehicle, they are nervous of being overcharged by mechanics or worried that the improper work is being done.
While the great majority of professionals in the industry are honest, hard-working people, a few bad apples can ruin everything. You should be extra careful when first visiting a mechanic to guarantee that the price you're charged and maintenance the vehicle receives are fair.
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you are in the shop and your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill.
The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done. That way, you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
By working closely with an auto repair professional and doing some of the tune-up work on your own, you will be less likely to fall for these scams. At the same time, you'll be able to drive out with a clean and healthy vehicle, thanks to the repairs made by a trained professional.