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This is BY FAR the best fresh seafood we have ever eaten! The guys were so friendly and took time to demonstrate to us newbies “how to crack into blue stone crabs”. The seasoning was perfect, texture of shrimp spot-on, and the sides were steamed to perfection!!!! We got the “Daytona Deluxe” and it was enough to feed us the rest of our stay here!
Poor attitude of server. Baked sweet potato not done. Vegetables mediocre in salad bar and not worth $9.99. Won't be back.
Fantastic food and drinks!!! We will be back again and again..Lisa and David were the best ..the food and Bread Pudding were delicious and the drinks were great! New place, if you want an awesome time give it a try, you will not be disappointed.
Worst restaurant experience I've ever had!!!! There was 8 of us (6 adults/2 children) expecting to have a fun evening with good food and it was the exact opposite. We arrived and were told there would be a 40min wait which is expected. They did offer us 2 diff tables on opposite sides of the restaurant, we declined and decided to wait and eat as a family. About 30mins passed and our table was ready. They still sat us at 2 diff tables. The server was polite as they come at wing house but multitasking was definitely not a strong suit. We put in 5 appetizers, sodas and 1 mixed drink. We didn't get our drinks until the apps hit the table. Mom didn't receive her mixed drink yet either. Server excuse was they had to get more absolute vodka from the back. We had to remind her to get it twice. It's hard not to sound rude and nagging when we've been in this place for over an hr and still without a drink. She brought the drink and took our dinner order, we all ordered wings and they weren't they good. Slightly undercooked. Maybe do to the fact that they were rushed because she forgot to put in half of our orders. 4 of us got our food and 4 didn't. Her excuse was the kitchen cooked the order for the 4 people that sat at our table before us. My thoughts too, very hard to believe. Especially when I walked outside to the smoking area before anyone got their food and seen our server sitting on the dirty curb texting away on her phone. The kitchen didn't mess up, she did, because texting outside while working was more important that doing her job. By the time the unlucky half got our food the first half were already done eating. Our server never gradually cleaned off our table, so we were eating while all of our appetizer dishes were piled up on the table, I never received not 1 refill on my soda. My wife got up and refilled my drink herself because she's awesome like that (we were sat in the back right next to the garbage exit it looked like). By the end of our horrible experience, our server knew we were not satisfied on this night's dinner outing. So she took the liberty and lied again saying her manager was sorry for the inconvenience and gave us our mozzarella sticks and 1 soda for free. Come on seriously. We just asked for Togo boxes and threw up them dueces. Talk about a waste. Not only the money, but over 2 1/2 hours and ended up missing the firework show. Guess I've learned my lesson about wing house, not a place for family dinner. A place to get drunk and get waited on by pretty/dumb girls.
The customer service at the Sonic on Ridgewood in Holly Hill is extraordinary especially phone considering it's in Holly Hill. The general manager Kelly Embury is very customer service oriented which is very refreshing to see these days. She was the main reason that my family will be coming back to this location. The food was good and the things that weren't correct were fixed with no hesitation and happily by Kelly. She is an awesome general manager and we will definitely be back!
Advertises shrimp po boy sandwiches, served soggy white bread with few popcorn shrimp. Told 30 minutes later that they didn’t have cheeseburgers for the kids. Gave up waiting after an hour, someone from kitchen and unhappily said “Talk to me!” Really? Bring an attitude after an hour wait with no food? Building, old IHOP, not clean.
Amazing painting company, completed before scheduled date, great price, outstanding work ethic. Highly recommend
It is where the locals hang out. Price is fair and the food is great sitting seaside.
We eat here all the time. I love the spicy chicken. The rest of the family are vegetarians, so they always chose the tofu selection. There is a kid's menu for the person who has a small appetite. The egg rolls are terrific!! Clean clean clean restaurant. The price is right as well.Join their email club and get discounts and coupons. Plus.. they frequently have bogo days!!!Plenty of parking.
If I could rate this place a zero I would! We had a party of people who wanted to sit together and the host said that is fine but there is a wait of an hour. That was fine because we were a large group and expected to wait to sit together. We waited an hour and a half and then asked the host if we were soon on the list. He said we texted you and called you. We have 13 people sitting by the host who never heard them call out the name and not one text. The manager then proceeded to try and separate our party saying they were never gonna sit us together anyways, really because we made sure to ask if they could sit our large party together originally! Then the manager proceeded to get into 4 members of my parties faces who were asking her not to yell. Natsy manager and poorly trained staff. I would never recommend this place to my worst enemy and will be informing my hotel that they should not send any of their guest there. As the manager at this place told us, "If you don't like it go to Joes". Take her advice!
Painting can be a significant undertaking, whether you're painting just one room or an entire home. While some people like to take on this project themselves, many choose to hire professionals to ensure the task is completed correctly.
Matte paint doesn't have a shiny quality when it dries, which many homeowners prefer for their interior walls. This is the most popular style of paint for homes. It covers up irregularities in the wall well but is also easily blemished.
Matte Enamel Paint
Matte enamel paint has all the positive qualities of matte paint but will last longer and isn't scuffed as easily.
Gloss paint will dry with a shine to it and is the second-most popular choice for interior wall paint. The shiny quality highlights imperfections in a surface, so people tend to stay away from it when painting wood.
Semi-gloss is also shiny but less so than gloss paint. It's more commonly used on trim than on walls.
Satin falls somewhere between gloss and matte in terms of shininess. It will highlight imperfections well, like gloss, but is easy to clean.
Eggshell is also between gloss and matte on the shininess scale, but it won't highlight imperfections quite as much as satin, semi-gloss, or gloss.
Exterior paints have similar choices for finishes as interior paints, but the pros and cons can be different for outdoor use.
Though gloss paint will make imperfections easily seen, it will also hold up to the elements the best. This paint is best suited for areas of a home or building that are frequently used, like door frames.
Semi-gloss paint is similarly long-lasting but isn't as shiny as gloss.
Satin paint is commonly used for siding but will display irregularities underneath if the siding isn't in good shape.
Flat paint is the best choice if painting over siding that has many dents, scrapes, or other imperfections.
If you're repainting a home that has been previously painted with oil-based paint, your best bet is to stick with this option. Water-based paint layered over old oil-based paint will peel easily.
Water-based paint, or latex paint, dries quickly and cleans up easily, making it the preferred paint for a home's exterior. It will also expand when warm and contract when cool, which means it will hold up in all types of weather.
When embarking on a project as big as painting your home, it's important to know ahead of time what kind of quality you can expect from the painters you hire. Don't settle for the first one you find or the cheapest option. Instead, do your homework to be sure that you hire a trustworthy professional who knows how to paint a house well.
The first thing you'll do when hiring a painter is request quotes from three or four in your area. If you reach out to too many, you'll wind up wasting time narrowing down your list; too few and you may not end up with the best quality or right price.
The typical price range for an interior paint job is between $400 and $4,120, with the average falling around $1,670, depending on the scope of the project and paint requests. It will typically cost around $380 to $790 to paint a typical 10-by-12 foot room.
The cost to paint a home's exterior is a little higher: between $730 and $5,600, with an average of $2,624. The typical home of between 500 and 1,500 square feet will generally cost between $1,000 and $3,000, but this will change depending on the number of stories and home location.
If a quote seems high, ask the contractor what is increasing the price point. Perhaps it's something that can be negotiated, or maybe this business is just overpricing their services. On the other hand, be skeptical of any price points that seem unfathomably low. There could be a reason their prices are below the industry norm - perhaps their quality standards are uncommonly low, too.
Once you have quotes, conduct an over-the-phone interview with your prospects. Some important questions to ask your painter include:
1. Do you have insurance?
It's never a good idea to hire a contractor whose business isn't properly insured. Ask both about comprehensive business liability insurance and workers' compensation, and don't be hesitant to ask for proof. If you are unsure of the validity of the insurance, you can also call the insurance company to double-check that it is an active policy.
2. Do you have a warranty?
Not offering a warranty is a red flag, and you may want to be cautious about hiring a company that doesn't provide one. If they have a warranty, ask how long it lasts, and what it covers. Additionally, you'll want to get the warranty in writing should you need to refer to it later.
3. Who, specifically, will be in my house, and can I trust them?
You always have a right to know who will be entering your home. If the person you are speaking with says he or she will not be personally supervising the project, ask who will be, what their role is, and how long they've been with the company.
Also, don't be afraid to ask if the painters are trustworthy people. Unfortunately, there are plenty of cases where a painter has stolen items from a home or caused damage to the house or injury to the homeowner. Subcontractors may not be as skilled as employees, and the contractor you're hiring may not have much experience working with them, making them more of a risk. Additionally, ask if the painters are employees or subcontractors, and what the screening or hiring process is like. If the company conducts background checks, that's a good sign.
4. What kind of training do your employees receive?
If the contractor makes a point to train new hires on safety techniques as well as quality standards on the job, you're probably in good hands.
5. What kind of paint will you use?
The quality of the paint will affect how good the walls look when the project is completed. If your contractor says they plan on using a paint you don't like, feel free to request an alternative.
6. How long have you been in business, and do you have references?
A well-established company will have more experience and likely more references for you to reach out to than a new company that's just getting off the ground. Be sure to ask for references so you can speak to former customers about their experience working with the painter. When speaking to these people, ask about:
7. How much wall prep is included in the price?
For a long-lasting paint job, a clean wall is crucial. Ask how they plan to clean your walls, if at all, before getting started. A high-quality company will thoroughly prepare a wall so that the paint will lay smoothly and last a long time.
8. Are you active in the community and are you involved in any trade organizations?
Community involvement shows the company:
Additionally, being active in trade organizations indicates it is likely up to date on the latest industry best practices and that the company is dedicated to its trade. Also, a Better Bureau Business membership demonstrates the company is stable, confident, and willing to let potential customers check them out before hiring them.
If the company you hire is involved in a trade organization, it shows they take pride in their work, and are dedicated to providing quality service. Some top trade organizations painters might be a part of include:
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America
PDCA connects painters and home decorators through local chapters and councils. The organization also provides webinars, educational videos, and podcasts so members can stay up to date on the latest best practices and news.
American Coatings Association
The ACA doesn't focus on best practices so much as it does on best products. The nonprofit is dedicated to research and development of high-quality paint products as well as sustainability issues.
Finishing Contractors Association
The FCA has members that are painters as well as professionals who focus on flooring, drywall, and other elements to home construction and renovation.
Better Business Bureau
The BBB isn't a painter-specific group but rather an organization that is dedicated to ensuring that consumers can access information about anyone they do business with. The BBB also rates companies based on a Standards of Trust scale, which goes from A+ to F. A company doesn't have to be a member to get a grade, and it's a good idea to check to see how your contractor is scored as well as its membership status.