Food Review: Johnny D’s BBQ and Burgers, Mahopac, NY

There’s another BBQ place nearby, I had to try it… I JUST WANTED SOME GOOD SOUTHERN FOOD, OKAY!?

First impressions:

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maybe better than Savannah’s Southern house and we don’t have many BBQ places in town, so they might be right. But that doesn’t mean it’s anywhere near great!

Customer Service: The bartender was the server, which I thought would be annoying and difficult but he was so nice! As a brown girl, I am always careful when I walk into a place that looks like it’s “for the locals.” For some reason, this had that look, but the bartender was extremely friendly and even invited us back at the end.

Some info: As I did with the last southern place, I asked if the owners were from the south. It turns out he’s from town, but he’s “just a really good cook.” I wasn’t sure yet whether this would be a good thing or a bad thing, so I just waited for the food to come.

Atmosphere: Like I said, it was a bar-like place. It looked like somewhere the locals go. The inside looked like a rush job, though, they wanted to make it look like a barn but it didn’t look as barn-ish as intended.

Menu: Click here for the menu I’m about to discuss. Here’s why I liked the menu: It was small enough that I didn’t have to take forever to decide what I wanted. What I really wanted was a burger, but I’ve been wanting to try good southern food so badly that I stuck with their more “southern” menu options. What I was confused about was the variety of items. They had burgers, sandwiches, BBQ (expected). But then they also had tacos and quesadillas, and THEN they also had nachos and seafood and some other bar food. I’m sure they were just trying to appeal to a big part of town, but the food just didn’t seem like it went together.

Drinks: Now, I didn’t have anything made by the bartender, but something I realized that was interesting to me is that they didn’t have fountain drinks. All of their beverages were canned or bottled and at first I thought it meant we’d only get one, but he brought us each a refill with no charge, so that was something to take note of.

$$$: Bar/Diner prices, which I was so happy with. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on food I might not have enjoyed.

Food: Here’s the big one, with pics! (I apologize, as some were taken in a rush and are slightly blurry).

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Chips with Guac – The guac was spicy and we loved it. The salsa seemed like it could have been freshly made, but you never know these days…

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Shrimp Po’Boy with fries. My boyfriend had it, and said it was just OK. There was nothing to rave or write home about, as we put it. At the time, he was only eating seafood, so he was hoping to have something flavourful but was disappointed.

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Beer-battered onion rings – pretty good!!

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“The Samitch” was alright. I do find myself wanting another every once in a while. My main problem was that there was SO much BBQ sauce on it, that the bottom bun was wet and soggy, and I wasn’t able to enjoy it as a sandwich, I ended up using a fork and knife. I did like it, though.

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Half rack of baby back ribs with their “special BBQ sauce” on it. I tasted it and YUCK. The ribs might have been okay but the sauce was sour and absolutely disgusting. I couldn’t even finish the rib because the taste was so bad. I never would have put the sauce on her ribs if I would have known it would be so bad. A BBQ place with bad BBQ sauce? No good!

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Once again, I just wanted some Southern Mac n Cheese! I got this sort of cafeteria, watered down version, which certainly wasn’t as disgusting as Savannah’s Southern House in Yorktown Heights (see my master post for more info), but it definitely wasn’t anything I would order again. I could make it so much better at home.

Overall, My food was okay, but the two people I came with certainly did not enjoy their food as much as I would have hoped. I would go back to get the same sandwich and for my friends to try some different things, but I was overall not too happy with the food. Most of the points I gave them were for the customer service and appetizers.


RATING:

  • 4/10

tl;dr

  • Only a few things on the menu were worth getting again, but we’re not deterred forever, I’d at least try to come back and try something else to give it another chance.

Let me know what you think below! Criticisms of my review, anything about Johnny D’s BBQ and Burgers that you liked or disliked if you’ve tried it, ask me questions if you have any, or let me know if you’re planning to go there soon! DEFINITELY send me any pics you may have of the food there or let me know if you had the same dish as me! xx

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never trust an iggy azalea fan

Okay, so I know I was all like “HERE’S A LIST OF THE THINGS I WILL REVIEW” and that I’ve reviewed none of them, but I’m starting this new post and you (and by “you” I mean the zero readers of this blog) are like “Why she lyin like that, can we even trust her?” But I am waiting on more of the subscription boxes before I review them. And I am planning on reviewing graze and amoda very soon.

 

BUUUUUUTTTTTTT– I have to talk about something/someone very serious because I just can’t take it anymore and I have a lot to say about the thing.

 

Iggy Azalea.

Just not a very nice human being. This really bothers me.

 

OMG BUT WHY, SHE’S SO PERFECT SHE’S LIKE A QUEEN. Stop it. Stop right there.

 

I have some things and stuff to say to you if you love Iggy Azalea, and they start with the following words that can be associated with her:

  • Racism
  • Cultural Appropriation
  • Sexism
  • Transphobia
  • Homophobia
  • Misogyny

Now, you may be one of those people who think everyone is trying to be too politically correct too much of the time, and that people are too sensitive, etc. etc. But here’s the problem: If something you do offends other people, and the first thing you do when people call you out is think about how it affects YOU, then YOU are problematic. That’s the end of it. Not everything has to be about you. And this is exactly what Iggy Azalea does.

 

Why I don’t respect her:

Iggy Azalea has said the following disgusting things (and these are only on twitter) Source: piggyizalea.tumblr.com:

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Now if you want to hear more or see more, look it up on google, it’s not hard to find all of the annoying and rude things she’s done because she does it all of the time, but the two things that annoy me most are that she apologizes by blaming the people who are offended and that her fans are ignorant as hell or as problematic as she is, but I guess that’s what happens.

 

Fake-ass apologies from Iggy:

Let me get one thing straight for you. You do NOT apologize by blaming the person who is offended.

This is the wrong way to apologize:

“I’m sorry you were offended.”

Why is this the wrong way to apologize? Because you should not be sorry someone else was offended, you should be sorry for what YOU did to offend them. If you are not sorry for what you did, then you are not sorry at all and your apology is fake as hell.

Sometimes she doesn’t even try to apologize, she just acts like people are hatin on her and she needs to get over herself.

 

Ignorant fans:

Now I know that there are people in the world very unlike me. These people can listen and love a person’s art/music/etc. and completely separate their feelings about the specific person from what they are enjoying. Fine. But there is a huge difference between, “Wow her music is the bomb diggity!” And this garbage:

 

ew iggy

This is problematic to me. Why? Someone tell me if they disagree, but how can you be such a big fan of this person who says these horrible things unless:

1. You’re ignoring the horrible things
2. You’re not really a big fan of the person
3. You accept these horrible things
1. If you’re ignoring these horrible things, you may just be doing it because you like her music, fine, but you may be doing it because you don’t want to admit that someone you look up to or admire is so disgusting which would mean that
2. you’re not really a fan of the person if you’re ignoring an entire aspect of their personality, are you? Or
3. you accept these things that they do and say, and you, my friend, are also a horrible person. In this case, ew.
If you do disagree with me, let me know. But if you disagree, I think this says a lot about society as a whole. While speaking with a friend today at work, she said:
“I guess because she’s a mega pop star it’s easy for people to feel like they’re serious fans of hers without actually researching her.”
And I thought this was really interesting because we are in the age of technology. You can literally ask your phone a question, and it will come up with a ton of answers for you in seconds depending on your Wi-Fi and data and phone and company and area and if you’re talking clearly enough BUT I DIGRESS. You can look Iggy Azalea up, or follow her on Twitter and Instagram, or ask a friend about her, and you can get all types of information. So the only thing I can be led to believe is that if you don’t know anything about this “mega pop star” it’s because you don’t want to know anything about her. And how can I really trust your opinion in that case?
I’m sure I have a lot more to say eventually, but this is all for now. Please stay tuned for some subscription box reviews and possibly some book reviews asap. Thanks everyone!