Let's dispel some myths
Papa Joe's is a party place and it's very noisy
We went on a Saturday night for my wife's birthday and it was indeed very busy. There was a good buzz about the place, yes it was quite noisy, but so are most places at the weekend. it wasn't annoyingly loud.
You have to wait for a long time for your table
We did, a whole 10 minutes, no big deal
It's a bums on seats place, tables too close together
Nonsense. Ok, tables are fairly close but it's no worse than anywhere else, certainly not as bad as some restaurants which try to cram so many people in that they are like canteens
Service can be slow
We found the staff to be friendly and efficient. attentive but not obtrusive, no long waits, in fact no problems at all
The food can be bland and/or pre-prepared
I had had the ribs with the Louisiana Hot Hot sauce. I asked how hot it was and the waitress said it was very hot, but could be made hotter if I would like. I said 'the hotter the better' as I like spicy. The Louisiana Hot Hot Hot sauce that arrived was very definitely not bland. Heat rating was comparable to a good vindaloo, My frend's Beef Enchilda was also full of flavour, as was everyone else's meal. As to the food being pre-prepared, there obviously is an element of that in every busy restaurant but there was nothing in any of the dishes we had that resembled anything Little Chef would serve up.
My wife has been to Papa Joe's quite a few times with the girls from work, but this was my first visit. There were six of us and everyone had a great time, enjoying atmosphere, food and service. I was a litte apprehensive at reading some of the negative reviews, but I need not have worried, we couldn't find anything to complain about, portions were good and prices were reasonable. My birthday is coming up soon - I'm thinking of making it a return visit to Papa Joe's
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