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Uncle Bears Grill & Bar

 21151 S Rittenhouse Rd
Queen Creek, AZ
 

Pop Pub not be So Pop!

For all intents and purposes, some things have appeared to changed here at Uncle Bear’s, and I’m not convinced they’re for the better! The good old Uncle has been for the past couple of years a favorite watering hole and victuals munching spot when roaming around the Queen Creek area. Something’s happened though! First off, it was clean and neat – no more peanuts on the tables, chairs or floor. The feel of canine friends lurking here and there, isn’t quite the same when it’s so spotless (only their pics show better)! I was told it had to do with patrons complaining of it not being conducive to tidiness needing to much in a clean appearing environ and, something about peanut allergies! I must confess, my wife has extreme allergies to peanuts, soy and legumes, we feel for you who have it – yet we never had an issue! Secondly, then there’s the service, its hurriedness, timing and serving temperature! Guys, it’s great the Mandarin Ale and Seeing Eye Dog cocktail were ice cold and well prepared – but you don’t serve a meal before your appetizers are less than half done! And, thirdly, both, not one of, but both our soups – the tomato bisque and the beer cheese soups were cold (yes cold, not tepid – cold). I do think they were meant to be very warm, preferably hot! Only the very, very good renditions of their Jalapeno Chili Poppers were tasty and hot, albeit short of spicy heat. Then, even the unexpected advanced delivery of our main courses, when they arrived was more of the same! Both our meals, the Bacon, Lettuce and tomato sandwich and the Turkey Avocado Melt were barely tepid (only my fries were hot)! Last, but not least, my wife’s order of Sweet Potato Fries not only were cold – but still raw. Come on guys, we know you can do better, we’ve experienced your great friendliness, hominess, good service and ambience, not to mention fantastic food – therefore we’ve come back again and again, and looking forward to it. This visit however, leaves me wondering when that next time will be. I sincerely hope this experience is a one-off!

BLT; Avocado Turkey Sandwich; Tomato Bisque Soup; Beer Cheese Soup; Jalapeno Poppers.

 

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