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Gradkowski’s

Anyone been here yet? I wish they had a menu online. I plan on checking it out in the near future.

It seems that for a college that size, UT has few bars within walking distance. Back in the dark ages of my youth (late 80's), the establishment now called "Jax" on Dorr Street was called the "Cock Eyed Eagle" and was actually a happening place. Seems deserted now.

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Plan on getting there soon myself....maybe even this Friday

posted by Hoops on Jan 28, 2013 at 02:26:16 pm     #  

I miss The Pub, which was almost on campus. 25 cent draft beers. Summer classes were awesome.

posted by Molsonator on Jan 28, 2013 at 02:29:53 pm     #  

Yelp says its great

posted by upso on Jan 28, 2013 at 02:37:54 pm     #  

I was there for a work lunch last week, and all of us were very pleased.

I can't speak to the service, because there was only one other table in there, so it's not like our waitress had a lot of orders to be juggling. It was 1:30 when we got there, it was their first week of being open, and it was one of the days last week that never got into the double digits, so I don't know how busy it would be at peak lunch hour on a regular day.

As for the food: we were all very impressed. I had the roast pork sandwich, and it was extremely juicy and delicious. My only suggestion would be that they toast the bun it came on, to help it hold together a little better. And try the pesto fries, they are freaking addictive! Everyone else also had sandwiches. I can't remember what anyone else got, but I know everyone had positive things to say about them. Two of the guys got their soup, which was some kind of potato bisque or something, and both recommended we get a cup of it the next time we go in.

Long story short, I'm pretty happy to see this place opened up, and I will definitely be going back sometime for dinner to check out some of their entrées.

posted by Johio83 on Jan 28, 2013 at 02:42:39 pm     #  

They have a menu posted on their Facebook page. Looks great and I can't wait until I try it.

posted by HickoryG on Jan 28, 2013 at 07:27:04 pm     #  

couldn't find any menu of the Facebook page-- where's it at?

posted by papajoe21 on Feb 19, 2013 at 02:37:08 pm     #  

"where's it at?"

It's right in front of that preposition!

posted by Johio83 on Feb 19, 2013 at 03:16:39 pm     #  

We went yesterday at lunch. Loved the atmosphere - not so much the food (although the fries were tasty...). Probably safe to say we won't be returning.

posted by ajm00733 on Feb 19, 2013 at 04:05:17 pm     #  

Did you get the pesto fries, or regular?

posted by Johio83 on Feb 19, 2013 at 04:19:40 pm     #  

ajm... can you be any more specific. i don't mind short good reviews but i think a bad review ought to say more. i haven't been yet but i am expecting to go soon and there seems to be a TT group outing set to go. thanks

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Feb 19, 2013 at 04:43:55 pm     #  

I went there last Friday night after shopping at Costco and made the mistake of thinking it was a sports bar or something casual or less than casual. Even walking up to the front doors the student housing up above the shops and small neighboring shops still gave me a casual feeling.
It is a nice restaurant period. I had the ribeye which was very good and tried a bite of the burger my 11 year old had ordered which was perfectly seasoned and the toppings it came with made it a sandwich I will go back for to get my own.

posted by sparky31134 on Feb 19, 2013 at 05:29:45 pm     #  

Pesto fries - yes! My husband had the burger with the cheddar cheese and BBQ sauce - he said it was dry and lacked flavor. I had the margarita pizza - and it was overcooked and lacked their buffalo motz cheese the waiter raved about.. I guess I thought it would have a decent amt of cheese but I could barely see any. My 2 waters had floaters :-/ Pesto fries were quite yummy. I guess we had higher expectations since it was a nice atmosphere.

posted by ajm00733 on Feb 19, 2013 at 05:34:47 pm     #  

My 2 waters had floaters :-/ ...game, set, match - check please

posted by justareviewer on Feb 19, 2013 at 06:00:00 pm     #   2 people liked this

Not bad, but it won't make it because it's not a safe location (remember the murder at the gas station that used to be on that corner). It's too expensive for students. Someone suggested that it could make a go of it with just UT employees. If that were true, Ferdos should be doing much more business than it does.

posted by Elva on Feb 19, 2013 at 07:41:52 pm     #  

Probably unsafe because there are a lot of minorities in that area, eh Elva?

posted by HickoryG on Feb 19, 2013 at 07:53:27 pm     #   13 people liked this

The pre & post sports crowds of older people will probably give them a lot of business. I have not yet made it to try. Glad to see it is more upscale than another chicken wing and beer joint.

posted by Hoops on Feb 20, 2013 at 08:37:49 am     #  

LOL!

posted by stooks on Feb 20, 2013 at 08:55:10 am     #  

Johio83 posted at 02:16:39 PM on Feb 19, 2013:

"where's it at?"

It's right in front of that preposition!

cute...okay, where is the menu located on the Facebook page?

posted by papajoe21 on Feb 20, 2013 at 05:06:40 pm     #   1 person liked this

In the photos, if I remember correctly.

posted by gamegrrl on Feb 20, 2013 at 05:19:34 pm     #  

https://www.facebook.com/Gradkowskis/photos_stream

posted by upso on Feb 20, 2013 at 05:43:36 pm     #  

Went there over the weekend and enjoyed it a lot. I'll definitely be going back. The restaurant is nice, the menu is great, and the food is good. The servers could use a bit more training/coaching, but that's correctable. Overall, it was a very good experience.

posted by clt212 on Feb 21, 2013 at 01:38:23 pm     #  

Went there after the game last night. Food was good , nice atmosphere. 90% of the crowd was older males, and a handful of females.....aka sausagefest. Bruce himself stopped in so we got to talk a little football.

posted by Hoops on Feb 28, 2013 at 09:02:17 am     #  

Elva posted at 06:41:52 PM on Feb 19, 2013:

Not bad, but it won't make it because it's not a safe location (remember the murder at the gas station that used to be on that corner). It's too expensive for students. Someone suggested that it could make a go of it with just UT employees. If that were true, Ferdos should be doing much more business than it does.

The presence of people tends to stop crime...

posted by BusterBluth on Mar 01, 2013 at 07:20:29 pm     #   3 people liked this

Had a business lunch there today. I had the Bru Burger and pesto fries.. it was all very good. One of the best burgers that I've had in a long time. Our waitress, Johnna, was great and very attentive. I was very impressed and will definitely return.

posted by wahhutch9 on Mar 07, 2013 at 05:16:57 pm     #  

Has anyone who has patronized this joint been mugged or murdered yet, Elva?

posted by researcher on Mar 07, 2013 at 06:04:33 pm     #  

I went last week and was not killed

posted by upso on Mar 07, 2013 at 06:34:41 pm     #   10 people liked this

Prove it.

posted by Johio83 on Mar 07, 2013 at 07:37:48 pm     #  

Shit... Is this all a dream? Am I dead? Is this heaven?

posted by upso on Mar 07, 2013 at 07:54:19 pm     #  

upso posted at 06:54:19 PM on Mar 07, 2013:

Shit... Is this all a dream? Am I dead? Is this heaven?

I told Dio that Toledo Talk was closer to Heaven than Hell, and now I have proof.

posted by jr on Mar 07, 2013 at 08:11:01 pm     #   1 person liked this

upso posted at 06:54:19 PM on Mar 07, 2013:

Shit... Is this all a dream? Am I dead? Is this heaven?

You're in a final episode of Lost.

posted by SensorG on Mar 07, 2013 at 10:02:41 pm     #  

Not about the restaurant, but about Bruce. Looks like he just landed a sweet gig--Ben Roethlisberger's backup:

ESPN: Bruce Gradkowski joins Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers made a move to stabilize the quarterback position behind Ben Roethlisberger, agreeing to a three-year deal with Bruce Gradkowski, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The 30-year-old Gradkowski, a Pittsburgh native, played the past two seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals. He has thrown for 4,057 yards with 21 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in 36 career games.

Congrats to Bruce! Wouldn't look for him in the restaurant from July - December, though....

posted by oldhometown on Mar 13, 2013 at 12:19:46 pm     #  

You mean July to February. He's now a Steeler, not a Bengal.

posted by JohnnyMac on Mar 13, 2013 at 02:34:21 pm     #   3 people liked this

You mean July to February. He's now a Steeler, not a Bengal.

LOL!

posted by oldhometown on Mar 13, 2013 at 02:44:01 pm     #  

great gig .... congrats bruce.

i hope they kept charlie batch around as QB coach... three MAC boys

posted by enjoyeverysandwich on Mar 13, 2013 at 02:50:18 pm     #  

Last I checked, Bengals played one more game than the Steelers last year.

posted by ahmahler on Mar 13, 2013 at 05:44:09 pm     #   2 people liked this

We were supposed to have a small party there last night for one of thr dept students thesis denese. After about a half hour they told us they had NO HEAT and NO GAS in the kitchen. About the only thing they could serve us was egg salad and didn't even comp us a diet coke! The whole deal sucked and they couldn't get us out fast enough. Will not return...eva eva eva

posted by RockChick on Apr 02, 2013 at 09:13:54 pm     #  

sounds like a terrible night
can you clarify what "thr dept students thesis denese." means?

posted by upso on Apr 02, 2013 at 10:33:46 pm     #  

RockChick posted at 09:13:54 PM on Apr 02, 2013:

We were supposed to have a small party there last night for one of thr dept students thesis denese. After about a half hour they told us they had NO HEAT and NO GAS in the kitchen. About the only thing they could serve us was egg salad and didn't even comp us a diet coke! The whole deal sucked and they couldn't get us out fast enough. Will not return...eva eva eva

Between this and your beef with Lloyd Jacobs, I don't think you should be within 5 miles of campus ever again if you want to control your blood pressure...

posted by oldhometown on Apr 03, 2013 at 01:45:19 am     #   6 people liked this

I had a terrific lunch at Gradkowski's yesterday. Upso, thanks for the recommendation on Margherita pizza! It was delicious.

posted by tigers on Apr 03, 2013 at 09:36:58 am     #   1 person liked this

:)

posted by upso on Apr 03, 2013 at 09:45:53 am     #  

Is this a college hangout? I'm interested in the restaurant, but the location deters me. I guess what I really mean is does it have a good mix or is it all frat boys?

posted by bow on Apr 03, 2013 at 02:26:13 pm     #  

bow posted at 02:26:13 PM on Apr 03, 2013:

Is this a college hangout? I'm interested in the restaurant, but the location deters me. I guess what I really mean is does it have a good mix or is it all frat boys?

The menu prices are out of the price range for students. I got a craft beer which was priced accordingly, so I'm not sure what a Bud Light would cost. I wouldn't worry though, college kids will still go to Chasers and Jake's because of the prices at those places.

posted by clt212 on Apr 03, 2013 at 02:47:37 pm     #   1 person liked this

yeah, the two times i've been there it's been a 30 and over crowd.

posted by upso on Apr 03, 2013 at 03:21:00 pm     #   2 people liked this

Do they do brunch?

posted by endcycle on Apr 08, 2013 at 01:32:50 pm     #  

I am pretty sure they have brunch on Sundays 10-2

posted by wahhutch9 on Apr 08, 2013 at 03:42:08 pm     #