Just left Big Jims Bama Q, and wow. Was not expecting that. You walk in and the place looks pretty good. You are told to "seat yourself" which meant you wander the various rooms of the restaurant, looking for the table you want. May sound good, but it results in people continously coming in and looking around, trying to choose their table - while people are trying to eat!
We got there right before 5pm (stopped on our way home from a trip.) We were the second table seated in the dining room. I submitted a photo of the floor under my feet. It was filthy. My first choice of seat was also dirty. As we'd already disturbed the other couple in the dining room and the rest of the tables in our area were still dirty from lunch, we sat.
The sampler platter (pulled pork, pulled chicken, and a rib) sounded good-and big, so we shared it. Had the macaroni and cheese and baked beans as our sides. The beans were the best thing on the plate, excellent. The mac-n-cheese was boring, no flavor. We ended up with "wet" pulled pork on the platter as the ribs wouldn't be done for another hour and twenty minutes (!). The pulled chicken was dry, but the "wet" and "dry" pork was good. The sauces were very good and saved the meal.
Used the restroom....it was filthy with paper all over the floor, an open garbage can (no lid) that was spilling over with garbage and an open, used diaper (ugh). No paper towels, of course, as they were all over the floor.
It was just a bad beginning of a night for them.
I don't think the young waitress had had any training. She cleaned tables off by wiping everything on the floor (Oh! Right! Hence the dirty seat and floor at our table!) She approached us while we were eating, forks in our hands, and asked if she could take our plates. She was very sweet and polite though. Not fair that she was untrained.
I realize this is a lengthy review, but I would have appreciated a warning myself. I really hope, for BamaQ ' s sake, that this was just a really off night! But we won't be back.
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