The WC – Restaurants in Claycord – Take 2

June 26, 2013 12:00 pm · 57 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday in the noon hour.

Yesterday, we asked you what restaurant(s) you would like to see move into Claycord.

Today, we want to know what chain restaurant(s) you think are the worst, and in your opinion, why are they so bad?

Talk about it….

Killjoy June 26, 2013 at 12:05 PM

I really don’t see what the big deal is, about In-N-Out.
Their burgers are too salty and their fries suck.

Also, as I stated yesterday, I firmly believe that Dickey’s is misspelled. The D should not be at the beginning of the name.

Wingstop is up there with the horrible food group. I tried it and didn’t like it. Even gave them a second chance. I’ll pass, thanks.

Olive vomit June 26, 2013 at 12:06 PM

I mean, Olive Garden…

ALE June 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Applebees…if I wanted to eat microwaved food I will just buy a lean cuisine.

Felino June 26, 2013 at 12:08 PM

Buffet City
Dickies BBQ
Burger King
Jack in The Box
Guadalara Grill
And I’m glad there’s no Olive Garden here, yeah that’s right I said I’m glad there’s NO OLIVE GARDEN.

RaiderNation June 26, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Red lobster or Olive Garden

Mr. John June 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Generally, the Chinese Restaraunts in the area are disappointing. I’ve tried a bunch, but have yet to find one where I trust that when I try something new, I’ll like it. Most of them are hit and miss with a few good dishes and a lot of disappointing ones.

Also, they’re all disappointing because they’re not Carlos Murphy’s.

Anonymous June 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

@Felino – Guadalajara Grill isn’t a chain so, technically, doesn’t belong in the answers here but, just the same, am surprised you don’t like it….everyone we know loves the place.
As for chains, have to agree that Applebee’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster belong on the list — all just “average” food at greatly inflated prices. Don’t really see what the big deal about Five Guys is….too salty, don’t like the fries. And how the heck is it that Little Ceasar’s is STILL in business??! Who eats there??

Triple Canopy June 26, 2013 at 12:19 PM

McDonald’s… they’re “meat” has the texture of soggy dog biscuits.

anon June 26, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Dicky’s – Staff
Chick Fil A – Gross Fries
In and out – Gross fries
Applebees – Service is slow and the food just isn’t that great
Fresh Choice in WC – Selection is weak and never replenished

foreverlove June 26, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Cattleman’s and Kinders

anon June 26, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Chipotle. any place that charges extra for chips and guacamole on your burrito sucks.

foreverlove June 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

sorry–didn’t see the “worst” part. Cattleman’s and Kinders are my favorites. The worst–is taco bell.

Bishop Estates June 26, 2013 at 12:48 PM

@Felinos: I have the same opinion of Guadalajara Grill, tried it numerous times with friends who love it, i don’t.

@ Mr. John : Try Mann’s Chines in Dana Plaza…yummy!

Anything with a drive through window June 26, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Let’s take a hint from Europe. Expand sidewalks so cafes can have more outdoor seating that don’t require reservations/being seated by a host. Let’s surround these places with minstrals and markets and a little place off to the side for our children to play. Let’s make it a habit to sit in an outdoor cafe enjoying a beverage, human company andTALKING face to face. Leave the laptops at home and the smartphones in your pocket. Let’s slow down and get to know our neighbors and each other again. No one is going to go to their grave saying they wish they spend more time on their gadgets..

Sorry, this was about fast food, wasn’t it.

TOB June 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Since they have two locations. BUTTERCUP! Close that crap down. Nothing fresh, everything frozen, heated and served. Cooks can’t even cook to make matters worse. Grossest coffee shop ever visited. Convert it to a Denny’s be huge improvement over what they serve.

dinkydau June 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

I tried Dicky’s in Chino,Ca and here. First time I go here they are out of ribs. I order the beef brisket. Tasted like regular pot roast I had in the military. I did take out with ribs and beef, plus two sides. Over $13. Only 3 small ribs and 3 or 4 small pieces of beef. The sides were in real small cups. Will not go back.
I tried Chick Filet to see what all the hoopla is about. I ordered the regular sandwich with fries and coke. The fries were cold and the sandwich was tasteless! Micky D’s has better chicken sandwich. Will not go there again.

David June 26, 2013 at 12:59 PM

There needs to be a similar site to claycord in Pittsburg, because my list of restaurants that cause queezy stomach is mostly in Pittsburg. But I agree regarding Guadalajara Grill. Good value, but the food comes back later in ways I don’t even want to get into. Last two times we ate at Mai Thai we spent a lot of time on the porcelin throne. I also agree with the majority of the chain restaurants. What they do is not cooking. It is re-heating. So when can we get Major to start a Pittsburg / Antioch site similar to Claycord? Call it June 26, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Everybody, this is about CHAIN restaurants. Guadalajara Grill isn’t a chain restaurant.

Thanks, Mayor

Wow June 26, 2013 at 1:18 PM

@ Felino, I agree 100%
@ Mr John, Chef Choy , everything is Delish….everything!!!!

Incognito June 26, 2013 at 1:32 PM

I don’t have any complaints about chain retaurants simply because I don’t eat at them. You get what you pay for. Their food typically is crap, not fresh, prepared far in advance, and/or poorly prepared, high in fat, high in calories, and high in sodium. Flat out not healthy. Start eating more at home and you’ll discover even more how crappy some of these places really are.

As for Guadalajara Grill… it’s not a chain, but since it’s been mentioned…. I ate their years ago when they first opened business. Back then, it was good food for a good price. A nice family atmosphere. Too bad they just didn’t stay they way they used to be. Once they expanded, the food was just okay and nothing special – and yes, it started reminding me of a chain restaurant, so this explains the confusion.

Lori June 26, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Burger King
Taco Bell
Jack in the Box
They are all garbage….bad for you and tastes nasty !!!

Subterfuge June 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

5 guys is terrible.

Elwood June 26, 2013 at 2:00 PM


I’ve eaten there twice at different locations.

First time, shame on them. Second time, shame on me

Food was greasy and tasteless, service poor.

Claycord Cornsnake June 26, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Starbucks, because the “barista” made a stink when my cousin came in, and kicked my cousin and his human out.

BCuzItzClaycord June 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Most chain food is icky and overrated…….but I will agree with Killjoy…What is the big deal about In N Out…….Burgers are dry, boring and tasteless………..and the fries are absolutely gross.

Ick June 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Applebees — YUCK. Icky food. I’ve been to this place about 3X and all 3X were bad experiences.
Olive Garden — YUCK. Really icky food. Went 1X, pasta was overcooked so it was gooey. Really gross
IHOP — ICK ICK Ordered an egg overeasy and it was waaaaaay underdone. ICK!
KFC — I actually like this place, but I got the worst diarrhea afterwards. Haven’t been there in about 30 years now.
Better to cook at home. Or go out for good quality food.

Anon777 June 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Last 2 times I ate at Claim Jumper – Yuck,! Can’t think of another chain that I dislike besides fast food (McD’s, BK, Taco Hell).

RE: Guadalajara – they were great back when they were a dink little joint on the other side from where they are now. Once they moved and expanded, it’s gone downhill. No flavor.

Mr. John: for Chinese try, Mann’s as someone else suggested. Only ever done take-out but very happy with it.

RunnerDope June 26, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Ditto on In And Out.

Steve June 26, 2013 at 2:39 PM


Incognito June 26, 2013 at 2:42 PM

@Ick #26
Clearly, food resulting in diarrhea is an indication of, yes, bad food.

Pro Choice....Gun owner June 26, 2013 at 3:02 PM

That explains it “Triple Canopy” is a pit bull….he eats dog biscuits…
5 guys is nasty and dirty inside and they serve their food cold………….

Atticus Thraxx June 26, 2013 at 3:31 PM

International House of Pancakes. First, I’ve been all over Europe and a few other places besides and have never seen one overseas. Second, a pancake, or hot cake, or Johnny cake is not the basis of a meal. They’re for sopping up gravy. Third, a lazy-susan full of sticky, lint and hair covered syrup bottles is damn near as gross as roadkill on a hot day.

Em Dubya June 26, 2013 at 3:52 PM

I mean really….no truffle fries at Jack In The Box?! What the hell are 99-cent menus coming to?

butterball June 26, 2013 at 3:58 PM

Please, no Pittsburg or Antioch locations. Even if the restaurant is good there, I would never go there due to the high crime.

Triple Canopy June 26, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I said “texture” which you can feel with your hands. Not “taste” as with your tongue.


Autumn June 26, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Loud music, overpriced food, slow service…every time I go there, it feels like I’m at the mercy of my waitress or waiter. Not going back ever again.

too bad June 26, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Applebee’s – Everytime I go there they mess something up, once I ordered a Bacon Burger and it came out with no bacon on it! I had to make a big fuss just to get a server to come talk to me. NEVER GO TO APPLEBEES.

What Security June 26, 2013 at 4:09 PM

I sure would like to see a family run restaurant not a chain.
American traditional recipes.


A steak house that when you walk in you grab our tray and tell the cook how you want your steak or chicken, slide down to get your baked or mashed potatoes, then salad and desert,. have a seat and enjoy.

Or a Chicken Coup style

What Security June 26, 2013 at 4:18 PM

alright I’ll play along.

Mel’s Drive in
Cracker Barrel
Buca di Beppo

What Security June 26, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Joe’s Crab Shack
Rainforest Cafe

Randy June 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Chains are not the worst food in the world. I’ll eat at an Olive Garden in nowhere-town off I-5; or hit a Cracker Barrel someplace along I-40. But we live in Northern California! All the best fresh food in the world (!) is growing within half a day’s drive of your front door. Go eat somewhere that, even if they don’t get it perfect, is going to deliver above average. It’ll cost you $15 for entree instead of $11.95.

Chain food can’t do that because it isn’t meant to. The ingredient delivery system is exactly the same approach that’s turned virtually everything in a supermarket into pre-packaged, processed and shelf-stable “food.” Add in a management “team,” with kitchen and floor staffs that really have no stake in the product, and OF COURSE chain restaurants are bad. It’s a system built to reliably deliver low-to-maybe-medium quality. And it does.

@anon 777 June 26, 2013 at 5:30 PM

You are right I don’t know what happened but Claim Jumper is now one of the worst. We use to go there a few times a month now never, same with Tahoe Joe’s.

Strad June 26, 2013 at 6:33 PM

Taco Bell

Mark June 26, 2013 at 6:53 PM

Olive Garden is horrible. All of them.

Yolanda June 26, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Least favorites:

La Pinata – overpriced dry chicken enchilladas with no seasoning in the meat at all–yuck!

Denny’s- I know I shouldn’t have expected much, but their hamburgers were the worst I’ve ever had –flavorless and the meat falls into crumbles.

Outback Steakhouse–not terrible, but not great either. Also, you get ripped off if you order seafood as an entree. Order a steak or chicken and you get two sides. Order salmon and you’re out of luck unless you really like the stinky spoolful of brocolli they add to your plate.

Ancient Mariner June 26, 2013 at 9:49 PM

Very wise words, Randy No. 41!

Remember, people, things could always be worse – you’ve never eaten at Wimpy’s!

Claycord Fan June 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM

My husband and I had the worst food poisoning from Mann’s. it was so bad that it wrecked me from ever eating Chinese again. We called the health inspectors.

Charles-the-cat June 26, 2013 at 10:58 PM

There are too many bad chains to list. I’ll nominate Chic Fil A and Taco Bell because of how they’ve deteriorated…ruining my fond memories of them.
I am truly sorry all you guys never had the chance to taste how great Chic Fil A was back in the day.

OLD GRINGO June 26, 2013 at 11:25 PM

Burger King and Carl’s jr, BOTH NASTY !!!!

old sage June 27, 2013 at 12:02 AM

spaghetti factory is cafeteria food

CatM June 27, 2013 at 6:25 AM

Burger King

bigdaddy June 27, 2013 at 6:29 AM

guadalajara grill……nice bar, nice staff….food is sloppy. wish it were the same as 20 years ago.
Moressis….great view of diablo. decent apps…..over priced sloppy steaks….

dlr June 27, 2013 at 7:15 AM

McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr., Jack In The Box, and Taco Bell!! They are all nasty, and nasty for you. I also think that Denny’s is gross!!

JustMe June 27, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Restaurant or fast food?

Outback both in Pleasant Hill and Pittsburg are mediocre. I’ve never had a good steak there… ever, and I’ve tried over and over again. Their appetizers are pretty nice though, which I rarely ever order unless with a large group.

Va de Vi Bistro in Walnut Creek was a disappointment in the area of service. The location is interesting, and the food was actually pretty good, but the service was horrible. Our server was indifferent, and never asked if we wanted something to drink with our food (which we did!), and only brought us something to drink after we ate our meal. I also thought it odd they left the menus on the table after we ordered. The whole experience was enough to make me never want to return.

I don’t think I’ve ever had a good meal from PF Chang’s in Walnut Creek. They’ve even ruined rice more times that I care to remember. Their Fortune Cookie drink is amazing though.

I know it’s closed, but I have to also mention Yan Can in Pleasant Hill. Awful food.

Spoons made me Fat June 27, 2013 at 9:46 PM

@ Bishop Estates and Anon777

Mann’s Chinese sucks Ballz – Panda Express is better

Ms.P. June 27, 2013 at 9:55 PM

There is one restaurant that REALLY irks me–near Pacheco. It serves grilled CHICKEN!

RanchgirlCA June 28, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Sonic, one of the worst fast food meals ever
Olive Garden, Why would anyone wait that long for that crappy Italian food? I’ll never understand the appeal of OG.

Personally, I’m a fan of In-n-Out. I think it’s funny how people don’t like their food, even though it’s fresh and not frozen. They cut the potatoes, fry them and salt them. It can’t get much simpler than that. To each his own.

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