Hole in the wall. Stay away from this place! It's has become horrible!
I have been a customer for years prior to the move on Madison. The last few times I visited was less than par for any restaurant. My recent visit was the worst. It was a bit after 11 PM Saturday night. The place is dingy, dark, and dirty. We found a beach towels soaking up a floor spill under our table. We moved to another table that needed to be wiped. I kept asking for a bar towel to wipe table, but the server was more interested in taking my initial drink order. I insisted on a towel and eventually got it clean enough to order. I ordered the Grouper Po-Boy. I seemed OK at first, but as I was rounded third, something had a different texture in my mouth. It was freaking chewing gum. Yes, someone else chewed gum in my mouth. I felt nauseous. I wanted to puke right there. I asked to speak with the manager. The dude behind the bar. He never came over to see me, but he was walking all over the restaurant. I went to the bar and asked to speak with him. I told him what I found in my sandwich. He as was I insulting his intelligence? I felt like he was insulting mine in stated. He had no concern what just happened to me what-so-ever. I was livid but calm all the while saying to my self WTF. My Marine Corps instinct was kicking in, I decided to leave so Mr. bartender/manager could make it home alive. This is a very unprofessional place that does not deserve to be on Madison Ave. Steer clear of this hole in the wall.
We went to Ray'z last night (4/1/16) for the first time between 6:00 & 7:00. I order a chicken and was told they were out of chicken . WHAT on a Friday night and you are out of chicken. Someone does know how to order supplies. I was told that the pull pork sandwich was good so I ordered it . BIG MISTAKE .
It was so dry even with the sauce on it. and was full of gristle. I looked like it had been sitting out uncover all day. My friend's bake bean had a hard crust over the top of them and his pull pork also had gristle. My other friend who doesn't eat barbecue order a Hamburger when she got it in was covered in sauce and slaw. Which I think the person taking the order should have told her that their hamburger were service like a barbecue sandwich. in turn she had to order another sandwich. The worker who had told the chopped pork was great came over to the table and asked me did if I like it after telling her all she said was I will tell them not I am sorry or anything.
We can add Ray'Z on our DO NOT GO AGAIN LIST
I had the worst experience today, March 4, 2016 at this establishment....First of all it took 15 minutes for the manager to take our order...(Catfish, turnip green and Cabbage) I had a coupon, in order to use the coupon I had to order a drink (ice tea no sugar). As I was eating my fish, I was chewing on some sort of paper (I pray it was not toilet paper) it made me so sick to think about it. I call the manager, let her know what had happen....all she could say was I will take it off your bill...she took off the meal but not the drink. I explained that I would not have gotten the drink if I had not had a coupon. Did it make a difference NO!!! As you know I will never return to this establishment again....but the worst part was that no one every came back to ask how was I doing or refilled my expensive tea with no sugar!!! :).. I don't want to say it is because I am African American. But everyone else got some type of treatment but my table. I will make sure I will tell everyone I know not to patronize this establishment!!
Steaks good, everything else came from Costco. Nothing done fresh and rolls were 3 days old. The Calamari right out of frozen foods section. Not worth the 200 dollars for 3 6 oz filets and a Calamari app. Sad they can be so pretentious to charge like Ruth Chris and be so Mcdonalds. No Table cloth btw. Very insulting.
Not terrible food but it's hard to say a chef made it. Pretty sure it's just frozen stuff from Sysco being heated up. Seems like this place draws the more redneck portion of downtown visitors. Staff is not very friendly. I'd put it on par with Coyote Ugly.
So, last night my mother and I went to Half Shell on Winchester to grab a bite to eat. After the hostess sat us down we began to view the menu. As we are looking at the menu, a waiter walks up and asked what we wanted to drink. I hesitated because he just walked up out of no where and didn't even introduce himself. So, anyway, I ordered a VIP and my mother ordered sweet tea. He returned back with the drinks. He asked if we were ready to order and my mom replied, "no not yet" because she was still trying to make her decision. He left the table and returned maybe 10 minutes later. So, when he finally returned we began ordering our meals. My mother said, "I would like to order the Half Shell PoBoy." His response was "Um… well…. Half Shell has a lot of PoBoys" with a kind of snappy attitude. My mom and I looked at each other and she informed him that she would like blackened shrimp after skimming the menu fir her options. Anyway, we order our meals and we eat. As we are dining, two other couples came in one sat behind us and the other couple sat in front of us. Both couples were not African American. So, I immediately noticed that he was the waiter for both tables. I could hear him walk up to the tables, 1) introduce himself, 2) inform them of the specials, and even made suggestions. This pissed me off because their are still people out here that are extremely prejudice. His attitude and tone was completely different.
Anyone who knows me knows that I tip really well. I normally start at $5 and let you determine if it goes up or down. My mother suggested a $1 tip but knowledge is more powerful so I left him a tip. "You should not make a difference between white & black customers." His name was David (found that out from the receipt) and if you go in there I would not recommend him.
Don't join this group! Sonya is a dangerous women and very hostel towards anyone who stands out more then her because she is a narcissistic. This church will bleed you dry of money, not bothering to write you a recipient for taxes. There are other places to look to for the pagan path. Just not here! Cuups and summerland groove offer better services. Do not go to this church!
very interesting that a few of the posts on here backing tsg are from people who are no longer members. run away, run fast
My organization had an event at The Bradford during which an exposed PVC pipe (believed to be out of code) was protruding from the wall in the room with the dance floor, and broke. The pipe began to heavily spout water into the room, which quickly flooded. The venue owner was present and turned the building's water off. The owner offered us a second, smaller, room in which to continue our event while the water in the first room could be cleaned up. About 10 minutes later, however the fire alarms in the building went off due to more water leaking into the system in the basement. The event guests evacuated the building and the fire department arrived determining that the pipe was out of code and that the alarm went off due to water leaking therefore there was no immediate danger. The organization's event coordinators made the decision to send all guests home (175 patrons) since the venue had no running water, or therefore plumbing. The venue owner stated to the event coordinators that the due to the incidents the night would be on her. Since the event, the venue owner only offered a "make up" event at The Bradford free of charge. She stated that this would have to be used by the same organization for the same event to be valid. Our organization does not want to hold the event a second time, and believes we deserve a monetary refund. The owner believes that since costs on her part were incurred during the event she does not owe us any refund. My organization believes that not only was the event cut short due to issues with the venue (we had to leave nearly halfway through our contracted time at the venue), but the terms and conditions promised in the contract were not met, and therefore our money should be returned to us regardless of the venue's event cancellation policy. Since the pipe did not break by the fault of an event attendee, and therefore is the liability of the venue, and the venue failed to provide running water and working plumbing, the amount paid by the organization to the Bradford should be refunded. The venue owner has since retracted her offer of an event credit at the venue, and now is threatening to assess all damages caused by the faulty plumbing (all plumbing repairs, flooring needing replacement, etc), and take my organization to court over this.
The venue owner throughout this process has been difficult to get in contact with and has changed her account of the incident significantly when speaking to representatives of our organization.
My GF and I like to try local places that we haven’t been to before, so we went to Fat Larry’s We had a coupon from the fundraiser book for a free platter with the purchase of another platter of equal or greater value. We had to park in the back of the restaurant, which isn’t bad other than the poor lighting back there was we were leaving and the sun had set. We were not impressed that there was not a host stand but rather a “Seat Yourself” sign. We don’t like those because the servers tend to not notice/acknowledge you walking in. The first thing I noticed as I sat down was the Memphis In May trophies, three of them, in the corner of the room. Since nobody was sitting near them, I wondered over to take a look: First Place in 1999, Second in 2003, and Third in 2005. One of the servers was kind enough to point out the Grand Champion Trophy on another wall, also from 1999. Eyebrow raised, each trophy placing progressively lower and hadn’t placed in nine years...
I showed the coupon to the server, who was pleasant, as you’d expect a server to be. However, once we ordered the first platter, a brisket platter, she informed us that we could get the brisket with the coupon, but the second one couldn’t be a brisket, also. Wouldn’t the same item be “of equal or greater value”? Regardless, I she could have kept that info to herself, because I was planning on ordering the pork platter next, anyway. They did allow me to substitute my slaw for fries and my GF’s beans for fried okra, and allowed us each to get a burger bun at no charge to make sandwiches from our platters.
Rather quickly, our food arrived. Then again, why should it take long when it was all pre-made. The pork and brisket each had a different barbecue sauce on them and the brisket sauce was fair, but the pork’s sauce was not very good. I would have preferred the other. A year of watching Robert Irvine and many other Food Network personalities critique food has ruined me. Last year, I probably would have been pleased with my meal. However, the pork didn’t taste “smokey” at all, had no kind of seasoning, and grease dripping off of it, from the sandwich to the plate. The brisket was dry and tasted like an overcooked slice of sirloin. The fries were frozen crinkle-cut fries you can get ay any supermarket, though they did sprinkle some kind of seasoning on them. The slaw on my GF’s platter was from a bucket. The okra was as the fries were, some frozen breaded okra. But, the beans were the biggest disappointment of them all. Beans aren’t that difficult. But these were taken straight out of their generic pork-n-beans can, with some of their tasteless pork thrown in. I could picture Robert turning the bowl over on the table with a disgusted look on his face.
Fat Larry, we can get heated up frozen and canned food from any of chain restaurants in the Wolfchase area. You aren’t helping the “eat local” cause if your idea of “local” was shipped in from some warehouse or bought from Sam’s. Thank you for honoring our coupon, but we won’t be back.
Red neck biker bar without the bikes.!
Wish they had more name brands.
I ordered a House Special pizza with no smoked sausage. Had the person over the phone to repeat the order. Usually, the smoked sausage is chuncky, this time it was diced. I couldn't see until I bit into a slice. I called the restaurant and they said to bring the pizza back. I lived too far to take back. I didn't like the manager attitude so I told him word of mouth goes a long way,then I hung up. I called back to say I'm sorry and he hung the phone in my face. I wasn't even nasty. In my book, so much for Broadway.
NOT recommended. Dirty and nasty. This place is aweful. The worst customer service I've ever had. The food is not even edible. We went because the menu advertised fish and Chips and Rueben sandwiches however, after the drive there, they informed us they had no fish. We settled on the corned beef and it was two slices of Walmart deli meat on two soggy prices of toast...no saurkraut. We couldnt eat it and left it in the plate. We ordered a couple of beers but they seemed to be out of our first two choices and when we finally did get our first beer 15 minutes later, they were marginally hot. Then the band came on, Rust in Heaven or something er other and played a bunch of golden oldie tunes that might have been great if we were 70 years old. That was 30 minutes after the keyboard player kept playing a god aweful sound repeatedly on his keyboard. If we hadn't have had to wait for over 30 minutes for our limpy soft sandwich we would have left immediately. About 30 minutes of hearing Jet Airliner over and over was all we could do, we left the sandwich and warm beer and bolted across the street to a marginally dirtier and smokier bar but at least they served cold beer and the music wasn't as bad because they at least made us feel 55 instead of 70. If you want cold beer, decent service, decent music, decent food....this place is definitely not it. Irish pub?? Forget it, not even a clue why it's called Hadley's.
My wife and I attended a retirement dinner here and the place was a zero or less actually. I will mention the very little good before the bad. The serving staff was courteous and prompt. The food was subpar. Salads were bagged and the added items... cucumber and tomato were limp and not fresh. The steak was pedestrian and tolerable at best. Very little seasoning and definitely not hand cut as you would expect for the price. But, to add insult to injury I ordered two bottles of wine. One for my wife and I and one for the honoree and her husband. I was charged a mandatory 18% gratuity even though it was only two bottles of wine and I was not the responsible party for the event check. The general manager advised me that was their policy and that's that. Perhaps, that's that is how you should regard this place. It is definitively off my list of any place that I would choose to dine, recommend or spend my hard earned money. It is on top of the list of places to AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE!!!!!!!
this is now called mug shots and the food is not the best, management changes employees change every week, my chicken strips were burnt french fries were good.
I left Temple of the Sacred Gift when they "accepted the resignation of" (read: fired - no resignation was ever submitted) two clergy for nothing more than disagreeing with the High Priestess, Rev. Sonya Miller. In the four years this church has been around they have lost no less than five clergy to firings or resignations, all resulting from conflict with the HPS. I have seen her behave badly at events she is invited to, including verbal abuse of event staff and vandalism of a rented site. She has also given grievous disrespect to community elders.
TSG expects a whopping amount of financial support from all members. In addition to their $120/year "dues" (compared to no dues asked from members of Neshoba Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans and $25/year asked -- but, at this time, not required -- from members of Summerland Grove) TSG holds a fundraising event nearly every week. Even those contributing their time and skills to present a workshop or energy share at these events are expected to pay for the privilege, something I have never seen from any other Pagan or Wiccan organization anywhere.
TSG is run on the "coven model" -- all final say is vested in the High Priestess. TSG, at least during the time I was a member, tried to cover this up by having clergy councils and member representatives, all for show as their decisions could be (and were) overridden by Sonya. This is not a healthy model for a church and not one that I support. Once I found out that I had been deceived about the locus of control, I was no longer willing to be a part. Worryingly, the church rewrites its own history every time clergy leave or are fired: names of founders removed from the church history, long-time clergy being told they were never clergy once they quit even though evidence exists that they were previously listed as clergy on TSG sites. This behavior reminds me of another problematic church -- Scientology.
The Mid-South Pagan community is vast, but you wouldn't know it from asking TSG, which likes to pretend it's the only game in town. Please, before deciding to involve yourself with this money-focused and problematic organization, research and see what other options the community holds for you. Find a group that will value you as more than a pocketbook and sycophant. Don't get burned.
I was a member and clergy for Temple of the Sacred Gift for 3 years. Most of the members of this organization are truly wonderful people. The leadership, however, leaves a lot to be desired. In the 4 years the church has been open they have elevated 8 people to clergy status, now only 2 remain clergy, the married couple who started the church. The rest of clergy either left because of personal conflict with Rev Sonya Miller or were forced to resign. Members don't tend to stay around long either. TSG expects a lot of time and money from its members, especially those in the inner circle who are the only ones allowed to lead events or have roles of responsibility within the church.
Memphis has several pagan groups and churches. TSG acts as if they are the only group in town. They do not support the other groups or encourage their members to become a part of the greater community. I recommend Summerland Grove Pagan Church or the CUUPS group at Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church. Both of these organizations encourage practitioners to make and follow their own pagan path, they lack the dogma and strict adherence to Wiccan laws found in TSG.
I would not recommend this "church" to any free thinking individual. It has numerous problems with keeping clergy and members. I attended for three years and in that time they lost 4 members of clergy and numerous members because they could not follow the high priestess without questioning her or agreeing with her. I have been involved in the Memphis wiccan and pagan community for 13 years. I have never had a more disappointing experience than I did with TSG.
Avoid if at all possible.
The 'clergy' have no place leading anyone. The 'church' does not seek to teach nor fulfill Spiritual needs. They seek only monetary and material support. They lie about their founding, their history, and their credentials.
Summerland Grove in Memphis is a better group to look into.
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