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Bearcats Restaurant

 The old Stutz Bearcat auto plant at 12th St. and Senate Avenue has been converted into the Stutz business center. On the ground floor of that huge building sits the Bearcats restaurant. Pat and I tried to go there last year, but apparently it was a nighttime joint. That must not have worked out for them because now it’s open for breakfast and lunch. They have a website but the menu shown is different from the one you see when you sit down. So I scanned the in-house menu. Hopefully that will eliminate any confusion.

It is a nice looking place full of industrial chic from the big overhead ductwork to the yellow caution tape on the floor. The menu was more than adequate for lunch service. Nothing unique just your typical lunch fare. But the one thing this joint was lacking was a big dose of happy server face. There were two servers working so they might have been shorthanded, which always leads to extra stress. However, it don’t take much energy to smile. At least try not to project the vibe: “why don’t you go away?”. Well enough about atmosphere on to the food.005


We had wanted to share some mushrooms since they were fresh and hand breaded but they were out.I did notice that they cooked off their own corned beef. That’s not the same as making your own, but it is better than buying it already cooked in Cryovac. So I ordered a Reuben. It was very good. Nicely done with an abundant amount of freshly prepared french fries. I just wish those darn servers had smiled more.

008So you can expect a good lunch here. Fresh and quickly prepared. And hopefully a more cheerful atmosphere. And no I don’t expect a server or bartender to entertain me. I do expect them to fulfill my food and beverage requests. And since I am old school I don’t think pretending to enjoy taking my money is out of line.Bearcats Restaurant at the Stutz Business Center on Urbanspoon

7 responses

  1. I waited tables for 10 yrs, and it’s not out of line to smile and be kind and grateful to the person who is going to tip you. That’s your job. We all have problems; check them at the door and “serve.” Fortunately, we had a cheerful server tonight as we ate Burning Ring of Fire jalapeno tabasco burgers. I also had pastrami for lunch, so seeing that Reuben reminded me of it. The problem w/ pastrami is those little white fatty strings get in your teeth. Don’t you have that problem?

    July 12, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    • True Dat! When I waited tables and tended bar, a long time ago I learned real early that nice equaled mo’ money. And I was reminded that a sullen server is a total downer. It takes some of the enjoyment out of the dining experience. I am confused. Are we talking corned beef or pastrami? The only problem I have with pastrami is finding the real deal, not this abomination “turkey pastrami”. Turkey “pastrami”, that is as bad as turkey ribs.

      July 13, 2013 at 5:08 am

      • it says “pastrami” on the label. i never see turkey pastrami anywhere. is that like turkey sausage?

        July 13, 2013 at 9:26 am

      • Yep,it sure is. And contrary to what my cardiologist says I think turkey sausage is an abomination as well. Pastrami should be beef and and sausage should be pig. You are lucky your area has yet to touched by this travesty.

        July 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

  2. Oh, one more thing–I would tag this as “food” or “food and drink” or “restaurant” so the foodies can read about these places. 🙂

    July 12, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    • Excellent idea! It has been done, mon capitan. I am always open for suggestions. Thank You.

      July 13, 2013 at 5:10 am

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    July 20, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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