In terms of food quality, this is one of the best restaurants in town. I would definitely rank it in the top 3. The king of Jordan even ate here in July 2010, during his motorcycle tour of America.
Having lived in Kelly Ridge for over 9 years, I have witnessed this restaurant have it's ups and downs. The owner changed many times, and when the owner changed, so did the quality. There was a period where I didn't come here for a few years, because staff was rude, and food was and menu was bad. A few years ago, I decided to give it another chance, and I am glad I did. There is now a completely new owner, and staff, and I have started frequenting this restaurant again.
The only thing I would really complain about is that the portions have shrunk, and the service. The staff has messed up my order on several occasions. This usually happens when I order take out. When I eat in, they tend to be more careful. And one time, I spent like 30 minutes deciding what to order, because they were out of chicken strips. Seriously, when a restaurant is out of food, you have a problem. The waitress said she'll be right back with me, but she didn't come back for 20 minutes. That's really the only bad experience I've had in this place.
I usually order cheeseburgers here, with fries, onion rings, or onion straws, but I've also had their fish and chips, chicken sandwich, and Philly Cheese Steak (wouldn't recommend), but my favorite are still the burgers. I love their onion rings too, though when my friend ordered them, they sprinkled parmesan on the, but they never did that when I ordered them.
The restaurant is part of the Kelly Ridge Country Club, and has a beautiful view of Lake Oroville, and Table Mountain. The only bad thing is, it's location. The location is really affecting business. The restaurant is just too far out of town, so most people aren't willing to drive such a long way to have a meal. That's why most of the customers are residents of Kelly Ridge.
The restaurant earns most of its money by hosting events, such as weddings and parties. Most other times, business is slow.
The restaurant, is open from 11-8:30 Tues-Sat, is closed on Monday, and is only open from 9-3 on Sunday, which is BS.
Favorite Dish: Western Burger with Onion Rings and Onion Straws
We had been told that the food at Tong Fong Low's was great and the portions large. Food was tasteless, could not rate it average even by any scale I know. Now, I've had Kung Pao Chicken before, many times and in many countries, including China. This did not look and it did not taste like any Kung Pao Chicken I've ever had, period. Patty had Tofu Vegetables which were in some kind of tasteless gravy which didn't come close to tasting like a Chinese dish and she too has traveled extensively including China.
Service was slow, waitress was not friendly, a bit edgy. Place was very crowded, people even waiting in line to get in when we left. I am at a total loss as to what the attraction here is other than the portions are quite large. I'm not buying it though. Give me less food of a much better quality. I can't eat here again.
Favorite Dish: Well, it's not going to be the Kung Pao Chicken,
Oh man, where do I begin? First of all the employees are idiots. It seems like everyone who works there has ADD, and everyone was looking at me like I was some crazy person.
It's also really confusing. When I walked in, I didn't know what I was supposed to do. I didn't know if I grab my own food or pay later, or grab a plate and wait to be served. I had no idea, and I didn't wanna hold up the line, and the manager was looking at me weird, and I saw some guy put macaroni on his plate, so I did the same. I was waiting for my friend, but I thought the manager was gonna yell at me, so I just placed my order, which was another nightmare.
The menu only had the types of sandwhiches listed, but didn't mention that they were sandwitches, and I know they have hotdogs and turkey dinners there too, so I asked the manager who was working the buffet TWICE if the menu items are sandwitches, and he just said, "What?" I didn't know what to do so I just said, "Nevermind" and ordered the special which turned out to be terrible. I had to ask my friend who washes dishes there about the menu.
Anyways, the special was a BBQ Pork Sandwitch, which didn't look too bad on the picture, except they put WAY too much BBQ sauce on it. It was more like a sloppy joe then a pork sandwitch. I couldn't even finish the thing, 'cuz I felt like I was gonna throw up, and I got diahreah when I got home.
I heard the Tuesday special is good, but i doubt it.
What else, my fork was dirty, even though my friend said he has washed it.
And the food is incredibly overpriced for such low quality. My sandwitch cost about $9, which is just ridiculous. I can get a footlong at Subway for 5.
Also, the restaraunt closes at 3, so if you wanna come in for dinner, you can't, not that I'd want to eat dinner there anyways.
I heard the restaraunt is mostly used by workers from nearby businesses on their lunch break, other then that, they don't get a lot of customers, and I can see why.
And the exterior is hideous! The tiles make it look like the inside of a bathroom, and not a restaraunt. If it weren't for the sign, I wouldn't know what it was. Not very inviting.
Also, it's very confusing because there are doors on each side, and you don't know which ones you're supposed to use. A front enterance, a back enterance, and an emergency exit would be enough. Why so many doors? I just enetered from the parking lot.
Also, the inside decor is just hideous! It looks like something you would find in a day care center, and not a restaraunt. They really need to have the place redesigned.
I'm never eating at that place again! Waste of $9. Avoid at all cost! It's the first restaraunt if you enter town on Table Mountain Blvd, but trust me, just keep driving. There are some better restaraunts further in town.
Favorite Dish: None!
I've visited a few burger joints around town and this one is still my favorite. I have been coming here for about 8 years, and it never dissapoints. I used to come here for the rootbeer shake, and the arcade, but their shakes aren't as good as they used to be, but their food is.
I always order the same thing when I go, a bacon cheese burger, and small fries with nacho cheese dip. They have Small, Large, and Family Size. Unless you're really starving or have a big group, just order the small. The small fires are really like ordering a large in any other restaraunt, and I usually pay around 11 bucks for the whole meal (without the drink). A bit overpriced, but the large portion makes up for it. Just don't order the Big Boss, because one time they gave me one on accident and the meat was cut into 4 different pieces and was falling appart, and it was cooked weird. It was terrible, but the little boss is good.
Service is usually good. I only got ripped off once. I payed for bacon, and didn't get any bacon, and sometimes they don't ask if I want it for here or to go.
It also takes a while to get your food, but the wait is worth it. They used to have a bowl of free peanuts to munch on while you waited for your food, but now they don't. :(
Try to avoid eating there during lunch hour, 11:30-1, as it gets crowded with high school students on their lunch break. Most other times of the day it's quiet.
Also, there are no men working there, it's all hot girls, so if you're lucky, you might get a date, just leave your number in the tip jar. ;)
Favorite Dish: Little Boss with bacon and cheddar, and small fries with nacho cheese dip. I haven't tried anything else there.
Serves breakfast Fri, Sat, and Sun. from 7-11.
Open 7 days a week.
Serves American and Mexican food with a twist.
The restaraunt has switched owners and names several times over the last few years. It is currently run by a local family. It is a tiny restaraunt and only has a few tables both inside and outside. It's not very popular, and can't fit a lot of people, so it's never crowded, and you can often have the whole place to yourself. You can either eat in, or order to go. I would recommend eating in. When the staff isn't in the kitchen, they are mingling to the cutomers, so it is a good chance to mingle with the locals, and learn about the area a little bit.
The service is good, and the staff is really friendly. The nice lady ran to market to get some feta for my feta burger, which they had taken off the menu. I've never had anyone do that before. Normaly people just tell me, they don't have it, and have me ordered something else. So I give them an A+ on customer service.
They also have a wide variety of menu items, which consists of American and Mexican food, with their own twist.
I would rate the quality of food average. Some items are better then others, but this part of town is really out into the country, so there aren't very many places to eat, and this one is by far the best, and the staff is great!
Favorite Dish: Cheese Sticks Burger, and Feta Burger.
Honestly, the only thing I really eat there are the burgers. I've had a burrito before, but it wasn't that great. The fries were too soft and not fatty enough. The onion rings were good though, and cooked in a different style. The Mozarella sticks are too soft, but if you keep them inside the burger, you don't even notice. The Feta Burger was quite something though. It had feta, olives, a tomatoes, pickles, and jalapenos. I wasn't a big fan of feta or olives until I tried that burger. Delicious! They have a wide variety of menu items, for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also have milkshakes. I'm not really familiar with the other menu items. I haven't really tried anything else there.
The burgers are deffinately the best though. They have a variety of burgers that you won't find anywhere else in town.