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“We will not return” 2 of 5 stars
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Big Cheese Eatery
209 W. Olympia Ave., Punta Gorda, FL
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Ranked #99 of 136 Restaurants in Punta Gorda
Cuisines: American
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Punta Gorda, Florida, USA
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“We will not return”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We gave this new place 2 tries. First dinner- went to get an upscale grilled cheese sandwich only to find out that they do not serve grilled cheese in the evening. They had only 4 choices for dinner entrees plus the appetizers. Like the previous reviewer, we were not impressed given the price. So we gave it another try for lunch when we had out of town guests. Our lunch was basically served in a plastic basket lined with paper and our drinks were in strofoam glasses. Now, I don't mind that presentation if we are in a beach bar, but thought it wouldbe better here. The food was average. Black bean soup was good- just the right amount of spiciness. We thought it might redeem itself for dessert- biscotti with tiramisu dip. The biscotti was one of the ones you buy individually prewrapped from the bigbox stores. They placed it directly on the table (in the wrapper) and then gave us a small syrofoam cup of the tiramisu dip. We ended up with a mess of crumbles on the table. The hours seem to be sporadic and changing. One friend went to buy cheese only to find a note saying that they were temporarily closed due to doctor appointments. She went back a few hours later and the note was still there. The restaurant has a good premise but will not make it the way they are currently running it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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“We were not impressed.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We always enjoyed Pressler's Deli when it was open and so we wanted to try the new Big Cheese Eatery, which has the same owner, for dinner. Unfortunately, we were disappointed! For starters we shared the sage potato cakes and our friends had the fruit and cheese starter.

The potato cakes consisted of two very small cakes about the size of a silver dollar -but in fairness, several times thicker. They were very small considering the price of $7! I will say they were very tasty - but very small! Our friends starter, for about the same price, consisted of two small pieces of toast each with a small wedge of pear topped with walnuts and cheese. Very tasty, but again, way too small for the price!

The side salads that came with the main course were very fresh and nicely presented. We all enjoyed them. The main course choices are different each day but are limited. On Friday we selected chicken cordon bleu, BBQ shrimp, a quinoa vegetarian dish, and a hamburger. The hamburger was tasty and presented on fresh French bread. The BBQ shrimp was also tasty. The other two dishes were, well, rather boring and none of them were particularly well presented. So, all in all, we left there disappointed. The lunch menu looks very nice and, given our experiences in the past with Pressler's Deli, we will try it for lunch, but we will not return for dinner any time soon...

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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