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Reviewed January 25, 2020

I've always enjoyed eating at this grill. Employees are very nice. Great customer service. This grill is very busy during the lunch hours. Finding a place to park can sometimes be a problem, but all in all I love this place.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 20, 2019 via mobile

Brown and Gardiner’s is an interesting place. It is historically significant because it has been in operation since 1959 and is the classic soda fountain on one side and drug store on the other. This slice of Americana has been significantly fading from the U.S....economic landscape over the last several decades. This place is worth a visit if for no other reason than that! But the utterly fascinating thing about my visit was the clientele. I expected a mostly local crowd of older country folk mixed with blue collar workers, all punctuated by an occasional tourist. The hoi polloi if you will. But the patrons were pretty much the opposite of this. It was filled instead with well-to-do people from the Irving Park area nearby. The country club crowd. B and G seems to be more of a social gathering, a place to see and be seen, rather than a stop for lunch. The patrons literally talk to each other across the restaurant, asking each other how awesome their lives are, what business trip their spouse is on, and what the kids are doing this weekend. It was as if they were LARPing their Facebook page. I can answer any number of questions about these peoples’ lives, including knowing their children’s names, 8 of which I learned in the 30 minutes I was there. And each name was more vomitrocious than the last. I inadvertently met Fletcher, Adelaide, Blaine, Flynn, Dylan, Tucker, Wade-William, and, brace yourself, Beasley. Certainly they are not here for the food. Don’t get me wrong—it’s good, but that’s about it. My patty melt came out very fast, meaning it was cooked earlier. I don’t care for that. Instead of one thick patty, it was two thin ones. Nice grilled onions. It could have used one more slice of cheese. Overall, they make a competent patty melt with a pleasant flavor. The hot dog all the way was similar. Good. Passable. Dog itself had a decent taste. The chili needed a little more spice. Likewise, the slaw was good but unremarkable. I wish they had toasted the bun—that would have made a really nice difference. The ubiquitous crinkle fries were done right. The servers seem to share all tables. I was visited by 3 different ones. 2 out of three were very friendly and cheerful. #3 was pretty deadpan. The price was reasonable. Because the food is good but not great, I am going with 3 stars. But it’s definitely worth a visit if you are nearby. You can experience some nostalgia. Plus you can keep up with what the Greensboro haute monde are up to. And learn a few names to NOT use for your own children.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed February 5, 2018

This drugstore fountain food service is what you remember growing up years ago. the food is excellent. The service prompt and efficient. I love stopping here for a breakfast sandwich, quick lunch and always enjoy their signature orange drink.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed November 15, 2016

Do you want a fried bologna sandwich? Grilled Cheese? Fries? This is your place! Reminds me of times past. delicious food. And you can get your prescriptions filled too! :)

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Walk in this place and it looks like it was stuck in the 60's. The service is great, food is fresh and the prices reflect a great value. A must for those within the area. Great place - it survived all those years because it...a great place...More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed August 3, 2014

Everything is there - the throwback, neighborhood soda shop atmosphere (stools snaking along a worn, but clean counter; a booth or two, a few tables, with one large communal table where the gray haired gentlemen gather for coffee and such); a functioning pharmacy with no...drive thru; displays of sundries (you know, drug store stuff) actually for sale; a magazine rack; friendly, attentive service with a "what's the hurry" pace. But, the food simply falls short - it is pretty ordinary, not bad, mind you, just ordinary. The breakfast is not bad, just stick with eggs (fried or scrambled), breakfast meat, grits (hash browns are the frozen kind), and toast - biscuits are not made in house. If you opt for an omelet, stay with bacon and/or cheese. Little of the lunch items appears to have been made in house or was not previously frozen - Ham & Cheese, Grilled Cheese, or a BLT is not a bad choice - stay simple. Tuna, Chicken or Egg salads are not bad, but nothing special here. The hamburger patty is thin and rather small, with out much flavor on its own, goes for $2.80. The hot dog is not a favorite - the wiener is decent, but the "chili" is really a thin, sweet, tomato based hot dog sauce, very little meat detected here - goes for $1.50 - former Congressman Howard Coble still comes in for the hot dog. The "Nanny" Special is steak'ums with grilled onions, layered cheese (not melted), and a sweet tasting barbecue style sauce on a small sub like roll, accompanied by fries or onion rings. Sandwich is not bad, taste grows on you, but it is a small sandwich, with limited content, and the combo (no drink) goes for $5.85. Fries are the infamous ridges of no taste, and the onions rings are the frozen kind, where all the coating comes off with the first bite, leaving a thin, unadorned strip of onion. People here are nice, friendly, relatively efficient, and it is a rather popular neighborhood lunch spot, and you will see a number of high school kids here when school is in. There is some limited parking in the front, but you have to back out on to North Elm which is busy here. There is plenty of parking in the back, and much safer, and there is a back entrance. Stars are more for the old school ambiance than for the food - there is better, in some cases much better, food available, and nearby.More

Date of visit: November 2013
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

I love to eat lunch here if I am in the area. French fries are my favorite. Old fashion down home food. Everything is good. The parking lot is very small, but I usually find a parking place on the street. Prices very reasonable and...service quick.More

Date of visit: January 2013
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Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

Best greasy spoon in town! Love the people, the food and the price! Great place for sandwiches and fries!

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Reviewed August 10, 2012

Fun soda shop atmosphere. Total greasy spoon that is fabulous and fun at the same time! This is a local place in our community and it fills up fast so get there early!

Date of visit: July 2012
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Reviewed May 22, 2008

A favorite of those from the Irving Park/Lake Jeanette area. It's mostly regulars. The food is cheap but good. It's mostly an older crowd and high school aged kids (Page High is less than a mile away). The staff is friendly and they have great...limeade and cherry cokes. If you're looking for a quick, cheap lunch, BG is the place to go.More

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