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“Clean but mediocre food” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ponderosa Steakhouse - CLOSED

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Ponderosa Steakhouse
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Clean but mediocre food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Not the worst but definitely not the best. Would have been nice if the buffet had fresher choices. The steak was ok, a little fatty but was expected. Would eat next door at BWW instead.

Visited January 2014
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Thank hockeymomchicago69
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36 reviews from our community

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English first
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Literally the worst steak I've ever ate”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2013 via mobile

I got the buffet and a t bone and I should have just stuck to the buffet. The food on the buffet wasn't great but it wasn't terrible. The salad bar was horrible. The ranch looked and taste like ranch dressing mixed with a gallon of water. The diced boiled eggs felt like biting into rubber and were still slightly frozen or at least felt that way. The steak was undoubtably the worst steak I've ever attempted to eat. I ordered it rare and it came out like it was microwaved to med well. But I doubt it was ever in a "rare" state. It appeared like it was pumped with so many preservatives that it was actually "cooked" before it ever hit the grill. It looked exactly like the steaks you can get from the guys who drive around door to door with a freezer on the back of their truck selling meat in bulk. It had no flavor and was disgusting feeling in my mouth. I saved it for the dog but I don't think I'm gonna feed it to him. I don't want him to get cancer from all the chemicals this meat obviously has in it.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ryan13003
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Disgusting”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

This place needs to be closed down. It is dirty and disgusting. I will never eat there again. Do not waste your money here!!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Klb95
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1 review
“good food excellent service!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

The waitresses are very friendly,the food was very good much better than last time I went there will definitely go again!!:-)

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Johnjjk
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Keokuk, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good place to stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2012

Clean, neat bright and roomy inside. Delicious buffet with plenty of everything - including desserts. Friendly waitstaff too!

Visited November 2012
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Thank Ann W
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