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“Don't bother”

Badlands Restaurant and Bar
Ranked #5 of 130 Restaurants in Minot
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Badlands is a Fresh Casual Restaurant & Bar with wide Verity of Food & Drinks. We serve Lunch, Dinners, and open until late night. We have large sitting for dining to include larger parties, and Private room for any event for approximately 30 people. Fresh, Friendly, with a local flavor. Great Line of Steaks, to comfort food that we all crave. New Salad Bar, and New Patio seasonally.
Raleigh NC
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
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“Don't bother”
Reviewed July 23, 2012

You know that you are in trouble when you go into a restaurant and the hostesses are too busy playing with themselves to open the door for an incoming customers (even though its clearly company policy to do so) It set the stage for what clearly is a restaurant that has a well thought out plan but failing in execution. A building that is in a strip mall but has a facade added to it that makes its look like a steak house/restaurant that might deliver more but doesn't measure up.

Sat at the bar, best part of the meal.... good drinks, pleasant bar tender, reasonably priced.... and then the bread. Probably the best part of the meal and that wasn't all that. Looked at the menu.... one that reminded me of a Applebees/TGIF/Bennigans.... you know the type glossy photos, laminated, saying to all the world.. This is our menu and its NEVER going to change... like it or leave it.....

So we are left with a choice... I decided to try the meatloaf (something that is designated a house specialty) When it comes... wow what a disappointment. The corn is obviously canned and reheated, the mash potatoes are instant / pre-made type and the Meatloaf is some sort of premixed from Sysco with a gravy splashed over it to give it some taste. All in all I guess for 10 bucks I shouldn't complain but this dish clearly didn't deliver. Is it so hard to make mash potatoes in house, do corn the right way... maybe even make your own meatloaf (after all its billed as a house specialty).

My fellow patron had the pork and it also was a failure. Clearly had been slowed cooked but than set aside and reheated when ordered. The same problem with the sides and yet another miss. I should have know when the I asked the bartender for her preferences and she said her favorite meal was the Asian Rice dish....

So in the end, go in get a couple of drinks... stick to the reasonable priced steaks... avoid anything that requires thought by the kitchen staff.... of better yet go to different restaurant to eat.... I can't believe that some of the other reviewers went to the same restaurant.

  • Visited July 2012
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Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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“are you done yet ?”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

i took my wife here for her b/ day may 23- on advice from gal at hotel reception desk- we were so rushed although it was not even half full- beer/ wine came promptly- but after we ordered our salad came 2 min later -then appetizer just as we finished our salads-followed -3 min later by our main course- had may be 4 sips of my beer -no water brought although requested- in and out in roughly 40 min -what a joke - boxed appetizers- no offer for another drink or dessert- worst place yet- food this side of cafeteria food- if in minot again -would never go back-and will pass story onto my friends-

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Jd S
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Reviewed May 22, 2012 via mobile

Food was great, waiter was attentive. Have eaten at michaels, alder grill, grizzlys, and many others, and this one was our fave! Even the kids fish was delicious! Definitely best choice in Minot! It is nothing like tgi Fridays or Applebee's. Don't listen to the reviews that say that!

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Thank AmandaMose
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Minot, North Dakota
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Steaks are ususally good.”
Reviewed May 18, 2012

Steaks here are usually good. I have had some that were touch and bland but generally they have been good. The Cedar plank salmon is pretty consistently good as well.

Visited May 2012
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Williston, North Dakota
Level 3 Contributor
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“Won't ever go back!”
Reviewed April 26, 2012

The waitress rushed us to order even tho it wasn't busy, then got both our orders wrong. Food was subpar, hostess ignored us when we left. Very NOT impressed. Wish we'd gone to 10 north main instead.

  • Visited April 2012
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