This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and BJ’s Restaurants, but all my opinions are my own. #DineInOrderAhead #pmedia http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV
My family likes to eat. I mean, we seriously get with grubbin’ down like you wouldn’t believe. The vast majority of holidays and occasions in my past, celebrated with my family, one of the things I best remember are the menus. Isn’t that crazy?! I can’t tell you half the time what kind of gifts I might have gotten, but I sure can remember the lasagna and salad with just a touch of garlic salt! OH, and that German Chocolate cake!
Flash to modern day (hey there!) and we’ve got some new, dietary issues to deal with when the family gets to supper. We have gluten intolerances, diabetes and Atkin’s dieters to accommodate. That’s pretty darn random and out there. But luckily we can all get fed and leave fat and happy when we visit BJ’s Restaurant.
Just last Friday I treated my family to a spot of late lunch at BJ’s Restaurant and introduced the boys to the place. From a first time kid’s perspective, the inside is fancy, but not too fancy, if a bit grown up. The seats are comfortable and the food is amazing. The toothpicks (swiped from the hostess area on arrival) did not get such rave reviews…
Ow. But I’m already at the middle without even touching on the beginning! I was in my makeshift office, read my parent’s formal dining room, plugging away and doing my thing. It was a lovely Friday and having snagged some exceptionally awesome deals while garage saling and meeting some very sweet yard sale kitties, we decided to get cleaned up and have a lunch on the town.
So I busted out my cellphone and downloaded the BJ’s Mobile App for Android. Which they also have for you iPhone users, too! Now I’m pretty crazy about apps. When I find one I love I tell everyone about it. But to love it and take up space on my precious phone, it has to either entertain me or save me time. And I’m pleased to say, BJ’s Mobile App can totally do that for you.
Getting into the app I ventured on to Dine in Order Ahead. It does just what it sounds like. You get on your phone or other device and place your order for the time and location you choose. You arrive, greet the host or hostess and inform them of your Dine in Order Ahead order. They pull it and seat you where your waitstaff goes over your order and allows for any changes or additions you might have which was great, because we did decide to tack on another meal to split my gluten free pizza amongst the table as an appetizer instead.
Oh, and ordering for the kids was made so stinking easy. I handed them the phone opened to the kid’s menu and they made all of their selections themselves! So no complaints from them!
And on a totally unrelated note, check out my poor phone! I have never, ever busted a cell phone and then I did the very day before this picture was taken. Ah, well… let’s get back to food!
We arrived and were in high spirits as we were immediately seated despite the small crowd milling about the front area. The boys were really stoked about this and being that we’d been having a time shoving a china cabinet, two outdoor lawn chairs and a table into my mom’s SUV, Momma and I were pleased to not be standing around any longer than we just had to. I was asked “are we special?” to which I responded, “you know we are, kid”.
One thing I have to say about BJ’s Restaurant, their waitstaff is friendly, professional and just all around great. We LOVED our server and she was so great and dealing with the boys. You know how kids can be, waffling about drink choices and whatnot and she took care of us as well as anybody ever good and never batted an eyelash.
It did take a while for our food to arrive, but since we were seated we were able to chat and, in some instances, secretly stab at ourselves with a toothpick under the table. When the food did arrive we had quite a spread for five hungry people!
I got a wedge salad and some cheddar and broccoli soup. Unless you’re gluten free yourself, you may not realize just how amazing eating a bowl of soup at a restaurant can be. Around the table we dined on spaghetti with butter sauce, chicken tenders and wedge fries, pasta and a chicken parmigiana sandwich. We all shared a gluten free pizza with salami and black olives and oldest nephew and I, who often bond over our love of root beer, got a house brew of the good stuff.
The food was great and our dining experience excellent. No nagging waitstaff or interruptions. It seemed like magic that she was there when we needed her.
After we finished we attempted to use the BJ’s Mobile App to pay for our meal using Mobile Pay while our little party was finishing up but after getting booted out of the app twice, the waitress was kind enough to run my card for me. We discussed the Mobile Pay and I asked “is it really worth it?” to which she said that sometimes your waiter or waitress is going to be there the moment you want to pay so in that instance you don’t really need it. BUT she informed during those crazy busy times, like date night, it can make all the difference in how quickly you get to exit the restaurant. While it didn’t work for me that day, it could just have been my phone or service or maybe the Android version isn’t quite there yet I am looking forward to trying again on our next visit!
In the end, some of us planned on saving half of our food for supper and didn’t only further driving home the point, that we’re a BJ’s Restaurant type of family. If you haven’t been before, download that app and just see how take a trip to your local supping place and see for yourself what an awesome joint it is and how family dining is made easy at BJ’s Restaurant!
This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and BJ’s Restaurants, but all my opinions are my own. #DineInOrderAhead #pmedia http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstVWritten by Allison Murray - Visit Website