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John McMahon
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Border Grill
445 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071
I love the Border Grill so much, I want to marry it. Boom. I said it. I mean, if they're going to let gays marry, why not let me marry food... am I right?

Slightly offensive political satire aside, I cannot recommend Border Grill enough.

I'm originally from Michigan which, you'll be shocked to find out, has very little Mexican influence... so when someone suggested we go to a gourmet Mexican restaurant I balked... I didn't understand how Mexican could be gourmet... black beans instead of just pinto? Fresh jalapeno instead of the stuff from a can?

The only Mexican food I'd ever had either came from a cart or the Mexican equivalent of Subway. Nasty meat, stale tortillas, and an endless supply of vegetables that I'm pretty sure were picked out of a dumpster.

I could tell this place was going to be different from the moment I arrived. Instead of the painted paper-mache macaws wearing sombreros and holding plastic Corona bottles, I I was greeted with brightly colored walls adorned with cool characters. The space was bright and open.

The staff was friendly and everyone who worked there was wearing regular clothes. God-given regular clothes! There were no demeaning uniforms or slightly-offensive-sterotypical panchos!

The surprises continued as I ordered a drink... beer! Good beer! On tap! Mojitos! Sangria! I was used to warm Miller Lite or the Silver Bullet... No! Not here. Not in this place! Today was going to be different.

The menu was nothing short of imaginative. While I found what I would call "standard" Mexican restaurant fare (tacos, quesadillas, chile rellano), they all had meats marinated in delicious spices and covered in creative sauces... but the rest of the menu is what blew me away. Delicious steaks, slow-roasted pork marinated in orange and cinnamon, and fish prepared in ways I'd never seen. All of it responsibly sourced. All of it amazing.

My favorites change frequently... but the current must-trys are: plantain empanadas, pescado veracruzano, and pastel rufina.

PRO-TIP: BG usually has deals on Groupon Now! So be sure to check before you dine. It's still a good value and worth going even if they don't have the deal... but if you can save a few bucks, why not?
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Border Grill
1445 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
I love the Border Grill so much, I want to marry it. Boom. I said it. I mean, if they're going to let gays marry, why not let me marry food... am I right?

Slightly offensive political satire aside, I cannot recommend Border Grill enough.

I'm originally from Michigan which, you'll be shocked to find out, has very little Mexican influence... so when someone suggested we go to a gourmet Mexican restaurant I balked... I didn't understand how Mexican could be gourmet... black beans instead of just pinto? Fresh jalapeno instead of the stuff from a can?

The only Mexican food I'd ever had either came from a cart or the Mexican equivalent of Subway. Nasty meat, stale tortillas, and an endless supply of vegetables that I'm pretty sure were picked out of a dumpster.

I could tell this place was going to be different from the moment I arrived. Instead of the painted paper-mache macaws wearing sombreros and holding plastic Corona bottles, I I was greeted with brightly colored walls adorned with cool characters. The space was bright and open.

The staff was friendly and everyone who worked there was wearing regular clothes. God-given regular clothes! There were no demeaning uniforms or slightly-offensive-sterotypical panchos!

The surprises continued as I ordered a drink... beer! Good beer! On tap! Mojitos! Sangria! I was used to warm Miller Lite or the Silver Bullet... No! Not here. Not in this place! Today was going to be different.

The menu was nothing short of imaginative. While I found what I would call "standard" Mexican restaurant fare (tacos, quesadillas, chile rellano), they all had meats marinated in delicious spices and covered in creative sauces... but the rest of the menu is what blew me away. Delicious steaks, slow-roasted pork marinated in orange and cinnamon, and fish prepared in ways I'd never seen. All of it responsibly sourced. All of it amazing.

My favorites change frequently... but the current must-trys are: plantain empanadas, pescado veracruzano, and pastel rufina.

PRO-TIP: BG usually has deals on Groupon Now! So be sure to check before you dine. It's still a good value and worth going even if they don't have the deal... but if you can save a few bucks, why not?
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Polentoni Italian Restaurant
11800 Jefferson Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90230
Did you picked up sweet deal to try Polentoni on Groupon or Google Offers? I recommend that you place the voucher directly in a shredder and head to the nearest Olive Garden. The food at the OG will NOT be as tasty or authentic, but you will likely be served promptly, treated respectfully, and only be expected to pay for items you actually ordered... and let's be honest, there is no man of woman-born who does not like an Olive Garden bread stick.

I am very disappointed to be writing this review. My finacee and I love Italian and were excited to find this place. It's close to our house and, based on the photos on their website, was really cute inside. We'd hoped to make this our new favorite restaurant... Sadly, it was not meant to be.

My fiancee and I are new to the area so we have been hitting up Groupon as an inexpensive way to try new restaurants in our area. We have not had Italian since moving to Los Angeles, so when we saw a Groupon for Polentoni, we jumped on it.

I am a pretty reasonable guy and I can appreciate that the restaurant does not make as much money on my meal when I use a Groupon (or any coupon). I keep that in mind and adjust my expectations accordingly. However, the experience with Polentoni was terrible. If Polentoni were the Titanic (and I think an argument could be made that the Titanic would have been a better choice), we would have been the people they locked in the basement to die while the ship was going down.

Per Groupon's directions, we made reservations at the restaurant and told them we had a Groupon. When we arrived, we were greeted with a smile and asked if we had a reservation. We informed them we did, and reminded them we had a Groupon. The host didn't look disgusted, exactly, but you could tell he wasn't happy.

The evening deteriorated from there.

The service we received was poor, compared to the service of those around us. However, the service wasn't the only problem... my real issue is that we didn't get what we paid for and were charged additional fees...

We were seated by the disgruntled host and given wine lists. Per the Groupon we were each able to get a glass of wine (up to an $8 or $9 value). We were looking over the wine list and the waitress brought some proseco and set it down. I was confused and explained we didn't order our wine yet. She informed me that that was the wine they gave to people with Groupons. I explained that the Groupon provided a choice of wine and showed her the voucher. She shrugged. She repeated that "that's the wine people with a Groupon get" and walked off. (After reading reviews here, it seems maybe she mixed up Groupon and Google Offers because Google Offers offered two glasses of proseco and most other Grouponers seemed to have been given a choice). The wine went untouched.

Annoyed, but not willing to ruin the night over two glasses of wine- I ordered an eggplant-based appetizer, being sure to stay within the limit set out by the Groupon. An eggplant-based appetizer was delivered, but it wasn't the right one. (I of course, did not know the difference... more on that in a bit)!

We ordered our meals... and they were really good. The pasta was cooked just right. The seafood wasn't over-done. The sauces were flavorful and delicious.

We just finished eating our meals when the check was delivered. We were never offered dessert, so we took this as a not-so-subtle "you've enjoyed your meal, cheapskate- so get out". I was also surprised to see an additional charge for the appetizer. After a few questions back and forth with our server, it was determined that the wrong appetizer was brought out (there were two similar eggplant-based appetizers) and it was their mistake... buuuuuuut, even though the wrong appetizer was brought out, we did get to enjoy it... so we were going to have to be charged for it.

Sadly, it seems that our experience is in line with everyone else who tried to use a Groupon or Google Offer.

Save yourself some time, money, and hassle and pick any other Italian restaurant in Los Angles. Search on the Google. Los Angeles is a pretty big city. I am sure there are at least two or three other Italian restaurants to choose from.
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  • Rockwell Collins, Inc.
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  • Ford Motor Company
  • Aisin World Corporation of America
  • Express Fashion
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Born and raised in Michigan, John was drawn to standup comedy at the tender age of six. John memorized the routines of great comics of the era, repeating them incessantly. His parents, not recognizing this obvious cry for help, simply avoided him, causing feelings of alienation that all but assured John's future in show business.

At the suggestion of his parents, (i.e., threats of being disowned), John took a slight detour on the road to comic-stardom and earned a degree in mechanical engineering (with minors in electrical and computer engineering) from the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor. While earning a degree did not help John toward his goal of performing in comedy, it did shore up his nerd credentials for a future in comedy writing.

After graduation, John moved to Southern California to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor. Unfortunately, while John possessed the talent and burning desire to entertain, he did not possess a map. John moved to sunny Santa Barbara- 100 miles North of Los Angeles… which, he later found out, was a three hour commute in Southern California traffic… which made it impossible to audition. His move to California wasn't a total waste though- he did learn to surf, landed a non-speaking extra roll on Will & Grace, and discovered kim chi.

After 8 short months, John returned to Michigan to design engines for Ford. Designing car parts isn't nearly as exciting as it sounds, so John moved into fashion and began planning stores for the fashion giant, Express. And while John enjoys both pants and glitter, he soon found that the world of fashion, too, left him yearning for the stage.

John left Express and began studying at the Second City in Los Angeles, where he participated in several hour-long revues and Second City JAMs.

Called "engaging and enjoyable" by comic legend George Carlin and "very talented... makes me laugh" by former child-star and ex-Partridge Danny Bonaduce, John has performed in venues in Los Angeles and Detroit… and has also starred in countless home movies and makes appearances in numerous family photos. John is currently performing with Iowa's premier improv troupe, Comics in Action.

When not working or performing, John can be found: trying to get photographs of the elusive Baby Suri, trying to find the real killers, and drawing pictures of Ellen Degeneres... but not TOO many- he's not trying to creep her out or anything... but definitely a few... let's say he's created somewhere in the neighborhood of between 4 and 73- closer to 73. OK- it was 75.
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With good pizza and an amazing view - this place is definitely worth a stop if you're looking for a reasonably priced dinner in Lahaina. It's also worth noting that this is the deepest-dish pizza you'll find on the island. Every place we stopped was either thin-crust or NY style (large pizza with thin floppy crust). The service was great and the pizzas were really, really tasty. Just be advised that despite what the servers will have you believe, their happy hour beer specials aren't all that special. While the prices seem right, you'll find out you get about half a beer.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
If you are on Maui and want a 100% traditional Hawaiian luau experience , Old Lahaina is the ONLY choice. All of the other luaus on the island combine Hawaiian culture with the culture of other island nations. While you could argue that other island nations like Tonga are an integral part of Hawaiian culture- you'd be arguing it to a computer... which probably isn't a good use of your time. My wife and I were torn when deciding which luau to attend... every time I'd seen a luau on TV or in the movies, it included fire dancers (which, for the record, are Tongan, not Hawaiian)... so that's kind of what I had in mind when I thought of a luau... However, we also wanted to learn about Hawaiian traditions and Hawaiian culture. Ultimately, we decided to visit the island's most authentic luau. No fire dancers. All Hawaiian. We are so happy we did. This luau was the best. The friendly staff (I'm talking to you Spencer), great bartenders, incredibly talented dancers and musicians, and amazing chefs make this THE luau to visit. People thought your review was:
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
This place is an unexpected gem in the heart of Mankato. The staff was inviting and knowledgeable. The atmosphere was perfect for meeting friends or hanging out and doing a little work. Their ingredients are fair-trade and locally sourced. It really doesn't get any better than this!
Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
The only reason I'm giving Airport Marina Ford a 5-star rating is because I can't give them fifteen. My experience with Scott Myers, Mike, and the rest of the Airport Marina Ford staff was nothing short of tremendous. I've purchased several cars over the years and usually find it a surreal experience. The nagging suspicion that, despite all your research, you are probably going to get screwed somehow takes the fun out of buying a car. All of that changed when I met Scott Myers (the salesman) and Mike (the sales manager) at Airport Marina Ford. They had a no-pressure approach that made the car buying experience enjoyable. We felt like Scott always had our best interests in mind and wanted to help us find the vehicle that was right for us- not the one that would give him the largest commission. Prior to contacting Airport Marina Ford, My wife and I had decided to purchase a small SUV. After talking with her father (a mechanic) to find out which cars break down the most and are the most expensive to fix, we narrowed our decision to the CR-V and the Escape. Friday evening my wife left a message with the dealership requesting a test drive Saturday. Within 15 minutes, Scott returned our call to confirm our appointment and the vehicle we wanted to test drive. First thing Saturday morning, the dealership manager, Mike called to introduce himself and follow-up to make sure we were able to get the appointment we wanted. We arrived a few minutes early and Scott was ready for us. As he pulled the keys for each of the vehicles he was going to show us, Mike came over to say hi and introduce himself in person. He assured us Scott would take care of us and invited us to stop by his office with any questions we might have. Scott took us out to show us the vehicles and asked questions to help assess our needs. It felt like he genuinely cared and wanted to help us select a car that would make us happy. However- that never came in the form of being pushy or down-selling the lower models. After test driving the S and SE (with Scott's help, we determined we didn't want the titanium edition) we went into his office and he gave us the vehicle prices in writing. He never tried to talk us into the higher priced SE or the higher-priced 2015 models (in fact, he suggested we could save a few bucks by buying a 2014). We said we wanted to go to brunch to talk things over and he walked us to the door. He didn't try to scare us into putting a deposit down, even though there was only 1 2014 Escape S left on the lot... he just thanked us for our time. We went to lunch and weighed the pros and the cons. We were so impressed with his service and the price we were getting, we didn't even bother to look at the CR-Vs. We went back after lunch and purchased our vehicle. If I had any doubts we'd made the right decision- Scott quashed them on Monday. We signed our paperwork as the dealership was closing Saturday night and told Scott we wanted to get the car Monday. Unfortunately, the car was not ready Monday (the bumper had a chip on it so they were repainting it) so Scott offered to get me a rental car on the dealership... that told me right then and there we were dealing with the right people... sometimes unfortunate things happen (like not getting your car when you expect it)... but as long as someone does their best to right the situation and take care of you... that's really all you can ask... and it makes me happy to know that we have a dealership we can trust and a contact there who has our best interest in mind. If you're looking for a car- go visit Scott Myers at Airport Marina Ford... you won't be disappointed!
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
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We were taking a family vacation and told by more than one person that we had to stop at Leoda's to try their world-famous pies. Their pies are baked fresh daily- so when we arrived about two hours before closing time, they had been pretty well picked over. However, they had one apple pie and several coconut cream pies left- so we ordered them, sat down, and prepared ourselves to be dazzled for the extreme taste sensation we were about to experience. The apple pie was out of this world... but we were all pretty disappointed with the coconut cream pies. The pies were 3/4 whipped cream. Don't get me wrong- I love me some whipped cream... but you have to have some coconuts to charge nearly 10 for a mini pie that is mostly whipped cream. Since our let-down with the pies, we were told that their ahi sandwich is the best on the island... so we may head back over to try it... but we definitely will not get any of the pies that are topped with whipped cream.
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Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
If you're looking for a camera shop that won't leave you feeling ripped-off, this is the place. My well-loved Sony point-and-shoot camera had started making funny sounds when I would zoom in or out... sensing the end was nigh, I contacted Sony to find an authorized repair center. They directed me to Precision Camera in Connecticut... Precision Camera had horrible ratings on Yelp! and the customer service did not pick up any of the seven times I called. Figuring if that's how they treat potential customers- I opted to look elsewhere and I found Pix on Yelp. I called and David explained to me that point-and-shoots were mostly disposable- and that it would probably cost more to fix than to just purchase a new one. I explained it had sentimental value and I wanted to look into getting it fixed, so he referred me to their resident camera repair expert- Luis. Luis told me to bring the camera by and he'd look at it. He cleaned the lens thing with some tools and compressed air and sent me on my way... and only charged me ten bucks. The place in Connecticut's website charged a flat 120 before they did anything to the camera. I know nothing about cameras and these guys could have charged me a small fortune to tune up my camera... instead, they were honest, didn't over-sell me, and sent me on my way... a happy customer. I'll be back for sure.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Do you like questionable fees? How about a company that takes more than six weeks to return your entire security deposit? Non existent customer service your thing? If so, you will love Lido Equities. First, a WARNING: IF YOU LIVE IN A LIDO BUILDING WHERE YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WATER: EXPECT YOUR BILL TO DOUBLE IN THE SUMMER MONTHS BECAUSE THE WATER BILLS IN THEIR BUILDINGS ALWAYS DOUBLE IN THE SUMMER. (This is paraphrased from an email I received from their controller, Carmen (complete email available upon request). If after reading this, she emails me an apology, corrects her previous staetement, and issues a credit for the overages we paid because of plumbing leaks inside several units, I will remove it). Unlike many of their competitors, Lido charges their tenants for water... which is billed two months behind. One day everyone received a note saying that the water bill had been double the average so they were doing unit by unit inspections to look for leaks. They found a few units with toilets that were constantly running (faulty Lido equipment). As expected, the month after we received a water bill that was double what we had been paying. I emailed their office and after some run-around, was told there "was an error" in the water bill and we were given a 30 credit... and as expected, the next month the water bill was doubled. As before, I emailed the office to inquire if there was an error in that bill as well... and if there was, if they would please make the same adjustment as the previous month. This time, I was connected to their controller, Carmen. Carmen advised that there was no mistake and that water bills always double in the summer in their buildings. She also said she was reversing the credit they had given me last time. She offered to meet with me to discuss her findings. When I told her I would like that very much (on three different occasions) she never responded. So they originally said it was a mistake, then reversed that decision, and refused to discuss it. Now that's service! Lido took 29 days to mail back our security deposit (California law requires they do it within 21). When we did get our deposit, I noticed they charged us 70 for carpet cleaning- even though they had OK'd the carpet before we moved out. I sent them a note with a copy of the pre-inspection report, which specifically OK'd the carpets, and it still took them three weeks to get around to mailing that portion of our refund. As several other reviewers have commented, Lido realizes that years of treating tenants poorly is finally catching up with them. In addition to sending out an email asking tenants to leave them good reviews on Yelp, there are now two listings for Lido. (I'm not sure if they created the second listing or not. There's this listing, Lido Equities Group and now Lido Equities Management which lists the same address but a different phone number. If you call that phone number though, you are connected to the same office). The only good thing about our experience with Lido was the building manager. HE was amazing. Unfortunately, he only managed the building and took care of maintenance requests. He had zero authority to assist with the office shenanigans. Of course, don't take my word for it. Check out their reviews on here, Yelp!, and at the Better Business Bureau. You will do much better to check out a business like SRK Property Management. See my review of them to see how great businesses treat their customers. Spoiler alert: it involves them reducing our rent 50/month at the lease signing because between the time my wife emailed them and we'd gotten to see the apartment, they lowered the rent 50/month. They confirmed with my wife that she'd seen the more expensive price- and then surprised us with the lower price because that's they way they'd want to be treated as customers.
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Public - 8 months ago
reviewed 8 months ago