Hours: Dining room open daily from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. and from 5 to 11 p.m. (to 3 a.m. on weekends). Diner section open 24 hours.
Atmosphere: No-frills eating.
Price range: From $4.50 for crab cakes to $9.95 for lobster tail or a steak. Italian selection from $2.95. Also, sandwich menu.
Credit cards: All major cards.
Reservations: Not necessary.
Special features: Booster seats. Highchairs. Accessible entrance. Children's menu. All available for carryout.
When company is coming to town and you are looking for a restaurant that can accommodate all of you without breaking the bank, rise above fast food and discover Bob's Beef House.
If it's atmosphere you want, then you may find the surroundings too barren. But if you are seeking large portions and reasonable prices, you'll find both at Bob's.
You can eat in either the diner or the restaurant itself, which is beyond the diner and past the game room. There is a salad bar in the dining room; prices are slightly higher at dinner there than they are in the diner.
The dining room seems almost cavernous with its mixture of tables and booths. The back room, reminiscent of bygone days when there was dancing and entertainment groups, now houses the bar and the brightly lit jukebox.
Families with children can enjoy a booth complete with a private jukebox of current and old-time favorites. A quarter will provide two songs for entertainment while you ponder the menu and await your courses.
We ordered items we felt displayed the restaurant's personality. Our waitress agreed that the Italian items might not be as successful as the dishes the restaurant has been concentrating on for 29 years.
We ordered complete dinners that included salad bar, potato and hot rolls. We were served crackers with butter and our water glasses were filled quickly.
The salad bar goes beyond normal lettuce fare and includes a number of toppings and a creamy cole slaw. And we were encouraged to go back for seconds.
Although there is a children's menu, we were unable to please either of our children with any of its offerings. Surprisingly, there is no child's portion of chicken. And then, of course, our 10-year-old son is at that awkward age where the words "children's menu" make him squirm.
But Bob's offers the perfect solution: reasonable prices. The one-half chicken consists of perfectly breaded and crisply fried chicken complete with chicken gravy atop mashed potatoes ($4.95). Two young children easily could share this generous portion. Unfortunately, someone got a little carried away with the brown gravy for the mashed potatoes and covered the prime rib too. Otherwise, the portion was perfect.
My husband's filet ($8.25) was timed to a perfect medium rare. Few restaurants offer steaks in the price range one finds here: $5.75 to $9.95.
I chose the calf's liver topped with lightly grilled onions ($5.75). Someone must have been worried that my red blood cell count was way down as the portion was gargantuan. Each slice had been cooked just until tender and remained sweet.
The children, looking for something even sweeter, chose ice cream (75 cents) and a slice of Mrs. Smith's lemon meringue pie ($1).
When you're looking for a lot of food with a limited expense, this Lee Highway landmark may be the perfect solution. Our bill for four, including complete dinners, beers and sodas, tax and tip, was $36.23.