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Fast Eddie's may or may not be, as one of its brochures boasts, the "#1 volume bar in the world." Nonetheless, this 80-year-old, 400-seat institution is almost always packed, owing to its serving up filling if not elaborate meals for just a couple of bucks as long as you're willing to buy a drink while you're there and to retrieve your own meal from the counter. The menu has a total of seven items, the most expensive being a beef-tenderloin kebab called a "Big Elwood on a Stick," topping out at a whopping $1.99. A half-pound "Fat Eddie" hamburger is 99 cents, and individual jumbo shrimp are a steal at 29 cents apiece. And don't forget: Only patrons 21 and older are allowed, so leave the kiddos at home.
To begin with I love the food here and the price is right. Today after a long hard day at work, we stopped in to eat relax and drink a beer. The manager named Cory was on his workers like nothing I have ever seen, he was micro managing the working right in front of the customers. I own my own business and this mad me ill. If this guy worked for me I would fire him. It's ok to correct working etc but in front of customers? The workers were very nice and should have been pulled aside to be corrected. This guy needs the owner to yell at him in front of all the workers and customers here. This was terrible.
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