3403 Main St, College Park, GA | Directions 3033733.662858 -84.446643
Budget Friendly Food – I went to Brake Pad for dinner and they have the best tilapia tacos and their BP fries for the appetizer was a hit! The only downside about Brake Pad is that the service is slow but the food is good and the prices are reasonable.
Worst. Service. Ever. My wife and I stopped in for dinner just before 9PM on a Thursday night. The joint was about half full, and there were several servers milling about. We sat at an open table in the main room, within view of the bar and kitchen. And we sat. And we sat. And we sat. Meanwhile, the servers kept milling about. They brought food to one table next to us and the brought the check and cleared another table next to us. Twenty minutes later, no server had yet said hello, brought us a menu, or in any way acknowledged our existence. We got up and left. Needless to say, we don't intend to go back to this place, and we recommend that you don't either.
Unappetizing sandwich, lackluster service – Cute funky place with a perfect "grub pub" menu (burgers, sandwiches). The Cuban Panini was fine and the fries were great. The Fried Grouper Sandwich was awful! It arrived looking barely cooked-- as pale and white on the outside as it was on the inside. Our food was plunked down and the waitress never came back to the table. The place was only half full and she passed our table several times while visiting other tables, but she wouldn't even glance our way. I should have sent the grouper back. Our drinks ran out. We finished eating and waited for the check. Seeing our empty glasses, the waitress offered drinks to go. But no, thanks, I'd rather have had it with my meal. Maybe the service is better at other times and maybe the other items on the menu are better than the grouper, but I'd try another place before I'd go back.
please ignore the previous comments!!! – Please dont let the previous comments about the brake pad keep you from trying out this uniquely wonderful place! It is a great neighborhood bar, but with that obviously comes individuals opinions about their friends/staff and situations that may occur in the business. The Brake Pad has a large outdoor patio, with a portion of it covered during the winter so you can still enjoy the outdoor feel. There is a wide variety of delicious food on the menu, including burgers, sandwiches, tilapia tacos, to-die-for wings & buffalo chicken sandwiches & quesadillas, and so much more! There are also daily specials on new food items & beer, as well as a late night menu so you can snack til midnight! Every monday is trivia and every saturday is a racier trivia! They are both a blast to play! The staff is playful & witty, and you're guaranteed to see familiar faces in there every time you return, with a group of regular customers that dine several times weekly! Please come try it out and see for yourself! (and sorry about the drama posted on here in the other reviews!!! it really has nothing to do with the business!)
responding to below message of one server – I was wondering how a customer would know who the manager on duty was and that they switch from day to day. Why would there be a manager on duty when the manager supposedly works "So many hours that she needs a 3 day weekend every other weekend". Maybe this wasn't actualy a customer but someone else. I'm sure they were out of things-beer & food; and that would fall on who ever was responsible for ordering; but no one is held accountable for what they do and don't do, especially the owners daughter.
Customer Service – I actually am responding to the comment about the customer service at the Brake Pad. Leigh...not Lee...is a fantastic server, manager, bartender. She has been there longer than any other employee and has built a great clientle. I know first hand that the customers love her. It sounds to me like the review was from a co-worker who just can't cut the mustard. The new staff that has joined the bar...needs some training from the seasoned vetran staff. With a litttle help they can be just as good as Cassie, Leigh, Jen and Marissa. The food is great .... love the burgers....best in the area. The crowd that hangs out there is the best...and what a variety of people. You need to check this place out to make your own decision...its worth it!
Be careful of staff – This is a great little burger/bar type place with a great atmosphere most of the time. One precaution is a server named Lee. She is unfriendly, horrible to the other employees and just acts miserable. If you go check it out, ask for someone different than her to serve you, unless you like to be treated with disrespect. The rest of the staff is very nice, chatty and enjoy helping. If Lee happens to be the manager for the day, I wouldnt even stay to eat, but wait until the next visit in hopes of getting a different manager. Reason for that is that everything seems to get slowed down and then she disappears. I have witnessed many people turn around and leave just knowing Lee is there. But other than her, the place is really nice to have a bite to eat and nice drink.
Great feel, inconsistent food – I can't get the hang of the food here. Brunch is sometimes good, sometimes bad. The atmosphere is fun, converted building with some innovative fixtures. Staff is always helpful. Not sure I'd suggest going again with other cool choices nearby, but it's defnitely trendy.
trivia on monday nights, and wonderful brunch on Sunday – Brunch on Sunday is best, and you'll never meet a stranger. Yes the trains are loud but have you ever heard one thats not.
This neighborhood joint wins with funky-friendly vibe and worth-a-trip snacks and burgers. – The Scene
The folks behind Oakhurst's Universal Joint turned another rehabbed gas station into a quintessential neighborhood bar. As friendly and low-key as U-Joint, Brake Pad features a larger patio and slightly more of a restaurant feel. Its crowd reflects the diverse neighborhood, which is one exit from the airport and high on Atlanta's gentrification list. A blend of suited professionals, flight attendants and edgy creative types translates to a curious jukebox lineup.
Brake Pad is better known as a bar, but its menu shines. The highlight is a plate of fries, topped with jack cheese, bacon, jalapenos and scallions, and served with ranch dressing. Snacks, including creamy hummus and crispy, tempura-battered onion rings, are miles better than your average bar chow. The same goes for top-notch, hefty burgers, from the plain to the messier blue cheese. The shrimp quesadilla, filled with summer vegetables, satisfies lighter appetites.
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