It all started in 1977 when a small card room and Caledonia, Michigan became the first Samac2s Joint. Sam, a gourmet cook, establish vocalist and jazz ... More
Sam's Joint Restaurants
It all started in 1977 when a small card room and Caledonia, Michigan became the first Samac2s Joint. Sam, a gourmet cook, establish vocalist and jazz saxophonist, began inviting friends over for good music, songs in a specially prepared ribs. To cover holes on the walls and ceilings, Sam use various items from his large collection of antiques and curiosities.
we were seated...and waited to be acknowledged by our server..after 15 min. got our drink order..15 min later got our drinks..then got our orders in...after 20 min got our orders....all were cold ...2 went back to the kitchen to be reheated...which happened with the sour cream being turned to liquid...the steak was med rare to brown leather. Then as we are getting our check the other waitstaff came out of nowhere with another steak which we refused as we were leaving the 'joint'. bad service, bad food . never to return.
Walk us down a dirty hallway almost getting hit by kitchen staff running across hallway- feet actually sticking to the floor. Sit us down in front of a fireplace- nice right - wrong! Looking around at all the cool stuff on the wall we noticed all the filth they keep the lights low to hide- then noticed they haven't cleaned the table as my arm came up covered in salt and there were still sticky rings from the previous diners drink. Being an overpriced place i thought would be a nice dinner w/ my wife- we told the girl at the door we were leaving because we were placed at a filthy table and she had me pay for the drinks we hadn't even touched and didn't have adaquate to go cups to let me leave w/ them.- All around horrible experience will never go back. Too bad because I've nothing but good exp. at the Gun Lake rest.
I don't normally rate restaurants based on hearsay but the previous rater has done so. So, please consider this rating to be an offset to that hearsay.
My sister-in-law (who has probably eaten in 90% of the West Michigan restaurants) states that this Sam's Joint serves that best food of all of them. Her recommendations have always been 100% on target. Based on her recommendation, I am rating this restaurant 5 stars.
Anyone who wrote a negative review about Sam s Joint has a ridiculously corrupted view of food. I just finished eating at this restaurant and I loved it. The service was impeccable, the food was delicious, and the entire Sam s Joint experience was stellar. The restaurant was completely clean, and any claims that it is not are lies, the food was COMPLETELY warm, and delicious, and to tell the truth, I have never liked any barbecue I have tried, but Sam s Joint was fantastic, even to me, and I am very picky. Sam s Joint truly deserves five stars, for its cleanliness, service, and food, and I recommend this restaurant to anyone that eats.
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!! Sams Joint used to be a place on a list of local places to go, but sadly they have decided not to keep up on anything. The place is dirty and at minimun needs a deep cleaning. It just seems that the owners are milking every last penny out of the place without putting any effort to managing the place, from the 30 year old carpeting that has never been cleaned, to the sewer smelling restrooms. Most importantly the food; this is where the place has fallen off the planet. I have order many things off the menu and in the early years it was good, but not anymore. Recently they brought out a wet burrito that tasted like a salt shaker was spilled on it. This has been the trend, as we did give the place a chance after bad meals, but never again will you get my money until you get new management and CLEAN THE PLACE!
After reading the adjoining reviews I hesitated to suggest that my daughter meet me there, yet it is convenient between Kzoo & GR. However, we did, and after having dinner at SJ it appears that either SJ has greatly changed for the better, or that the folks who wrote the not so nice reviews enjoy using any opportunity available to complain about nothing. The service, food, ambiance, pricing, & cleanliness of SJ's was excellent. That is where my daughter & I will meet from now on (and she is not easy to please).