Wednesday, October 28, 2009

KC's Worst Restaurant Web Sites

Wednesday, October 28, 2009
A few months ago I tackled the subject of restaurant websites and came up with a loose set of recommendations. To recap, it is very important to provide your address, hours and menu in non-PDF in places where they will be easily located.

Not long after, we started throwing around terrible restaurant websites on Twitter which I promptly forgot all about. My recent post about Winstead's brought the issue back into focus having looked at their website:



So please indulge me in this non-food related exercise, something I do occasionally on this blog. For your perusal, here are some of the worst Kansas City restaurant websites. You have contenders? Leave them in the comments.

Andy's Wok

www.andyswok.com


This site wouldn't have been too bad 12 years ago. But apart from the obvious old school design flaws, I love the painfully slow scrolling message "..... Instant Coupon Available .... Just Click and Print and .... SAVE !!"

Westport Coffee House

www.westportcoffeehouse.com




Wow. Frames, animated GIFs, a multitude of fonts and text colors, this is a Web 1.0 classic. They just keep adding content to the bottom of the page so you can scroll forever.

Mr. Gyros

www.mrgyroskc.com




Not a bad site overall, but the sudden explosion of frenetic bouzouki music (is there any other kind?) kicks in, creating an unpleasant sensation of annoyance akin to the 90th minute of the Third Man.

The Quaff

thequaff.com




This site was "redesigned" not too long ago by the same gentleman who brought terrible sites like Hi-Boy and Antonio's Pizza into the world. This designer's aesthetic consists of placing huge photos all over the screen and adding a random embedded Google map somewhere down the page. The Quaff's site contains multiple bar photos of sweaty white people on the verge of groping each other in the bar.

Tip o' the cap: c_giffin

Blanc Burgers and Bottles

www.blancburgers.com



Flash hell. Combine meaningless mouseover animations with incredibly high pitched clicks and squeaks and you get one hell of a painful browsing experience. Caution: Do not wear headphones when visiting this site.

Minsky's

minskys.com
Commenter Wallace Wilson said it best, "The only thing worse than the PDF menu is the flash menu. If Minsky's Pizza (minskys.com) did not have the Prime Cut they would be dead to me. But bacon topped pizza has a away of soothing my anger." Thanks Wallace!

Mr. Epp's BBQ

http://67.53.86.199/smartconcepts/EarnestReunion/SmartStuff/EppsBBQ/EppsBBQstuff/Log/W3SVC1/Epps%20TV.html

This is like the junk store of the internet. Yeah we have platters of BBQ but can I interest you in a digital television converter box? Maybe an audio bible? Or perhaps you'd like to contribute to Barack Obama'a campaign fund? There is also a media player, a slideshow viewer and a bunch of ads. The best part is that Mr. Epp's writes "God" with a copyright symbol:



Tip o' the cap: Aaron Deacon

While all these sites are hallmarks of questionable taste and skill, the undisputed champion has to be

Gators VIII Bar & Grill

http://gatorsviii.com/
. It's like "Billy's first website" circa 1996. Oh and of course and no content whatsoever, unless you count these guys:



Truly dumbfounding. I had to look it up on Google Maps to make sure this was a real restaurant. Thanks to the illustrious Chimpotle for uncovering this local internet treasure.

Honorable mentions:

Lews Grill & Bar

And this old version of Governor Stumpy's site, which fortunately is still up.

In addition to the aforementioned, thanks to @sjwaters, Bull E. Vard, and everyone else I'm forgetting who played along on Twitter.

12 comments:

Shicho said...

I can take or leave the web sites. But the prospect of going downtown to The Quaff and getting groped by the wait staff...

Hmm. Would those be gratuitous gropes, do ya think?

Well, I really don't have anything else going tonight...

sjwaters said...

I hate to say it because it is one of my favorite spots but RJ's has one of the worst in town: www.rjsbbq.com.

Wonder if I could get some free ribs for a redesign...hmmm...

A Librarian said...

@sjwaters I think you should go for it. Pretty sure you could make a deal.

JJSKCK said...

Big Bam's is hilariously dreadful.

www.bigbams.com

jill said...

i can't get past The Quaff - that is just downright awful, espcially towards the bottom of the page. EEEWWWW. The breast grabbing towards the top also unneccesary.

The DLC said...

jill if Gator's VIII didn't exist i think the Quaff is the clear winner. I can't believe they paid for that website.

@zataar on twitter also suggested a pair of crapflashular sites:

http://www.reversekc.com

http://www.labodegakc.com/

Click around, truly horrible.

Caitlin said...

I'm in shock that there's a business called the Quaff that has survived the obvious gyno-centric joke possibilities. The literal translation is "to drink deeply" - indeed. My favorite part of that site is the huge copyright statement a the bottom. And the sense I get that those boob grabbing girls are totally quaffing, deeply.

Beermo said...

A very old trend is horrible web design.

Just ask these guys.

http://www.webpagesthatsuck.com/

A Year on the Grill said...

corporate websites work too hard to be cute... Trying to stand out.... and they do

Great post

Donald said...

For what it's worth the Winsteads site is back up and isn't completely horrible. They do need to update it though since they still list the downtown location and George Bretts on the site.

The Quaff site looks like it was done in Word by a 13 year old. It's right on par with your average MySpace page. Ugh.

jill said...

i still can't get the bottom left picture from the quaff's website out of my mind - ew. anyhow, check out this site - http://1moorewebsite.com/ - this is who the quaff HIRED to develop their website.

Cagey (Kelli Oliver George) said...

Too funny! In general, I HATE sites that immediately blast music. The lack of understanding on the part of restaurants in site design is stunning. Dudes, all we want is your menu, hours and location. Is that too much to ask?

Actually, my husband created his site specifically in response to being frustrated with crummy restaurant sites (his site is Foodiebytes.com)

And no, I am not a spammer, I am a KC blogger and I came over here to see where you had been eating lately. Can't wait to try the Matchstick! Heh. :-)

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