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Carlos and Gabby’s Restaurant Review

Carlos and Gabby’s is my new favorite restaurant, and as of yet the only redeeming quality that I can find in the five towns or Far Rockaway area. Carlos and Gabby’s provides something that I crave, fast incredible food at low prices without having to give a tip to a waiter.

Carlos and Gabby’s is supposed to be a Mexican restaurant, if you walked in and didn’t know this, you would have thought it to be like any other fast food grill. They have some Mexican food, but this place is definitely not Mexican by any stretch of the imagination. The free tortilla chips that are fried to high hell are good, if oily chips are your thing, and they are mighty crunchy, but when I first saw the blue and red chips that are obviously dyed all I could think was WTF, and Jerry Garcia would be proud.

The portions at Carlos and Gabby’s are huge and I have only experienced the lunch specials as of yet. I have ordered both steak, chicken and burrito/fajitas type sandwiches and was never disappointed. All of the sandwiches come with something, the fries are shoestring and perfect, the fried onions are overflowed at every possible chance, and the free chips, although oily, are phenomenal and come with some very good sweet salsa.

This past Friday I hopped into Carlos and Gabby’s for the fifth time, and decided to ask the owner, who was chatting some cute girl about purim parties if he would hook me up with a free meal if I wrote about his place. His immediate response to me telling him who I was, was one of criticism. “Oh my you write some of the most negative stuff and so on” was his response, I knew my meal wasn’t going to happen – I figured I would write the review regardless of whether the owner of Carlos and Gabby’s has a good sense of humor or was offended by and I quote “your that guy that makes fun of people shuckeling” which was something I never expected to hear.

I guess the good thing that came out of it was that the really cute girl he was talking to asked for my card, I would have pursued, but I have decided that almost everyone in the five towns that is cute is in high school so I left well enough alone.

I ordered the Nashville which was recommended by many people, and I never tired it because fried steak sounded a little much. I was not disappointed, in fact I must say that The Nashville sandwich from Carlos and Gabby’s blew my mind, it was in all senses of the word, orgasmic. The only thing wrong with it is that the steak kept shooting out of the end of the sandwich which made a mound of onions and juice run down my arm. I never thought I would say this, but the sandwich had too many onions.

The fries were good as usual and I had a basket of tortillas with salsa while I waited. The entire sandwich and fries and basket of chips was $8.64, and half of that sandwich would have filled me up. The Mexican food I sampled was good, but based on my experiences with real Mexican food it tasted to Jewed down – or Jewified.

I should note that the sauces at Carlos and Gabby’s are of fast food quality, which means you can taste the artificialness in them, but I love them. The honey barbeque and the avocado ranch are amazing and unlike bugers bar you can pump out as much sauce as you want. I have not tried to the burgers yet, but I have a feeling my days spent at Burgers Bar and Subsational are numbered. The quality and taste are just far inferior to Carlos and Gabby’s and don’t even get me started on the service at those two places compared to Carlos and Gabby’s.

I have decided that Carlos and Gabby’s was made for yeshiva guys because I rarely see any women in the place, I guess the oily and messy food are more of a man’s territory. I definitely recommend you check this place out and hopefully they wont become like Dougies with too much expansion and lowering of the food quality.

I have been alerted that besides for the Cedarhurst location, Carlos and Gabby’s has just opened a new store on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn.

Other kosher Restaurant Reviews:

Monsey Kosher Restaurant Reviews

Catskills kosher restaurant reviews

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Burgers Bar vs. Subsational

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  • Zoli March 7, 2009, 8:14 PM

    The lunch specials at C+G are amazing… I find myself there at least twice a week because of the amazing prices-
    Burger fries and a drink for 6 bucks!!
    You can’t even get a deal like that in KD.

    Hesh- Next time go with the cedarhurst- Unreal!!

    You want me to hook you up with a cute 5T high school girl? I’ve got younger sisters….

    Also, you’re so right on with the yeshiva guys- it’s a total yeshivish fest during the lunch special hours…

  • Trip'n Mommy March 7, 2009, 8:25 PM

    We also love Carlos & Gabby’s. The food is good and the prices are amazing. We were so happy when they moved to the bigger location.

    Since we are living in the 5T, there have been 3 different restaurants in that location. This one is definitely the best!

    Beware of the Sunday night crowd though, we aren’t the only ones who think this way! Lots of kids.

  • Veebee March 7, 2009, 8:57 PM

    There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

  • Jacob da Jew March 7, 2009, 10:34 PM

    Da Wife is informing me (and chowhound.com confirms) that the Brooklyn location is open now on Coney Island.

    And yes, Hesh did not shut up about C & G’s while visitng us.

  • Batya from Shiloh March 8, 2009, 1:36 AM

    Hesh, it’s not for my diet, but please remember to send in kosher restaurant reviews to the Kosher Cooking Carnival. Yes, even if the restaurant serves calorie-laden goodies.

  • yeshiva dude March 8, 2009, 12:35 PM

    I’m sorry but I must disagree o this one! I recently went to this C+G near central avenue and was a little disappointed. The store itself is nice but that does not make up for the skimpy sub sandwich I ordered!! I was dissapointed with the size of my sub, they even cut off the ends which made the already miniscue sandwich even smaller. Additionally, my friends and I did not get any free chips and saulsa. Overall, a ig dissapointment, although some of my friends really liked it. I personally prefer SANDWICH BAR on main street (kew gardens hills) which kicks all of these stores; they give you a much larger and better tasting sandwich for the same price. Check it out for yourselves!!!

  • c silverberg March 9, 2009, 8:49 AM

    Jacob that pretty funny, first thing hesh said when walks into my house yesterday was; Have you ever heard of Carlos and Gabbys?

  • luvs to try new things:-P March 10, 2009, 10:28 PM

    where in brooklyn is this place?

  • Anonymous March 11, 2009, 5:50 PM

    Coney Island Avenue between J & K, tried it out last week the food is great and very reasonably priced

  • Leah March 14, 2009, 10:47 PM

    i went there with some cousins on channukah for the first time – it was really good!

    as for this – “I have decided that Carlos and Gabby’s was made for yeshiva guys because I rarely see any women in the place, I guess the oily and messy food are more of a man’s territory.” – there were plenty of women there when i went and all of them seemed to be fine with the oily and messy food.

  • Aaron March 29, 2009, 9:06 PM

    I called up to place a small order at 7pm. I was notified that it would take half hour. I called up half hour later and after being on hold for 5 minutes, they said it would be another 25 minutes without even asking which order it was! I was amazed at what lengths these people go to, just to get “annoying” customers off the phone.

    to make a LONG story short, I called up 4-5 times, and kept on being assured that it will be here soon. at 8:30 the food still didnt come!!!! one hour and a half! I couldve ordered and been delivered to 4 times from a normal functioning restaurant. at 8:50 I spoke to someone and said he spoke to the driver and he’s “around the block” (cut the crap). the food finally came after 2 hours and 10 minutes at 9:10!! stale, cold, and tasteless, the food was really bad.

    not to mention the delivery guy had the wrong meal and wrong receipt when he rang the bell (good thing i noticed!!) He also told me every delivery he made people were ticked off at him – and poor guy, hes only a driver not connected to the restaurant.

    I am TERRIBLY dissapointed in Carlos and gabby’s. I had such high expectations, and was severely let down.

  • Frum Satire March 29, 2009, 10:21 PM

    Dude you ordered food from one of the busiest places in town- what did you expect? I never order food if I want it to taste good.

    Also this is based on a single experience, I went there no less then 15 times last month and never had a bad experience, but they say one bad exp and your out.

  • Avrumy September 3, 2009, 1:33 PM

    Hesh uses playful gay sexual imagery in his review: “I must say that the sandwich from Carlos and Gabby’s blew my mind, it was in all senses of the word, orgasmic. It… kept shooting out of the end … and juice run down my arm. I never thought I would say this.”

  • momof6 April 15, 2010, 10:04 AM

    There’s one on Riverdale Avenue (Riverdale, Bronx ) near SAR HS. No free chips, order at the counter and take to your seat, cheap lunch specials geared toward the students.

  • inlovewithc+g December 18, 2011, 5:21 PM

    I seriously eat here every .5 seconds. The service sucks and the people who work there need to pull that stick out of their asses but, the food is soooooo good so its worth it. AND the sauces are awesome. I wish i had a carlos and gabbys in my pocket. AND dude with the 3 hour delivery, you gotta e at it on the spot straight off the grill. No exceptions. Its a fast food joint.
    yum! now im hungry

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