I could give Damons 4 stars just for the decor; it is just like walking back in time. Did the last 30 years not happen for them? Seriosuly, though the decor is tacky, but so tacky it is cool. Think lots of black furniture and red, and tasteless patterns. It is so ridiculous it is cool. I liked it, anyway.
As for the food, well...the menu is enormous, both in size and content. As it was only lunchtime when we visited (August 2010) we refrained from the enormous feasts and diverted away from something called Onion Loaf (it appears to be onion rings, but loaf-style). We opted to share a platter of ribs and side dishes.
The ribs were great. Not necessarily the best I have ever had, but still good. The sides were ok - I would like my fries to be thinner and crispier. The service was excellent though and I found our waiter to be super-friendly. But the best part was the chocolate milkshake, the only wish with that was that it was too small!
If you are on your way to Lincoln definitely stop by Damon's, if only for the experience.
Damons is always the place to go for parties and birthdays and special things like that, because the atmosphere and food are top notch. I love how you can see all the smoke coming out the point in the roof - they don't make steak houses like it anymore, that's for sure.
The decor is sort of fifties diner style, with lots of pictures of Hollywood stars on the walls to keep you amused while you're waiting for a table (this could take some time, which is the only drawback with Damon's, in my humble opinion).
As with all the other reviews (bar one), the ribs totally rock.
This is near the bypass in Lincoln, it is American style restaurant and you can see it a mile off with its spare ribs roof.
They do lots of different foods, it has a bar that serves cocktails which are lovely although strong.
It is always fairly busy in here and waitressing can be slow but its well worth the wait as the food is amazing and i would have it every day if i could!
Def a place to try in my books!
This place is simply awsome. The ribs are fantastic!
Although I agree the decor is starting to look tired, the experience of Damons makes up for it.
The coldslaw was always a game to me and my family, it was that nice it was competition to see who could leave their alone the longest. We were lucky if anyone had any left by the time the food came out.
Food is always cooked fantastically and are big portions, I dont think you pay over the top its quite reasonable really. The only issue I have is that they can try to squeeze too many people onto small tables.
Free meal if its your birthday and you provide ID - free birthday cake as well that gets brought to your table with sparklers in. - sounds tacky but its not.
All in all a great place to eat.
Not bad- that's the best I can say for evening meals.
Love the american breakfasts there
Service is very hit n miss - usually quite slow
We drove about 40 minutes north to Lincoln for American Pancakes at Damon's. That's how serious we are about our cravings. I mean we have driven two hours to Bury St. Edmunds for fish tacos and root beer and got neither... so why not. When you walk in... it is like walking into a movie theatre or a bowling alley. To the right is a little booth where there is a hostess... or two. It was about a 10 minute wait for us. Unlike other restaurants, it does mimic an American restaurant with a nice large area to wait. Bar stools on the wall to the left, a lounge and bar straight on.
I don't know if this is only a brunch time thing, but they had a table with coffee that you could help yourself to, which I LOVED... I did not have my usual coffee this morning because I knew I was going to order coffee with my breakfast, but this... this was fantastic. They called us over a PA system... not sure I like that part as you can hear it all over the restaurant, including while you are sitting enjoying your food.
We were taken to a booth. Work BFF and I were commenting on how we thought that if this place had existed (we don't know when it was built) in about the 1950s or 1960s that the clientele then probably dressed up to the nines and it was probably an exclusive club with a lounge singer... similiar to Vegas really. It did really remind me of the U.S. (still undetermined on whether that is good or bad...). Anyway we looked at the breakfast menu, but let's be honest... we were on a mission. Mission American Pancakes. Work BFF and I also thought that the menu was just right... meaning in the U.S. when you go to some place like IHOP or Denny's, you get a squillion breakfast choices and it is so difficult to choose, especially at 2 a.m.
Work BFF deviated from the mission slightly and ordered the French Toast with... (wait for it...) a side of pancake. Yes. Pancake. Singular. I told her to order it because I wouldn't judge, but that it would end up on the review :). I ordered the Pancake Grand Slam... the person that wrote the menu must have visited a Denny's... Anyway, we got a jug of water with ice in it and the waitresses continuously walking by to make sure you are topped up on coffee. It did not take too long for the food to come out.
In American breakfast restaurant style, they had the melamine oval plates. I was a little bit disappointed that it was not streaky bacon (bacon if you are American) because streaky bacon, frankly works better with pancakes and maple syrup. The flavour is stronger/smokier and the crispiness works with the soft fluffy pancakes. Seriously. I decided to eat the other items before the pancakes and leave them for last. Eggs and bacon were nothing special, but the herby potatoes... I had the mixed (with onions, green peppers, sausage) herby roasted potatoes, they were delicious. A plate of those with a poached egg on top would be a great brunch item.
So. The pancakes. They didn't serve them with butter. The melted butter on top, to me, is important. The pancakes were definitely not made with buttermilk as it says on the menu. If they had been made with buttermilk, they would have been fluffier and they would have had a cake-like flavor, but these... I don't even think they were made with milk, I think they were made with water if they were made from scratch. They were not the worst pancakes I have had, but they are not the best. I'll be honest, I really wanted to go back into the kitchen and show them how to make them. Work BFF's French Toast was ok... the cinnamon in the batter was lovely... just how we do it, but 1) it could have used a longer soak in the egg and milk mixture to ensure that it is coated and 2) it could have used a bit longer in the frying pan or on the griddle, which would have been apparent anyway had the bread soaked longer in the batter.
Our breakfast didn't break the bank... with my Pancake Grand Slam and complementary coffee it was £8.45. Work BFF's orange juice, French Toast, and one pancake was about £9. All that said, while I wouldn't wake up early to drive up for breakfast, I would not be opposed to trying lunch or dinner there.
Ribs are still good, but not to the level they once were. Place could do with a make-over now, and some variety to the menu, but it does still rock if you have never been. I suggest you give the starters a miss, hit the original ribs then dive into a Key-Lime pie for dessert - a winning combo.
Nice restaurant, excellent ribs a must have although a little expensive, but a tip to bear in mind if anyone in your party has a birthday on the day you dine there just take proof and they will get there main meal meal free, also a cake
I LOVE this place! The food in Damons is fantastic, the ribs are cooked perfectly so that the meat jut falls off the rib easily.
The decor i do agree is a bit out dated, i do however like the portraits of celebs from the past and present, ut otherwise i feel it needs a revamp not that i pay much attention to the decor when im eating the delicious food!
On your burthday its probably the best place to go, you get your meal free and you can order as much as you like. The cake comes to you table with sparklers and you get the brilliant embarrassing happy birthday singing to you if you want it.
Overall i find Damons to be a lovely place with a great atmosphere!
Amazing food!! You have to try the ribs! And Try The Chicken Wings 4 Starter!!
Definitely not what it used to be. The menu is now very overpriced and the portion and quality of food has suffered. Much better restaurants in town for much better value for money.
Over the years i think the portions have got smaller and obviously the prices have risen, hence the average rating because thats what Damons is now.... Average!
Damons used to be the king of local restaurants, but sadly it got complacent and became what it is now almost a shell of its former self.
The quality of the food is still pretty good, but no longer worth making a detour for. And the atmosphere think of Frankie and Benny's and you won't go far wrong.
Brilliant place! Very nice atmosphere. Fell in love with the place the first time I went. Been several times. Must say it is very pricey but the quality of service, the amount of time it take from order of food to receiving the food and what you actually get is very good! Brilliant for familys. Also has a bar which is always a plus. The ribs are perfection on a plate. That's my recommendation for you!
Love Damons, been there twice this month already for family birthdays, which is great because the person whos birthday it is gets to eat for free. You have to try the ribs, they do them chinese style or bbq and are amazing. Both nights we have been it was very busy when we got there about 7.30pm, but by 9.30 we were the only ones in there! Both times mid-week. Highly recommended though.
love the food, love the ambience, love the retro decor, love thu music! Reminds me of when i was a youngster (well 10) we used to go here all the time!
After years of wanting to go, we finally found the opportunity. We liked the decor, but the place was very very busy and we sat around for about an hour waiting for a table. It then got worst as they poisoned my wife with salt... the gammon she had was inedible. After one bite she spent the rest of the evening throwing up. My meal was ok, but nothing to write home about. I thought it was very expensive for both drinks and food. To their credit, the staff were very apologetic and didn't make us pay for the gammon. A dissapointment.
I've been to Damon's for just about every family member's birthday, every year, for the last 10 years. It is my absolute favourite place to eat in the world. The second you try the ribs you can understand why they're award winning; they're unbelievably good. The portion sizes are massive; I rarely manage a dessert. There's a great selection of meals, the seafood, burgers, and steaks are also incredible, but I rarely stray from the ribs. Damon's coleslaw has a particular flavour that nobody can seem to replicate, as does their dip for the mushrooms (starter). There's also a good selection of cocktails. If it's your birthday, you get your main meal free which is a real money saver, and they bring out a (slightly disgusting) chocolate cake with sparklers in it at the end of your visit, and sing to you. The place is always packed in the evenings (book ahead!) and they usually have a guy playing the piano. The whole Damon's experience is just fantastic; I can't recommend this place highly enough.
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