Thursday, September 3, 2015

TGI FRIDAYS, COLUMBIA, MO

TGI Fridays
3030 I-70 DR. SE
Columbia, MO 65201
573-817-2440

Date visited: 8/21/15

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Overall scores
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-42/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10



Richard orders the New York Cheddar and Bacon Burger ($10.50) and says "My burger is nicely flavored. It's just a tiny bit overcooked-I ordered it medium rare and it's a bit closer to medium. I would come back again and order another burger. 42/50."







I order the Classic Cheeseburger ($9.00; 1/2 1b) and thought it was pretty good. I also ordered my burger medium rare and it came closer to medium well, but was still a bit juicy. It was seasoned pretty well and like Richard said, I would return for another burger. 42/50





Note: TGI Fridays has much improved their burgers from two years ago. If you had a bad experience back in the day, give them another try (and let us know what you think, please).







"I like the size of these fries," Richard says. "And they were cooked with the peel, which I like! The seasoning is good, too. They're crispy on the outside and tender inside, so, very good. 8/10).

The fires are not gluten free (cross contamination and, I think, the seasoning) so I order the mashed, which I enjoy: they cook did a nice job with the salt! 8/10

Regarding service, Richard says "I don't have any complaints at all. One thing: our server did not ask us how we wanted our burgers done. She was attentive, without being suffocation, so...18/20."

I, too, score service at 18/20. Our server was quick to our table, followed up throughout the meal and was nicely responsive while visiting our table just often enough.

"It's too cold in here, otherwise, I like it fine. This place seems to be trying to appeal to younger couples; it's kind of a 'funky' atmosphere," Richard says. 7/10.

I like our table (booth) and its location in the restaurant. The fact that it's not to loud in the place is a plus. 8/10

"I'll score location at 8/10," Richard says. "There's plenty of free parking and it's relatively easy to get too, though there is pretty heavy traffic at this I-70 exit."

I agree with Richard that the exit to the frontage road off the highway is a (very tiny) pain in the neck, but I DO like the free parking, and the trip from my place to the restaurant is fairly short. 8/10.

The burgers at TGI Fridays are much improved from a couple of years ago. If you have not given them a second chance, now would be a good time. While we think this is a good burger, we do NOT think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at TGI Fridays recently? If so, we'd enjoy hearing from you. Let us know what you think!

Friday, August 28, 2015

STADIUM GRILL, COLUMBIA, MO

Stadium Grill
1219 Fellow Place (just off Stadium near Faurot Field)
Columbia, MO 65201
573-777-9292

Date visited: 8/14/15

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Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-9/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10



Richard orders the Bacon Cheeseburger ($9.99) and says "My burger is a bit dry - still has some good flavor, though that could come from the bacon and cheese. There is a little bit of seasoning and I like the bun: it held up to the burger and it's close to the right size. This burger is a bit improved over the last time we were here...it has gone from 'not very good' to 'good' but this is not a great burger; 42/50."



Richard is correct: the burger is better this time than the last time we were here, but not by much, which is a disappointment since this place seems to consider itself a great burger spot. I score it 40/50 (I, too, had the Bacon Cheeseburger). A minute or two less time on the grill would be good, and more seasoning would also help. This is an OK burger, but would not be my first choice for a burger. I brought my own gluten free bun.





Burger well done






"My fries were pretty good when they first arrived, but they got cold really fast. I like the seasoning and when they first arrived they were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. 8/10," Richard says.

Since the fries ARE NOT gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the slaw and it's fine; 8/10. The last time I was here I asked if the fries were gf and the server brought the bag from the freezer so I could read the ingredients (also not gf due to the seasoning; the point: frozen fries; why would a place that wants to be known for burgers serve frozen fries?)

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server was fine, though she did not offer to refill our drinks or bring us more water. They're pretty busy, though, so that could be the problem. 18/20."

I score service 18/20 also. Our server did not ask how we wanted our burgers done (medium rare) and did not refill our waters. It took a bit of time for our food to get to the table, but as Richard says, they were fairly busy.

"I like the big windows," Richard says regarding ambiance. "I'll score ambiance at 7/10."

I score ambiance at 8/10, but I thought the air conditioning was set uncomfortably high; it was a bit chilly. The place does seem a bit...sterile to me.

"I'll score location at 9/10," Richard says. "It's easy to get too, has plenty of free parking and is not all that far a drive for me."

I score location at 8/10. It's located just off Stadium near Faurot Field so it is a bit of a drive for me. The intersection is a busy one. I love the free parking!

We think our burgers at Stadium Grill were much better this time than the last time we ate here, but these are NOT the best burgers in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Stadium Grill? It so, what do you think? Are we right or wrong in our assessment? Let us know: we would enjoy hearing from you.

Monday, August 17, 2015

CHEERLEADERS, COLUMBIA, MO

Cheerleaders Pub and Grill
1400 Cinnamon Hill Ln
Columbia, MO 65201
573-442-6066

Date visited: 7/17/15

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Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-43/50; Sides-9/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-9/10
MD: Burger-43/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-9/10



Richard orders the Touchdown Burger (1/2 1b, $10.49) and says "This is a tasty burger. I ordered it medium rare, and it's a bit more done than that, but not by much. This seems like a good piece of meat, and its seasoned fairly well. I like the bun, too, so 43/50."








I also score the burger at 43/50 (I also had the Touchdown Burger, 1/2 1b). This is a 'thicker' burger and I like that. Mine was close to medium rare as well. It needed salt. Overall, I enjoyed this burger.
I brought my own gluten free bun.





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"I have to say, these fries are pretty good," Richard says. "They're cooked nicely - crispy outside, tender inside, they have very nice flavoring via whatever spices were used, and the fries are the 'right size,' in my opinion. This is a very generous portion! 9/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the baked potato. I enjoyed it with butter and sour cream. 8/10.

"Our server confused the cheese we each wanted...I wanted Swill and got Cheddar. That was corrected pretty quickly, though. The service is OK overall...17/20."

I , too, score service at 17/20. Our server did ask how we wanted our burger done (medium rare) and got our food out to us fairly quickly. We asked for mayo, ketchup and so forth, and they all came via tiny little tinfoil packets. What's up with that?

"It's a sports bar. All the SEC teams are represented...the bats above the bar might be a bit much, but overall, the place seems 'airy' and clean, so...8/10 for ambiance," Richard says.

I also score ambiance at 8/10. There are plenty of TV's, the place was not (at all) crowded. As Richard says, it IS a sports bar.

"I'll score location at 9/10," Richard says. "It's right off the highway (63), with easy access and plenty of FREE parking. It's away from downtown, so finding a parking spot is easy."

I score location at 9/10 for the same reasons as Richard. This place is straight down 63 at the AC exit, it's easy to get too and the parking is FREE!

Have you been to Cheerleaders recently? What did you think of the burger? We would LOVE to hear your opinion,

This is a good burger, but it's not the best burger in Columbia.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

GLENN'S CAFE (in Tiger Hotel) COLUMBIA, MO

Glenn's Cafe (in the Tiger Hotel)
29 S 8th St
Columbia, MO 65201
573-442-7100

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Date visited: 7/10/15

Overall scores:
RH: Burger-44/50; Sides-9/10; Service-25/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-6/10
MD: Burger-45/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-7/10





Richard orders the Highway 40 Burger (6 oz; $8; cheese $1; Bacon $1). "This is a very good burger. Very tasty! It's cooked medium, so it's not as juicy as it could be...I ordered it medium rare. The bun fits the burger...the size is right...They've put on just the right amount of onions, I'll give this burger a 44/50!"








I order the 8th Street Burger (10 oz; $13 with angus braised beef stuffed into the center, bacon, cheese, tomato, greens and mustard sauce, because too much is not enough for me!). I love a stuffed burger! I give this one a 45/50 because it is a very good burger. It's big, with lots of 'stuff' going on, but...$13? That's hard on the wallet.




"These are excellent fries," Richard says. "As good as Murry's, I think. They're the right size, seasoned just right, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside...not frozen but fresh cut...these would have gotten a '10' if they had been left in the fryer just a few seconds longer. 9/10"

Since the fries are NOT gluten free I go with the asparagus. It's fine (but it's not fries!). 8/10

Richard scores service at 15/20. "Our server didn't ask how we wanted our burgers done. It took a bit of time for our burgers to arrive. I ordered oysters to go and had I not checked I would have left with the wrong item...all's well that ends well, though."

I score service at 18/20. Our server checked in with us just often enough, but did not refill our water glasses. Overall, a nice job.

"I think this place is very nice, very comfortable," Richard says. "It doesn't feel 'stuffy' or 'pretentious' to me. OK...the chandelier might be a bit much, but there are no TV's! 9/10 for ambiance!"

I also score ambiance at 9/10. There are no TV's, as Richard mentioned, we had a nice booth by the window, and I liked the blues music that was being played in the background as we ate.

"I ended up parking in the garage," Richard says. "I had to pay for parking. It's too bad this place is downtown... it can be hard to find a parking place and downtown can be really busy. 6/10."

I, too, hate having to pay for parking. I ended up finding a spot a block or so away, and it cost me almost a buck to park!

Have you had a burger at Glenn's? If so, we would LOVE to hear from you! Let us know what you think: did we score Glenn's correctly?

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Glenn's burger,
ordered medium rare

Monday, July 27, 2015

BUFFALO WILD WINGS, COLUMBIA, MO

Buffalo Wild Wings
505 E Nifong Blvd
Columbia, MO
573-441-2244

Date visited: 7/3/15

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Richard orders the Beefy Burger ($9.49, build your own: lettuce, tomato, pickles, Swiss Cheese, ad BBQ sauce) with fries. "My burger could be juicier. It's...a bit dry. I think this is a good piece of meat, and it's a good bun. I like the bbq sauce; it's just the right amount of sweet. 42/50."







I also order the Beefy Burger with Cheddar. Bacon is 75 cents extra. It's a relatively thin patty and I agree with Richard that it's a bit dry. I think the burger is 8 ounces. I would have preferred more seasoning. I think my burger is cooked to medium well (would have ordered medium rare if asked). The fries are not gluten free (cross contamination) so I go with cole slaw as a side. 40/50.





"These are nice french fries," Richard says. "They need seasoning, though. There is not much flavor. They are crisp on the outside, and tender inside...so I'll go with 8/10."

I think the slaw is fine. 7/10.

"16/20 for service," Richard says. "Our server didn't ask us how we wanted our burgers done and, while they are busy, service is pretty slow."

I think our server did an OK job and score service at 18/20.

Regarding ambiance, Richard says "This is comfortable for a sports bar. There are plenty of TVs. It's a bit cool in here. There is a TV in the restroom, so one has something to do while...doing something. There's no TV in the 'throne room',though, so I guess one is on his own in there. 8/10"

To me the place seems a bit like a cave with dim lighting and lots of televisions.  8/10.

"I like the free parking, and it's not too far from my office, so 9/10 for location," Richard says.

I score location at 7/10. I'm not happy about the left turn off of Nifong; it took 'forever' to get across the road. There was no parking in the Wild Wings lot so I parked in the mall lot. I DO like the free parking! Wild Wings is on the south side of town, so for me, coming from the north, it's a trip.

We think this is an OK burger, but we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbia? What did you think? We'd love to hear from you!