Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Sports Zone (Holiday Inn)
2200 I-70 Drive W
Columbia, MO 65203

Date visited: 6/3/16


Trip Advisor




Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-43/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10

Richard orders the Zone Burger ($6.99; 5 oz). "My burger is flavored very nicely...but it is slightly overcooked, a bit beyond medium rare. My bun is the perfect size and it held up well to the burger. I think I should have ordered bacon with this would have been really good...43/50."

I order the Zone Burger as well. It's fine, but it's more of a medium well than medium rare as I ordered it. It's a bit small for me....It/s fine. 40/50.

"My fries are just the right size," Richard says. "They're crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, seasoned very nicely...they are quite good. And this is a generous amount, too. I'll score these at 9/10. They are very good."

Since the fries are cooked in flour-contaminated oil they are not gluten free, I order a baked potato with butter and sour cream. It's fine. 8/10.

Richard says "Our server comes to our table just often enough. She's taking good care of us even though she's busy. I think she is doing a fine job-she's outgoing, friendly, follows up our requests quickly and got our food to us in a very timely manner. 18/20 for service!"

I also score service at 18/10 and agree with everything Richard has to say.

Regarding ambiance Richard says "It's a sports bar. I can imagine it might be fun to come here to watch a game and eat...there are quite  few TVs. I like our booth, it's not too's comfortable. I'll score ambiance at 8/10."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. It is a sports bar and the food is a bit better than I expected.

"Well, this is a bit of a drive for me, but there is plenty of free parking, so 7/10 for location," Richard says.

It's near the mall, easy in and out, free parking...what's not to like? 8/10 for location.

While we both enjoyed our burgers, we do not think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to the Sports Zone in the Holiday Inn? We would enjoy hearing from you. Do you agree with our opinion? Let us know!

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Thursday, June 9, 2016


Truman's Bar and Grill
3304 Broadway Business Park Ct
Columbia, MO 65203

Date visited: 5/27/16

Trip Advisor


Truman burger menu

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-41/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-6/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/8; Location-8/10

Richard orders the1/4 1b burger ($6.85) and says "My burger isn't flavored as well as I would like it to be. I like the size of the bun...and my bun didn't fall apart too badly...For me 1/41b is plenty, so the size of the burger is just right. It's cooked fine...a bit more than my preferred medium rare, but not too much. This burger is OK. I'll score it at 41/50."

                                                       Truman burger Medium Rare

I order the 1/2 1b burger with cheese ($8.65) and LOVE the size. My burger needs a bit more flavor, but overall I like it. I ordered it medium rare and it's fairly close. I did think my burger tasted a bit 'mealy,' but overall it was fine. 40/50.

"My fries could have been cooked a bit longer and they need more seasoning but overall I think they are pretty good," Richard says. "I'll give these fries an 8/10."

Since the fries are not gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the corn on the cob. I really like the idea of corn on the cob on the menu, and wish that my corn had been left if the boiling water for LESS time-the corn is a bit overcooked and as a result it is a bit 'soft' and chewy. 6/10.

"Our server did an excellent job," Richard says. "She was prompt, attentive, congenial and followed up well. Service gets an 18/20 from me.

I also give our server an 18/20. She DID ask how we wanted our burgers prepared, followed up well and as Richard says, she was outgoing and friendly. She responded to our requests quickly and got our food to us relatively quickly.

Regarding ambiance, Richard says "There are lots - and lots!- of TV's turned to sports and news. I think there is a nice, comfortable feeling to this place. I think this is a good sports bar. 8/10 for ambiance."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. The place is about half full on a Friday at noon, but it's not too loud and I don't feel crowded at all.

"Location gets a 7/10 from me," Richard says. "It's a ways out here and there is really no 'fast' way to get here. I do like the plentiful, free parking...always a pluss!"

I score location at 8/10. It's a bit of a drive for me, too, but, as Richard says, there is plenty of free parking!

We enjoyed our burgers at Truman's Bar and Grill, but we do not think this is the 'best' burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Truman's recently? If so, what did you think? We would LOVE to hear from you.

As always, THANK YOU for reading our blog!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Fifth Down Bar & Grill
912 Rain Forest Parkway
Columbia, MO 65202

Date visited: 5/20/16



Overall Scores
Richard: Burger-43/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-6/10
Mark: Burger-40/50; Sides-7/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-9/10

Richard orders the 1/31b special ($5.50).  "This is the right size burger for me," Richard says. "It's very tasty; the meat seems to be quite good. I like the way my burger is seasoned, too. There's a little bit of spicy 'kick' to it, but it's not overdone. 43/50!"

Fifth Down Burger, medium rare

I order the Build Your Own Burger, (1/21b, $7.50). I agree with Richard: this is a pretty good burger. Mine is seasoned nicely and is cooked pretty close to the way I ordered it (medium rare). I score my burger at 40/50.

"My fries are not as crispy as as they could be," Richard says.  The seasoning is too light, and the size of the fries are not uniform. My fries got cold really quickly. 8/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contam) I go beans, It's the only side I can find that might be gf. Thing is, I don't care for green beans. So Richard ate them. 7/10...

Regarding service Richard says "I think our server did a very nice job. She followed up on our requests, stopped by our table just often enough to make sure we are OK but did not make a nuisance of herself. 17/20 for service."

I score service at 18/20 and agree that our server did a nice job. She did NOT ask how we wanted our burgers cooked but she did do a nice job of following up on  our requests and visiting our table just often enough.

"There are lots of TV's and the place is comfortable enough. It's something of a beer joint, but it's not too loud at lunchtime, so I'll score ambiance at 7/10.

I score ambiance at 8/10. This is a 'neighborhood' sports bar. It's not at all busy at noon, and the interior is a bit 'dark,' but overall, I think it is what it is...

"This place is on the opposite side of town from me, and with the construction it took me more time than I anticipated to get here. I DO like the plentiful FREE parking...6/10," Richard says.

I score location at 9/10. It's a five minute drive for me, there is lots of parking and the parking is FREE!

We like the burgers at Fifth Down, but we do not think this is the best burger in Columbia.

If you've been to the Fifth Down recently for a burger we would LOVE to hear what you thought about it. And, as always, THANK YOU for reading our blog!

Friday, May 20, 2016


29 S 10th St
Columbia, MO 65201

Date Visited: 5/13/16


Burger Menu


Trip Advisor

Overall Scores
RH: Burger-41/50; Sides-4/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-6/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10

Richard orders The Gameday ($10) and says "OK, this is good, but not great. I would order it again. The bacon, with the chipotle sauce, is just enough to spice this burger up a bit. I'm thinking the sauce has really boosted the overall flavor. My burger is overcooked. 41/50."

Harpo's, Medium Rare

I order The Hangover ($10) with bacon and an egg. Mine, too, is overcooked, but I did enjoy it with the two toppings. My burger is seasoned very nicely. 40/50.

"My fries are almost inedible," Richard says. "They are way overcooked. There is no semblance of tenderness...I have to pick and choose to find a fry worth eating. I'm thinking no one was paying any attention to what was going on in the fryer. 4/10, and that's being generous."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the bag of chips. They're fine. 5/10.

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server didn't ask us how we wanted our burgers done. I suspect the city make them cook them to medium well, at least. There was really good follow up, though, to our questions and requests, so I'll score service at 18/20."

I score service at 18/20. Harpo's was almost empty at noon on Friday, but it still took quite some time to get our food once we ordered.

"Ambiance? Well, it's a college bar. Lots of TV's, not much noise - there is no one here, which seems strange to me...even with the college winding down. 8/10," Richard says.

I also score ambiance at 8/10. L enjoyed the music being played and agree with Richard: Harpo's is a college bar.

"I give location  a 7/10," Richard says. "It's not too close to the campus, and I found parking in the garage. I will have to pay for the parking, though."

I score location at 7/10 as well. It's downtown and traffic can be pretty heavy downtown on a Friday afternoon. There was construction going on so some of the roads were blocked between my office and the restaurant - that was a bit of a pain in the neck. I found a parking spot quickly though, but I did have to plug the meter.

We enjoyed our burger at Harpo's and will go back for another, but this is NOT the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Harpo's recently? If so, we would love to hear from you. What do you think? Are Harpo's burgers better than we give them credit for, or are we being too generous?

As always, THANK YOU for reading our blog.

Friday, May 13, 2016


Hoss's Market & Rotisserie
1010 Club Village Dr
Columbia, MO 65203

Date visited: 5/6/16


Trip Advisor


Burger Menu

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-38/50; Sides-7/10; Service-15/20; Ambiance-6/10; Location-10/10
MD: Burger-38/50; Sides-7/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-6/10

Richard orders the Hoss's Cheeseburger ($7.99 w/side, 6 oz)). "My burger is bland. There's no flavor to speak of...but it is medium rare! Even so, there is very little juice left in this burger. How did they do that? The bun is fine, not great, but OK. I like the 6oz burger size. This burger is OK, but where's the flavor? Where's the seasoning? 38/50."

Hoss;s burger, Medium Rare

I also order Hoss's Cheeseburger (with chips as the fries are NOT gluten free) and Richard is right: there is very little flavor, which is ironic since the folks at Hoss's sell all kinds of seasonings and sauces. The burger does look good, but it needs salt, and as Richard says, some juice....Hoss's DOES offer a gluten free bun (I brought my own).

"These fries are fine, but they should have been cooked a bit longer. Again, like the burger, there is very little seasoning on these fries so they, too, lack flavor. 7/10 for the fries," Richard says.

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the bag of chips as my side. They're kettle chips and they're fine. 7/10.

Regarding service, Richard says "It's hard to put a number on service since we stand at the counter to order, but they did bring our burgers to the table. And they did a nice job of following up on our requests, so I'll give service a....15/20."

I score service at 17/20. It matters little to me if I order at the counter or table, and there was good follow up to my request for info on gluten free products and there was a quick response when we asked for ketchup, etc.

"Well, we are eating in a store, so there's that. Ambiance is fine, I guess. But...6/10." Richard says.

I score ambiance at 7/10. This is NOT a 'romantic' place to take the wife or girlfriend, but it's fine.

"This place is on my side of town," Richard says. "It takes me just a few minutes to get here, so I have to score location at 10/10!"

Since Hoss's is across town for me, I give location a 6/10. I know exactly where this place is, but I always have to think about it a moment before I can remember how to get there. I DO like the plentiful, free parking!

The burgers are fine - they would be better if there was some seasoning involved - and Richard and I agree: this is NOT the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Hoss's recently? If so, let us know what you think. Are we crazy? Is this a better burger than we are suggesting? We would enjoy hearing from you. And as always, THANK YOU FOR READING OUR BLOG!