Wednesday, February 3, 2016

HOOTERS, COLUMBIA, MO

Hooters
1101 Woodland Springs Ct.
Columbia, MO 65202
573-886-4700

Date Visited: 1/15/16








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Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-43/50; Sides-7/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-6/10
MD: Burger-41/40; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10






Hooters Medium Rare Burger








Richard orders the Build Your Own Burger (1/2 1b, $8.99) and scores it 43/50. "This is a tasty burger, a good piece of meat and it's mildly but nicely seasoned. It's closer to medium than medium rare, as I ordered it, but I have to say, the bun is not so good...it fell apart on me as I ate."






I also go with the BYOB. It's a big burger, juicy, seasoned just about right and cooked medium; I ordered it medium rare. I'd order this burger again, 41/50. I brought my own gluten free bun.




"These are mediocre steak fries," Richard says. They're doughy on the inside and not crispy on the outside. There does not seem to be any seasoning. They're soft and flexible," Richard holds one up so I can see it bend. "I guess they're not awful...but they are not very good. 7/10."





I order the side salad since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contamination). I go with the vinaigrette dressing. It's all fine, but not extraordinary.8/10.





"I think our server did a very nice job! She was friendly, helpful, went to the kitchen for info so she could answer our questions and she followed up nicely. 18/20 for service," Richard says.

I also score service at 18/20, though our server didn't ask how we wanted our burgers cooked. She did a nice job of getting the answers to our questions and followed up quickly whenever we made a request. Nice job.

"Ambiance gets an 8/10," Richard says. "I like the tall table. It's very much a sports bar, but feels comfortable. I can see coming here to watch a game. 8/10."

I also score ambiance 8/10. Hooters seems/feels like a very comfortable sports bar. It's 'roomy,' - that is, I can see a good sized crowd having plenty of room to cheer their team on and like Richard, I think it would be fun to watch a game here.

Location gets a 6/10 from Richard. "To get here one has to traverse the worsts intersection in Columbia (63 and Clark) and I admit it...I had difficulty finding Woodland Springs Court, even though I've been here several times. There is plenty of FREE parking, though. and that is excellent!"

I score location at 8/10. I, too, loved the plentiful FREE parking!

Both Richard and I enjoyed our burgers and we will be back for another, but we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to Hooters for a burger recently? If so, we would LOVE to hear your opinion. Do you agree that this is a pretty good burger?

Thanks for reading our blog; we appreciate it!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ye Olde Lady and Pint

Ye Olde Lady and Pint
21 Conley Rd.
Columbia, MO 65201
573-777-5140


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Date visited: 1/22/16

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-44/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-10/10; Service-19/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10



Richard orders the Pub Burger (1/2 lb, $10 with side). "This is a really, really good burger. I ordered it medium rare and it came to the table on the rare side! This is a multi-napkin burger. I like the meat-my burger is seasoned nicely. This burger would have gotten an even higher score if it had been cooked just a bit more...and I can't believe I'm saying that! 44/50!"





I, too, like the Pub Burger very much. Mine is medium rare - to the rare side, which is OK by me - and it is seasoned very nicely. It's a big burger (1/2 1b). They DO offer a gluten free bun that is pretty good (server could not find the brand name...) and Richard is right: this is a multi-napkin burger. 42/50.







Ye Olde Lady and Pint burger, medium rare







NOTE: THE OWNERS OF YE OLDE LADY ARE VERY AWARE OF THE GLUTEN FREE COMMUNITY AND OFFER QUITE A FEW ITEMS THAT ARE GLUTEN FREE. THEY DO OFFER A GLUTEN FREE BUN, WHICH IS PRETTY GOOD (COULD NOT GET BRAND NAME) AND THE FRIES ARE (AT THE TIME OF OUR VISIT) COOKED IN A DEDICATED, GLUTEN FREE OIL (NO CROSS CONTAMINATION FROM FLOUR BATTERED PRODUCTS).

"These fries are natural cut right here...they are very good. I'm giving them a 9/10 and they would have scored higher, but I got a few too many 'small' ones," Richard says.

I give the fries a 10/10. They are very good, but I score them this highly primarily because I can actually eat them: at the time of our visit Ye Olde Lady is using a dedicated oil - no flour-battered products are cooked in the oil, so they are gluten free! And they're 'homemade.' This is a rare occurrence! So, we have a really good burger AND fries the gluten free can eat. Does it get any better?

"Our server was very good. She did a fine job of following up on our requests for mustard, mayo and more napkins and she is very friendly. It did take a bit of time for our food to get to the table, but they are pretty busy. 18/20," Richard says.

I score service at 19/20. Our server is very nice, outgoing, knows the menu, is confident that the fries are gluten free, advocates for the gluten free bun they offer - at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE - and followed up very nicely on all of our requests. She did a very nice job!

Regarding ambiance, Richard says "I think this place is very comfortable. I like the way it is designed and I like the way it is decorated...it's not overdone. If I have any complaint it might be that the food is a tiny, tiny bit overpriced...the cost of the burger is a bit higher than some of the other places we've enjoyed...but I think this burger and fries combo is worth it...8/10."

I score ambiance at 8/10 as well. This is an English Pub, but, having been to London and eaten in several pubs, I have to say the food here at Ye Olde Lady is MUCH BETTER than the food I had in London (which, I believe, is over-fried and greasy. The food here at Ye Olde Lady is not too fried, it's not 'greasy,' it's quite good. Ye Olde Lady, as Richard says, is quite comfortable.

"8/10 for location," Richard says. It's easy to get too from my side of town, there is plenty of parking and the parking is free. The location is accessible from a variety of directions."

I also give location an 8/10. Ye Olde Lady is just around the corner from Hy Vee on Conley (where the El Maguey used to be) and there is lots of parking. Bonus: there are NO PARKING METERS so parking is FREE! Hurray!

We very much enjoyed Ye Olde Lady and Pint and we WILL be going back for another! We recommend Ye Olde Lady for burgers and fries, even if you are gluten free!

Have you had a burger at Ye Olde Lady and Pint yet? If so, we would LOVE to hear from you. What to YOU think of the burger and fries at Ye Olde Lady? Let us know! And as always, THANK YOU for reading our blog!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

JAZZ, COLUMBIA, MO

Jazz
217 N Stadium, #100
Columbia, MO 65203
573-443-5299




Date visited: 1/8/15

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Overall scores:
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-9/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-7/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance=8/10; Location-8/10





Richard orders the Louis Armstrong burger ($10, 1/21b) and says "I like it! It's huge-this is a lot to eat. The sausage is a really nice add-on. The seasoning is excellent...that may be the sausage, but I will come back and order this again. 42/50."









                                                                                           Medium rare burger













I order the All American burger (1/2 lb, $9) with Pepperjack cheese. Mine is a bit heavily salted, but overall I like it. Richard is right: this is a large burger. 40/50.







"I like the hushpuppies," Richard says, "and the slaw is good, too. I can't find much wrong with either one of these sides.The slaw has just the right amount of seasoning and creaminess. 9/10!"

I don't care for the slaw as much as Richard does. The seasoning puts me off a bit. 7/10.

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server did a really nice job. We got our food in a timely fashion and she provided good follow up. 17/20."

I score service at 18/20. Our DID do a nice job, followed up on our requests and responded quickly to anything we needed.

"This place feels quite comfortable to me," Richards says. "It's a pleasant atmosphere, not too loud and it does not feel 'busy' in spite of the fact that there are quite a few diners here. 8/10.

I, too, score ambiance at 8/10. They are busy, but it is not too loud and I don't feel rushed at all. There is music - jazz - but it is being played at just the right volume. I really like the unique menu cover.

"8/10 for location," Richard says. "Free parking, and plenty of it...what's not to like? There was a lot of traffic on the way over today, but this place is easily accessible."

Location gets an 8/10 from me as well. It's easy to get to and there is a lot of FREE parking. And it's near the Mall if one wants to do some shopping.

We enjoyed our burger at Jazz and will be happy to return for another, but we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia.

How about you? Have you been to Jazz recently for a burger? If so, let us know what you think. We would LOVE to hear from you. In the meantime, THANK YOU for reading our blog.

Monday, January 11, 2016

PASTA FACTORY

Pasta Factory
3103 West Broadway, #109
Columbia, MO 65203
573-449-3948

Date Visited: 12-18-15

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Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-45/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-45/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10



"This is a tasty burger. There is still juice in it...and it's seasoned very nicely. The bun is the right size and I like the size of the burger" (7oz) "and I like the two cheeses. I like this burger: 45/50!" Richard says. (Bacon Cheeseburger, $8.95)







I also order the Bacon Cheeseburger and enjoy it very much. I ordered mine medium rare and it came too the table just a tiny, tiny bit overcooked, but it's thick, juicy and, as Richard would say: very tasty! I too score it 45/50.






Pasta Factory Medium Rare





"These fries are natural cut and just the right size. I wish they would have cooked them maybe another thirty seconds," Richard says. "The flavoring is very good and this is certainly a generous portion! 9/10."

Since the fries are not gluten free (cross contamination) I order the salad. The lettuce is very crisp and I really like the dressing (Italian). 8/10.

Richard says "We were served pretty quickly. Our requests were responded to quickly, too, and our server was very responsive to our menu questions. The service is very good. More restaurants like this one in Columbia, please!  18/20."

I score Service 18/20 as well. Our server did respond quickly, had the answer or quickly got the answer to any of our menu questions and she did ask how we wanted our burgers cooked. Overall, a very nice job!

"The ambiance is not the same as it was downtown, but it's very nice...I like the 'feel' in here," Richard says. "Even though the place is really crowded it doesn't feel crowded, and there is very little noise, even with everyone talking. Very nice.8/10"

I agree with everything Richard has to say about ambiance and would add that the Pasta Factory seems to me to be a nice place to which one might take the spouse for a romantic evening. There are no TV's on the restaurant side, 9/10.

"Location gets an 8/10 from me," Richard says. It is a bit of a drive for me, but I like the parking right out front, and I like it that the parking is free!"

I, too, have a bit of a drive to get to the Pasta Factory but the burger is worth it. And the plentiful, FREE parking makes me very happy. 8/10.

We very much enjoy the burgers at the Pasta Factory, and recommend a visit to the restaurant. It's on our list of BEST burgers in Columbia, but we don't think it is the 'best' burger in Columbia.

Have YOU had a burger at the Pasta Factory? If so, what do you think? Do you agree with our assessment? We'd LOVE to hear from you.

Monday, January 4, 2016

BROADWAY DINER, COLUMBIA, MO

BROADWAY DINER
22S 4th St
Columbia, MO 65201
573-875-1173


Date visited: 12/11/15



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Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-41/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10





Richard orders the Frisco Melt ($6.50) and says "It's a bit greasy....see? You can still see the grease dripping off of it...and it's not quite as flavorful as I was hoping it would be. But, this is diner food, and it's pretty much what I was expecting. 41/50."





I order the double cheese burger and think it is fine. I do like the large size! There is not a lot of flavor in my burger, it needs seasoning...salt. My burger is served on toast which is not gluten free; I brought my own bun. 40/50.




"My fries are pretty tasty," Richard says. "I'm thinking a bit more time in the oil would be a good idea. They're tender on the inside, but not as crispy as I would prefer. They need seasoning, too..there is not much flavor. 8/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free I go with the chips (Jay's Classic). They're fine, 8/10.

"17/20 for Service," Richard says. "Our server did a fine job. She got our food to us promptly, followed up nicely and overall, did a nice job."

I score service at 18/20 and agree with Richard: our server did a fine job.

"This is what I would call an authentic diner. It's comfortable and there are no TVs to hinder conversation. The place is pretty busy - we got a table pretty quickly, though, and I like sitting next to the big window. 7/10 for ambiance," Richard says.

I enjoy diners and believe that, if I were traveling and found this place, I would brag on my wise decision to eat here. I like the atmosphere. The folks eating here all seem to be really enjoying themselves. 8/10.

Location gets a 7/10 from Richard. "The parking lot can get tight on free parking spaces, but I found a space so I avoided having to plug a meter on the street. This is downtown, and of course, traffic can get a little crazy in downtown Columbia on a Friday at noon."

I score location at 8/10. I, too, found a place to park in the lot and so avoided putting money in the meter. Richard is right about downtown Columbia on a Friday afternoon...it can get pretty busy.

We enjoyed our burgers and sides at Broadway Diner and will return for another. While we did enjoy our burgers, we don't think these are the bests burgers in Columbia.

Have you been to the Broadway Diner for a burger recently? If so, we would love to hear your opinion. Let us know what YOU think of the Broadway Diner.

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