Thursday, February 26, 2015


Longhorn Steakhouse
31 Conley Rd.
Columbia, MO 65201



Overall Scores:
Richard: Burger-45/50; Side-7/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-8/10
Mark: Burger-40/50; Side-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-8/10

Richard orders the Steakhouse Burger ($8.99 with fries;Swiss Cheese) and says "This burger is cooked just right - medium rare - and it's flavored very, very nicely: a perfect medium rare! It's very flavorful and I think the price is really fair, too. I score this 45/50!"

I also order the Steakhouse Burger ($8.99 with baked; Cheddar) and I too, think it is tasty. Eight ounces, cooked just right, with good flavor. I brought my own gluten free bun. While I like the burger, I don't like it quite as much as Richard, and score it 40/50.

"My fries are pretty basic," Richard says, "not much flavoring, and I think they were frozen. The fries are OK...7/10".

My baked potato is perfect: the skin is crispy, the inside is tender and moist and there is plenty of butter, sour cream and's good! The fries are NOT gluten free (cooked in same oil as flour-battered products) 9/10!

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server did a nice job. He came back to the table just enough, wasn't intrusive, refilled our water without being asked, got our food to us quickly...nice job: 17/20."

I agree and score service at 18/20.

"Very comfortable. They're not very busy for a noon on Friday...but the place is quiet and...nice. I'm going to score ambiance at 9/10."

I also score ambiance at 9/10. This place does seem roomy, comfortable and quiet.

"8/10 for location," Richard says. "It's easy to get too, and there is plenty of free parking."

I also score location at 8/10. Richard is right: there is free parking. It's also right in front of a Hy Vee, which worked out perfectly for me since I needed to do some grocery shopping.

Both Richard and I enjoyed this burger (Richard a bit more than me), but we don't think is the best burger in Columbia. We are looking forward to our next burger at Longhorn Steakhouse.

How about you? Have you been to the Longhorn Steakhouse in Columbia, MO? If so, let us know what you think of their burgers. We'd LOVE to hear from you!

Thursday, February 19, 2015


G & D Steakhouse    (Facebook)
G & D Steakhouse    (Website)
2001 W Worley (Stadium Plaza)
Columbia, MO 65203


Urban Spoon


Overall Scores
Richard: Burger-40/50; Sides 8.5/10; Service-15/20; Ambiance-6/10; Location-8/10
Mark: Burger-40/50; Sides-7/10; Service-16/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-7/10

Richard orders the Cheeseburger (with fries; $5.69). "This is a good burger, especially if you're in a hurry. I think this is a nice piece of meat. My burger is a bit light on flavor - I think it could use more seasoning. And it would be great if it was cooked a bit less, but that might be tough since the patties are pretty thin...40/50. I like the burger!"

I have the Double Cheeseburger ($6.69 with a garden salad $1.25) and I also score the burger at 40/50. I enjoy it as well, but agree with Richard: it needs a bit more seasoning, and though I would like it medium rare (versus well done) I suspect the thin patties make that impossible (I brought my own gluten free bun).

"My fries look great," Richard says, "but they could be...spicier. There's not much flavor here...I think they need more seasoning. Overall, I like them. 8.5/10."

Since the fries are not cooked in a dedicated oil (they are cooked with flour-battered products) I go with the salad, which is primarily lettuce with a few shards of carrots. It's fine: 7/10.

"It's difficult to rate service since we order at the counter," Richard says, "but our food got to the table pretty quickly. This place is very efficient! 15/20."

I score service at 16/20; our server got our food to us quickly and followed up just enough to make sure we are both happy.

Ambiance gets a 6/10 from Richard. "It's a diner. One gets what one expects! This place is really busy but it doesn't sound all that noisy in here. It's a bit chilly where we're Sitting - this close to the front time I'll pick a place to sit further back in the restaurant if it is this cold outside."

I score ambiance at 7/10 because G & D is a diner, and I like diners! Richard is right: it is cold when the door opens, which happens a lot because there is a steady stream of people coming and going.

"I like the free parking, and this place is easy to get too, so location gets a 8/10 from me," Richard says.

I score location at 7/10 and I, too, appreciate the plentiful and free parking!

This is a good burger and we look forward to having it again, but, in our opinion, this is not the best burger in Columbia. The price and speed of service makes G & D Steakhouse a good place to visit if you want a good burger at a very fair price, served quickly.

Have you been to G & D Steakhouse for a burger? If so, let us know what you think. We'd LOVE to hear from you!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Hoss's Market and Rotisserie

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



Overall Scores:
Richard: Burger-44/50; Side-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-10/10
Mark: Burger-43/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-7/10

Richard orders the Hoss's Cheeseburger ($7.99 with fries-add 50 cents) and says "This burger looks really good. It has a nice sear on the outside's quite flavorful! I like the size, too (6 oz) and this Vermont Cheddar is good. The bun is holding up well. It's cooked the way I ordered it, too...medium rare! There's not much to complain about here, so....44/50."

I also order the Hoss's Cheeseburger with the Cheddar and enjoy it very much for the same reasons Richard liked it. I brought my own gluten free bun, BUT Hoss's DOES OFFER a gluten free bun ($1.00 extra). 43/50.

Medium Rare-Hoss's Burger

"These fries are good," Richard says. They could be a bit crispier, though. I believe they're fresh - they have some peel, and they are cut to the size I really like. The fries are seasoned very nicely. 8/10!"

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cooked in contaminated oil) I go with the kettle chips (Vicki's) and they are fine. 8/10.

Regarding service Richard says "We ordered at the counter, but we got our food quickly and there has been good follow up. I think our server did a good job. 17/20."

I score service at 18/20 and also feel the visits to the table were timely and efficient.

"The place is pretty plain, but I admit it is better" (for a place to eat) "then I thought it would be. And it isn't too noisy in here. 7/10."

I score ambiance at 7/10 also. The tables are set amidst a 'specialty' grocery store. The place is quite busy but, as Richard mentions, it is not particularly noisy. There are no TV's, which is kind of nice for a change.

"It's very near my house and there's plenty of free parking, so I give location a 10/10!" Richard says.

Since Hoss's is on the opposite of town from me, I score it 7/10, though I do enjoy the free parking. Getting into the place is a bit confusing. It does not appear, to me, to be on Club Village Drive, but one street beyond. Pull into the Walgreen's parking lot, then drive past Walgreens to the restaurant.

While this is not our choice for the best burger in Columbia, it's quite good, and we would go back for another.

Have you been to Hoss's Market and Rotisserie for a burger? If so, we'd enjoy hearing from you. Let us know what you think.


Thursday, February 5, 2015


Smokehouse BBQ
403 Stadium
Columbia, MO 65203

Menu Cover


Overall Ratings
Richard: Burger-40/50; Sides-9/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
Mark: Burger-41/50; Sides-10/10; Service 18/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-9/10

Since there is only one burger on the menu - the Smokehouse Cheeseburger ($10.25) - Richard orders that with fries and beans. "My burger is a bit overcooked. I think it is thick enough that it could have been cooked medium rare. It also needs some seasoning. And my bun fell apart...but that could be because of the BBQ sauce I put on it. I like the BBQ sauce (sweet); it's pretty good. 40/50."

I also order the Smokehouse Cheeseburger, with slaw. I brought my own gluten free bun.I agree the burger needs seasoning and my burger, too, is slightly overcooked,. Overall, though, I like it and score it at 41/50. I like the BBQ sauce (sweet) as well.

Here's a point of interest: the menu says the burger is $9.95, but at the restaurant, on the lunch menu the cost is listed at $10.25. BUT, on the evening menu, the cheeseburger is listed at at $9.95. So, what's up with that?

Richard orders fries and beans as his sides (I order the slaw and we shared his beans and my slaw. The fries are NOT gluten free).

"There's almost too much sauce on the slaw," Richard says. "I like it, though. My fries are seasoned very nicely;  I don't think they are frozen-the peel is still on them. They're crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The beans are a tiny bit sweet, but they're good ...above average! 9/10; 9/10 and 9/10."

I very much like both the slaw and the beans and score both 10/10. The slaw is sweet - no vinegar taste - and for some there may be, as Richard says, too much sauce. If you are GF: I do not know if the beans and slaw are gf; but, based on the ingredients, I think they are.

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server is very attentive, got our food here quickly and followed up just enough. 17/20."

I score service at 18/20 and agree with Richards assessment.

"There are six different sports channels on the TV's, the place is big, but not too noisy, it feels comfortable here. The chairs are comfy. I score ambiance at 8/10" Richard says.

I score ambiance 9/10. I really like the place. It's a sit down restaurant that specializes in BBQ and it has that great BBQ smell. While I love the BBQ 'pit' type of place, this is more 'upscale ' and is very nice.

"This place is centrally located and there's plenty of free parking, so I give location 8/10," Richard says.

I agree but score location - the place is not too far from the mall - 9/10.

This is a good burger, but it is not the best burger in Columbia. I've been back and very much enjoy the BBQ!

Have you been to the Smokehouse BBQ? If so, let us know what you think. We'd LOVE to hear from you!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The Pasta Factory
3103 W Broadway, #109
Columbia, MO 65203

The Pasta Factory Menu


Urban Spoon

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-45/50; Side-9/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-45/50; Side-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10

Burger Menu

Richard orders the Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.95 with side; the only burger on the menu) and says "My burger is cooked perfectly," (medium rare) "it's very generous in size," (menu says 7 ounces but our burgers seem to be larger) " and it's very tasty! It's seasoned just right and I really like the 'special sauce' they provide. The bun is good and holds up very well. 45/50. I put it up there with some of the better burgers in Columbia."

I, too, enjoy the burger. Swiss and Mozzarella, bacon, big in size, tasty 'special sauce,' done just right and seasoned very nicely - what's not to like? 45/50. On my list of favorites now, too.

Special Sauce

"My fries are crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This is a huge portion of fries! They're seasoned just right and are just the right size," (not 'shoestring' and not 'Steak' fries). 9/10 from me," Richard says.

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cooked in same oil as battered products) I order the Factory House side salad. The home made Italian dressing is very, very good. 9/10.

"David," (our server) "did a real nice job. 17/20 for service," Richard says.

I score service 18/20. David got to the table quickly, asked how we wanted our burgers done (our burgers actually got to the table the way we ordered them -medium rare!) and visited the table just the right amount of times while we were there.

"This is nice," Richard says regarding the ambiance. "I still prefer the downtown location - the buildig was older, it seemed more...Italian?...but this is nice, and they've done a nice job of trying to make this place similar to downtown. 8/10."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. The place was fairly busy during lunch, there are no TV's in the restaurant area, it appears to be very clean and well appointed. It does remind me, just a little bit, of the downtown location.

"Free parking, good access to the front door from the parking lot, and on my side of town! Very nice! Location gets an 8/10 from me.

I also score location at 8/10, for the same reasons as Richard, but I live on the (far) north side, so it is not quite as convenient for me as it is for Richard. Worth the trip, though!.

At 45 average, The Pasta Factory makes our list as one of the better burgers in Columbia.

Have you been to The Pasta Factory and had the Bacon Cheeseburger? Do you agree with our assessment? Let us know, either way. We'd enjoy hearing from you!