Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CAFE BERLIN, COLUMBIA, MO

Cafe Berlin
220 N 10th
Columbia, MO 65201
573-441-0400



Date visited: 6/12/15



Menu

Burger Menu



Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-40/50; Sides-5/10; Service-15/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-38/50; Sides-5/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10



Richard orders the Awesome Burger (1/31b, $9.00; cheese and sides are extra. We think!) "I don't like the bread. I think they make it here...but there's just too much bread. I don't think it has any taste. My burger is overcooked. I have to say, I wouldn't order a burger here again...especially since it comes with this bread. 40/50 because I think this was a good piece of meat, but...."





The menu says choice of cheese, but note it then says $1 for cheese. And the potatoes (roasted) are listed at $2. But the bill indicated we were charged $1 each for something, but we're not sure if that was for the cheese or the potatoes. So...hmmmm (more info on this in the discussion of Service).

I also order the Awesome Burger (I brought my own gluten free bun) and told our server - who did not know if the cheese was an extra charge or not - I would have cheese if it were included, but not if it cost and extra $1. My burger came with no cheese. I did not see a charge for cheese on the bill for Richard, so I don't know why I didn't get cheese. My burger was seriously overcooked. It was seasoned OK. but it was dry and tough. Like Richard, I will not order this burger again. I think 38/50 is generous.


"My potatoes are cool. They're tough. And they are not at all crispy. The cooler they get the less tasty they are, and they weren't very tasty to begin with. 5/10," Richard says.

I also score the roasted potatoes at 5/10 and think that was very generous. I did not like the potatoes. Mine were cold when they got to the table, were really tough, not at all crispy...just not very good. I'm wondering if all the taters were prepared early in the day and then reheated. Whatever, I think my potatoes sat too long off the heat before they were served. I couldn't eat them. And I can eat almost anything! I will not be ordering roast potatoes here again.

"Service gets a 15/20 for me," Richard says. "I thought our server was slow, couldn't explain if there was a charge for the cheese or not - didn't seem to know the menu - and didn't ask how we wanted our burgers done. He did follow up with refills in a timely manner."

I score service at 17/20. I asked if the cheese was a $1 more or not and he didn't know. There's a $2 charge for the roasted potatoes. Maybe. It appeared to me that there was a $1 charge for each side of potatoes on our bill, not $2. But I can't be sure. There was a $1 charge for both of us for something, Cheese? I didn't get any. Potatoes? Don't know.  I would have asked but our server seemed pretty busy doing other things.

"I like the ambiance," Richard says. "It seems like there is more space in here now than the last time I ate here.7/10."

I score ambiance at 8/10 and note the layout of the restaurant has been changed, and I like it much better than the way it was before. It seems much more comfortable, not so loud and crowded feeling: and as Richard suggested, there seems to be more space. I like the blues over the speakers and the place feels cozy even though they are quite busy.

"Free parking, and not quite 'downtown,' so I'll give location a 7/10, Richard says.

I could not find an open space in the parking lot so had to pay for parking (just across the street from the front door). I score location 8/10.

Richard and I agree this is NOT the best burger in Columbia. Richard says he has had other menu items at Cafe Berlin and was quite pleased, and several customers we spoke with told us they loved their meal (none were having burgers) so, perhaps burges are not Cafe Berlin's 'thing.' 

Have you had a burger at Cafe Berlin? If so, let us know what you thought, especially if you disagree with our assessment. Perhaps we were there on a bad burger day. 

Thanks for reading Show Me Burgers!

Monday, June 15, 2015

ELEVEN ELEVEN, COLUMBIA, MO

Eleven Eleven
1111 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201
573-875-7000


Menu

Yelp





Burger Menu



Date visited: 6/5/15

Overall Scores:

RH: Burger-44/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-8/10
Mark: Burger-44/50; Sides-8/10; Service-20/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-8/10




Regarding the burger, Richard says "I'm reasonably happy with this burger. It's tasty. Too much lettuce. My bun is not proportionate to the burger - the bun is to small. And my bun is falling apart. I do like the burger, though. 44/50."





I also give the burger 44/50. It's good, and I think it's around 1/2 pound. Mine is seasoned really well and it's closes to medium rare, as I ordered it. It's juicy, too. I brought my own gluten free bun and our server asked if she could have it toasted, Yes!









Medium rare burger






"I don't think these fries are frozen," Richard says. "I like the way they are seasoned, they're the right size and very crispy. 9/10 for the fries."

The fries are NOT gluten free so I go with the fruit bowl. It's fine. 8/10.

Service gets an 18/20 from Richard. "Our server is very friendly and took good care of us. She responded to our requests quickly, refilled our water...overall, a nice job.

I score service at 20/20 for the same reasons as Richard, BUT our server offered to toast my gf bun, checked to find out if the fries are gf or not and did ask how we wanted our burger done. And she was quick to our table and very personable. A very nice job!

"9/10 on ambiance for me," Richard says. "This place feels very comfortable. It's not too loud, and for some reason, it's not at all busy...but I think it should be."

I also score ambiance at 9/10. It seems to be very clean, there are no TV's, and, as Richard says, they are not very busy.

Location gets an 8/10 from Richard. "It's downtown and I had to pay for parking."

For the same reasons as Richard, I, too, score location at 8/10.

This may not be the best burger in Columbia, but we agree: it IS a very good burger. We think you would like it, so give Eleven Eleven a try. Let us know what you think; we'd love to hear from you.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

CHILI'S GRILL AND BAR, COLUMBIA, MO

Chili's
41 Conley Rd
Columbia, MO 65201
573-442-6067


Menu

Yelp

Date visited: 4/29/15







Burger Menu







Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-44/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/2; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-41/50; Sides-7/10; Service-19/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10




Richard orders the Classic Bacon Burger ($9.79) and says "This is good. Mine is cooked just right," (MR) " and is very flavorful. I'm not crazy about this pretzel bun...I think it takes away from the taste of the burger itself. 44/50!"







I also have the Classic Bacon Burger and score it at 41/50. I like it but it's 1/4 pound and, in my opinion, does not distinguish itself from many other burgers in the area. I have to say, my burger was LOADED with bacon, so that was great! And it was medium rare, as ordered. Overall, I liked the burger. I brought my own gluten free bun.






Medium Rare burger from Chili's.






Richard scores his fries at 8/10. "These fries are good. They would be crispier if they were cooked just a bit longer. I like the size of the fries and I like the seasoning; I didn't even need to add salt."

Since the fries ARE NOT gluten free, I go with the loaded mashed potatoes. I thought they were a bit dry. 7/10 and will order a different side next time.

"Our server did a nice job," Richard says. "17/20 from me. There was good follow up, he brought water regularly, was conversational but not too conversational, And he cleared our plates quickly."

I score service at 19/20. He asked how we wanted our burger done, is a nice guy, responds quickly to our requests, and he kept my water glass full.

"This is a large place," Richard says. "It's nicely laid out, the booth is comfortable and not too crowded (for one person), so...8/10 for ambiance."

I score ambiance at 8/10 as well. Chili's was busy, but it was not too loud, there was no irritating music and the few TV's scattered about were not distracting."

"Location gets a 9/10 from me," Richard says. "It's not too far from my office, easy to get too, and there is plenty of FREE parking."

I score location at 8/10. I love the free parking, but the intersection of Clark and 63 is a bit of a pain to navigate.





 



There is a kiosk on our table. I'm not quite sure why.






We both enjoyed our burger at Chili's but we agree: while this is a good burger, it is NOT the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Chili's in Columbia, MO? If so, what did YOU think? We'd and our readers would enjoy hearing from you!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

RUBY TUESDAY, COLUMBIA, MO

Ruby Tuesday
2010 Bernadette Dr.
Columbia, MO 65203
573-446-8212





Date of meal: 5/22/15

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Yelp


Overall Scores
RH: Burger-41/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-39/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-9/10



Richard orders the 'Classic Burger with fries ($7.99) and says "My burger is good, and reasonably tasty," Richard says. "I would say this burger is a bit better than the average burger. It's a bit overcooked. 41/50."











I order the Classic Burger with baked ($7.99) and think it's OK. I found it to be a bit bland. My burger, ordered medium rare, came to the table a bit closer to medium. 39/50.






Ruby Tuesday: burger ordered Medium Rare.





"My fries are slightly undercooked," Richard says. "They could be crispier on the outside...they are close to tender on the inside, though. There's not much seasoning of any type on these fries. 8/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the baked potato, and it is fine. Note-I ordered the baked but the fries were brought to the table instead; the mistake was quickly resolved. 8/10.

"Our server was quick to get to our table and really quick to get us our food. There was good follow up, too, so I score service 17/20," Richard says.

I score service 18/20. Our server DID ask us how we wanted our burgers done, followed up quickly regarding our requests, the fries mistakenly delivered was quickly replaced by the baked, as ordered, and did an overall nice job.

Ambiance gets an 8/10 from Richard. "This is a comfortable booth. I like the room design, too: they seem to have tried harder than most 'chain' restaurants to make the place comfy."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. It was not too loud, the place seems really clean and overall it's comfortable - easy to talk, etc.

"It's a bit of a drive to get here from my side of town, but there is plenty of free parking, so I'll score Location at 8/10," Richard says.

I score location at 9/10. FREE and plentiful parking, easy to get to and not too far from where I live.

The burger at Ruby Tuesday's on Bernadette is a fine burger, but we don't think it is the BEST burger in Columbia.

Have you been to Ruby Tuesday on Bernadette in Columbia? If so, what did YOU think? We'd enjoy hearing from you!

Thanks for reading!
Mark and Richard

Thursday, May 14, 2015

ADDISON'S, COLUMBIA, MO

Addison's
709 Cherry St.
Columbia, MO 65201
573-256-1995

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Burger Menu






Yelp

Urbanspoon

Trip Advisor


Date visited: 5/8/2015

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



Richard orders the 6 oz Addison's Burger ($8.99 w/cheese and fries) and says "I ordered my burger medium rare, and I actually think this is much, much closer to rare. It might be a bit undercooked...and it's a bit greasy. It could use some seasoning, too. I think this is a good piece of meat, though. 42/50."





I order the same burger and mine, too, is a bit undercooked. Any less cooked and it would be raw (the last time we ate here, two years or so ago, I was served a raw burger with raw bacon; see review). My burger is just a bit greasy, but unlike Richard, I think mine is seasoned fairly well. I did add salt. I, too, score it 42/50.







Addison's Burger-Medium Rare







"There isn't much flavor in these fries. They're average, at best. They are cooked pretty well, though-tender inside, crispy on the outside...there are too many small chunks of potato, though. And they cooled off really quickly. 7/10," Richard says.

I have the roasted garlic smashed (mashed) - the fries ARE NOT Gluten Free - and I think they are fine, though not particularly memorable-a tiny bit bland. 8/10.

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server did a nice job. Our food got to the table really, really quickly - a bit longer on the fire would have been good, but just a bit longer... - and she responded to our requests quickly. 18/20."

I also score service at 18/20. When we arrived (11:30 am) we were the only customers in the place (it filled up by noon) accounting for, I suspect the speed with which our burgers arrived at the table.

"This place is pretty comfortable," Richard says, "and this is a good sized booth. It's starting to get busy, and the noise level is rising a bit...but 8/10 for ambiance."

I also score ambiance at 8/10 for the reasons Richard mentioned.

Location gets a 7/10 from Richard. "It's downtown, parking can be a problem and of course, I have to put money in the meter..."

I managed to find a parking space right in front of the front door, so this time finding a parking space was not a difficult task. I did have to pay the user tax (put money in the meter) which drives me crazy, but...8/10.

Our burgers were fine - mine was edible this time around - but we do not think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Addison's recently? If so, we love to hear YOUR opinion.