Friday, April 29, 2016


The Heidelberg Restaurant
410 S Ninth
Columbia, MO 65201

Date visited: 4/8/16


Trip Advisor

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-6/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10

Menu Cover

Burger Menu


Richard orders the Cajun Burger ($8.39) and says "This burger has a real nice flavor. It's very tasty.'s done just right; they've seasoned it with just the right amount of spices. I believe the burger patties are frozen. 42/50."

I order the Heidelberger ($8.99) and I, too, think this is a good burger. One can't go wrong with bacon and cheese on a burger. My burger, ordered medium rare, is a bit overcooked. 40/50.

Heidelberger Medium Rare burger

"I like the coating on my fries," Richard says. The fries are frozen, but they're cooked just right: crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. 8/10!"

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (Heidelberg does offer a GF menu, but be sure to ask if the fries are being cooked in a dedicated oil; ask about the oil and chicken wings as well - the wings are on the gf menu) I go with the German Potato Salad, which is fine, and it has bacon in it. 8/10

Regarding service, Richards says "Our server didn't ask us how we wanted our burgers done but otherwise did a really nice job. She was attentive, visited our table just enough and responded quickly to our requests. Nice job, 18/20."

I also score service at 18/20 for the same reasons Richard did.

"They're really busy today, so they've put us in the smaller room. I prefer the dining room - it has more 'feel,'" Richard says, "but this is...OK...8/10 for ambiance."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. I also prefer the main dining room.

"I had to plug a meter but I found a spot not to far away. Downtown is busy today...I'll score location at 6/10," Richard says.

I score location at 7/10. I had to search for some time to find a parking space, ended up 6 blocks away and I had to put money in the meter.

Richard and I agree this is a good burger, but it is NOT the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to The Heidelberg for a burger recently? If so, what did you think? Let us know! We'd LOVE to hear from you.

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Sunday, April 10, 2016


Cheerleaders Pub and Grill
1400 Cinnamon Hill Ln
Columbia, MO 65201

Date visited: 4/1/16


Trip Advisor



Menu Cover

Burger Menu photo

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-41/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-5/10; Location-9/10
MD: Burger-41/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-5'10; Location-8/10

                                              Cheerleaders burger, medium rare

Richard orders the Touchdown Burger (Swiss, $10.49). "My burger is overcooked but it's not too bad. It's good. I like the bun. The burger is seasoned pretty well. I'll give this burger a 41/51."

I also order the Touchdown Burger (Cheddar) and think it's fine. Mine, too, is overcooked a bit. This is a fairly juicy burger. 41/20.

"I like the fries. 9/10 for sides! These are frozen, but the coating on them makes them crispy on the outside and they are tender on the inside. This is a generous portion, too. I'm enjoying the fries," Richard says.

Since the fries are NOT gluten free I go with the side salad. It's fine. 8/10.

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server did a fine job. She got here quickly, got our food to us fairly fast and got the answers to our questions. I'll score service at 18/20."

I also score service at 18/20. Our server did not ask how we wanted our burgers prepared, but she did the get the answers to our questions and followed up on our requests in a timely manner. She was outgoing and friendly.

"There is a very off-putting smell in here," Richard says. I agree. "I guess the ambiance would be fine if not for the smell. There is only one other table being used in this entire place, and it's a friday at lunchtime. That's a bad sign. 5/10 for ambiance."

I also score ambiance at 5/10. The horrific smell when one first enters the place was almost enough to cause us to turn around and eat elsewhere, but we were committed to doing this review. Had my wife been with us we would have NOT eaten here based solely on the smell. The place was nearly empty for lunch at noon on Friday. Ouch! The smell was not quite as bad in the area in which we sat, but was just noticeable enough that it was the prime topic of conversation. Something is seriously wrong here...

We asked the waitress about the awful smell. She said the drains were backing up so they were spraying Febreze all over the place. Why not get it fixed? The waitress was not sure. The smell is so off-putting I suspect that folks that came to the restaurant turned around and left, vowing to never return. Not closing the place down for a day and getting the drains fixed is a truly bad mistake that I'm thinking cost Cheerleaders business for not only that day, but future business as many diners will be determined to never return. 

"The location is convenient to almost anyplace in town, though it is a bit out of the way," Richard says (it's at Stadium just off 63 South). "There is plenty of free parking, though, so that's good. 9/10"

I score location at 8/10. It seems a bit out of the way to me. As Richard says, there is lots of free parking available.

This is an OK burger, but it is NOT the best burger in Columbia. We are not anxious to return, primarily due to the nauseating smell. The odor may be fixed gone by now, but for me it's too late. The last two times we have been here (about a year apart) the place was nearly empty at noon on Friday. 

Have you been to Cheerleaders Pub and Grill? What do you think? We would love to hear your opinion. As always, thank you! for reading our blog.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016


Stadium Grill
1219 Fellows Pl.
Columbia, MO  65201

Date Visited: 3/25/16


Burger menu

Trip Advisor



Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-37/50; Sides-9/10; Service-15/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burgers-35/50; Sides-7/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10

Richard orders the Preseason Burger ($9.99 + $1.49 for chili) and asks for chili to be added (the chili burger is no longer on the menu). "The chili is ok. There seems to be some spice but the burger is so dry, even with the chili added my burger is way too done. I would not order this burger again and the chili is not worth the added price. This is really a disappointing burger for a burger place," Richard says. "37/50 for the burger."

Stadium Burger, well done

I order the Preseason Burger as well ($9.99) and note the price has gone up at least $1.00 since our last visit. My burger is so overcooked it is dry and hard to chew. It needs seasoning. This is  not a good burger, especially for a place that seems to think they are all about burgers. Maybe more attention should be paid to the quality of the burger versus serving burgers in so many variations. Last time we were here we gave the burger a better rating so this is not a good sign. At a noon on Friday the place is half empty: that, too, should be a warning sign. 35/50. The burger is way overpriced.

"I like the fries," Richard says. "They're good and this is a good sized serving. I know the fries were frozen the last time we were here. Maybe they are cut here now.. 9/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (they are cooked in the same oil as battered products and if they are still frozen and purchased from the same supplier they used to use the fries are coated with a coating that includes gluten). I ordered the coleslaw. It's a bit vinegary. 7/10.

"Our server did an OK job. She came by to check on us but she didn't let me know the chili add-on was going to be $1.49 more. And she did not ask how I wanted my burger done. 15/20."

I score service at 15/20 also. Since I am gluten free I always make it a point to insist that my burger be served with no bun (I bring my own) but my burger came to the table with a bun on it. It was so overcooked (dry and hard) no crumbs stuck so I did not send it back.

Regarding ambiance, Richard says "This is a sports bar with quite a few TVs. The restaurant is not full. The lasts time we were here on a Friday at noon they were much busier. Maybe it's the time of year...8/10."

I also score ambiance at 8/10 and agree with Richard.

"We're next door to the stadium (Faurot Field), the place is just off Stadium Drive and it's easy to find and access. 8/10 for location." Richard says.

I also score location at 8/10. There is plenty of free parking.

This is NOT the best burger in Columbia. Our burgers were seriously overcooked, poorly seasoned and not at all enjoyable to eat. Given that, even though is is 1/2 pound, this burger is way overpriced. 

Have you had a burger recently at Stadium Grill? If so, we would love to know what YOU think: do you agree with our review? We would love to hear from you.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016


Just Jeff's
701 Business Loop 70 W
Columbia, MO 65203

Date Visited: 3/18/16



Overall Scores
RH: Burger-40/50; Sides-7/10; Service-16/20; Ambiance-DNA does not apply); Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-DNA; Location-8/10

Richard orders the BLT Cheeseburger ($4.50). "The bacon is really good! This burger is just the right size...even the tomato is flavorful! I'm pleased with this burger and I will come back for another. 40/40. (The photo shows only  a small portion of the total fries that come with your order).

I order the Double Cheeseburger $6.00) and think it is quite good. These are 'pressed' burgers (squashed flat on the grill) so the burger is cooked medium well (to well done) and the burgers remind me of the kind of burger one used to get at the local diner. It reminds me a bit of the Five Guys burgers. I like it: 40/50.

"My fries are flavored reasonably well," Richard says. "I think they should be left in the oil a bit longer,though because they aren't crispy on the outside and they are a bit soggy on the inside. 7/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free I go with a bag of Backer's Chips. They are fine. 8/10.

Regarding service, Richard says "They got our food to us relatively quickly and brought it right to our car. There is a place to sit - two tables under the awning - but it's too cold today to sit outside. Ordering at the window went smoothly. 16/20."

I would describe this place as a 'burger shack' and it reminds me of the good old days when one would walk up to the window to order, then return to the car to await the arrival of the food. Our food did get to us quickly. 18/20.

Richard says 'There is not much to say about ambiance - we are sitting in the car while we eat. So I won't give ambiance a score, although I agree it does feel like an old time drive in, and I like that.

I agree with Richard and decide to not give ambiance a score. It is fun to eat here, though, and I can see where Mom and Dad with all the kids would really enjoy it (as I did). And the price is really, really good. $6.00 for a big (double) cheeseburger - I really like that!

"We are right between Parkade Plaza and the Firestone Tire Store, so there is plenty of FREE parking. This place is easy to find and get too once you realize you are looking for a shack-type place versus a sit down restaurant. 7/10/"

I give location an 8/10.

We very much enjoyed this burger and we will be going back for another, but we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Just Jeff's? If so, please let us know what you think of the burgers. Are these the best burgers in Columbia?

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Flat Branch Pub and Brewing
115 S 5th St
Columbia, MO 65201

Date Visited: 3/11/16


Trip Advisor



Burger Menu

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-46/50; Side-9.5/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-45/50; Side-8/10; Service-19/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10

Richard orders the Classic Pub Burger with no cheese ($8.99). "My burger is cooked perfectly! The is a big burger-very generous. I have to say, there is very little wrong with this burger! It's flavorful, juicy, the bun is just the right size so there is a good balance of bun to burger...I really like this burger. 46/50!"

Flat Branch burger, medium rare

I also order the Classic Pub Cheeseburger with Cheddar and agree: this is a very good burger. It is juicy, tasty, seasoned nicely and as Richard says, this is a big burger. 45/50.

"These fries are so good!" Richard says. "They're the right size, crispy and tender and I love the seasoning. These are still my favorite fries in Columbia. 9.5/10!"

Since the fries are not gluten free I go with the saffron rice. It's fine. 8/10

Regarding service Richard says "Our server has been right here whenever we needed him, but he's not been intrusive at all. He was quick to follow up on our requests, got our food to us quickly - very nice job. 18/20."

I agree with Richard and rate service 19/20.

"It's a bit noisy in here even though this is a big room. It's hard to see the TV's unless, I think, one is sitting at the bar. The ambiance is fine, I'll score ambiance at 7/10," Richard says.

I score ambiance at 8/10. I like the buzz of conversation one can hear from happy diners and not seeing the TV's is not a problem for me.

Regarding location, Richard says "It's downtown so that makes it a bit tougher to get around, but since we got here early" (11:30) "I was able to park in the lot, so I didn't have to plug the meter. 7/10.

I score location at 8/10. I think the lot is a bit cramped so I opt to park in the street, meaning I have at pay the meter.

We agree: this remains in a tie (with Murry's) as THE BEST BURGER IN COLUMBIA!

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