Friday, October 14, 2016


Walnut St Tap & Kitchen
1200 E Walnut
C0;umbia, MO 65201

Date Visited: 9/30/16



Trip Advisor

Burger Menu

Overall Scores
RH: Burger-43/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-6/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-5/10

Richard went with the Build-Your-Own (($7.95, Cheese + 75 cents). "I think this is a very good burger; it's tasty! Mine is a bit too done. I like the seasoning. The menu says to tell them if you want it other than medium...My bun held up well. My burger is still juicy, though. I like it and I will be back for another. 43/50."

                                                                                     Medium Rare

I also went with the Build-Your-Own. It's 7 oz, which is a pretty nice size for a burger. I think the meat is good but I don't care for the seasoning; the taste, I think, is a bit of an off-putting. My burger is juicy-maybe a bit greasy? - but is a bit too done for my liking. A gluten free bun is available (Udi this day) and the chef took the time to toast it a bit; very nice! 40/50.

"I like the length of my fries," Richard says, "but they are a bit thicker than I prefer. This is a generous serving. I think they were cooked pretty well and they are quite good when hot. The size reminds me of the fries I used to get at McDonalds. 8/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free I go with the house salad. There is usually a $2.50 up charge but because I cannot eat the fries the waitress provides it at no extra charge. I enjoyed the salad very much-8/10.

"Our server didn't ask us how we wanted our burgers done, but it does say here on the menu to tell her if we want it other than medium. I think our server did a nice job. She got the answers to our questions, was prompt in responding to our requests...good job overall; 17/20," Richard says.

I score service at 18/20 for the reasons Richard mentions. Our server got our food to us quickly, followed up on our requests and was kind enough to exchange my salad - normally a $2.50 charge - even up for the fries I can't eat. Nice job.

"The place feels a little bit like a decorated box," Richard says. "There aren't many people here now, but I'm thinking it will get pretty noisy in here when it's full. I'll score ambiance at 7/10."

I also score ambiance at 7/10. It's a cafe like setting, There are TV's tuned to sports. I enjoyed the music being played in the background.

Regarding location Richard says "There isn't much parking nearby other than the garage. There's a sign saying to park in the garage, but the two are separate entities. And the restaurant doesn't validate. I parked a couple of blocks away. If I wasn't looking for this place I'm not sure I would have found it. It's obvious once you know where it is, but I think folks might have a hard time finding it the first time they visit. 6/10."

I drove past the place three times before I found it. I ended up parking six blocks away. 5/10.

This is a good burger; Richard really liked it and I thought the burger was good but didn't care much for the seasoning. While we both liked the burger, we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to the new Walnut St Tap and Taste? What did you think? We would very much enjoy hearing from you.

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Sunday, September 25, 2016


Hy Vee Market Grill
3100 W Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203

(Located inside Hy Vee Supermarket)
 Enter directly from outside OR from in store

Date visited: 9/16/16

Now Open

Sunday Buffet

Menu (Burgers and Sandwiches)

Hy Vee Burger menu-Dinner

                                                                                 Hy Vee Burger menu-Lunch

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-9/10; Service-19/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10

Richard orders the Hawaiian Burger (Lunch Menu- 4 oz, $8.00). "This is good. It's slightly overcooked but it's still juicy! With the toppings (bacon, pineapple etc.) this definitely seems like a 'Hawaiian' burger. I like the size of the burger - it's just right for lunch. My bun is just the right size and holds up well to the burger. I like it! I'll be back to order it again! 42/50!"

                                                            Hy Vee Burger 'medium rare'

I order the Cheeseburger (Dinner menu, 8 oz, $11.00) and enjoy it very much. As Richard says, it IS a tiny bit overcooked but still remains juicy and flavorful. 8 ounces is a good size for me for lunch and I really like the option of being able to order off the lunch OR dinner menu. A gluten free bun was provided and was quite good as far as gf buns go. I, too, will return and try another burger! 40/50.

"My fries were left in the oil just a tiny bit too long," Richard says. "They're not 'hollow' in the middle, but any longer in the oil and they would have been heading in that direction. The fries they did get out in time are really, really good but the ones that were in the oil a bit longer aren't quite as good. I really, really like the seasoning on my fries! These are natural" (skin remains) "fresh cut fries. They're very good overall. 9/10 and I think I could have scored them a tiny bit higher."

The fries are NOT gluten free (not enough room in kitchen for two fryers so cross contamination could be a problem) but I must say, Richard's fries look awesome! I'm envious! I go with the baked potato and it's cooked just right: it's moist and tender throughout;  it's very nicely prepared in that it is not overcooked, dry or wrinkled...9/10! I will be back for another.

Regarding service Richard says "Our server was prompt, reacted quickly to our questions and did, overall, a really nice job. Our food got to the table quickly, she responded to our requests, was outgoing and friendly. 18/20)."

I also thought the service was very good for all the same reasons Richard mentioned. The manager stopped by our table to inquire as to our satisfaction. He was happy to discuss the menu, the prep (one fryer versus two, that the kitchen gets what they need - potatoes, gf buns, etc - from the store (I think that's a great idea!) and was very  interested in our opinion of the food, restaurant layout, etc. I'm thinking the folks here are working hard to make this a good experience for their guests. 19/20.

"There are quite a few TVs but they aren't intrusive," Richard says. "It's not too crowded, so it's not too loud. The place seems to be really clean. I like the way they remodeled this area in order to make room for the restaurant. I like the way the restaurant is being presented. Ambiance gets an 8/10"

I score ambiance 8/10 as well. I like our booth - it's right by the window so we can watch folks come and go into the store and restaurant. One can enter directly into the restaurant from outside or can enter from inside the supermarket. I can see my wife and I deciding to do some grocery shopping while having something to eat here first; maybe this is why I really like the idea of a sit down restaurant inside a supermarket. Once in the restaurant one does not realize the restaurant is inside a supermarket.

"Location gets  a 7/10 from me," Richard says. "It's a bit of a drive but it's easy to find and I like the plentiful, free parking!"

I score location at 8/10. I LOVE the FREE, plentiful parking and, as I said, I like the idea of a sit down restaurant inside a supermarket.

We very much enjoyed our burgers at Hy Vee on West Broadway and we will both return for another burger! While very good, we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to Hy Vee on W Broadway for a burger? If so, what did you think? We would very much enjoy hearing from you. 

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Friday, September 16, 2016


Tap and Taste
907 Rainbow Pkwy
Columbia, MO 65202

Date visited: 9/9/16


Burger Menu

Overall Scores
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-9.5/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-No Side; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10



Richard orders the Bacon Cheeseburger ($6.95; 1/3 1b). "My burger is overdone a bit, but it's good...I like the meat. The bun is the right size and is pretty good. I like the burger. 42/50!"

                                                                         Ordered Medium Rare

I order the Cheeseburger ($6.50). It's good, but mine, too, is a bit too done. I'm thinking the burgers are put on the grill, then flattened out while cooking....and it is a small burger at 1/3 1b. I enjoyed the seasoning! 40/50.

"My fries are almost perfect!" Richard says. "They are the size I love, Are crispy outside and tender inside, really good! The only thing that could have made them any  better would be to have left them in the oil another ten seconds or so, but overall, really, really good! 9/5/10!"

The fries are NOT gluten free and I could find nothing on the menu (a salad, maybe) that I could order that would be gf. No side for me.

Richard says "Our server was prompt, followed up on our requests, could answer our questions, and overall did a really nice job. 18/20 for service."

I also score service at 18/20. Good follow up, got our food to us quickly, and overall did a really nice job. 18/20.

"Ambiance gets an 8/10 from me. It's a sports bar, has TV's and is, I would say a bar that serves food," Richard says.

The place is not very busy and is, I agree, this is a bar that serves food. I enjoyed it. 8/10.

"This place is on the far side of town for me, so it gets a 6/10. It's easy to find" (where McKenzie's used to be) "and there is free parking."

Since Tap and Taste is on my side of town location gets an 8/10. I enjoy the free parking.

We enjoyed our burgers and will go back for another, but we don't think this is the best burger in town. RH loves the fries!

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Friday, September 9, 2016


Hy Vee Marketplace Grill, Rockbridge
Hy Vee Supermarket (Rockbridge)
405  Nifong Blvd
Columbia, MO 65201

Date visited: 9/2/16

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-9/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-9/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-9/10; Service-19/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10


Yelp, etc., not posted yet for this new location

Richard orders from the Lunch menu (Mac and Cheese Burger, $7.00, 4 ounces). "This burger is the perfect size for me. It's tasty. I like the man 'n burger is 'open face'- I guess the mac 'n cheese replaces the top bun.  I would order this burger again. I ordered it medium rare and it is closer to medium...maybe a bit more than medium...but I do like the burger. 43/50.

I order from the Dinner menu (Cheeseburger, $11, 8 ounces, with gluten free bun -they went to store and got a package of the gf buns (Shar); I don't believe I paid any extra for the gf bun). My burger, ordered medium rare, came medium, and kept falling apart. I think the chef puts the burger on the grill, then uses a spatula to flatten it....The bun is way to small for the burger. It's fine. I will go back, but I am not compelled to return...40/50.

Hy Vee Marketplace Grill, Rockbridge, burger ordered Medium Rare

"My fries are very good," Richard says. "There weren't frozen" (we checked...they aren't) "and are natural cut...not peeled...and they're crispy on the outside, tender on the inside...9/10,"

My baked potato (the fries are NOT gluten free due to cross contamination of the oil used in the frying) is very good. It seems they left it in the oven for the perfect time's excellent. 9/10

Regarding service, Richard says "Our food got to us fairly quickly and our server did a good job of following up. It's a new restaurant, so there were some things he didn't know about the menu, but he got the answers, responded to our requests quickly and did a good job of taking care of us. 17/20."

I score service at 19/20. Our server had the manager come to our table to discuss the pricing, (coupons) and the gluten free questions. Our server asked how we wanted our burgers prepared, was outgoing and friendly, and did a nice job overall. 19/20.

"They have plenty of TVs, but I think they need their own entrance versus coming in through the store. I see a door here...maybe they will be using that as an entrance" (We left via the door Richard is talking about). They're not crowded at all today. I think they did a nice job of remodelling the place. It seems spacious. 8/10,"

I also score ambiance at 8/10, for the same reasons as Richard. If one walked in through an entrance directly to the restaurant I don't think one would realize (if they didn't already know the restaurant was in a supermarket) that the restaurant is located in a grocery store.

"9/10 for location," Richard says. "It's on my side of town, there is plenty of parking and the parking is free! Perfect!"

Since the location (far south side) is on the opposite side of town from me I score it as 8/10. I DO love the plentiful, free parking!

We enjoyed our burgers at Hy Vee Marketplace Grill at Rockbridge, and will go back for another, but we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia. We plan to revisit after they have had a chance to master each menu item.

Have you been to this Hy Vee Marketplace Grill yet for a burger? If so, we would LOVE to hear from you.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Tellers Gallery and Bar
820 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201


Teller's Burger Menu

Visited: 8/19/16


Trip Advisor


Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-44/50; Sides-7/10; Service-15/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-6/10
MD: Burger-42/50; Sides-7/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10

Richard orders the Black and Bleu Burger ($8.00). "My bun is hard as a rock. I think it was put in the microwave and left in there too long. I do like the meat and my burger is nicely flavored. It's cooked very close to the way I ordered it-medium rare. It's a big burger! The bun is not so good, but I'll give the burger a 44/50."

                                                              Tellers, medium rare burger

I order the Charbroiled Burger ($7.00) and add cheese ($1.00). My burger is fine, but it needs seasoning. I brought my own gluten free bun. My burger is big, it's thick, but it is not very flavorful. 42/50. I ordered it medium rare and it was close.

Richard orders the Gazpacho Soup. Go figure. "I love Gazpacho Soup," he says, "and this is really good. I'll give the soup a 10/10. The chips are a bit bland; they lack flavor and they are paper thin. The chips get a 7/10,"

I go with the mashed potatoes. They really need seasoning. 7/10.

"We had to wait way too long for our food," Richard says. "Our server did a fine job; she was very attentive even though the restaurant is fairly busy. 15/20 because of the wait time for our food."

We did wait quite some time to get our food but our server did a nice job and got it out to us as soon as she could. She followed up on our requests, new the menu and was easy to talk with. 17/20.

Richard says "The ambiance is fine. I like the idea of featuring local artists. It's seems to be louder in here than it has been on previous visits. I think that is a result of the tile and wooden floor. That's a change since the last time we were here, I think. 7/10."

Richard is right: it's not as quiet as it was last time we were here. I think the carpet has been removed-a good idea since the old carpet needed a serious cleaning. Last time we were here there was a bad odor near the front door (a bucket and mop was sitting right next to the entrance) but the place seems much cleaner now. I like the music they are playing and I, too, enjoy the work of the local artists. 8/10.

"Location gets a 6/10 from me," Richard says. "We're downtown - it can be tough to navigate down here, and it can be hard to find parking. Plus, I had to plug the meter...and leave the restaurant while eating to put more money in since it took so long to get our food. 6/10."

I parked two blocks away and also had to plug the meter, which did not accept my first quarter so I had to pay more than usual to park. I HATE that! 7/10 for location...

We enjoyed our burgers, but this is NOT the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to Teller's for a burger recently, we would LOVE to hear from you. What did YOU think of the burgers at Tellers?

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