Friday, January 6, 2017

MURRY'S - A GREAT WAY TO KICK OFF ANOTHER YEAR OF BURGERS!



Murry's
3107 Green Meadow Way
Columbia, MO 65203
573-442-4969

Visited 12/30/16


Murry's Sandwich Menu





Murry's Burger Menu






Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-45/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-9/10; Location-9/10
MD: Burger-45/50; Sides-7/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10




Richard orders the Show Me Farms Burger ($5.75; 1/2 pound) with fries ($2.00). This is cooked perfectly-medium, just as ordered; it's exactly as I ordered it. This has to be the best priced burger in the city at $5.75. If there is anything to complain about, it may be that I think the burger could use a tiny bit more seasoning. Wonderful! 45/50!






                           Murry's Burger cooked exactly as ordered: medium:








I also order the Show Me Farms Burger. As always, it was cooked medium rare, exactly as I ordered it.It's a very, very good burger, juicy, thick, big...and what a GREAT price! $5.75! Awesome! I agree with Richard..it could have used a tiny bit more seasoning.







"My fries are almost perfect," Richard says."The seasoning is just right and they are crispy while remaining tender. Another 30 seconds in the oil would have been fine with me. This is a huge portion, too. 9/10---I could almost go 10/10! $2.00...very fair!"




Since the fries ARE NOT GLUTEN FREE I go with the Butter New Potatoes ($3.50).They are fine but seem a bit bland. It is a large serving. 7/10.

"The service here is always very good," Richard says. "Our server followed up nicely, we got our food quickly, she asked how we wanted our burgers done...very nice job! 18/20."

I agree with Richard; the service is very good. This place is always busy - I suggest getting there by 11:30 to have no wait or a minimized wait - but we always get really good service here. 18/20.

Regarding ambiance Richard says "For a place this busy it seems very comfortable. We can talk without shouting, everyone seems to be really happy with their food...very nice and relaxing place to eat. 9/10.

The ambiance at Murry's, as Richard says, is always nice. It IS comfortable; I enjoy it very much.9/10.

"The location is really good for me," Richard says. "It's on my side of town. There is plenty of free parking (especially if one gets here before the noon rush) and it is just off Providence, so it is easy in and out. 9/10."

While Murry's is on the opposite side of town from me it is a relatively easy and quick trip down Providence to Green Meadows. 8/10.

We continue to agree that this IS one of the best burgers - and is certainly the BEST PRICED burger - in Columbia. We WILL return for another burger....excellent!

Have YOU been to Murry's for a burger? What do you think? Is this the best, or one of the best, burgers in Columbia? We would LOVE to hear from you.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

CONLEY HY VEE MARKETPLACE GRILLE: NEW RESTAURANT

Conley Hy Vee Marketplace Grille Express (Store #3)
25 Conley Rd
Columbia, MO 65202
573-442-7703


Date visited: 12/9/16






Menu Board





Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides 08/10; Service-14/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10




Richard orders a burger (8 oz, no cheese, $8.00). "I would order this burger again. It's big. My burger is cooked medium rare, exactly as I ordered it. I like the seasoning. I don't care for the bun, though. It's way too big, way to hard...it detracts from the burger. I think the buns are made in their bakery here. 42/50." Richard ate the burger sans bun.





Medium Rare








I also order the hamburger (8 oz, $8.00, with a gluten free bun). The burger is big. It's good, but I'm not crazy about the seasoning. It's cooked very nicely, as ordered, medium rare. This is a pretty good burger overall and I can understand people liking it. While I won't race back to have another, I have no objection to having another burger here.



"My fries are very good," Richard says. "I think they were frozen...but they seem to be natural cut...the fries could use a bit of seasoning. Some are a bit overdone, but overall, I like the fries. It's a big serving, too. 8/10"

I order the baked potato since the fries are NOT gluten free (cooked in same oil as flour-battered products). It's fine. 8/10.

"Service is hard to give a score too since we order at the counter just outside the restaurant entrance and have to get our own silverware, etc. It took a bit of time to get our food. It's odd our server didn't realize the gluten free buns are in the freezer...." (see my service discussion) "I wonder if they are going to switch to a server taking the order at the table. I prefer that. 14/20.

The manager visited our table and informed us this is a Marketplace Grille Express so there are no plans to change the way the food is ordered or delivered to the table.

I score service at 17/20. I ordered my burger with a gf bun and our server came to our table to inform me that the onsite bakery does not bake gluten free buns. I walked her to the gluten free section of the store and pointed out the frozen gf buns. Our server DID ask us how we wanted our burgers done and they WERE served medium rare, as ordered. The manager followed up by coming to the table, asked us how we liked the food and answered our questions.

"I like the booths," Richard says. "There are TVs but they are not intrusive or too loud. I like the way the restaurant is set up; it's bigger than I was thinking it was going to be. I like the layout and score ambiance at 8/10."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. It is bigger than I thought it would be, seems to be much more open and brighter than some of the Marketplace Grilles at which I've eaten, and seems to be very clean! I also like the way the restaurant is presented.

Regarding location Richard says "It's pretty easy to find FREE parking, but since we are at a high-volume grocery store there is a great deal of traffic. This store is a bit of a drive for me, but overall it's fine. 7/10."

I score location at 8/10. Easy in and out, lots of free parking, and only a bit of a drive from my place.

We enjoyed our burgers at the Conley Hy Vee Marketplace Grille Express. We will come back fo another, but we do NOT think these are the best burgers in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at the Conley Hy Vee Marketplace Grille? We would like to hear what YOU think. Let us know, and as always, THANK YOU for reading our blog.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

WALNUT STREET TAP & KITCHEN

Walnut St Tap & Kitchen
1200 E Walnut
C0;umbia, MO 65201
573-397-6396

Date Visited: 9/30/16

Menu

Yelp

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.

Thank you! for reading our blog.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

HY VEE MARKET GRILL, WEST BROADWAY, COLUMBIA, MO

Hy Vee Market Grill
3100 W Broadway
Columbia, MO 65203
573-443-0133

(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, COLUMB IA, MO

Tap and Taste
907 Rainbow Pkwy
Columbia, MO 65202
573-442-1399

Date visited: 9/9/16


Menu







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

Yelp

Untappd



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!

Have you been to Tap and Taste yet for a burger? We would LOVE to hear your opinion. Post it here!

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