Monday, July 27, 2015

BUFFALO WILD WINGS, COLUMBIA, MO

Buffalo Wild Wings
505 E Nifong Blvd
Columbia, MO
573-441-2244

Date visited: 7/3/15

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Richard orders the Beefy Burger ($9.49, build your own: lettuce, tomato, pickles, Swiss Cheese, ad BBQ sauce) with fries. "My burger could be juicier. It's...a bit dry. I think this is a good piece of meat, and it's a good bun. I like the bbq sauce; it's just the right amount of sweet. 42/50."







I also order the Beefy Burger with Cheddar. Bacon is 75 cents extra. It's a relatively thin patty and I agree with Richard that it's a bit dry. I think the burger is 8 ounces. I would have preferred more seasoning. I think my burger is cooked to medium well (would have ordered medium rare if asked). The fries are not gluten free (cross contamination) so I go with cole slaw as a side. 40/50.





"These are nice french fries," Richard says. "They need seasoning, though. There is not much flavor. They are crisp on the outside, and tender inside...so I'll go with 8/10."

I think the slaw is fine. 7/10.

"16/20 for service," Richard says. "Our server didn't ask us how we wanted our burgers done and, while they are busy, service is pretty slow."

I think our server did an OK job and score service at 18/20.

Regarding ambiance, Richard says "This is comfortable for a sports bar. There are plenty of TVs. It's a bit cool in here. There is a TV in the restroom, so one has something to do while...doing something. There's no TV in the 'throne room',though, so I guess one is on his own in there. 8/10"

To me the place seems a bit like a cave with dim lighting and lots of televisions.  8/10.

"I like the free parking, and it's not too far from my office, so 9/10 for location," Richard says.

I score location at 7/10. I'm not happy about the left turn off of Nifong; it took 'forever' to get across the road. There was no parking in the Wild Wings lot so I parked in the mall lot. I DO like the free parking! Wild Wings is on the south side of town, so for me, coming from the north, it's a trip.

We think this is an OK burger, but we don't think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbia? What did you think? We'd love to hear from you!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Bob Evans, Columbia, MO

Bob Evans
3004 Clark Ln
Columbia, MO 65202
573-814-3256


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Overall Scores

Richard: Burger-41/50; Sides-6/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-6/10
Mark: Burger-39/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10





Richard orders the Big Farm Burger ($9.49) and says "I think this is a pretty good piece of meat. I really liked the bacon and the cheese. They've cooked some of the flavor out of the burger, though: it's too done. 41/50."







I order the Three Cheese Burger, ($9.29). I ordered it medium rare, as always, and like Richard says, the burger is overcooked. I really like the cheese! 39/50.




"I have to say, these fries....they are not very good," Richard says. "Like my burger, they're overcooked. And they're too small. They aren't at all soft on the inside - the potato has been cooked out. There are all kinds of tiny pieces of fries on my plate, so...6/10"

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the baked potato. Its not bad with sour cream and butter. 8/10.

"I'll score service at 17/20," Richard says. "Our server did a good job. She was prompt, got to our table quickly, made sure we had water refills...overall, a nice job!"

I score service 18/20 for the reasons Richard mentioned. Our server promptly responded to our requests - for example, are the fries cooked in a dedicated oil or are they fried in the same oil as products in a flour batter (same, so NOT gluten free) - and was friendly and courteous. 18/20"

"I think this is a nice, clean place," Richard says. "The booth is comfortable - we have plenty of space, and it's not too loud in here. Ambiance gets an 8/10."

I also score ambiance at 8/10 also, but, in addition to what Richard says, I think it's cold in the restaurant. The place is busy, but as Richard says, it's not too loud. I agree the booth provides plenty of space.

"Location gets a 6/10 from me. I hate this intersection," (Clark and 63). "It's a busy intersection, you have to trust that people are paying attention and turning into the correct lane....but there is plenty of parking, and the parking is free, so that's great!"

I score location at 8/10. It is a busy intersection, and one does need to be attentive, but the FREE parking is nice!

This is an OK burger, but Richard and I agree: this is not the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Bob Evans in Columbia? If so, we'd LOVE to hear from you. Do you agree with our assessment, or are we crazy to score this burger the way we did? Let us know what you think!

Thanks for reading our blog!

Mark and Richard

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

TELLERS GALLERY AND BAR

Tellers Gallery and Bar
820 E Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201
573-441-8355


Date Visited: 6/26/15
It's been a year (time flies, doesn't it?) so we decided
to give Tellers another visit.






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Overall Scores
Richard: Burger-44/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-6/10
Mark: Burger-41/50; Sides-No Side; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-6/10





Richard orders the blackened (Cajun) Burger ($8.00) and says "My burger is cooked reasonably well; I ordered it medium rare, and it's close." The blue cheese and grilled onions are really nice! This is some good meat. I'm not fond of the bun, though. 44/50.









I order the charbroiled burger ($7.00) which features Black Angus beef, with no bun (I brought my own gluten free bun) and cheese and I think my burger is good. It's seasoned nicely but is a tiny bit overcooked (I ordered it medium rare). 41/50.





"I'm not crazy about curly fries," Richard says, "but they're fine. They need more seasoning, I think. These fries are OK; they're not great. 8/10.




The fries and (homemade) chips are NOT gluten free, but I accept the side of chips so Richard can taste them. He thinks they are fine but says he prefers the fries




Regarding service, Richard says "Our server has been good. Attentive, quick to get our food to the table even though they are quite busy - the follow up was good as we ate, so, nice job! 18/20!"

I also score service at 18/20 and agree with Richard: nice job! Our server forgot to ask me how I wanted my burger done but quickly came back to the table to find out how I wanted it cooked. She was very outgoing, not intrusive, very attentive and smiled throughout the service. 18/20.

"I'll score ambiance 7/10," Richard says. "The carpet keeps the noise down, We have a good table next to the big window so we can watch people pass by and the chairs are fairly comfortable."

I score ambiance at 8/10. There was easy-to-listen-to music playing in the background (MOR) and we did have a good opportunity to 'people watch.' I noted a 'funny' odor right at the door when I first came in and Richard pointed out a pail and rag under the small table just to the right of the door. There was no odor beyond that point. There was a nice conversational buzz from the patrons. The carpet seems a bit worn, I think.

Location gets a 6/10 from Richard. "We're downtown, on Broadway, at the busiest intersection in the downtown area. I had to park quite a distance away and I had TO PAY for parking. It took me some time to find a spot so I ended up in the parking garage."

I also score location at 6/10. I had to plug the meter with $1.35 to make sure I had enough time to walk to the restaurant, eat, and get back. $1.35! Outrageous!

We very much enjoyed our burgers and our trip to Tellers. We think this is quite a good burger, but we do not think it is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger recently at Tellers? If so, please let us know what you think. We'd LOVE to hear from you!

NOTE: the July/August issue of Food Network Magazine has 28 pages dedicated to burgers, how to prepare them, etc., and info on toppings and buns!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

CAFE BERLIN, COLUMBIA, MO

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



Date visited: 6/12/15



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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


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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!









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"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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