Wednesday, August 10, 2016


Country Kitchen
1712 N Providence Rd
Columbia, MO 65202

Date visited: 7/27/16



Trip Advisor

Burger Menu 


Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-43/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10
MD: Burger-42/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-9/10

"My burger is tasty," Richard says (Bacon Cheeseburger, $9.99). "It's the right size---6 ounces? It's good meat-no filler. For a chain- even if this wasn't a chain - this is a pretty good burger. I like the four cheeses, and the bacon certainly doesn't hurt! 43/50."

Burger, desired medium rare

I order the Rise and Shine, a 1/3 pound burger ($9.99) with egg and bacon. My burger is slightly overcooked and as a result it is a tiny bit dry. The egg and bacon added excellent flavor. 42/50.

"My fries are very nicely cooked," Richard says. "They are flavorful, soft on the inside but crispy on the outside...and this is a very generous portion. Some of my fries are a bit small....but I like the seasoning." (The seasoning is a product of Country Kitchen). "I think the fries were frozen, but they are good. 9/10.

Since the fries are not gluten free due to cross-contamination, I go with the fruit bowl. The fruit served varies each day. It.s fine. 8/10.

Service gests an 18/20 from Richard. "Our server did a very nice job. She got to our table quickly, followed up and responded to our requests in a timely fashion and got our food to the table in good time. Nice job. 18/20."

I also score service at 18/20. Our server did not ask how we wanted our burgers done (MR) but did get our food out quickly, followed up on our requests right away and overall did a really nice job.

"This place is comfortable," Richard says regarding ambiance. "I'll score ambiance at 8/10. There are not many customers here today, so it's not to loud. There is a TV but being able to see it depends on where one is seated."

I also like the ambiance. It's typical of Country Kitchen's around the country, of course. It's well lit - not to bright but not so dark as to be gloomy. There is plenty of space in our booth. The music playing in the background is pleasant and not too loud. 8/10.

"I score location at 8/10," Richard says. "It's a bit of a drive across town for me, but there is plenty of convenient, FREE parking."

Since Country Kitchen is not far from my home it is a quick drive. Like Richard I appreciate the free parking. 9/10.

We very much enjoyed our burgers at Country Kitchen and look forward to another, but we do not think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to Country Kitchen for a burger? We would love to hear what you think! Your comments are welcome. As always, THANK YOU  for reading our blog. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016


George's Pizza and Steakhouse (No website, link to Facebook not working)
5695 Clark Ln
Columbia, MO 65202

Date visited: 7/15/16



Trip Advisor

Burger menu


Overall Ratings:
RH: Burger-38/50; Sides-7/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-38/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10

Richard's burger ($6.99) is well done. "This is probably a good piece of meat. I really like the bun. The 'shrooms, cheese, pickles and so forth add flavor and juice it up a bit, and the burger to bun ratio is the right size. I'm thinking our burgers were ready to go but then spent too much time sitting under the heat lamp. 38/50."

Well Done

My cheeseburger ($5.99) is also well done. I would have ordered it medium rare if given the opportunity. The size of the burger is fine and adding ketchup, mayo and mustard moistens it up a bit. 38/50.

"These fries aren't terrible," Richard says, "but I'm sure they were frozen. There's minimal seasoning and they really needed salt. They are the right size, though, and cooked pretty well....7/10.

Since the fries are not gluten free (cross-contamination) I go with the baked potato. It's fine. 8/10.

Regarding service, Richard says "Our server came around to check on us just often enough without being annoying. We were served pretty quickly, she responded to our questions, so all-in-all...pretty good job. It's interesting that we had to tell her how much we were going to tip before we got our bill...something to do with the credit card system, I think...17/20."

I score service at 18/20. Our servers visits to our table seemed to be a bit too frequent for my taste, but we did get our food quickly, so overall, a good job. 18/20.

"I like the way the place is broken up," Richard says. "The place isn't very busy, we got a booth and it's not under a's warm...but it's not too loud in here. I'll score ambiance at 7/10."

I score ambiance at 8/10. I think it's hot but I do like our booth. As Richard says it's not busy and that's conducive to conversation. 8/10 for ambiance.

"It's a fairly long drive from my place - I avoided 63 and 70 -  but there is plenty of free parking, so that's good! I'll score location at 7/10," Richard says.

I score location at 7/10 as well. I do love the free parking!

The burgers at George's Pizza and Steak is fine, but we do not think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at George's recently? If so we would love to hear from you. What did you think? Did you enjoy your burger?

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Friday, July 15, 2016


Ruby Tuesday (near Mall)
2010 Bernadette Dr
Columbia, MO 65203

Date visited: 7/8/16

Overall Scores
RH: Burger-42/50; Sides-8.5/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-43/50; Sides-9/10; Service-20/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10


Menu                                                       Menu Cover


Trip Advisor

Richard orders the Bacon Cheeseburger ($8.99, Cheddar). "They made an effort to cook my burger to medium rare. The meat seems to be a bit bland...seasoning?...but the bacon and cheese make a difference. This is a big burger and the bacon and cheese combo really make it tasty. I would certainly order this again! 42/50."

                                                            Ruby Tuesday Burger MR

I also order the Bacon Cheeseburger. I was going to go with Cheddar Cheese, but our server informed me there IS gluten in the Cheddar Cheese used at Ruby Tuesday, so I go with Swiss. There is just enough bacon to add taste but not be overpowering. The burger is big and I, too, will return and order it again. 43/50.

"My fries appear to be natural cut. They were most likely frozen, though. They're tasty and the seasoning is just right...I didn't even need to add salt. 8.5/10," Richard says.

My baked potato is very good. It's not dry or overcooked but has been removed from the oven at just the right time. It's excellent with butter and sour cream. 9/10.

Richard says "Our server did a really, really nice job. He got our food out to us quickly, followed up right away on our requests, answered all the gluten free questions - he knows the menu - he's really on top of it...great job. 18/20."

I score service at 20/20 for the same reasons as Richard. Beyond that, he has studied the menu and is aware that the Cheddar served here does contain gluten...(has to be an additive as cheese, on its own, does not contain gluten.

"The ambiance here is what one expects from a Ruby Tuesday. It's comfortable, clean, well lit....8/10," Richard says.

I also score ambiance at 8/10. We sat in a nice booth with a window view, the place is busy but not too does feel comfortable.

"There is plenty of parking and getting here is usually not a problem, but the traffic on Stadium is crazy today. The parking is free and it's easy in and out. But it is a trip from my place to here. 7/10," Richard says.

The construction on the roads did require more effort than usual to get here today, but that's not the 'fault' of Ruby Tuesday....I love the free, plentiful parking and since I have some business to do at the mall the location is fine with me. 8/10.

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

Have you been to the Ruby Tuesday by the mall recently? What did you think? Are we right in our opinion or was your experience different? We'd enjoy hearing from you. In the meantime, THANK YOU for reading our blog!

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Nourish Cafe and Market
1201 E Broadway, Ste B
Columbia, MO 65202

Date visited: 7/1/6


Menu Bd #1

Menu Board #2



Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-40/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-6/10; Location-6/10
MD: Burger-37/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10 

Richard orders the Local Nourish Burger ($8; only burger on menu). "Well, this is an unusual burger. It's tasty...I do prefer a bun to a collard leaf, though. It seems's not overcooked to much but it is cooked more than medium rare. I think I like the flavor profile, but, this is nowhere near the best burger in Columbia, 40/50.

I also order the Local Nourish Burger. I think it is quite small. I'm not crazy about the collard leaf. I don't like the sauce (thousand island like). It seems grainy to me. I'm not crazy about the flavor profile. I like the idea of this burger, but I'm not so crazy about the actual burger. 37/50.

The Roasted Sweet and Red Potatoes (a breakfast side; breakfast is served all day) is $2.50 (no fries on the menu). "I really like the potato mixture," Richard says. "I'd order this again. 9/10!"

                                        Nourish Roasted Sweet and Red Potatoes

I also like the potatoes. Mine needed a bit of seasoning, but I did like the flavor. 8/10.

"I think the service is good. We order off a menu board at the counter, but they bring the food to the table. We got our food fairly quickly...18/20," Richard says.

I also score service at 18/20. Our server got our food to us without too long a wait and she followed up several times to make sure all was well. Nice job.

"Well, there's not much too it," Richard says regarding ambiance. "It's a bit noisy-they are busy! It seems as if this place has already developed a faithful following quite quickly. The ambiance is fine...6/10."

I score ambiance at 8/10. It is a very busy place and it is a bit loud as happy customers order and enjl their food. I like how clean the place looks and it is just bright enough.

Regarding location, Richard says " It's downtown and I had to pay for parking, otherwise the location is fine. 6/10."

I score location at 7/10. Nourish is right next to the new hotel, and there is a nearby parking ramp. I parked (and plugged the meter) just a few yards from the restaurant. 

We both enjoyed Nourish and will return to try out other menu items, but we both agree: this is not the best burger in Columbia. I won't order a burger again at Nourish - but I do want to try a variety of other dishes on their menu.

We truly appreciate Nourish' dedication to a 100% gluten free menu, farm to table chemical/additive free approach.

Have you had the Local Nourish Burger? If so, we would LOVE to hear from you. What did YOU think of the burger?

As always, we appreciate your reading our blog!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Sports Zone (Holiday Inn)
2200 I-70 Drive W
Columbia, MO 65203

Date visited: 6/3/16


Trip Advisor




Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-43/50; Sides-9/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-8/10

Richard orders the Zone Burger ($6.99; 5 oz). "My burger is flavored very nicely...but it is slightly overcooked, a bit beyond medium rare. My bun is the perfect size and it held up well to the burger. I think I should have ordered bacon with this would have been really good...43/50."

I order the Zone Burger as well. It's fine, but it's more of a medium well than medium rare as I ordered it. It's a bit small for me....It/s fine. 40/50.

"My fries are just the right size," Richard says. "They're crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, seasoned very nicely...they are quite good. And this is a generous amount, too. I'll score these at 9/10. They are very good."

Since the fries are cooked in flour-contaminated oil they are not gluten free, I order a baked potato with butter and sour cream. It's fine. 8/10.

Richard says "Our server comes to our table just often enough. She's taking good care of us even though she's busy. I think she is doing a fine job-she's outgoing, friendly, follows up our requests quickly and got our food to us in a very timely manner. 18/20 for service!"

I also score service at 18/10 and agree with everything Richard has to say.

Regarding ambiance Richard says "It's a sports bar. I can imagine it might be fun to come here to watch a game and eat...there are quite  few TVs. I like our booth, it's not too's comfortable. I'll score ambiance at 8/10."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. It is a sports bar and the food is a bit better than I expected.

"Well, this is a bit of a drive for me, but there is plenty of free parking, so 7/10 for location," Richard says.

It's near the mall, easy in and out, free parking...what's not to like? 8/10 for location.

While we both enjoyed our burgers, we do not think this is the best burger in Columbia.

Have you been to the Sports Zone in the Holiday Inn? We would enjoy hearing from you. Do you agree with our opinion? Let us know!

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