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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Thursday, June 9, 2016


Truman's Bar and Grill
3304 Broadway Business Park Ct
Columbia, MO 65203

Date visited: 5/27/16

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Truman burger menu

Overall Scores:
RH: Burger-41/50; Sides-8/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-7/10
MD: Burger-40/50; Sides-6/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/8; Location-8/10

Richard orders the1/4 1b burger ($6.85) and says "My burger isn't flavored as well as I would like it to be. I like the size of the bun...and my bun didn't fall apart too badly...For me 1/41b is plenty, so the size of the burger is just right. It's cooked fine...a bit more than my preferred medium rare, but not too much. This burger is OK. I'll score it at 41/50."

                                                       Truman burger Medium Rare

I order the 1/2 1b burger with cheese ($8.65) and LOVE the size. My burger needs a bit more flavor, but overall I like it. I ordered it medium rare and it's fairly close. I did think my burger tasted a bit 'mealy,' but overall it was fine. 40/50.

"My fries could have been cooked a bit longer and they need more seasoning but overall I think they are pretty good," Richard says. "I'll give these fries an 8/10."

Since the fries are not gluten free (cross contamination) I go with the corn on the cob. I really like the idea of corn on the cob on the menu, and wish that my corn had been left if the boiling water for LESS time-the corn is a bit overcooked and as a result it is a bit 'soft' and chewy. 6/10.

"Our server did an excellent job," Richard says. "She was prompt, attentive, congenial and followed up well. Service gets an 18/20 from me.

I also give our server an 18/20. She DID ask how we wanted our burgers prepared, followed up well and as Richard says, she was outgoing and friendly. She responded to our requests quickly and got our food to us relatively quickly.

Regarding ambiance, Richard says "There are lots - and lots!- of TV's turned to sports and news. I think there is a nice, comfortable feeling to this place. I think this is a good sports bar. 8/10 for ambiance."

I also score ambiance at 8/10. The place is about half full on a Friday at noon, but it's not too loud and I don't feel crowded at all.

"Location gets a 7/10 from me," Richard says. "It's a ways out here and there is really no 'fast' way to get here. I do like the plentiful, free parking...always a pluss!"

I score location at 8/10. It's a bit of a drive for me, too, but, as Richard says, there is plenty of free parking!

We enjoyed our burgers at Truman's Bar and Grill, but we do not think this is the 'best' burger in Columbia.

Have you had a burger at Truman's recently? If so, what did you think? We would LOVE to hear from you.

As always, THANK YOU for reading our blog!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Fifth Down Bar & Grill
912 Rain Forest Parkway
Columbia, MO 65202

Date visited: 5/20/16



Overall Scores
Richard: Burger-43/50; Sides-8/10; Service-17/20; Ambiance-7/10; Location-6/10
Mark: Burger-40/50; Sides-7/10; Service-18/20; Ambiance-8/10; Location-9/10

Richard orders the 1/31b special ($5.50).  "This is the right size burger for me," Richard says. "It's very tasty; the meat seems to be quite good. I like the way my burger is seasoned, too. There's a little bit of spicy 'kick' to it, but it's not overdone. 43/50!"

Fifth Down Burger, medium rare

I order the Build Your Own Burger, (1/21b, $7.50). I agree with Richard: this is a pretty good burger. Mine is seasoned nicely and is cooked pretty close to the way I ordered it (medium rare). I score my burger at 40/50.

"My fries are not as crispy as as they could be," Richard says.  The seasoning is too light, and the size of the fries are not uniform. My fries got cold really quickly. 8/10."

Since the fries are NOT gluten free (cross contam) I go beans, It's the only side I can find that might be gf. Thing is, I don't care for green beans. So Richard ate them. 7/10...

Regarding service Richard says "I think our server did a very nice job. She followed up on our requests, stopped by our table just often enough to make sure we are OK but did not make a nuisance of herself. 17/20 for service."

I score service at 18/20 and agree that our server did a nice job. She did NOT ask how we wanted our burgers cooked but she did do a nice job of following up on  our requests and visiting our table just often enough.

"There are lots of TV's and the place is comfortable enough. It's something of a beer joint, but it's not too loud at lunchtime, so I'll score ambiance at 7/10.

I score ambiance at 8/10. This is a 'neighborhood' sports bar. It's not at all busy at noon, and the interior is a bit 'dark,' but overall, I think it is what it is...

"This place is on the opposite side of town from me, and with the construction it took me more time than I anticipated to get here. I DO like the plentiful FREE parking...6/10," Richard says.

I score location at 9/10. It's a five minute drive for me, there is lots of parking and the parking is FREE!

We like the burgers at Fifth Down, but we do not think this is the best burger in Columbia.

If you've been to the Fifth Down recently for a burger we would LOVE to hear what you thought about it. And, as always, THANK YOU for reading our blog!