Thursday, October 4, 2012

Longhorn 9 out of 10

My fellow BurgerGeeks may disagree with my rating, but I found this burger to be as close to perfection as a burger can be.    I debated giving it a 10; but, perhaps my ultimate burger is yet to be experienced.  On to the review.   Often, I have been to Longhorn for a steak.   Going for the express purpose of ordering a burger was a new concept.    I chose the Bacon and Cheddar Burger cooked medium well.  It arrived just as ordered: slightly pink in the middle.   The bacon, which covered the surface of the burger, was crispy not chewy.   Just as the menu promised, the cheese had been melted onto the burger not laid across at the last moment.  That it arrived hot, not lukewarm, was an added bonus.     Initially, I tried a bit of the burger patty without any of the toppings.   As with TGIFs, I wanted to know if the burger would stand on its own.   Much to my taste buds' delight, it definitely did.   I would enjoy this burger without the bun and without any toppings.   It was seasoned much like the Renegade Steak.   I could tell that it was made with quality beef.  And, inspite of my preference for beef that doesn't 'moo' at me from the plate, it was juicy - as juicy as the burgers of my fellow BurgerGeeks who prefer the 'moo'.     I savored each bite of this burger.  When I'm much older and am no longer able to chew a steak, I would order this burger as an excellant substitute. Using the burgergeek drive scale, if I really had a hankerin' for a quality burger, I definitely would drive 5 miles out of my way to get this one.   - Becky

Yeeehhaaaa Longhorn here we come.  This was another place that I looked forward too.  I though to myself, well, they can make steaks, how can you mess up a burger if you know how to do a steak.  Well, they didn't disappoint.  Even though, there was the wow factor missing for me, but the burger made up for it in taste.  This burger was great, juicy, perfectly cooked.  Everything tastes fresh and well presented.  The staff is always friendly at Longhorns, so nothing to complain there.  The fries were good, so I have to agree with Becky on this one.  I would have to rate them as well a 9 out of 10.  You want a great tasting burger, this place is where you find it.
It just shows me again, it doesn't take a genius to make a good tasting burger.  The meat was very well spiced, you could taste that this one came right off the grill.  I'm still surprised how perfectly it was done.  Let me explain what I mean there.  If you order a medium, you get most of the time the middle being pink.  Well not this one.  It was all pink except the outer end.  Just how I prefer it.  Again, this is just me.   I like my meat a little bloody.  I know what some of you might say, meat should be cooked all the way to make it safe.  Well, guess I like to live on the edge when it comes to food.  But enough of that, go check out that burger, you will not regret it.  I would even take a drive to get that burger.  Great now I'm getting hungry for one, but we are still searching for the best burgers in Jacksonville.  So little time, so many burgers to test.  Hidiho on to the next burger we go..........


LongHorn Steakhouse on Urbanspoon

Monday, October 1, 2012

Olio 9 out of 10

Today our search took us in the middle of Jacksonville downtown area.  We visited Olio, located at 301 E. Bay Street.  Right away I have to say, the restaurant gave out a European flavor and felt different.  The staff was very friendly and was ready to help with any kind of special requests we had to the burger.  Well lets see how they done.  As you can see the burger looked great in the presentation with the fries in the paper cup. My little addition to the wow factor was to have them put a egg on it sunny side up.  Yes I know, some of you might go, ewwww, how can you.  Well, you better try it, because it tastes awesome if done right.  I have to say, Olio did it right. The burger tasted very good.  Good enough that I would take a drive just to get their burger.  Everything tasted fresh and the bun was right on the money as well.   I would have to put them into my high category of the voted 9's when it comes to burger reviews.  Excellent job Olio, keep it up.  But, we are still hunting for the best burgers in Jax, so many to taste, so little time. On we go, its a dirty job, but somebody has to do it..............

  Olio Market on Urbanspoon

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cruisers Grill 1 out of 10

No I didn't put up the wrong rating on that one.  You did read right.  Our first 1 rating from all the places we reviewed.  I'm still shocked I had to give this low of a rating.
 Lets get to the meat of it all.  Our search brought us to Cruisers Grill.  I'm sure some of you in Jacksonville heard about Cruisers Grill and that they made a local news papers number 1 slot for best burger in Jax.  I was looking forward to visiting this place for a few months now.  I was also informed that they made another article in the recent week being voted as the one of the best burger places in town.  Well, I was excited to test them out.
As some of you already know I always look for the wow factor in burgers.  The ones that are different from a regular burger.  The other burgergeeks stick to the normal ones and they will have their own rating on these.  So, when I sat down and saw the sign, Burger of the week, deep fried I was all fired up.  As you remember, the Bubba Burger deep fried burger was awesome.  So, of course I had to order it.  Now as you can see from the picture I was a little set back when it arrived.  My first impression of just the look was, 'oh my, this looks like an old shoe sole'.  But I thought, well, looks can be deceiving, so I went or it.  My first thought taking a bite was, no way, they must be kidding.  If they would have deep fried the shoe sole I'm sure it would have tasted better.  OMG, in one word I have to say:  This burger was total shyte.  I really try not to slam any kind of restaurant even if I'm not impressed with their burger.  But this was not a burger but some meat they thought, lets throw this into hot oil and deep fry it and it will be good, as they say, everything deep friend is good.  Hellll no it isn't.  This was a perfect example it wasn't.  There was no batter on it, nothing, just a bunch of ground beef that they deep fried.  I think if you just click on the image of it and view the close up you can see what I'm saying.  I also have to say that the fries were alright.  Seemed to me not cooked long enough and tasted a little raw on the inside.
Now the other burgergeeks had their regular burgers and they said that they were alright, but in no way could they call this top winner of burgers in Jacksonville.  I think the no named newspaper should look at some of our reviews and make a better decision on who has the best burger in Jax.  For sure, this place does not.  I'm so disappointed.
Well, what can I say, the hunt continues........


  Cruisers Grill on Urbanspoon

Metro Diner 3 out of 10

Our hunt brought us to Metro Diner.  There are a lot of interesting dishes at the establishment.  I hate to say though that the burger was not one of them.  Not sure where to start on this one.  I was so hoping this was a homemade burger that would blow my socks off.  As you can see from the picture it didn't even look too impressive.  I got the patty melt which I was hoping would have potential wow factor.  It didn't. Now, it did have an alright taste, but as I said, an alright taste is not something that makes me think OMG I have to come back again for this one. Sometimes I think maybe we have reviewed so many places and maybe jI might be looking for too many things. In my quest to find the best Burger in Jax, this was not a winner. As you can see from the picture, the presentation wasn't that impressive. I think you know what I'm saying just looking at the picture.  The cheese wasn't melted all the way.  The meat itself has an alright taste, it had some spices in it.  The fries were alright as well.  Nothing to write home about.  Sadly, this is it for that review.  I do have to admit though, some of their other food looked awesome.  I will come back, but not for their burgers.
The hunt continues......


  Metro Diner on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

TGIF 5 out of 10

I can almost hear the groans of discontent coming from  TGIFriday's fans.  My rating is not a reflection on the restaurant.  It is strictly about the burger.  On the recommendation of another burger geek, I ordered the Jack Daniel's burger.    It is served with your choice of the standard burger toppings as well as cheese, bacon, and an awesome Jack Daniel's sauce - which comes on the side.   In my opinion, the sauce definitely makes this burger.  I'll explain.  Immediately, I noticed that the shape and size of everybody's burger was identical - no variation.   As a national chain striving for consistency, they hit the bull's eye.  The bacon, which was lying cross-crossed on the melted cheese, was neither underdone nor overdone.    My first taste of the sauce was on a french fry.   I was pleasantly surprised as it didn't taste anything like I was expecting it would based on the name.   It was sweet without a hint of pungent alcohol that I was expecting.   I ordered the burger well done.  It came as ordered and wasn't dried out or burnt.   As I took my first bite with the sauce, I was impressed with how good the burger was.  However, after a few more bites, I had to know if it was only the sauce that impressed me.  So, I tried a bite of burger only.  That's when I knew it's all about the sauce.  The burger standing on its own was very bland.  After that minor let down,  I realized that the entire meal was, at best, lukewarm.   Without the sauce, this would have been like any other chain's burger.   And, that is why I rate it a 5.   No, I wouldn't drive 5 miles out of my way to have this burger; but, I would definitely recommend it to friends.
I would have to say, I was looking forward to testing this Burger.  One of our other geeks was very impressed with this burger when he gotten it before.  A Jack Daniel's burger, how can you go wrong with that title in it? Well, I hate to disagree with my brother in crime, but I wasn't to impressed with the burger.  The BBQ sauce was outstanding.  It made the entire burger.  Without it though, the burger tasted pretty ordinary. Tasted like there were no spices used for it.  Now, TGIF did a great job on that BBQ addition to the hamburger.  I think you could put this on anything and it would taste fantastic. In this case I voted for a 5 out of 10, the reason being, that the addition of the BBQ sauce made that burger and for sure worth trying.  As Becky mentioned though, I wouldn't take a drive just to go there to get it.  Also one of the things that always gets me in restaurants.  If you cook the burger all the way, then don't ask me how I would like it.  If I say medium, it should be and not cooked all the way.  The hunt continues.........

T.G.I. Friday's Southside on Urbanspoon

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Pine Grove Market 6.5 out of 10

Our hunt for the best burger in Jacksonville brought us to the Pine Grove Market .  First impression I have to say I like those kind of places.  Small neighborhood places where you can find some of the secret culinary places that give you the best experiences.
Let's get right to the burger.  The first thing that hit me was the presentation.  I think this was the first time I saw a burger cut in half.  My burger was ordered medium and right away I could see, yup, cooked perfectly.  As you can see from the picture it was a great size as well.  Looking at the burger I have to say, it looked great, smelled good, so the first impression was: 'Yes I'm looking forward to this'.  Once I took my first bite I have to say it tasted very good.  The mixture of spices and the meat tasted great.  As you can see from the picture I ordered mine with fries and with onion rings.  Holy crap those rings where huge.  They as well tasted very good as the fries did.
I'm sure you wonder why my score isn't higher with me saying everything was good.  Well, as you know I'm looking for the extra wow factor when it comes to burgers.  This was a great burger, but it reminded me to much of a burger I would do at home.  So, yes, I know, isn't that what it should be?  Great tasting burger you could get home?  Yes and no.  I'm looking for the burger which I can't do at home or blows my mind how well it was done.  In this instance I have to say.  Yes, the burger was great but somehow was missing the umpf sorte say.  Would I recommend going there to try it.  Absolutely I would recommend it.  Would I take the drive there though just for the hamburger.  I would have to say, no.

My first BurgerGeek foray was to the Pine Grove Market in Riverside just east of Park Street.  The Market is a neighborhood jewel.  The kind of place I imagine exists on most NYC corners.    On to the review.    My first impression was this looks like my Momma's burger:  Thick and moist, made with quality beef.  That the burger and fries were served on a real plate may have added to the illusion.  Taking my first bite, I was pleased by the taste: not to much seasoning and not bland.  Moist but not falling apart.   Definitely fresh, quality beef.  Not frozen, trucked and thawed patties.   The only thing missing were the cross-hatch marks and that slight hickory flavor from a backyard grill.  The fries were nicely done.  Not to thick or to thin with a good flavor.  They complimented the burger well.   The available toppings were the expected minimum burger standards - which was more than enough for me.
That said, my rating is a 7 out of 10.  Why?  I really could make a burger like this myself.  However, for a quick fix of homemade on a hectic workday without the prep and cleanup hassle, this burger would sure do the trick.   Using the BurgerGeek drive scale, no, I wouldn't go out of my way to have this burger; but, if I was already in the neighborhood, you bet I would.
Pinegrove Market and Deli on Urbanspoon

Monday, July 2, 2012

Southern Grill 9 out of 10

Our search brought us to the Southern Grill located at 800 Flagler Ave. This restaurant offers a variety of dishes which one of them is a burger and that is why we are here.
Let's get right into the review, shall we. As you can see from the picture the burger arrived like what you expect the typical American burger to look like. It looked perfect.
Just the smell alone coming to the table made your mouth water. I was shocked taking my first bite how good it tasted. It was perfectly cooked exactly how I wanted it. Everything tasted fresh, homemade, cooked fresh. I think we all were shocked how good this burger tasted. The size was perfect. Not to forget the fries, fitted perfectly and tasted great as well. The only thing that was missing was that shake to make it the 'American perfect meal'.

If you are looking for a great hamburger then this is the place to try, highly recommend it. Hmmm actually thinking going back for another one........

Southern Grill on Urbanspoon

Wild Wing Cafe 5 out of 10

Our next target was Wild Wing Cafe located at 4555 south side blvd. The first thought is that this place is not what normally comes to your mind when it comes to burgers, but a few people recommended to us to try them.

Let's get right to the meat of things. As you probably figured out from my reviews I'm the one in the group that always looks for that wow factor in burgers. When the waitress arrived with my order I was like, wow, look at that thing. If this is not a wow factor. Got my burger with egg on it, topped with some sloppy joe sauce. Not to forget the huge onion ring on top. As you can see from the picture it was a sight to see.

I think I had a smile on my face attacking this behemoth of a burger. Well, now to the sad part and why the score is not sky high for them. The taste was blahhhh. Nothing really tasted good. The burger was kinda no taste, no taste at all. Same with the sloppy joe topping . Somehow everything tasted like, how should I say. No spices at all. Very blend and boring. It's a shame because look at that thing, it great looking.

Just to add another disappointment were their fries, not sure what they thought off. But just cutting up some potatoes and throwing them into the deep fryer and calling them french fries does not work at times. In this case it didn't. Same as the total experience the fries didn't taste like anything special.

So sad, such a good looking burger. The search continues ...........


Wild Wing Cafe on Urbanspoon

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Harpoon Louies 7 out of 10

Our best burger in Jacksonville brought us to Harpoon Louie's located at 4070 Herschel street.

I was looking forward to this, because I had a few people recommending this place to us. So let's get right to the burger. Out of our group I'm mainly the one who is looking for that wow factor, meaning, what can I put on it or order that makes it different.

As you can see from the picture I got it loaded up in addition to chili all over my fries.

This was a good burger. It had good taste and was what you are looking for in a burger. Now of course we are not looking for the average burger, but for the ones that stand out. Did this one stand out? Well, it was good all around, but didn't stand out.
As one of the burgergeeks uses this for giving his rating. Would I eat a burger here if I'm here, yes. Would I drive here for just the burger, no. So in short do we recommend it? Yes. You won't be disappointed. Is it the best burger in Jacksonville? No.

The search continues.....

Harpoon Louie's on Urbanspoon

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dave and Busters 5 out of 10

Our endless search brought us to Dave and Busters. As we all know this place is famous for the gaming but we got the recommendation to try their burgers. Sorry to say I wish we didn't get it. I didn't have big hopes, but you never know where you find that great burger. Let's get right into it. Right from the get go I was disappointed that the burger was not cooked, how I wanted it. Why ask how you want your burger, if you can't provide it.

Just looking at the picture I think you can already see the problem. It was so greasy, which of course gives the burger normally a great taste and texture, but not here. The minute you picked this burger up, it was just dripping the fat, way to much for my taste. All the burgers we got were the same size, the same cut, the same grease. It was screaming 'I'm a frozen burger' for mass production. Overall it had an alright taste, nothing special about it. If you are there for the games and want a quick burger, sure, why not. Would I recommend it? No.


Dave & Buster's on Urbanspoon

Monday, April 9, 2012

Cheesecake factory 8 out of 10

The Cheesecake factory was our next target for doing a burger review.  They are located at the Town-center. Personally I have been looking forward to this for a while now.  One of the reasons was that I heard they had a Kobe burger.  Let me get right to the meat of things sorte say.  First impressions of the restaurant of course is grandiose, very clean, very elegant even though it does have a little flair of 'elegant fast food setup'.  What I mean by this, was the feeling, sit down, order, eat and get out so the next customers can sit down.  With that said, lets look at our burger experience.  Right from the start I have to say the burger looked great.  Everything looked fresh, well presented. Cutting open the burger was perfectly cooked just how I ordered it.  Now, here comes the important part.  Was my first bite the wow factor that I expected.  Well, yes and no.  I was looking for that, oh my God, this is Kobe meat.  The cows that are feed only the best and from what I've seen on TV being massaged to make the meat nice and juicy.  Hmmm, maybe I was expecting someone to come by and massage me while I'm eating this.  I really don't know what I expected.  But, it didn't happen. I tried very hard to find a difference in burgers I had before to this one and I couldn't find one.  Now for the overall taste of the burger I have to admit.  That was one great tasting burger.  It was juicy, well seasoned, perfectly cooked.  Everything a burger should have.  Did I taste anything different?  Sorry to say, I didn't.  As from some of our previous reviews you can get some great tasting burger from regular beef.  Would I recommend this burger to someone?  Absolutely.

 It was a great, great burger.  One of best I had and for this they get a high score.  Again, I'm missing the wow factor, that makes it stand out from the rest.  That it lacked a bit.  Would I go and have another one of those.  Well, if I'm in the neighborhood, sure.  Would I take a drive there just for the burger, probably not.  Lucky for us Burgergeeks it just means, the hunt continues, for the holy grail of Burgers.....

The Cheesecake Factory on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kickbacks Gastropub 9 out of 10

Our next hunt for the best burger in Jacksonville brought us to Kickbacks Gastropub located at 910 Kings st.  First off I have to say that this is the second time we visited this establishment.  The reason is actually shocking. We couldn't believe they could repeat what they served us the first time.  Also at this time we didn't have this blog yet, so we had two reason to visit there again, take pictures of the Burger plus to see if they can wow us again.  They did.  I was so impressed the first time that I thought, maybe I was to hungry the first time or it was just a lucky hit.  No it wasn't.  Kickbacks, has one of the best burgers I ever tasted.  You would not expect such a great burger from a place that concentrates mostly on their selection of beer.  But let me tell you.  If you want some tasty burger, you have to check this place out.  Now let me get more into the details of the burger.  I think you can just see from the picture (which I had to make a little larger so you can really enjoy the view) alone that this looks like the perfect Hamburger.  Just as good as it looks it tastes.  All of our burgers were cooked perfectly to what we ordered.  The onion rings, which are really a onion wedge was a nice twist to the entire experience.  The bacon was crispy and not greasy, the letters opps lettuce tasted fresh (Insider Burgergeek joke).  The fries were perfectly done and the service was friendly and all around great.  The price was reasonable what you expect for a burger.  I have been thinking of anything negative I can say about this experience or the experience from our past visit and I can't find anything.  Just writing this blog and thinking about this Burger again, makes me hungry for one. Yes people, that burger was that good.  Now why didn't they get a 10 you might ask.  Well,  I've been thinking about this for a few days now.  What would make that 10 Burger in my eyes.  I think even though this burger stands out so much, I'm still missing that OH my God, I'm in Burger Heaven outburst.  I didn't get that, close, but no cigar.  But with all this said,  I highly recommend this place if you want one tasty out of this world Burger.  Enjoy and make sure you don't eat to many, so they have one left when I get back there, because I'm for sure going back there again and again and again........

Kickbacks Gastropub on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Loop 6 out of 10

Our recent hunt brought us to the Loop, located at 2014 San Marco Blvd.  I've heard many good things about the loop and their burgers.  I think last year they made best burger in Jacksonville by the newspaper.  Again my hopes were high going into this.  I think I need to stop working myself up on things that I hear about restaurants and wait until I actually taste what they have.  Let me mention again that the opinions I put on this blog are mine only and my other Burgergeeks might not agree with my assessment.
With that said lets get to the meat of things sorte say.  First a little to the restaurant.  For me it was the first time at the Loop and I got the impression of a fancy fast food restaurant.  Ordering your food upfront and then finding your seat gave me that impression.  Nothing wrong with that setup during lunch, because you want your food fast.  The food was fast, I think we waited around 10 min and our little device blinked to tell us to pick up our burgers.  My burger was a regular burger with grilled mushrooms and steak fries.  My first impression picking up the plate was about the fries.  I was like, where the heck did they find those potatoes to make these fries, they were huge.  Compared to the fries the burger looked tiny as you can see from the picture.  Now, I ordered my burger medium as I always do.  First impression taking a bite and looking at the meat, it was perfectly cooked.  I was a bit disappointed at the mushrooms.  They for sure looked and tasted like they came from a can.  The lettuce and onions looked and tasted fresh. Of course now you must wonder, well, everything he is saying sounds good why the low score.  Well, here is my problem with it.  Going to the loop and knowing it was voted best burger in Jax I wanted to be wow'ed.  That didn't happen.  It was a good burger, but I was really missing the, wow factor, the out of the norm factor.  It was just not there.  Don't get me wrong, I would recommend this burger if you want your normal good burger.  Would I vote this the best burger in Jacksonville.  I don't think so.  I have not found the burger yet that knocks my socks off where I would go, this is the best burger in Jax.  So for the Burgergeeks, the hunt continues.............

Loop Pizza Grill on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ted's Montana Grill St. Johns 2 out of 10

Our burger hunt brought us to Ted's Montana Grill located in the town center.  I've been looking forward to this for a few weeks.  I was very excited to finally taste a Bison burger made by someone who specializes in Bison meats.  First a little about the restaurant.  For sure something to see and experience.  Enough said, back to the burgers.  I think all the burgergeeks were excited and had high hopes for this restaurant.
There is a quote that comes to my mind from Alexander Pope “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” I'm sure you can already see where this is going. I was disappointed at that burger. Let me get into why I was without getting into to much detail. As you can see from the picture it was for sure a nice looking burger. It was big, loaded with tons of stuff. Of course I had to get the little more fancy one with chili and so on. As a total package it looked promising. Huge onion rings with it, fries and I was excited to let me taste the hopefully first high rated burger of the burgergeeks. Well, I took the first bite and first thing that came to my mind was. Hmmm, taste just like another beef burger. There was no distinct Bison taste to it. I kept going, bite for bite I was looking or this, 'oh wow' factor. Still nothing. I do understand the meat is suppose to taste the same as beef, just better. I was not getting this.

Don't get me wrong with my review here. The burger wasn't bad at all. It was good, but again, not what I expected. If you read my review about hooters I have to say I started to get the same feeling here. It was a feeling of a fancy fast food burger. There was nothing special about it other than that it said it was Bison and with a over $25 dollar lunch bill shock just for myself, gave me another bad taste about the whole experience. I rated them a 2 out of 10 because even though it wasn't a bad burger, there was not a wow factor that put this burger in its own category, it was a fancy burger with a bad fast food after taste to it. BurgerMeister


Today our schedule takes us to Ted's Montana Grill. We decided it was time to go find the "Cadillac" of burgers, so where better than Ted's Montana Grill. 
They're known for their all natural bison, which is supposed to be better than beef, so we had high hopes to find a truly great burger.

My selection was the Red Rock burger. You can choose either a certified Angus beef patty or an all natural bison patty. I had to go for the bison, and I ordered it cooked medium. They top this with pepper jack cheese, fresh diced jalapenos, chopped cilantro and fried onion straws. Finally, they add something 
called Z-sauce, and serve it all on a toasted ciabatta roll, accompanied with french fries. Sure sounded delicious, and at $14 bucks I expected it to be. 

I rate my burgers in 3 main components for consistent ratings; 1) bun 2) burger 3) toppings for a total possible 9 points. I reserve 1 point for what I call the 'wow' factor, which to me is for a unique touch that a restaurant may add to their burger to make it unique.

Ted's serves the Red Rock burger on a ciabatta roll. Ordinarily this would earn top marks for the roll. I love ciabatta rolls, and I like to see something different than a plain hamburger bun. I think a good bun or roll can really add to the overall taste of a burger. Unfortunately, my ciabatta roll was so dry 
that I would say it was almost stale. It just started falling apart when I tried to handled it.

If I've learned one thing about burgers, it's that how the burger is cooked can ruin the whole burger. I had ordered my burger cooked medium, and it was served under cooked, more medium rare. I didn't like the flavor of the bison at all served this rare. 

The cheese, jalapenos, cilantro and onion straws were good. The Z-sauce? It looked and tasted like raspberry jelly. No wow factor there.

So, my search for a "Cadillac" burger ended up with a Yugo. My overall rating for my Red Rock burger is a 2. Truly a disappointment. The most expensive burger turns out to be one of the worst to date, and my bad experience was not the only one among our four burgers. After leaving the restaurant, my fellow Burger Geeks and I discussed the fact that paying so much for a poorly executed burger really 
made the experience seem worse. I considered SUBTRACTING a point for the "wow" factor because "Wow, this burger sucked!", but I decided to let it stand as is.


Ted's Montana Grill on Urbanspoon

Saturday, January 21, 2012

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Hooters 4 out of 10

I think we all know what the main attraction is to Hooters but we wanted to see if they know how to make a good hamburger.  The locations of this Hooters is the Jacksonville Landing which by itself is a great place to check out and enjoy the view when sitting outside.

But for us the main purpose are not the different views you can enjoy at Hooters but if they know how to make a Hamburger.  Again I would like to point out that for myself I'm looking for the burger that stands out. Sadly the burger at Hooters did not stand out at all.  Even though it was not a bad burger, the first thing that disappointed me was that the burger was not medium cooked as I ordered it.  Second if you look at it from the picture it looked like a burger you can get at any kind of fast food restaurant.  Even though it was their BBQ burger nothing about it was special.  Don't get me wrong, it was a good burger, well average burger.  Compared to all places we have reviewed so far I have to say I was maybe used to very good hamburgers and it will be tough for any kind of restaurant to stand out or even top them.  For sure, Hooters did not accomplish that.

As you can already see from the picture the whole presentation felt fast food to me.  There was nothing special about the bun, nothing special about the burger.  My rating for this place will be 4 out of 10. I was not impressed with it and for sure was not the burger I was looking for, which is the one that stands out of the crowd, this one was just one of them.

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

River City Brewing company 7 out of 10

 Today our burger adventure took us to the very scenic restaurant by the river.  We had to check out if a classy restaurant is able to produce a good burger.
First I have to say that the place itself shows class and to my surprise a very reasonable lunch menu.  In addition to the atmosphere you get a gorgeous view of our river and city.  But enough of that, the important aspect is, can they make a good burger?
I have to say I didn't expect the hamburger to taste as homemade as it did.  We asked if they burgers were done fresh and were told, they are handmade fresh daily.
As you can see the hamburger not only looked good, but tasted great.  You could really taste that it came of a grill and in my case, asking for medium, was perfectly medium cooked. The burger was topped with mushrooms and were also perfectly done.  The salad tasted fresh and the fries were very good as well.  I rated them a 7 out of 10 and would recommend this burger to anybody who wants a good one in addition to a great dining experience with a wonderful view of our city.

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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hunt club 7 stars out of 10

The hunt club is located at 6426 Bowden Rd. , their site is
My first impression was, wow, different kind of place.  You are greeted with deer heads on the wall and a bunch of hunter memorabilia around. My first thoughts were, oh yes, they should know a good burger.
Seeing antillope burger and elk burger on the menu really got me exited, sadly, haven't been able to try them yet, they always been out, but I will and once I do I will update this post.

But back to the burger that they did have.  I've ordered the double barrel burger and as you can see from the picture, a good looking burger and size.  As you can see I ordered the Cajun spice fries with it.  Now to the taste test.  The burger was very good.  I liked the spices they used and also the freshness of it.  I wish mine would have been a bit more moist, but the other burgergeek had a more moist one.  His review should be posted pretty soon.
The bacon was crisp and plenty of it.  The staff was nice and friendly.  I will give them a rating of 7 out of 10 because I wish my burger was a bit more moist and being there twice, not having what you offer on your menu, talking about the elk and antiloppe burger rubbed me a little wrong.  I might give them a higher rating once I tasted them, because I do look for the burgers out of the norm.
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