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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Burger Joints

Re: “Crave Real Burgers

I've had no trouble avoiding Crave based on a review about a year ago that described monster-sized burgers with goofy toppings.

If I want a huge amount of ground beef, I'll stop at Wal-Mart and buy a chubb of it. Nor do I care for idiotic pairings and other strangeness.

High beer prices are a tip off that you're a sheep to be shorn.

If I want a hamburger, I'll go to Ted's; or Smash Burger - which is quite good. Both have beer on tap.

I avoid Five Guys; everything there is way too greasy, the burgers are bland and the fries have a burned flavor on top of being the greasiest, mealiest in town. IIRC they use a single step frying method which results in limp greasy fries.

Phatburger was decent, but they closed. It was too noisy in there, and that parking lot sucks.

I think a lot of places intend to be uncomfortably noisy, they want you in long enough to get your money then get you the hell out of there so they can turn the table around for more suckers. When I go into a real noisy place, I turn around and leave; we're not going to sit there unable to hear each other speak as we endure the constant din of lousy eateries.

Picky, ain't I? That's okay, I'm the one paying for it.

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 07/21/2012 at 2:17 PM

Re: “Red Robin

Been to RR twice, won't go back.

Cannot find much about RR to recommend it. The burgers are as bland as anything I've ever encountered in a burger and they glop it up with so much junk that you have no idea what you're eating....really, ketchup, mustard AND mayonnaise on a burger? Yuck!

When I want a burger that has real flavor, I'll go to Ted's for a somewhat upscale version, or I'll go to Smash Burger for the quicker, more affordable (and flavorful) version.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 07/21/2012 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Crave Real Burgers

Went there for dinner last night...wish I had not. Four dollars for a Dale's Pale Ale...highest price in town. The burgers are okay, but the hype, poorly trained adolescent wait staff who can't make substitutions on the menus even if you pay more for sides not connected with your burger, the lack of good air conditioning, the noise (including pounding on pans when certain orders go out)...the number of employees walking around doing nothing made it feel crowed and mismanaged.

The Blue Star, Springs Orleans, South Side Johnny's all offer a great burger, discount beers, cloth napkins and an attractive wait staff more interested in your coming back than turning the table...and meet your every culinary need...with working air conditioning and seconds on the beer...why was I so stupid to go to a chain, all of which are awful, crowded, noisy and expensive: Smashburger, Crave, Five Brothers...go elsewhere.

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 07/21/2012 at 9:15 AM

Re: “Crave Real Burgers

Its a gimmick that wears thin quickly. The hamburgers are okay, but far from the best in town. Try the Blue Star or Springs Orleans or even Tony's for a first rate burger done the way you want it. At Crave they are not very flexible and the waiters are unable to swap out menu items like offering onion straws in place of fries...or even letting you buy onion straws if you don't order the exact burger they come with on the menu.

Drifters and Culver's have the very best drive thru burgers. South Side Johnny's makes a good burger...but the chains from Smashburger to Crave to Five Brothers are mostly hype over quality, noisy, crowded, with functionally deficient help more interested in turning the table than giving you a nice experience...and equal in price to the first rate places where you can sit and enjoy your meal for an hour, drink a couple of beers, have cloth napkins, and real air conditioning.

6 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 07/21/2012 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Red Robin

Take the same amount of money needed to eat at Red Robin and eat something really good at one of our many locally owned eateries...and help a small business, protect your health, and enjoy something not out of the freezer and thrown into a deep fryer.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 07/19/2012 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Red Robin

Had the grilled chicken breast burger style & that was absolutely gross, burgers should stay burgers. However try it you might like but for me!

1 like, 4 dislikes
Posted by Traveler1976 on 07/18/2012 at 7:27 PM

Re: “Flatiron's American Bar and Grill

I go to Flatirons each Monday to play poker. I find the food here especially delicious and very well prepared. The Flatiron steak is tender and cooked to perfection. The potatoes are a rare delight and the mac and cheese is to die for! I appreciate Megan and the other fine servers that are considerate and remember the menu items you enjoy. A lovely evening for anyone looking for good food and fellowship.

Posted by Sharon Stephens on 03/01/2012 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Hi nlcatter,

I'm not sure what you think we don't know, but you can find our thoughts here:

http://www.csindy.com/colorado/beefy-redem…

http://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archives/20…

Posted by Bryce E. Crawford on 06/17/2011 at 9:54 AM

Re: “Five Guys Burgers and Fries

and you all dont even know about Drifters? how dare you write a reviews good or otherwise!

5 guys is overpriced and messy

Posted by nlcatter on 06/16/2011 at 6:42 PM

Re: “Five Guys Burgers and Fries

More acclaimed than In-n-Out. . . you've got to be kidding me. I love how they have to post all their testimonies on the wall. Let's be honest, if the place was really that good, you wouldn't need all these HUGE BOARDS on the wall with LARGE WORDS telling you how good their stuff was, you would just know when you bit into their burger. The first time I went my burger was --terribly-- soggy (it was a disgraceful to burgers everywhere). Went again a week ago, there burger was still soggy, but measured up better. Their fries are actually decent, but to compare any of it to In-n-Out is absolutely rubbish. For the money, I'll just go to Sonic; they have better drinks there anyway.

The only reason this joint gets 2 stars instead of 1 is their fries are slightly -- yes, slightly -- redeeming.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by skaname on 06/06/2011 at 10:12 PM

Re: “Front Range Barbeque

Some of the worst BBQ I have ever had and I know my BBQ. The brisket tasted like it was broiled in an over, the ribs were fatty and I'm not sure what the sausage was made from. The side dishes consisted of baked bean ( tasted like they came from a can) and potato salad (absolutely no flavor what so ever. The only good things I have to say was the portions were large and the service was good.

3 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Paul3001 on 05/01/2011 at 7:20 PM

Re: “All-American Sports CafĂ© Bar & Grill

Nice sports bar, food is good and the staff is friendly

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Dan H on 04/29/2011 at 3:49 PM

Re: “The Airplane Restaurant

I've always had GREAT food there. I've been going there for years. My wife and I set in the Plane, but when we're in a group(10-15 people)we set in the Resturant.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Auxie on 01/21/2011 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Flatiron's American Bar and Grill

I find the two comments at the top that say this place was so so and poor to be extremely misleading. I have taken my family there several times and have never had a complaint. The food is always awesome and the prices are more than fair. I have never had a better wait staff wait on me someone made a comment on a server there named PJ he has primarely served us and is definately one of the best. I recomend Flatirons for a CC hockey game ($3 dollar drinks) before and after the game. We have to just show them our tickets. I Would send anyone there for a great meal and great service. Thank You Flatirons!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jerryskids on 11/15/2010 at 6:09 PM

Re: “Flatiron's American Bar and Grill

The service was great and the atmosphere was great, but the food was meh. I like to go out to eat for things that I cannot make better at home, and they failed on all 3 entrees ordered. Probably won't go back.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Jesyka on 11/12/2010 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Cy's Drive-In

a classic drive-in!

5 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Deirdre deProspero on 10/31/2010 at 10:22 AM

Re: “The Airplane Restaurant

What a wonderful flight!
A large group of us went in with our aspiring kid pilots. They flew the plane to various places while the rest of us enjoyed some adult beverages. It's amazing the plane's cocpit is still there.
Everyone enjoyed their food although my wife wants to go back for the teriyaki salmon with a sweet pineapple salsa. And the kids keep wanting to go visit the plane again.
Thanks

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by flyguy2 on 10/27/2010 at 12:00 PM

Re: “The Airplane Restaurant

They serve absolute garbage in there. I would never ever waste my time or money there again... ever! The only positive thing I can say is they do sit you at a table, in chairs. Although I'm surprised they don't just toss the "Food" on the floor to complete the presentation.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by ironmikej on 10/25/2010 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Flatiron's American Bar and Grill

I was really looking forward to a great night out after all the great things I had heard. It turned out to be only OK. The service of course was great. Hostess, not so much I made reservations and put special notes in, they were completely ignored. Some of the food was good, some not so good. I read these reviews of people raving about the food in many joints around CS and it is just not so. In places like this I always start with the burgers. If I had to guess, another new place serving $10-$12 FROZEN burgers. Why? Soggy wet bun, uneatable bacon, Beans, most likely Van de Camps from a can. Onion rings OK, but also had a very processed texture and flavor, not fresh. Green beans were plain but ok, Au gratin potatoes ok. The steak was supposed to be a flat iron cut, I'm a bit suspect, however it was cooked correctly and tasted ok. I do a lot of flat iron from the butcher and it was not the same. Just didn't wow me for all the hype. Won't be going back. Just another same old same old.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Fritz on 10/23/2010 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Flatiron's American Bar and Grill

Awesome place to eat! went with my family had everything from mac and cheese to the flatiron steak and it was cooked to perfection... My wife really enjoyed the cougar salad. Also need to add our waiters name was PJ and he gave some of the best service weve ever had! will be back many times!!!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Rudy1 on 10/07/2010 at 12:29 PM

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