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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Burger Joints

Re: “Larkburger

GREAT FOOD W/ AWESOME STAFF!! JON WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND TOOK CARE OF US!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Edward Timothy Heenan on 09/28/2014 at 6:41 PM

Re: “Bingo Burger

Every Sunday, my friend and I hold a tradition of trying to find a new place in town to eat. It provides opportunity to experience new digs and meet new people in our area. Two Sundays ago, we were craving MEAT and starting walking down town towards Tejon. My eyes glossed over and my mouth started to water when I saw the sign for Bingo Burger, “Theeeeerrreee,” I managed to mumble through the drool. We walked in and stood in line behind other carnivores waiting their turn not knowing what they wanted. So they let us skip in front.
We ordered one vanilla malt and one chocolate shake, order of large fries, and two burgers. Nothing complicated like tofu banana peels with a box of air; just one chicken burger with a fried egg and one BLT burger. They finally got our order right after two failed attempts at giving us other people’s orders. We sat outside in order to avoid the children’s birthday party going on inside. It wasn’t actually a classified children’s birthday party but had all the makings for one; loud children jumping on things they aren’t supposed to while their parents dully sit back and discuss whatever it is inattentive parents discuss. We had a good view of a tree and the homeless who sit at the corner StarBucks. “Don’t mind us eating our 8 dollar meal right in front of you...Of course, I don’t have any change to spare, I spent it on beating the last level of Mortal Combat at Supernova.”
The food was good and worth the wait but not worth the atmosphere. The staff gave me a $2 off coupon for my next visit which I may end up donating to the “Got-Any-Spare-Change” homeless man I see on every corner down town. I’m pretty sure he has a few doppelgangers or a following…

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by atari25 on 09/17/2014 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Bingo Burger

Gotta say that our experience was not that good, and I so wanted it to be great and to support small business guys and support our downtown. Alas....

The place is NOISY. There's an old-fashioned embossed metal ceiling and nothing on the walls to deaden the sound. It's as bad or worse than Chipotle. The ordering counter is too wide and with all the noise in there it becomes a shouting match between the girl taking orders and the customers. Good grief, how can one enjoy their visit? We sat there the whole duration having to listen to the ordering process for other customers and we were near the front door.

Our order got screwed up. There's an order numbering system the kitchen follows but my wife got her order, I got nothing, and the kid bringing it looked at me as if I were crazy and he asked me if I had ordered anything. Really? There seemed a lot of confusion on which orders went to which tables.

What's with the "garden" talk. I know, I know. It's restaurant lingo for lettuce and tomato on a sandwich. I didn't want it, but the girl gave us no choice, we had to have the "garden" but did we want it on the burger or on the side. Maybe she didn't hear me over all the noise. We opted for the "garden" on the side and it's a good thing, as the razor thin slice of tomato was so dried out it looked like it had been sitting out all day.

The french fries were awful. Limp and greasy, like the greasy fries at Five Guys, the kind of fries that reek of a 1-step cooking process and grease too cold to cook the inside. I worked fast food 50 years ago and we did 2-step fries from raw potatoes that came out brown, crisp and tasted fine. The fries at Ted's up in Briargate are great fries, you can sit at the bar and watch their 2-step frying process from raw potatoes.

Cost is not cheap. I don't mind paying BB's price for quality meats but the rest of the experience was off-putting. I hope these are just start-up issues that get quickly worked out but we'll have to wait and see.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by OldCrank on 09/09/2014 at 4:28 PM

Re: “Bingo Burger

Expensive, small and lacking good service. After reading so many articles about the new Bingo Burger in Colorado Springs, we were very excited to give this place a try. Two burgers, two sodas and one combo small/ cold fry totaled over $30. The meat was good and juicy but that is all the positive I can say. The table next to us even had to return their order. For local burger, the Green Line Grill makes a better basic burger and for overall best burger in the Springs, we will have to stick to BJ's Brewhouse double deluxe. Sad it just didn't work out. With so many employees, I don't know how you can have dirty floors and tables and forget items in an order, not to mention sending out cold fries. Hope this place improves over time.

8 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Review Er on 08/31/2014 at 4:06 PM

Re: “Burger King - S. Nevada

So ridiculously filthy, I couldn't believe it. They did appear to be understaffed, but the people working were in no hurry at all and seemed to be moving in slow motion. I will never go there again and would never ever recommend it. Even the counter where they give you your food looked like it hadn't been cleaned in weeks. Disgusting.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brenda Whelchel on 05/29/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “Front Range Barbeque

Front Range is sadly underrated for their wonderful marriage of very very good food and quality music. No words can describe their delectable meals. And whoever books their bands really know what they're doing because we've seen some great acts come through here, most of them traveling from afar. Not sure why they advertise it as "southern rock" because musicians have come from Philly, Boston, etc., and have a wise variety of soulful sounds. If you want excellent food from a restaurant that has great taste in music, this is the place to be.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by hoopdeedoo on 10/17/2013 at 8:55 PM

Re: “The Dive

Great breakfast as well as one of the best burgers in town. The green chili is superb. A great local diner on the West side of town. Have been there numerous times, never been disappointed. Eager to try their BBQ.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Arnold Ziffel on 10/08/2013 at 11:13 AM

Re: “The Airplane Restaurant

This is not the place to go unless you are a FedEx pilot without a car to go somewhere good to eat...you never hear a local even mention this historically bad place to eat.

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 12/18/2012 at 6:48 PM

Re: “The Airplane Restaurant

I wasn't keen on leaving a comment until I saw the negative ones which QUITE surprised me. Since I have tried so much on the menu I feel compelled to take a moment of my time to share my experiences. I find the food over all quite lovely and take coworkers all the time. Neither the drinks or the food are too pricey at all which makes it nice for lunch, dinner or just drinks after work. Not a lot on that area of town that I want to frequent so thank goodness for this restaurant/bar being here because there are many of us DoD contractors in the area... The wait staff is fine but just like any other place I have had the great and attentive serve us and the aloof bimbo paying all her attention to the military groups or single young men.... Nothing that would make me stay away though. The ambiance is priceless... always shocked it is not packed.... but again who wants to hang out after hours in this less than desirable area when you can go elsewhere in town? I will keep going back... and keep taking coworkers, friends and family. I KNOW it would be horrible to see it ever close... that is for sure.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by DeeDee Slaughter Eager on 12/18/2012 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Flatiron's American Bar and Grill

Boring and careless

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 11/17/2012 at 12:10 AM

Re: “Crave Real Burgers

Mostly hype, loud, slow...nothing really special

Posted by TejonTech on 11/17/2012 at 12:03 AM

Re: “Front Range Barbeque

Too bad you have to share your food with all the flies...

3 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by TejonTech on 08/27/2012 at 8:08 AM

Re: “Front Range Barbeque

Very good pulled pork sandwich with Mom's Corn and Pea Salad (think 3 bean with lots of upgrades). They have a great selection of beers on tap as well bottled brewery beers. Service is always great and it's a good family atmosphere. Yup, there's lots of kids. They are people too & generally better behaved than any most impaired adults.

We saw "Swamp Cabbage perform all original music. They advertise themselves as Blues band but that was less than half of what they performed. Not the best band I have ever seen at Front Range, but decent musicians in the Southern Rock tradition. Their equipment was not sufficient to give them a full sound and it's a small area that you have to fill with sound. They were on their 10th show in 11 days and had to drive from Ogden Utah but hey...that's the job. Bring it or take a day off. They seemed to complete their sound check during the first set despite having set up an hour before they started. Unprofessional at the least.

For whatever reason, Front Range gets lots of touring bands, blue grass, folk & singer-songwriters. Many seem to play at the Telluride Blues and other festivals the week before or after. So you see acts for usually no cover that people just paid $60 to see.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Glenn Azare on 08/27/2012 at 7:03 AM

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

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