GREAT FOOD W/ AWESOME STAFF!! JON WAS VERY FRIENDLY AND TOOK CARE OF US!!
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…
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.
Love McCabes. The owners/McCabes are a wonderful asset to C/S. They are incredibly philanthropic, support every event here in town-and the food and drinks are great. Wish more businesses were like them here in town. Forget the chains - support our local businesses.
This place is what Italiano is all about. We've been there more times than I can count and have never been disappointed.
Fantastic food! Great wine list - but Kim usually picks one out for us :o)
The menu is great, but I almost always get the special. Armando is the best!
Try it - you'll love it.
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.
wow, quaint Italian atmosphere, friendly, knowledgeable wait staff and the food!!! I have never experienced salmon like this. Please do yourself a favor and give this place a try.
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