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Posted by Dawn on 12/08/2011
I thought this restaurant was very over priced. The bill came close to $100.00, and that was for 3 burgers and a piece of key lime pie, and 3 sodas.
Posted by Don Payne & L. E. on 12/05/2011
I flew almost 1000 miles to visit someone very special. The 1 place that she wanted to go was, Chef Allen’s Burger Bar! We drove for about 45 minutes to experience this "New" idea! When we arrived, there was a pretty decent crowd at the outdoor bar and a few patrons inside! First of all, it took the Hostess several minutes to figure out whether or not she could seat us! Finally we were seated with the help of another employee! We ordered French Fries with White Truffles Sauce for an appetizer. Didn’t expect much we were just checking things out and trying to have a good time. When the App. arrived, we were given a bowl of FFs that was gussied up with some garlic and a few other things. When we inquired about the truffle sauce were handed a bottle of oil that was infused with the aroma of White Truffles! LOL . No biggie so far we are having Fun! In the meantime there was the smoke of a cheap cigar coming into the dining room, we requested the door leading to the outside bar be closed , and we were told they didn’t know if that would be all right. They would have to ask their manager. We ordered our entrees, nothing except a couple of the recommended burgers. When the Burgers were served 1 was not correct. It took approximately 10 minutes to catch a server’s eye! She promptly took both burgers back so that we could eat together and stated she would return shortly with the correct order! In the meantime our waiter retuned to the table with a rather short attitude and wanted details as to why we felt our food was not what we had ordered. When we explained he shrugged his shoulders and he insisted that we received the burger we had ordered and repeated what we had requested , but the burger we received was not the burger he said we had ordered and insisted we accept the burger walked away! I asked him to forget the order and to give us a check for the items we had already eaten & that we would be on our merry way! We were promptly brought a bill for the entire order & were told if we had issues we could talk to the manager. Wow am I supposed to feel intimidated? The manager told us we ordered it we pay for it! When I tried to explain again the issues that we had already spoken to him about, he offered to call the cops! Wow! We invited him to do exactly that and stepped outside! Needless to say he didn't call the cops! But lost my business!
Posted by Kyle on 11/29/2011
My wife and I were really excited to try out Burger Bar, despite my hatred for Chef's who put their name on everything they do. Unfortunately our experience was an absolute disappointment. The overall atmosphere was ok, although it was very brightly lit for a restaurant. We waited just over 10 minutes for a server to even approach us. We ordered a couple of beers and then waited another 10 minutes for those. (Note the waters we also requested also never came) We ordered two burgers. During the 47 minute wait for the food (yes, we started counting at one point) we ordered 2 more beers each taking 10 and 12 minutes respectively to arrive. When we finally got our food, everything was ice cold. Cheese was chalky and un melted. My $17 "prime" burger was anything but. It tasted like old meatloaf with french onion soup mix. My wife's burger had some sort of rubber like cheese product on it which apparently "Chef Allen" calls a signature item. Either way it was similiar to the delicious leftover burnt cheese that appears on a plate in a microwave. The service was subpar, the food was cold and the use of "Chef Allen's" on virtually every single menu item is frankly just annoying, corny and dare I say: arrogant. After all, we are talking about burgers. At the end of the day 2 burgers and 4 beers cost us $60 after an undeserving 20% gratuity. I would never go back, not when I can get a much better burger across the street for a 1/3 of the price. Its a poor attempt at a wanna-be "celebrity" chef serving mediocre food and charging way more than he should for it just because he has a James Beard award from forever ago.