Saturday, November 7, 2015
Our 61st Review
Official Review #61
I've lived in the area my entire life and this Bar has had several owners over time and been a different type of place, but now it's locally owned and it's now a Sports Bar that serves a good variety of food.
We got a Groupon coupon for it, so decided to try it out, we had held our yearly Fantasy Football draft here at the beginning of the season but were so busy drafting, we only had time then, for appetizers, more on that visit later.
This trip it was 2 of us and we tried the Hamilton's All-American Burger, $7.99 A 1/3 lb patty topped with American cheese, lettuce, red onion, tomato & pickle. it says on the Menu all Burgers cooked to Medium Well, My Wife ordered the M.V.P. - B.L.T., $6.99 A Hawaiian toast filled with lettuce, bacon, tomato & mayo. Served with warm tortilla chips & Sal Sancho dressing. Her BLT was excellent, the Bacon had very good flavor to it and was crunchy an cooked done, too many places give you soggy bacon, this bacon, looked and tasted great, the Tomato and lettuce were fresh and tasted good, the Hawaiian toast also had a good flavor and I like their Mayo, overall an excellent BLT, served with Red, & Black Chips that were also very good with a very good tasting dipping sauce.
Now onto the Burger review, The Burger was big and looked great, one of the best looking ones I've had anywhere, nowhere on the Menu could I find if it were 100% real beef or some type of frozen pre-made patty, the Menu mentions several times that their burgers are 1/3 and 1/4 pound patties, if a place serves real beef, I always believe they will advertise that fact to promote the Burger, since it did not mention that fact, and after my taste test, I have to say it's a pre-made, Frozen Patty out of a Box, to me it tasted like that, although one of the best Frozen ones I've had, but it still lacked the look and flavor of a real Beef Patty, Hand-Made, it tasted extremely plain, I could not detect any spices or anything, and even though the Menu says all Burgers are cooked Medium-Well, this one looked well done.
The Meat itself, just had ZERO flavor, the lettuce and tomato were fresh and tasted good, it had one of the better buns I've had anywhere on a Burger, so if they started serving a real beef burger with better flavor, they could have a real winner here and a definite top 10 contenders on our list.
I could have asked what kind of meat it was, but if the meat is that flavorless and looks that much like it comes out or a box, then I just assume it's not real beef.
The Burger came with a good amount of Fries and they were pretty good, we ordered Potato Skins, they call them, Big Klu Tater Skins $8.99 5 potato boats topped with bacon, scallions & cheese. Served with sour cream, these are excellent Skins, a bit overpriced for sure, maybe $6.99 would be more acceptable.
Now a short review on our Fantasy Football Draft we held there, we got their Private room in the front to the right as you walk in, a decent sized room for our Draft with some large empty walls that allowed us to place our Draft board on, and plenty of tables and chairs, we told them when we reserved the room for a Saturday Early afternoon what we wanted the room for ahead of time, as we all arrived, a waitress finally came in, we ordered skins, as with this trip, they were good, but she only came back 2 or 3 times during our draft to check on 10 of us, also we found 1 light to turn on, so we asked about the other lights in the Room, she said they were burnt out, WOW, several and most of the lights in the room and all but 1 were burnt out, really, LOL, and they knew we were coming that day and time and still did not change the lights, luckily it was daylight out and we had some lighting through the Window, all I can say about our Draft here is that we will never hold our Draft here ever again, we heard from some friends that other Sports Bars were offering Drafting tools to use and giving group discounts on food and drinks, and another place I saw online offered 1 or 2 Free apps, per so many people attending, this place seemed to care less they had a group of 10 or more in their Private room on a slow day when barely half a dozen people were in the place besides us, so definitely no more drafts here.
If they had any clue about Fantasy Football and it's popularity, they would turn that room into a DRaft room and advertise it and offer things to groups that Draft there, they might make some extra cash, but they seem clueless to it and seemed not to care about anyone in that room, no matter how many people are in it.
Final Thoughts: The Burger tasted like a Pre-made Frozen Patty, and looked it, although a good Frozen Patty and if it was real beef, then it's either a very good frozen Patty or a bad piece of real beef, I'm leaning towards the Frozen Patty one.
I would return here for the BLT, and Tater Skins, even at $9 for the Skins, and would be willing to try something else, but I doubt I would ever order the Burger again, not that it was bad, but for $8 for a Frozen Patty, it's not worth it and it has no taste, if not for a Good tasting bun and fresh tasting toppings, it would be last on my list, so try something else, unless you want to pay $8 or more for a good Pre-made Frozen patty.
MY SUGGESTION TO MVP< Start Buying real 100% Beef or Angus and advertise that fact, put a few spices on it and ask how people wish it to be cooked, and keep the Bun and fresh toppings and you could have one of the best Burgers in the City.
Final Rating: 6.0* (Avg/Not Bad-Nothing Special)