By William Kristoph
Last week, in a lunch pinch, my wife and I grabbed a take-out burger from Andrew’s Capital Grill and Bar. I checked the menu online and decided to get “Coach Jimbo’s” Burger, which is billed as the “classic patty melt, with swiss cheese, sauteed mushrooms and onions on a pump ‘n’ rye swirl bread. With some crinkle fries included, I thought it sounded tasty, even without extras like lettuce or tomato (which I requested).
Coach Jimbo’s Burger with fries
Let me start with the positives, the burger was cooked properly. So were the fries, which were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
As for the rest of it. I hope it was just a bad day for Andrew’s. My soda was flat. The fries tasted like they had been fried in old oil. My high hopes for the burger were dashed. Only one of the two sandwiches had the requested lettuce and tomato. My wife and I split the halves up. Either way it was done, it was flavorless. All of it. The burger patty desperately needed some salt. The rye ‘n’ pump bread looked good, but had no flavor and lacked the butter needed for a proper patty melt. The swiss cheese was bland, and I could barely find any sauteed mushrooms on my burger. There were plenty of onions which seemed like they soaked up flavor from whatever previous dish was cooked.
Like I’ve said previously, I really hate giving bad reviews, but I can’t let Andrew’s skate. It was a bad meal at any price. I rated Andrew’s “I don’t like it” on Urbanspoon and I’ll avoid burgers there in the future. Hopefully the sandwiches are better for the occasional downtown lunch.