Monday, January 3, 2011

Gordo's Pub & Grill

Before I get too far into this post I do want to say that I have only been to Gordo's Pub & Grill ONE time. I went there with a group of about 4 friends and my two kids. I had heard so many good things about their burgers that I had to try them out for myself.

First of all, we probably shouldn't have brought the kids, don't get me wrong I don't remember anything going wrong or it not being kid friendly, but it was more of an adult place and more of a bar than say a bdubs or willies or something of that nature. It was pretty dark and my kids don't do well at many restaurants period.

We ordered a couple appetizers, I got my favorite saratoga chips and bbq sauce and I believe my friend ordered their Nanay Egg Rolls. I couldn't complain about my appetizer (it is hard to screw up chips and bbq sauce) and from what I heard, everyone liked the egg rolls as well.

For my meal I can't remember the exact burger that I had, I believe it was the Gordo's Burger since I wanted to try their main burger. My wife got the Surf & Turf and she really enjoyed hers. Me on the other hand had the opposite reaction. I actually couldn't even finish the burger. I am really hoping it was just a badly cooked burger for just me and not usually like this. But my burger was not just undercooked so that there was a ton of pink (that would have been ok and manageable) but it was so undercooked that the burger itself wasn't cooked and you could still see the shininess and the goo of the fresh burger. It reminded me of when I started trying to make my perfect burger at home and didn't want to keep it on the grill that long as to over cook it, then later find out with my first bite that the burger is not cooked through and even though it is pink like the pros, it is grossly gooey and almost not editable. (I tried to take a picture of it below, it looks like this guy I had the same experience)

The fries weren't much better. It is much harder to describe why I wasn't a big fan of the fries like I can for the burger, but it was probably just the fact that they were large steak fries and I am more of a thinner fry fan. That is just a personal opinion and the fries would have been great if I liked that style.

All in all it was not a good experience for me, but I did find one bright light in the trip. They have a very large and good beer selection. I would probably go back for that reason alone. I am sure I will give it another chance sometime down the road since everyone else seems to like the burgers, but it is going to take awhile to get that image of the burger out of my mind.

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  1. Glad you're back. I think the burgers are pretty good but really like their other "entree" items as well - more than the burgers even!

    Have you been to Quatmans? It's close by and very fun!

  2. I have been to quatmans quite a few times yet most of them came before the blog existed and therefore no pictures :( I will have to go back soon as I do love their burgers!

    Thanks for the comment! It feels good to be back.

  3. I like Gordo's a lot. I have yet to try a burger because they are so big. I liked everything I have tried, especially their side of mac 'n cheese. Mark really likes their steak fries but I think he doesn't have a preference for size of fries as he equally loves the thin fries at Steak 'n Shake. They do have a great beer selection which is usually when we go up there: to do our beer gathering with friends. I recommend if you go up there, make sure there isn't a Xavier game going on. The last time we went, they were on a healthy wait at 6:30.

  4. I'm with you Corey, although I had a much better experience with my burger than you did: I asked for medium-well and I got it.

    Maybe the gang can hit that place up again soon...