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lwoerther Nov 30, 2007 01:44 PM

Has anyone heard of Chef Burger supposedly from Rob Dalzell? I saw it on KC Forum Rag and wasn't sure if anyone had anymore details, it's supposedly going into Power and Light District.

Might be just a rumor, but sounds like an awesome idea to me!

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    Mushroom Apr 17, 2008 05:11 PM

    Finally made it to ChefBurger.....and I really liked it.

    I had the French Onion Mushroom Burger, Garlic-Parsley Fries and a Carmel Milkshake.

    The burger was excellent - I meant to order it medium rare and forgot - but it came out that way anyway. Good for me - but people freaked out by pink hamburgers might be - well - freaked out. (My one girlfriend got the Bacon Cheeseburger with Blue Cheese and proclaimed it to be one of the best she's ever had. The others split a Patty Melt and thought it was good but want to try a burger next time.)

    The shake was very tasty. Thick - but not so thick that I almost gave myself an aneurysm sucking it up (and I didn't get a brain freeze either).

    The fries were ok. Nothing special. I wouldn't get them again.

    My only complaint - it's too pricey. I spent $14.92 in all. I thought the burger and shake were outstanding but not worth almost $15.00.

    I'm going back next week with another group of gals and plan to try something else.

    The group I was with this week plans to try out Blanc in a couple of weeks....how the heck am I suppose to lose weight with this abundance of deliciousness??

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    1. re: Mushroom
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      jdl98 Apr 18, 2008 08:21 PM

      Great question. Walk to Blanc??????

    2. Katie Nell Apr 7, 2008 02:55 PM

      We went to Chefburger last week... that was the deal for my husband being gone three weekends in a row hunting/ fishing! (This week the deal is Blanc burgers! I know how to bargain!) This is the first spin-off that I've been thrilled with. Souperman was severely disappointing, and Pizza Bella was just okay for me. But, Chefburger was fabulous! I had the bbq, bacon, bleu cheese burger, sweet potato fries, and a cappuccino milkshake (not grown-up). My husband had the widowmaker- fried egg and black bean and chipotle chili, garlic and parsley waffle fries, and a chocolate shake (also not grown-up). Both of the burgers were cooked perfectly for me- medium, and the toppings were great. Both burgers had a large onion ring on them, and you could actually bite through it and still keep it in tact- very important! The sweet potato fries were very good as well, but I thought in need of a dipping sauce. I like honey mustard with my sweet potato fries, and next time I will have to bring my own (only kidding!), because theirs was too spicy for the fries. The garlic parsley fries were the only disappointment- they were way too greasy for both of us. In fact, there was a large puddle in the bottom of the fry boat. Both of the shakes were thick and wonderful! All in all, a great success! And the Power and Light District is really looking cool too!

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      1. re: Katie Nell
        stellamystar Apr 7, 2008 06:31 PM

        Thanks for the thourough report, Katie. I have tried to make it to Souperman twice - and it's been closed..doesnt sound like you enjoyed it. Looking forward to the Chef Burger. Post your Blanc Burger report when you've finished!

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          Jakevol2 Apr 7, 2008 09:31 PM

          I personally like Souperman. I love the Boulevard Ale Cheese Broccoli soup. My only problem with Souperman is they don't have fountain drinks. Everything is bottled so therefor no refills...and after a big cup of soup and one of their wraps I really need something to wash it down. Alas I usually end up next door at the magazine rack and get me a big glass of iced tea.

          The waffle fries and the garlic fries must be new...I don't remember seeing them on the menu when I went a few weeks ago..

          What is Blanc burger?

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            Katie Nell Apr 8, 2008 06:55 AM

            I really wanted to like Souperman- I probably need to give it one more chance, but I just was so crushed the first time around.

            Blanc Burgers and Bottles is in the old Tatsu's spot in Westport. It's owned by the same people of The Drop, which I love. They don't have a menu yet online, but I think they have some game burgers as well as beef burgers.

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              Jakevol2 Apr 8, 2008 09:05 AM

              are they open now?

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                Katie Nell Apr 8, 2008 10:26 AM

                I believe they opened March 20th.

                Here's a little blurb I found: http://www.kansascity.com/business/st...

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              Mushroom Apr 8, 2008 11:50 AM

              I find both Souperman & Pizza Bella to be a bit inconsistent. I've had great meals at both - but - also some very disappointing meals.

              The first time I had the calamari salad at Pizza Bella it was love at first bite - however - I've tried it a couple of times since then and it has sorely lacked seasoning.

              Same way with the BBQ Brisket Sanditto at Souperman - usually excellent - unless you happen to get one overstuffed with carmelized onions and hardly a bit of brisket.

              And...the Thai Coconut Chicken Soup & The African Peanut Soup seem to be different everytime I get them - though all versions have been VERY tasty.

              Both places just inconsistent.....and good more often than not. I just don't get out for lunch as much as I use to and I prefer to go somewhere more dependable.

              A group of us at work are going to try to make it down to ChefBurger this week....looking forward to it...however I can't find an online menu. Does anybody have a link to it (does it exist?)? thanks.

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                Katie Nell Apr 8, 2008 12:15 PM

                I don't think it exists. I've searched and searched to no avail.

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                  Mushroom Apr 8, 2008 12:18 PM

                  Me too.....I guess I'll have to get the menu the old fashion way and have them fax me a copy...I'm willing to go in blind...but a few of my co-workers want to see a menu first.

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                    asiansensation007 Apr 8, 2008 02:39 PM

                    if you get a faxed menu, can you post it online?? their website is still not updated and i emailed an inquiry, but they have not responded. i want to go, but everyone i ask seems ambivalent....

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                      Mushroom Apr 9, 2008 12:39 PM

                      A friend was in the area and grabbed a menu for me - some of the highlights:

                      Signature Burgers $4.99 - $8.99

                      The Texan: Salsa/Guacamole/Pepperjack/Pickled Jalapenos

                      The Hawaiian: Grilled Pineapple/Pepperjack/Bacon//Sriracha Coleslaw

                      BLFGT Burger: Bacon/Lettuce/Fried Green Tomatoes/Pesto Aioli

                      French Onion Mushroom Burger: Carmelized Onions/Mushrooms/Swiss/Roasted Garlic Aioli

                      BBQ-Bacon Buffalo Burger: BBQ/Bacon/Blue Cheese/Red Onion/Pickle

                      The Widowmaker: Fried Egg/Black Bean-Chorizo Chili/Fried Onion Ring/Cheddar

                      Black Bean-Chipotle Veggie Burger: Lettuce/Tomato/Pickle/Red Onion/Chipotle Aioli

                      Patty Melt

                      Horseradish Eggs Salad Burger

                      Ahi Tuna Burger

                      BBQ Chicken Burger

                      California Chicken Burger

                      Crispy Chicken Burger

                      Sides $1.99 - $6.99

                      Fries, Garlic Parsley Fries, Fried Green Beans, Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings, Chili Cheese Fries, Fried Green Tomatoes, Jalapeno Poppers, Mini Corndogs with Fries, Chicken Strips with Fries

                      Shakes $3.99

                      Chocolate, Strawberry, Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Pina Colada, Cappucino, Caramel, Mint, Banana

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                        asiansensation007 Apr 10, 2008 08:51 PM

                        i am a sucker for burgers with swiss, mayo and carmelized onions. although for some reason, looking at this menu i want to add an egg and bacon. i think its a little over the top. but it sounds really good. maybe im just craving protein.

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                  vsoy Apr 8, 2008 02:58 PM

                  This article in the Pitch about Dalzell mentions that he doesn't use recipes which would explain the inconsistencies:
                  http://pitch.com/2008-03-13/news/kc-s...

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                    Mushroom Apr 8, 2008 05:28 PM

                    I read that in the Pitch as well. It did explain the different versions of the same soups. (Which was comforting, as I was concerned that I was having some sort of memory problem.)
                    I actually meant to mention the article in my previous posting. (Which doesn't exactly rule out a memory problems.)

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                      Jakevol2 Apr 8, 2008 07:45 PM

                      I was going to post the same article but was too lazy. Besides I figure a person is going to like or dislike a restaurant despite what reviews, reputations or what have you come before a personal opinion about a restaurant. I mean I know how a lot of people feel about Yahooz but I still love the place.

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                        Katie Nell Apr 9, 2008 06:19 AM

                        Me too. Love the newish potato chip appetizer with bleu cheese dipping sauce!

                  2. re: Mushroom
                    amy_rc Apr 11, 2008 05:45 PM

                    I've loved the BBQ sanditto at Souperman, but I've found the soups to be so-so.

                  3. re: Jakevol2
                    chinkymonkey Apr 9, 2008 12:29 PM

                    Souperman has fountain drinks. There is a machine on the side where everyone sits when dining in. They have Pepsi products.

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                      Jakevol2 Apr 9, 2008 11:23 PM

                      Is it new? Last time I went--back in the fall--all they had were bottles drinks.

                  4. re: stellamystar
                    Katie Nell Apr 14, 2008 10:37 AM

                    Blanc Burger report here: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/509244

                3. stellamystar Mar 18, 2008 12:44 PM

                  I am going to try it very soon - maybe this weekend.
                  Reviews on the fried green beans or green tomatoes?

                  I love a great burger.

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                  1. re: stellamystar
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                    jdl98 Mar 18, 2008 01:57 PM

                    I've had what should be similar at 1924 Main - good but nothing spectacular in my book. The mayo-based dip made them better.

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                      FriendOfTheDevil Mar 18, 2008 02:33 PM

                      Who has the best burger in KC in your opinion JDL?

                      FOTD

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                        jdl98 Mar 18, 2008 02:43 PM

                        Everyone here steered me towards the Westport Flea Market - it is pretty darned good! You should make a stop there with your daughter - great character and a real one-of-a-kind place. Chef Burger is brand new and I'd like to get there soon. My daughter's and I gave up fries for lent so after Easter we'll check it out...can't have a burger w/out some fries. Your hotel is only minutes away from Westport!

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                          Jakevol2 Mar 18, 2008 03:36 PM

                          you could always get the onion rings ;)

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                            jdl98 Mar 18, 2008 07:46 PM

                            good point. i am ashamed to admit i am now actually sick of onion rings.

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                    Jakevol2 Mar 13, 2008 08:20 PM

                    I went to Chef Burger today for lunch. Kids, let me say this. This is the best burger going in Kansas City today. I got the French Onion burger with grilled onions sauted mushrooms and grueyer cheese, I had it grilled medium rare. It blew me away! It was worth walking six blocks from where I parked to get to the Power and Light District, putting up with scalpers for the Big XII basketball tournement on every corner, and then standing in line for another 20 minutes before ordering. I urge everyone to get down there and eat at Chef Burger.

                    It isn't the best burger I ever had that distinction still belongs to the burger from the now defunct Kabal's but this in no way diminishes how good this hamburger was. It really is the best you are going to find in KC.

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                      lwoerther Mar 18, 2008 07:56 AM

                      I would agree, I went last weekend and it was amazing. I've been craving one ever since. The blue cheese spread on the BBQ Bacon Burger was just perfect.
                      And the shakes are perfectly thick. Really would like to try one of the spiked one next time.

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                      amlyat Mar 11, 2008 09:21 AM

                      chef burger open power and light district

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                      1. re: amlyat
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                        lwoerther Mar 11, 2008 12:22 PM

                        I'm hoping to get in there this week, so far I've heard wonderful things... like they have "spiked" milkshakes!

                        If anyone else goes, please report!

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                        lwoerther Dec 4, 2007 10:35 AM

                        I guess I can answer my own question... http://www.kansascity.com/382/story/3...

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                          Katie Nell Dec 5, 2007 04:49 AM

                          I'm excited! The burgers are one of my favorite part of 1924 Main! I thought when he opened Souperman that he should have opened a burger place instead.

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