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What makes Booches so good?

CDollarsign Mar 6, 2011 06:04 AM

Had some burgers at Booches yesterday. They were great, just as good as when I was in college. What makes the so special? There's really not anything special on them. The bun attributes to the burger but what it comes down to is the meat. What makes it so good? Does anyone think that if they grilled the onions it would be the perfect burger?

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    pnkpssyct Mar 6, 2011 06:11 AM

    Just ask, they'll grill your onions for you. And totally agreed, a Booches burger is hard to beat!

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    1. re: pnkpssyct
      lemons Mar 6, 2011 06:55 AM

      Hot, juicy, in the way that some folks would call greasy...they have all the right touches. And they have a grill team that knows how to be consistent.

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        Christine Mar 11, 2011 11:53 AM

        Booches is just meh, in our opinion. the best burgers in Columbia by far are at Billiards on Broadway, which ironically used to be located next to Booches when it was still on Ninth Street and called Columbia Billiards. Now they've moved to Broadway and are still serving up great burgers, fresh cut fries, and other yummy sandwiches.

        Ninth Street Bar
        801 S 9th Ave, Durant, OK 74701

        1. re: Christine
          Wayward biker Mar 15, 2011 01:36 PM

          Sorry Christine I have to disagree.

          I know everyone's got their taste and can easily conceed your's is to Col Billards but having grown up in COU and now traveled a goodly bit of the world when people tell me they are driving 70 going anywhere, three places are on the toungue depending on what they are wanting 1) burgers-Booches, great and simple food with history as well...how reminisent plus a taste that stands the test of "that's GOOD". 2 - Steak - G&D's on whorley - 'nough said...family style beef the way you want it...affordable, friendly, fun and tasty. 3 - Pizza Shakes....was there ANY doubt and are there ANY questions?

          To me (again see top of my comments about taste varies) Booches is on the level of any of these three just different in menu, ambiance etc.

          1. re: Wayward biker
            Christine Mar 15, 2011 01:55 PM

            That's cool, WB, but I have one question to ask: have you tried a Billiards burger? If I want small little burgers, I'd rather eat White Castle, or go to Mugs Up, a very nostalgic little place in Columbia right off the Business Loop with carhop service. Ever been there and tried their Zip burger? It's been around since 1955, but only open March-October. This just reminded me they're now open for the season...I better get myself over to Mugs Up for a Zip burger and Chili Cheese Dog! You're right...there's something to be said for nostalgia! :)

            1. re: Christine
              Wayward biker Mar 22, 2011 03:07 AM


              Well, Mugs up is in a different league due to ambiance which is quite frankly one of the things which "makes" Booches as well. A no kidding "old time" drive in with a carhop. Burgers, dogs, kraut...enough to make ya wanna roll in with the honey, roll down the windows put on the radio (Mp3 qualifies if right music is picked) and have some good just fun food and a bit of an "American Graffitti" experience.

              Sorry about WC though, I never got into that. The pool hall however with just a burger, chips (no deep fryer) and a Schlitz! Pick a hot day, and again what a fun experience. Fine dining? Not a chance for either but fun...with a touch of imagination you bet and honestly the food isn't bad, the folks are honest.

              Just my .02

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      steveb Mar 15, 2011 05:49 PM

      Gotta weigh in. Booches is incomparible to any other local burger. White Castle, Hardees, Wendys or any other of the highway chains that tout a slider. All sort of edible, but they are not a Booche burger. Billiards throws down an OK burger but it is dry and well done. Best burger in Columbia is a toss-up. The Anderson (California style) at Ernies or the burger at Murry's with a side of poblano mayonnaise.

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      1. re: steveb
        Christine Mar 16, 2011 11:16 AM

        OK, I can get behind those last two burgers you mentioned, mostly because they're bigger and more substantial and, IMO, have more flavor. I'm not a big fan of chain burgers, either, and don't eat them. The only reason I mentioned WC is because Booches reminds me of them just a little. I do like the local-made Zip Burger at Mugs-up Drive-in which has very easy access from I-70. Sorry, just not a Booches fan. Yeah, I deserve to be burned alive at the stake for such heresy.

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