Rachel’s Kitchen

November 20th, 2011 by Erik Chudy

doesn't look horribleI have this great fantasy that I’m going to stumble not knowing into some great burger discovery, so every once in a while I go against my intuition and order a burger at a place that’s really not known for them. Such is the case with my recent trip to Rachel’s Kitchen, and based on this experience I clearly shouldn’t bet on the upcoming super bowl.

not fancyI’m not going to delve too deep into this review because it’s really not worth it. Rachel’s is located at The District amongst a quiet shopping area of clothing stores and a lot of emptiness it seems. It’s a little café that has all sorts of ‘natural’ food claims, etc, and judging by the people eating in there they seem to think that it’s something special. I didn’t really know until after that it’s somewhat of a chain, I haven’t done any research and still really have no idea how many locations there are out there.

The mushroom and Swiss burger I ordered came on a wheat bun which I wasn’t anticipating, and wasn’t a huge fan of. It wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t have that much flavor. I had the option of medium- or well-done, and went with medium even though it was definitely cooked more. The meat had a peppery flavor that wasn’t all that bad, and it seemed like a hand-made patty as opposed to something pre-made. My mushrooms were also not too strong on the flavor, but I don’t know what I was expecting. My cheese was melted though, which means something right?

is this medium?The fries were another mess; just your typical not good, frozen skinny fry variety with no flavor or decent texture. I think I spent about $13 or so for this meal, which could have been avoidable if I had listened to that bug in my head, and is far too much for what you get. I’m sure their wraps, salads and other items are good, but don’t eat the burger.

Overall score: 58

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3 Responses

  1. Hello,

    My name is Chris Connors and I am the franchisee of Rachel’s Kitchen in The District. I am sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy your burger at our establishment. Just to give you a little background; there are two locations of Rachel’s Kitchen, one in Summerlin and the one you visited in The District. We hand make our 1/3 lb. 81/19 burger patties and all of our burgers are served on a premium wheat bun. We pride ourselves on serving fresh, high quality, health conscious food and do not add ketchup, mustard, or mayonnaise on any of our burgers (we leave this up to the customer). They are simple and judging by most reviews, well received. The fries are lightly salted. The mushrooms are sauteed in extra virgin olive oil and your burger was topped with swiss cheese. You have an option of fries, onion rings, a mixed green salad, or sweet potato fries with your entree. The burger you had is $9.25. In your review you said (about $13 or so). You must have added a fountain drink to that order which you did not mention on your blog. I personally feel we deserve a better grade than the one you gave but, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

    Sincerely,

    Chris Connors
    Rachel’s Kitchen

    • Erik Chudy says:

      Hi Chris,
      I really appreciate you taking the time to respond to my review, I don’t hear from too many of the chefs or owners of the places I go to. I agree that my overall score and attitude might have been a little harsh, but I do stand by my disappointment in the burger I ate at your restaurant. My burger was definitely not cooked to medium as I had ordered, as you can see in my photo; it was very dry, although it did have good flavor. And I did note that I thought the patties were hand-made as opposed to frozen. I’m sure the mushrooms are made from a great source, and sautéed in equally great ingredients, but I didn’t find much flavor in them. I also stated that my overall meal was around $13, which typically means in my reviews a burger, fries and drink. I think that price point is a little high for what I ate, at an off-the-strip location. I have no doubt that your health-conscious items are quite tasty, you just don’t seem to be running a place that’s known for your burgers which is totally fine. Since I work nearby, I’m sure I’ll be back in the near future to try some of your other offerings.

      Erik

  2. KPhillips says:

    I concur with the Burger Connoisseur’s review of the burger that is offered at Rachel’s. The burger that I recieved was also somewhat overdone (dry) when I order it medium. Because of this, its favor became overshadowed. I am sure if it was cooked correctly and had some juice it most likely would have been better.
    Regarding the bun, I understand that Rachels is suppose to offer healthy alternatives to standard fare but a beef patty needs a bun that is either a brioche or similar. Wheat is just not the right fit for beef patties or hot dogs. Save those buns for the veggie burger or tofu dog.
    I do have to say that I have eaten at Rachels a few times and their other offerings are rather tasty. So I am sure I will be back just not for the burger.

    KAP

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