Monday, November 7, 2011

Blondie's: 4.3/5

Bacon Burger
Score: 4.3

Blondie puts the "rant" in restaurant! It's a shtick and Sandy (Blondie) does comedy while her waitress plays the straight one. Tazz commented “The attitude of the owner and server was excellent! It was like eating at home! Just enough grumpy to burger ratio.“ The walls are covered with Rules for Proper Restaurant Etiquette as well as hundreds of photos of smiling diners. Nelson pointed out that the 9 lb burger looked like Mayor McCheese posing in many of the photos.

I started out by taking Sandy's parking spot so we were in trouble before even getting in the diner.  The restaurant opens at noon - no earlier – because Blondie doesn't arrive until 11:59 am. After our orders were taken and the food was cooking I started taking photos until I heard "No pictures!" shouted from the kitchen. I said, "Can I take your picture?" and when Sandy posed dramatically I realized I wasn't really in trouble. I found you had to listen carefully to catch all the cajoling from the kitchen - while the waitress apologized; “Cruella is in a bad mood today." Tazz commented "Someone at Blondie's said sorry? Here comes a guy on a white horse." We were threatened with slow service for having the audacity so show up as a group for lunch, but in fact, our waitress was very efficient taking orders and our food started coming out in a reasonable amount of time. It was about 30 minutes of sequential burgers until the twelfth and final meal was delivered. They all came as specified. Stan pointed out it was “Nice to have a real plate and real cutlery to eat with.” A lone customer came in and rather than making him wait for our large group, he was served his burger right away. Sandy told us she was serving him first as punishment for our group not pre-ordering.

I think somebody meddled with Blondie's scale a long time ago but don't tell her! The 1/8 lb burger is bigger than most single burgers we've had and at $4.95 (including bacon) it was a bargain! Our waitress called it the baby burger. The 1/4 lb is a big meal and you'd better be good and hungry to take on a 1/2 pounder. Russ (the original) tried but didn’t finish.

The patties were hand made – in fact Sandy was working from a bowl of ground beef. Even more impressive was that she did it all in high heels. The patty was cooked perfectly throughout, but still quite juicy with a crispy outside. Not a lot of seasoning - perhaps just a little salt. The buns were very soft and had a glaze, were homemade and sized to the patty. Bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato and cooked onions as well as all the usual condiments come standard! There were several leaves of iceberg lettuce on the bottom which made for a dangerously slippery burger. Russ (the other one) commented “The right balance of extras wrapped in a tasty bun.” They were all served with a steak knife so you could cut your bronto-burger into more manageable sized pieces if you wanted.

The chips were very crispy and tasty and served with a soup bowl full of gravy. The 7 scoop milkshake was impressive, served in the steel mixing vessel, but be prepared to spend $10-$12!

One kafuffle we had was Blondies adds on a 15% gratuity for groups - but a  number of people didn’t realize that and ended up tipping twice. A messed up bill can spoil an otherwise great meal.

Remember how I took Sandy’s parking spot earlier? When it was time to go, she handed me her keys and told me to move her car – she was busy making burgers!

Battle for alpha-Russ

Blondie's Restaurant on Urbanspoon


  1. Great blog about Blondies! I look forward to trying out the burger and the unique hospitality.

  2. i have always wanted to try blonies. looks super cool inside

  3. such a great place to eat i love the food here!! great job and wish you best of luck for many upcomming years!!

  4. Are they open for dinner? What about Saturdays?

  5. Sandy is awesome and has done all kinds of great cooking over the years. You should taste her goodies. AS for her burgers- they two are awesome. We are lucky to have her resturant in town as fast food resturants are taking over. GO FOR IT SANDY AND I FOR ONE LOVE THE SIGNS..................KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK.

  6. My coworkers and myself have ordered Blondies many times over the years and have always been very impressed. I have never experienced the in restaurant antics, have been told the owner can be a little cantantkerous. Still love the burger.

  7. I had the burger and fries with chili; a young lady server who was very pleasant. I am definitely coming back.

  8. Hahah it's funny because I read a comment on urbanspoon about Blondie and it seemed it was from a person from your Burger Group. He/She pointed almost exactly everything you did about how she was "grumpy" served someone before your group and told you to mover her car, but in the other post the person was clearly angry and didn't appreciate sandy at all. lol it's just funny to see how people from the same group could have completely different views on the experience. Here's comment on urbanspoon.

    "1/2 lb burger - Our burger club showed up one day at lunch time to try out the famous Blondie's. As we waited out front for the place to open, a woman drove up on the side street, stopped, rolled down her window and shouted something at us, and then drove off. Turns out, that was Blondie.
    Shortly after that, this woman pops her head out the door and instead of greeting us she proclaims "If you are all here on your lunch hour I can't serve you all."
    Awhile after giving our orders, Blondie sticks her head out of the kitchen and yells at us "You guys are going to have to wait for your orders because I am making this other guy's order. I am not making him wait while I make yours!"
    After we finished eating, the club organizer introduced himself to Blondie and explained our group to her. He presented her with a homemade card that had our group's website on it. She took one look at it and threw it back at him. She told him that a television show was going to be doing a segment on her restaurant and implied that with a "Pfffft!" that we were not worth anything in comparison.
    I cannot remember what the burgers taste like, and I really don't care. If I hadn't have needed a ride back I would not have stayed.
    When the bill came we were charged an extra amount for having a large group. It was supposed to be 15%. However, Blondie was getting very creative with her math and insisted the amount that the waitress. Obviously it was a punitive charge for causing her so much trouble.
    The real kicker was when we went to leave, we find out that Blondie has parked right behind our vehicle, blocking us in, because we had the audacity to park "in her spot". Our driver, who was happy, smiling and complimentary, asked if she could please her car so we could leave. She grabbed her keys, threw them down on the table and told him to move it. Our driver was a lot nicer than I was, because I would have put it somewhere where she would have gotten a ticket or worse!
    That's it! I am never going back and I am warning everybody I know to stay away this "person"! She obviously doesn't need the business and has serious problems. Only a masochist would like this kind of treatment."

  9. Yes, there are certainly differing sentiments about “Blondie”. The numeric rating (4.3/5 for Blondie’s) is an average of the twelve reviews from Burger Club the day we visited. I don’t alter the numbers – they are what they are. Pretty much every time we burger as a group, there are some that love the burger, and some that don’t. Choosing a favourite burger is very subjective. I ask people to rate the various qualities of a burger to make them more analytical and less subjective and I think that works fairly well. I also try and evaluate just the burger, not the restaurant experience (including service and price). We’re comparing burgers! I attempt to represent the various comments Burger Clubbers write on their review slips, but of course my bias gets into the blog. I got a kick out of “Blondie’s” theatrics and appreciated the extra effort. Some other people didn't like her shtick at all. I think she’s clever – she gets people talking about Blondie’s and that’s good for business! Everyone has their personal opinion and that’s what you’re reading on UrbanSpoon. We rode back in the same car and that was an interesting discussion :)

  10. you guyz need to try the buff burger at hat tricks!

  11. We went to Blondie's a couple of weeks ago and I think that we were robbed. The food was great. The bacon burgers were divine. My onion rings were great as were my spouses fried and my milkshake was awsome. However, this cost us $50.00. I just about died when I saw the price. I will NOT ever go back there.

    1. Milkshake $20, chill.

  12. Seriously people...why would you accommodate this place by giving her your hard earned money for her over rated food.... and believe me those fries aren't homemade and the burgers we had were overcooked and lost any fresh burger taste they may have had...we have many more restaurants in our city of diversity that would be great to dine at....with them appreciating their customers and serving homemade burgers and fries and as for the milkshakes..well...."you gotta eat here" and you will have an idea why people are commenting negatively about this dive