Would we go back:
222 E Hennepin
• Bacon Avocado Burger $10.95
This is kind of a tough one. This is a great space really quite beautiful. Very little is changed from the old Bobino which was a higher end restaurant. However now they are a bit more casual trying to do the hamburger/salad/sandwich with limited entrees. They actually do this well, my burger was great and my sweet potato fries above average. However they did not have a kids menu nor a booster seat. This seems odd to me for a casual restaurant. So I really would not want to go back with my children and if I were on a date night I would go somewhere I could have a nicer meal.
• Singapore Charlie $16.95
Rachel's has a very good location, but it seems to be stuck on what to do with it. I've written about it before, the restaurants that go to a dressed-up burger menu to go after a penny-pinching crowd. To me, that is a concept that has run its course, and we all need to move on. The problem is that there are several other quick service chains that serve good burgers at lower prices. The problem with Rachel's is that their burgers are priced at or above the typical sit-down restaurant burger prices. So, that probably explains why I ordered the Singapore Charlie. The Singapore Charlie is a spicy noodle dish with broccoli, grilled onions, and grilled red peppers. You also have your choice of up to two proteins: beef, scallops, and shrimp. I chose the scallops and shrimp, which were slightly overcooked and not terribly special. The entire dish was not terribly special. I tasted the burgers and the fries, which were not terribly special. My take is that Rachel's should revamp their menu and their concept.
If you go, we had a patient, attentive server. It was not terribly busy on a Sunday evening. We sat outside on a 90 degree summer day; inside would have been more comfortable. Their patio would be very pleasant on a cooler day. Street parking is attainable but not plentiful.
July 22, 2012