After our review of Bogey’s, who claim to have “The Best Burgers on Earth”, we wondered if they could even claim the best burgers in Redmond? To test that hypothesis COE made a lunch stop at Jody’s Drive in to run the experiment.
To quickly compare the two:
Menu: Both are basically burger joints that offer sides and a few non-burger type foods. Bogey’s is pretty much a “build your own from the basic list” while Jody’s has an extensive list of specialty burgers and an option to BuildYO.
Ambiance: Bogey’s feel like a small place in a strip mall (becasue it is) and Jody’s feels like a shack next to a highway with a few picnic tables (because it is.) I suspect that most folks phone in their orders to Jody’s and pick them up to eat at home.
Service: At Bogey’s the service is attentive, fast, and friendly. At Jody’s… well lets just say it is slow and indifferent.
But the burgers? Jody’s wins hands down.
This time I tried a “Ragin’ Cajun” burger, which has grilled jalapenõs and pepperjack cheese. I opted for fried onions on top and a side of sweet potato fries. Since I’m not on a bike, I stayed away from the shakes, though if I’d have ridden there, I would opt for a chocolate malt! Maybe later this summer.
I’ve had many of their specialty burgers (Ortega Chile, Bacon & Bleu, etc) and have done the build-your-own thing often. Jody’s has never let me down in terms of a damn good burger.
Don’t come to Jody’s with high expectations of fine dining, or a pampering atmosphere. They just make great burgers. Grab one, and go.
Bogey’s advertises itself as “The Best Burger On Earth”. That’s a pretty outrageous claim. There are some damn fine burgers to be found on this planet. Hell you can find some pretty awesome burgers just in Redmond alone. (Jody’s comes to mind…)
To test their claim, I’ve visited the Redmond location several times.
Bogey’s is a counter order sort of place, with about a dozen tables in the dining area and outside. It is a bit back off of the road, so the noise outside isn’t a big problem. They serve beer, and ice cream in addition to big or little burgers, chicken (in tenders, wings, salad, and sandwich form), hot dogs and grilled cheese. They’ll custom build your burger from a list of options. Sides are fries, waffle fries, or onion rings.
Bogey’s always seem to have a couple of specials, which are priced well, but are rigid, allowing no substitutions.
On my first visit I ordered a “little” bacon cheeseburger and a side of onions rings. You can choose your cheese: Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Swiss, or Blue cheese. All Bogey’s Burgers come with: Fry Sauce, Lettuce. Onion, Pickle, and Tomato. You can also add: Mayo, Ketchup, BBQ Sauce, Steak Sauce, Hot Sauce, Red Onion, Sautéed Onions, Sautéed Mushrooms, Jalapeños, or Pineapple.
I opted to swap the tomato out and add jalapeños into my burger, and added BBQ sauce…
The rings were damn good, with a great onion-to-ring ratio. They were fresh out of the fryer so having the fry sauce was handy to cool them down. You can also choose Ranch dressing for your sides dipping pleasure.
The burger was pretty good. Though hard to call it the best burger on earth certainly.
On subsequent visits I tried varying the size to “big” and trying the different sides and toppings.
Have to say that sautéeing the onions really improves the burger. Given that on this visit it was quite crowded and I had to wait a long while to make it through the queue and order, the extra time to sautée the onions didn’t seem to add any wait time for my lunch to get delivered.
The staff at Bogey’s are very friendly and pleasant. From taking your order, to delivering it to your table with a smile. Every time I visited they were very nice, and swiftly completed their tasks in a pleasant manner.
The burgers are pretty good, and the option to customize your condiments is excellent. The sides are great, and after trying them all I prefer the onion rings, which are damn near perfect.
Though I did find that once the stick is removed long-cut pickles make the perfect sliding surface for your bun.
On the downside, the layout of the dining room leads to crowding around the drink dispenser, extra condiments, napkins, and self-bussing station. Grab extra napkins there when you can, you’re going to need them and they’re not on the tables and they don’t come with your food. There are extra condiments at the tables, but they’re packed so tight I spilled salt every time I visited as I tried to pull the shakers out of the too-tight condiment holders.
There is a sign on the drink dispenser that says “ONLY ONE FREE REFILL” which contradicts the menu which says “Fountain Drinks (free refills) $1.95 … so which one is it? Mind you, I rarely refill my drink, but when all of your customer service posture is super-positive, this sign sort of feels school-marmy and finger waggy, which is a total turn-off to an otherwise great experience.
Apologies dear reader, life and work have kept me out of central Oregon for most of the past month. In the times I’ve been home, I have grabbed a few meals and taken some notes, so going forward we’ll return to the pace of at least one review per-week.