Editor’s note: In addition to visiting new restaurants, I often dine at places I’ve previously reviewed to enjoy meals, note any changes, etc.
Many of these places I recommend to readers when they write or call asking for suggestions.
Now, I’m taking these recommendations and turning them into a semi-regular feature called “Jeff’s Dining Picks.” These are short takes on restaurants that I think you, too, will enjoy.
Randy’s Grill and Chill
Address: 4947 Holdrege St.
Hours: 11 to 2 a.m. Monday-Saturday; noon to 2 a.m. Sunday
Last reviewed: April 2008
Why I recommend it: My wife, Rebecca, and I moved to a new house near East Campus three years ago, with Randy’s becoming one of our go-to places, especially on Friday nights at the end of a long work week.
Owner Randy Wilson graduated with Rebecca from Lincoln Northeast High School in 1986, which lends credence to how “small” Lincoln is sometimes.
Randy’s is known for its hamburgers -- ranking three years ago in Jeff’s Top Five for the best burgers in town -- and that hasn’t changed.
Tables are hard to come by on Tuesdays, when the bar and grill runs its popular burger special. Patrons can enjoy a quarter-pound Randy’s Classic Burger with fries for just $2.99.
We tend to avoid Tuesdays because of the crowds -- and because we gravitate to other burgers and menu items.
Rebecca and I often start our meals with Randy’s onion rings ($5.49).
I’ve been meaning to ask Wilson if the bar makes its own or buys them from a food service company. Either way, we really like them. They are big -- requiring at least two bites to eat one -- Vidalia-onion sweet and crunchy, with a breading that’s hard to beat.
I have two favorites on the menu: the Randy Ultimate Burger ($8.49) and the Black & Bleu Burger ($8.49).
The Ultimate includes all the fixings, applewood bacon and melted cheddar and pepperjack cheeses. But the draw for me is the onion ring and Randy’s secret mustard sauce. I usually order it with the crinkle cut fries or rings if we didn’t order them as an appetizer.
The Black & Bleu also is half-pounder, with Randy’s piling on the blue cheese and the applewood bacon.
My wife has a favorite as well: Spinach Artichoke Chicken. The sandwich features a 6-ounce chicken breast with applewood bacon, lettuce, tomato, pepper jack cheese and spinach artichoke dip. Because the dip is so rich, she often takes half of the sandwich home for another meal.
The bar has plenty of amenities to go along with the great burgers and sandwiches, including pool, darts, keno, high-def TVs, karaoke and cold beer, another plus after a long day of yardwork on a hot, summer day.