Burger, chips & a chef on the move

Best Burger Redux
So, in the advice of a BiteClubber, I headed north to Windsor last night to check out KC’s Downtown Grill for a burger. Here’s my takeaway:

– Best burger in town? Sorry. Not in my book. A solid burger? Absolutely. I got the Blue Eyes, a burger topped with carmelized onions and blue cheese. The nice, soft bun is a winner. The onions and blue cheese were also tasty. But uh…the patty? By all accounts, it appears pressed. See the perfectly shaped edges? I don’t like pressed patties. They tend to be a little drier, and lack the homemade touch. And the homemade touch is what makes a great burger in my book.

– On the plus side, service is extra speedy, and a large TV, fun retro tables and lots to look at on the walls (who can’t get at least 5 minutes of fun out of the ‘Poop Deck’ sign?). A huge variety of food (salads, burgers, pasta, etc.) make it a solid alternative to chain restaurants.

KC’s Downtown Grill: 9501 DuVander Lane, Windsor, 707.838.7800

Chips, ahoy!Aztec chocolate, curry, Island Jerk, chili lime and Asian five spice are the people’s choice picks for Kettle Chips’ Passport to flavor pack. For $20, you get all six flavors, a CD and lots of other party fun. Then, choose your favorite online. I mean, what else are you gonna do on New Years’? Kettle Foods Passport to Flavor

And in chef news: More trouble at COPIA? |Top chef Victor Scargle has left Julia’s Kitchen in search of greener pastures, after some staff cutbacks. Reports say that as of Dec. 1, you’ll find him (along with just about everyone else, it seems) at Cindy Pawlcyn’s Go Fish in St. Helena.