Indifferent Kobe burger (not a big surprise, considering)
Considering where it was offered and ordered, that is.
10oz Kobe burger listed on the menu for $13.95, with fries, at the Cafe Roma in Caesar's Atlantic City. The premium for this treat was minimal; regular cheeseburgers were $9.95 and smaller.
I didn't expect much, and I wasn't disappointed. I asked for it as close to medium rare as the cook would allow, and it came with a bit of pink. I'd call it medium, and a victory in a restaurant where the menu declares all burgers well done. The burger itself was indistinct. There was nothing about the taste that I would consider extraordinary or exceptional; it was a slightly juicier restaurant burger, maybe a little bit beefier... maybe because I was looking for some reason to think it was better. It was not hand pressed, and I'm sure it was from frozen; a casino restaurant in mid week during down times isn't going to keep Kobe burgers in the refrigerator waiting for someone to order one.
All that being said, it was OK enough; it was a burger. Get it if you want to skip a meal, 10oz is a lot of hamburger. The fries were pretty decent. And I'm not going to slag the idea of a Kobe burger. I had one in Hawaii at Brown's Beach House that was better than most steaks I've eaten in my life. Just sayin' that putting "Kobe" on the menu doesn't change the facts about where it is that you are placing the order; it doesn't guarantee an exceptional burger. And the reverse is also true; most of the outstanding burgers you will eat in your life won't be Kobe.