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MiamiDon

Food & Wine Magazine's 25 Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 11:10 AM (permalink)
Or, at least, Ratha Tep and Lawrence Marcus's favorites:
 
Link to the article with photos:
 
http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/best-burgers-in-the-us
 
Quick & easy list at Burgerbeast.com:
 
http://burgerbeast.com/2011/03/10/food-wines-25-best-burgers-in-the-u-s/
 
The only one I've been to is In-N-Out.  Others are Roadfood favorites, and most I've not heard of.
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    brisketboy

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    Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 11:19 AM (permalink)
    Whenever I get to California I have to have a Double Double with onions at the Oxnard In and Out. It's an unbroken tradition going back 17 years.
     
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      Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 11:35 AM (permalink)
      What an awful list.  New York, New England, metro D.C., California, Chicago, Memphis, Atlanta - did I miss any?
       
      In & Out is a decent chain burger, but their food does not belong on any "best of" list that is open to non-chain, non-fast food restaurants.  And on my fast food list, In & Out does not even make the top 25.
       
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        1bbqboy

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        Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 11:37 AM (permalink)
        I wish congress would do something useful and ban slide shows on websites. Thanks for that 2nd link.
        That said, mixing upscale designer burgers with everyday good ones is not kosher, as far as I'm concerned.
         
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          Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 11:41 AM (permalink)
          Been to 3 -
          I wasn't impressed with In and Out or Shake Shack
          I'd have to say Ted's in Meridien CT  beats them both and I wasn't entirely blown away by their burger as well.
           
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            1bbqboy

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            Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 11:50 AM (permalink)
            It is interesting that places in cow country, where the beef actually lives, are almost never mentioned in these lists.
             
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              Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 4:46 PM (permalink)
              The only reason for "best" lists is to get free publicity to sell the magazine. It is also to appeal to vanity most likely in those markets where subscriptions are highest. It would not surprise me if burger locations correspond closely with the demographics of subscription locations. But if you are not that cynical, then you must surely realize that any poll will center with the greater population or that any list is only as good as the authors' or small panels of people's experience and knowledge. Then there is always the throw away populist chic wild card, i.e. In n Out Burger.
               
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                MiamiDon

                Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 5:06 PM (permalink)
                wanderingjew


                Been to 3 -
                I wasn't impressed with In and Out or Shake Shack
                I'd have to say Ted's in Meridien CT  beats them both and I wasn't entirely blown away by their burger as well.


                Which brings to mind - what are your top 25?  You've eaten around a bit. 
                 
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                  Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 6:44 PM (permalink)
                  MiamiDon


                  wanderingjew


                  Been to 3 -
                  I wasn't impressed with In and Out or Shake Shack
                  I'd have to say Ted's in Meridien CT  beats them both and I wasn't entirely blown away by their burger as well.


                  Which brings to mind - what are your top 25?  You've eaten around a bit. 

                   
                  That's a tough call- I couldn't produce a list of 25- I "spread the wealth" so to speak when I travel so unfortunately (or fortunately) I don't inundate myself with burgers. I can probably put together a list of 10 but I think even that is pushing it....

                  There's no doubt what's in my number one spot- everything else is up there but is in no particular order...
                   
                  1- Sport Bar and Grill - Livingston MT
                  2- Tessaro's- Pittsburgh PA
                  3- Ward's Publick House- Warwick RI
                  4- Char Grill- Raleigh NC
                  5- Stockman Bar- Livingston MT
                  6- Kidd Valley- Seattle Metro
                  7- Stella's Hamburger's- Bellevue NE
                  8- Dinker's Bar and Grill- Omaha  NE
                  9- Stanley's Burger's- Central Falls RI
                  10-The Penguin- Charlotte NC
                   
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                    Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 6:56 PM (permalink)
                    Here we go again. Another list that everyone can disagree with.
                     
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                      MiamiDon

                      Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 7:03 PM (permalink)
                      wanderingjew


                      MiamiDon


                      wanderingjew


                      Been to 3 -
                      I wasn't impressed with In and Out or Shake Shack
                      I'd have to say Ted's in Meridien CT  beats them both and I wasn't entirely blown away by their burger as well.


                      Which brings to mind - what are your top 25?  You've eaten around a bit. 


                      That's a tough call- I couldn't produce a list of 25- I "spread the wealth" so to speak when I travel so unfortunately (or fortunately) I don't inundate myself with burgers. I can probably put together a list of 10 but I think even that is pushing it....

                      There's no doubt what's in my number one spot- everything else is up there but is in no particular order...

                      1- Sport Bar and Grill - Livingston MT
                      2- Tessaro's- Pittsburgh PA
                      3- Ward's Publick House- Warwick RI
                      4- Char Grill- Raleigh NC
                      5- Stockman Bar- Livingston MT
                      6- Kidd Valley- Seattle Metro
                      7- Stella's Hamburger's- Bellevue NE
                      8- Dinker's Bar and Grill- Omaha  NE
                      9- Stanley's Burger's- Central Falls RI
                      10-The Penguin- Charlotte NC


                      Hmmm, I see two in Rhode Island. 
                       
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                        Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Mon, 03/14/11 11:38 PM (permalink)
                        MiamiDon


                        wanderingjew


                        MiamiDon


                        wanderingjew


                        Been to 3 -
                        I wasn't impressed with In and Out or Shake Shack
                        I'd have to say Ted's in Meridien CT  beats them both and I wasn't entirely blown away by their burger as well.


                        Which brings to mind - what are your top 25?  You've eaten around a bit. 


                        That's a tough call- I couldn't produce a list of 25- I "spread the wealth" so to speak when I travel so unfortunately (or fortunately) I don't inundate myself with burgers. I can probably put together a list of 10 but I think even that is pushing it....

                        There's no doubt what's in my number one spot- everything else is up there but is in no particular order...

                        1- Sport Bar and Grill - Livingston MT
                        2- Tessaro's- Pittsburgh PA
                        3- Ward's Publick House- Warwick RI
                        4- Char Grill- Raleigh NC
                        5- Stockman Bar- Livingston MT
                        6- Kidd Valley- Seattle Metro
                        7- Stella's Hamburger's- Bellevue NE
                        8- Dinker's Bar and Grill- Omaha  NE
                        9- Stanley's Burger's- Central Falls RI
                        10-The Penguin- Charlotte NC


                        Hmmm, I see two in Rhode Island. 

                        Hmmm, I do see WJ's list does list 40% in those cattle raising areas that Bill Voss (MT and NE) was wondering about. Now, who's list would you like to take on the road, WanderingJew's or that magazine's?
                         
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                          MellowRoast

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                          Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 6:04 AM (permalink)
                          Very interesting article.  Considering Julia Child was such huge fan of In-N-Out, along with countless other chefs, I'll concur it belongs on the list.  (Foodbme hit the nail on the head with his remark.)
                           
                          <message edited by MellowRoast on Tue, 03/15/11 6:39 AM>
                           
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                            Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 8:12 AM (permalink)
                            MellowRoast


                            Very interesting article.  Considering Julia Child was such huge fan of In-N-Out, along with countless other chefs, I'll concur it belongs on the list.  (Foodbme hit the nail on the head with his remark.)



                            I think if we took a poll, most people here would  take my advice, or the advice of a Buffetbuster, or a Travelin Man and a few select others when it comes to burgers versus a fluff piece from a magazine. I can assure you I've steered very few people in the wrong direction with my advice when it comes to good Roadfood
                             
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                              Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 8:27 AM (permalink)
                              ....plus there's the minor problem of Julia Child being dead.
                               
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                                Michael Stern

                                Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 8:43 AM (permalink)
                                I'm not sure what the psychological explanation is, but it is conventional wisdom in the publishing business, especially magazines, that numbers sell: "101 Best Scrapple Recipes," "How to Lose 20 Pounds in 5 Days," "6 Tater Tot Casseroles to Feed a Family of 12", etc. We even did it in 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late, and the forthcoming edition of Roadfood has a banner on the cover that says With 200 New Listings. Obviously, the magazine lists are especially effective with subjects about which people are passionate and likely to debate... like best hamburgers, pizza, barbecue, diners.
                                 
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                                  MiamiDon

                                  Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 8:50 AM (permalink)
                                  I think I see a visit to Stanley's in my future.
                                   
                                  http://www.stanleyshamburgers.com/Home/index.html
                                   
                                  Go to the "media" tab and there is a video of one of their TV commercials showing the burgers grilling, etc.
                                   
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                                    Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 8:53 AM (permalink)
                                    Michael Stern


                                    I'm not sure what the psychological explanation is, but it is conventional wisdom in the publishing business, especially magazines, that numbers sell: "101 Best Scrapple Recipes," "How to Lose 20 Pounds in 5 Days," "6 Tater Tot Casseroles to Feed a Family of 12", etc. We even did it in 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late, and the forthcoming edition of Roadfood has a banner on the cover that says With 200 New Listings. Obviously, the magazine lists are especially effective with subjects about which people are passionate and likely to debate... like best hamburgers, pizza, barbecue, diners.

                                     
                                    Micheal,
                                     
                                    I can assure you that you and Jane are far from fluff- You're both 100% pure meat and (real) potatoes (and pizza and chili and bbq and fried chicken , hot dogs and lobster) in my book!
                                     
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                                      buffetbuster

                                      Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 8:54 AM (permalink)
                                      MiamiDon

                                      I think I see a visit to Stanley's in my future. 

                                      I have been wanting to go there for a while, but for some reason, wanderingjew won't take me.
                                       
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                                        Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 9:15 AM (permalink)
                                        Maybe he will take you there to celebrate his birthday!   Happy Birthday, Dale!!
                                         
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                                          Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 2:27 PM (permalink)
                                          We can take polls until the Kobe beef comes home, but I definitely have to defer to Julia Child on this one (also Julzy and Lopez).    (Again, it can be stipulated Foodbme had a point.)
                                          <message edited by MellowRoast on Tue, 03/15/11 2:47 PM>
                                           
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                                            Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 2:41 PM (permalink)
                                            MellowRoast


                                            We can take polls until the Kobe beef comes home, but I definitely have to defer to Julia Child on this one (also Julzy and Lopez). 


                                            In and out is a better than average fast food burger. I've had it- Twice- it's OK. In fact I think I preferred it slightly (but just ever so) over Shake Shack.  However to be fair I went to the shake shack at Citi Field and I'm not sure if the quality is up to par with the other locations.
                                            Would I go out of my way to get one again, probably not because there are better options out there, however for the price it probably is one of the better ones out there, however if I lived near one I certainly would get one if the mood strikes me. Have I had better fast food burgers yes- Char Grill in Raleigh and the local chain Kidd Valley in Seattle blew it right out of the water, have I had had better burgers in general- a BIG EMPHATIC YES
                                            -
                                            If we took a poll, I have a strong feeling that many folks would take my advice (and the advice of a few select others over yours)- just a slight hunch
                                             
                                            <message edited by wanderingjew on Tue, 03/15/11 2:45 PM>
                                             
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                                              Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 3:06 PM (permalink)
                                              I'm not giving advice nor requesting any.  I said that I'd concur with In-N-Out's placement on the list.  I didn't say you or anyone else should or must do the same.  Heck, I didn't even say your opinon was wrong.  It's a subject on which lots of people can disagree.  I can't imagine how one can take issue with such a statement.  
                                               
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                                                Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 3:36 PM (permalink)
                                                MellowRoast


                                                I'm not giving advice nor requesting any.  I said that I'd concur with In-N-Out's placement on the list.  I didn't say you or anyone else should or must do the same.  Heck, I didn't even say your opinon was wrong.  It's a subject on which lots of people can disagree.  I can't imagine how one can take issue with such a statement.  


                                                Just saying that for someone who has 1286 posts that doesn't really provide alot of substance, saying my list and opinions mean nothing is nothing short of rude, obnoxious and condescending. I know that unfortunately I have to fight my own battles with very little support from others but I can assure you if you said the same thing to certain others you would have received alot of heat from other posters coming to their defense.
                                                 
                                                That 's it there really isn't anything else to discuss.
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 4:04 PM (permalink)
                                                  Unbelievable.  Good gravy,  Marie.   
                                                  <message edited by MellowRoast on Tue, 03/15/11 4:20 PM>
                                                   
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                                                    Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Tue, 03/15/11 5:42 PM (permalink)
                                                    In my assessment of the posts, I dont think mellow was  refering to your list, WJ. Not at all.
                                                    Anyway, I love Char Grill in Raleigh-we visit every time we are in North Carolina.
                                                     
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                                                      seafarer john

                                                      Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Thu, 03/17/11 10:24 AM (permalink)
                                                      Hamburgers aint worth fighting over, but, I've got to say Wandering Jew has never steered us wrong - the guy knows his roadfoodand is an outstanding judge of doughnuts.
                                                       
                                                      As for me, the best hamburger I've ever had is at the Raccoon Saloon in tiny little Marlboro, NY - that burger is worth a 50 mile detour...
                                                       
                                                      Cheers, John 
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Thu, 03/17/11 10:31 AM (permalink)
                                                        Let me add to my last statement, and echo seafarer-I would trust Dale's list over anything printed in a magazine. He is on my top 5 list of people whos opinion I trust when it comes to anything food.
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Fri, 03/18/11 9:11 AM (permalink)
                                                          Thanks Ann and Seafarer  for your support
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Food & Wine Magazine's Best Burgers in the U.S. Fri, 03/18/11 4:49 PM (permalink)
                                                            Okay, I'll wade in on this one.

                                                            No, I haven't traveled all over NA but I will offer my top 3. Such that they are anyway.
                                                             
                                                            First off, my favourite burger of all time. From Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor, Michigan a quad with cheese (slice) and bacon.

                                                             
                                                            Next is a Double Double from The Burgers Priest in Toronto, Ontario. The owner grew up on In n Out and is using it as a model. Beef is ground on site several times a day.
                                                            "
                                                             
                                                            Third is the Dagwood from Dixie Freeze in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. Basically a double cheeseburger with a BLT on top.
                                                            "
                                                             
                                                            I find it sad that a once great burger here in Toronto has deteriorated into the mediocrity that is our burger scene. Ask anyone around here about Lick's in the 80's and their eyes will gloss over as saliva starts to run out of their mouths.
                                                            The Fire Pit also offered a great burger but sadly they went out of business in the early 90's.
                                                            Still a great burger but a few shades lesser is the mamoth home burger at 3 Coins Open Kitchen in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The former owners in the mid 90's made one spectacular burger. They alone converted me to a flat top guy. As opposed to char broiled.
                                                             
                                                            Well anyway, that's just my 2c
                                                             
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