Hot!New Jersey Hamburgers...where?

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ellen4641
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/20 13:19:30
Hey, Ted Steak!
after hearing your report, I doubt I'll be trying Jersey Burgers in Belmar..

When I went by a few months ago, it was creepy just seeing that one car there...

something is "off" about that place, huh

Hey, DOG BOSS,
I went to BLITZBURGER twice, in North Brunswick (it's in the Shop Rite plaza)  Lilked it much more the 1st time, though..
 
steveg5489
Junior Burger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/23 12:39:55
I'm surprised there's no mention here of Liberty Tavern in Fords. Is it that it's unknown or doesn't meet your high standards?
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/23 12:55:46
steveg5489

I'm surprised there's no mention here of Liberty Tavern in Fords. Is it that it's unknown or doesn't meet your high standards?

Tell me more about the place, SteveG...
Flat top grill, or charbroiled?!?  Frankly, charbroiled excites me a lot more..
(although a flat top burger can be seared nicely, and have good crust)
 
The Liberty Tavern is unknown to me...
I may have to check it out and see if it "meats" those high standards of mine...
 

 
steveg5489
Junior Burger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/25 19:59:27
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Hi Ellen.
 
Charbroiled, 1/3 - 1/2 lb, on perfect crusty roll. I like mine medium with raw onions. A great deal as well.
 
Other eatery features:
 
The other night I had a fine lobster and an ear of corn for $10.95!
 
Liberty is reputed to be the originator of the pizza burger. If you order this put fork and knife at the ready, there will be no picking it up.
 
Speaking of pizza it's reputed to be the best in Jersey. I recently had a bar pie (~$5.00), it was terrific and enough for 2 people to share. Dough was freshly tossed as I saw with my own eyes.
 
OK, it's not the 4 Seasons for location and ambience. But the staff is attentive and friendly and the clientele are focused on one or two things only: Eating and/or drinking!
 
Best,
Steve
 
 
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/25 23:08:38
steveg5489

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Hi Ellen. 
Charbroiled, 1/3 - 1/2 lb, on perfect crusty roll. I like mine medium with raw onions. A great deal as well. 
Liberty is reputed to be the originator of the pizza burger. If you order this put fork and knife at the ready, there will be no picking it up.
 
Speaking of pizza it's reputed to be the best in Jersey. I recently had a bar pie (~$5.00)

Charbroiled, huh?!? You've piqued my interest, Steve!
I googled it, and see that it is right near one of my favorite places, HAROLD'S DELI !!!
So , hopefully within  the next bunch of weeks, I can do a "Roadfood run" and hit both places!
 
Gosh , it's been ages since I had a pizzaburger!
But I'll probably stick with the regular burger and that $5.00 bar pie... My BF would really love the idea of that bar pie, as he loves good pizza, and he loves good value...
 
Oddly enough, there are hardly any reviews I could find on the place... I did find one on Yahoo....(it shows 7 reviews, but only one came up, and it spoke fondly of their pizzaburger)
I guess no news is good news, in this case?!?
 
At least no one is allowed to smoke in there (anymore)..
It's not the kind of place where I have to dodge lots of old drunks, is it?!?
I hope people are doing as much eating as they are drinking!
I occasionally take out food from Pistol Petes, in Pleasantville, near me, (AC area), and I seem to be about the only one eating!
The food is "okay" to decent there, depending what one orders...
 
Looking forward to that Liberty Tavern, Steve!!!
ellen
 
p.s. Have you tried that Pollo Tropical on Rt. 1 in Metuchen / Edison?  I've been there a few times, plus their locations in Florida!
But we better not talk too much about chicken here on the burger forum!!
(or else the Roadfood police might come get us)

 
russ2304
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/26 00:03:55
ellen4641

steveg5489

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Hi Ellen. 
Charbroiled, 1/3 - 1/2 lb, on perfect crusty roll. I like mine medium with raw onions. A great deal as well. 
Liberty is reputed to be the originator of the pizza burger. If you order this put fork and knife at the ready, there will be no picking it up.
 
Speaking of pizza it's reputed to be the best in Jersey. I recently had a bar pie (~$5.00)

Charbroiled, huh?!? You've piqued my interest, Steve!
I googled it, and see that it is right near one of my favorite places, HAROLD'S DELI !!!
So , hopefully within  the next bunch of weeks, I can do a "Roadfood run" and hit both places!
 
Gosh , it's been ages since I had a pizzaburger!
But I'll probably stick with the regular burger and that $5.00 bar pie... My BF would really love the idea of that bar pie, as he loves good pizza, and he loves good value...
 
Oddly enough, there are hardly any reviews I could find on the place... I did find one on Yahoo....(it shows 7 reviews, but only one came up, and it spoke fondly of their pizzaburger)
I guess no news is good news, in this case?!?
 
At least no one is allowed to smoke in there (anymore)..
It's not the kind of place where I have to dodge lots of old drunks, is it?!?
I hope people are doing as much eating as they are drinking!
I occasionally take out food from Pistol Petes, in Pleasantville, near me, (AC area), and I seem to be about the only one eating!
The food is "okay" to decent there, depending what one orders...
 
Looking forward to that Liberty Tavern, Steve!!!
ellen
 
p.s. Have you tried that Pollo Tropical on Rt. 1 in Metuchen / Edison?  I've been there a few times, plus their locations in Florida!
But we better not talk too much about chicken here on the burger forum!!
(or else the Roadfood police might come get us)
 

 


Ellen you truly are a bad bad girl----breaching the forum dictum ----what is the world coming to-----------Russ

 
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/26 00:11:57
uh, oh, don't tell anyone, Russ...
steveg5489
Junior Burger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/08/26 07:58:50
It's not the kind of place where I have to dodge lots of old drunks, is it?!?
I hope people are doing as much eating as they are drinking!

 
Ellen, I'm not promising you a Rose (Beer?) Garden.  I can tell you customers there are serious about both eating and drinking. The demographics of the clientele are as varied as Central Jersey. To give you an idea, the other night I met my brother there for dinner and a fellow across the bar recognized him and came over to talk. It turns out it was his Somerset next door neighbor who, by the way, is a Metuchen restauranteur! He was there for the pizza.
 
Anyway, if you're not a bar stool type, there are plenty of tables off to the side of the bar.
 
Enjoy!
Steve
 
 
jax0325
Junior Burger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/09/16 15:50:49
Regarding the Inkwell in Long Branch--- it's not fancy at ALL. It's still cool and dive-y. Cool place to hang out. As for Boom Burger... it's OK. It's really not that awesome. And their owners are effing ANNOYING.
jax0325
Junior Burger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/09/16 15:51:45
Oh and I'm not sure if you guys know about yelp.com but that's where i go to find all the best places!
fattybomatty
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/09/28 18:53:05
Zeppelin Hall Beer Garden in Jersey City has a pretty good burger.  Little Pricey, but so are all the burgers in this area.  The one I like is the "Hot and Spicy" burger.  It is a burger with Andoullie Sausage and Pepper Jack cheese. 

http://www.zeppelinhall.c...urgers-and-sandwiches/
Applecheeks
Hamburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/10/01 12:55:59
Krug's Tavern in the Ironbound section of Newark.  Best burger you will ever have.
Dog Boss
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/10/26 17:04:33
ellen4641

steveg5489

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Hi Ellen. 
Charbroiled, 1/3 - 1/2 lb, on perfect crusty roll. I like mine medium with raw onions. A great deal as well. 
Liberty is reputed to be the originator of the pizza burger. If you order this put fork and knife at the ready, there will be no picking it up.
 
Speaking of pizza it's reputed to be the best in Jersey. I recently had a bar pie (~$5.00)

Charbroiled, huh?!? You've piqued my interest, Steve!
I googled it, and see that it is right near one of my favorite places, HAROLD'S DELI !!!
 
 
The Liberty Tavern, burger and pizza has been a staple in the area for a long time(not bad), father spoke of it many times from his hopping around skills of the sixty's and seventy's...................... Harolds is less then 2 miles down King George Road.
So , hopefully within  the next bunch of weeks, I can do a "Roadfood run" and hit both places!
 
Gosh , it's been ages since I had a pizzaburger!
But I'll probably stick with the regular burger and that $5.00 bar pie... My BF would really love the idea of that bar pie, as he loves good pizza, and he loves good value...
 
Oddly enough, there are hardly any reviews I could find on the place... I did find one on Yahoo....(it shows 7 reviews, but only one came up, and it spoke fondly of their pizzaburger)
I guess no news is good news, in this case?!?
 
At least no one is allowed to smoke in there (anymore)..
It's not the kind of place where I have to dodge lots of old drunks, is it?!?
I hope people are doing as much eating as they are drinking!
I occasionally take out food from Pistol Petes, in Pleasantville, near me, (AC area), and I seem to be about the only one eating!
The food is "okay" to decent there, depending what one orders...
 
Looking forward to that Liberty Tavern, Steve!!!
ellen
 
p.s. Have you tried that Pollo Tropical on Rt. 1 in Metuchen / Edison?  I've been there a few times, plus their locations in Florida!
But we better not talk too much about chicken here on the burger forum!!
(or else the Roadfood police might come get us)

 

what happen to me response ?
 
 
 
 
 
LIBERTY TAVERN been around for a while , my father must of had a few nights there in his day,(alway's had something to say about the Liberty from the west coast). Harolds is about 2 miles down the road from the LIBERTY. ( KING GEORGE ROAD ) Burgers and Pizza are fine, no real WOW  factor, but good..................................
post edited by Dog Boss - 2009/10/26 17:12:12
Dog Boss
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/10/26 17:17:13

Hey, DOG BOSS,
I went to BLITZBURGER twice, in North Brunswick (it's in the Shop Rite plaza)  Lilked it much more the 1st time, though..
 

 
my second trip was interseting also, a little old man was making noise about a bug or a hair in his burger. he had to be helped out with his walker and very dark wrap around sun glasses, you know that type.......................... oh yeah, that's happened as he finished his burger.........
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2009/11/20 19:37:04
Encouraged by this review in the Star Ledger a few weeks ago:

http://www.nj.com/homegarden/entertaining/index.ssf/2009/10/elevation_burger_in_montclair.html

I made my way to Elevation Burger for lunch today.

Not a whole lot to report. The burger was OK, but not quite as good as Five Guys which to me it resembles. (Not that Five Guys is the best I've ever had either).
 
It's cooked on a griddle and wasn't very big. I got a single, having first made a stop at Nicolo's bakery (as long as I was driving up to Montclair...) for some sausage bread, so I wasn't starving.

http://www.nicolosbakery.com/bakery.htm

I really should have got a double. The smallish patty (1/4 lb before cooking?) was totally overwhelmed by the lettuce, tomato, pickle, onions and "Elevation Sauce" (reminded me of Russian dressing). It was tasty, I'd give it a "B" if I had to rate it. The bun could have been better too, it seemed to be standard-issue, and did not hold up at all.

The fries are shoestring type, cooked in Olive Oil (not a good idea IMHO, they don't get crisp enough) and like the burger, good, but not as good as Five Guys.

The burger, fries, and fountain soda (free refills) came to a little over $9. About what I would expect, considering the hype.

Oh, one other thing, they built the burger upside down, meaning the burger was at the top, with the lettuce, tomato, etc underneath. Easily enough solved by turning the bun upsde down, but why??

If you're in the area it's worth a stop, there's nothing similar in Montclair, but it's not worth a long drive.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/01/07 17:39:54
I guess I'm the only one still looking for new places to try NJ Hamburgers, I see my post in November is the last one in this thread.

Anyway, Elevation Burger in Montclair now has competition, Smashburger has arrived, just aboout 1/4 mile down the road at 15 Bloomfield Ave:


http://www.smashburger.com/menu_newjersey.php

Smashburger wins hands down, no contest. This was one fine burger. I got the 1/2 pound Classic Smashburger and Smash Fries. The burger was nicely charred (cooked on a griddle though) and very tasty. It's a very large thin burger, which I actually prefer to a fatter burger (as long as the amount of meat is the same). I wasn't real fond of the fries, the olive oil seasoning just didn't seem right, but it's probably a matter of taste. I'd rate them a notch below Five Guys.

The help was also much better than at either Elevation or Five Guys. Very pleasant instead of indifferent. At the "ambiance" is better too, it's still a fast food motif, but with comfortable booths and tables and not-so-loud music.

All in all, Smashbuger gets my vote as the best fast food burger in NJ.

As with all these places, it was not cheap. My burger fries and soda (free refills) came to a little over $10. 

One more thing, they have regular and Italian Hot Dogs on the menu, and they use Best's Hot Dogs from Newark, so even though this chain is in several states, they do have a good local touch.

If today was any indication, they are also doing much better than Elevation. Smashburger was just about full at 12:30 PM. I walked up to Elevation and back to walk off the lunch, and there were just a few customers there. 
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/01/07 19:30:15
Thanks Ken. I've heard about Smashburger and talked to someone working there. The dogs are natural casing Best's; I don't know what size. They got a good review from Serious Eats recently. I hope to make it there this weekend. Love to see how it compares to Five Guys.
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/01/09 01:38:31
I went to Frankly Burger in Freehold today for lunch. I had previously written about it poorly (the food, not my writing) and definitely have to change my opinion. The burger was great. I had a griddled pizza burger cooked medium rare. Nice and juicy considering that it's certified angus beef and that brand of beef doesn't usually have a great meat to fat ratio for a juicy burger. The burger was quite tasty and I would go back. I also had a grilled hot dog with chili but that my friends is for another thread.

Dave
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/01/09 01:41:18
I'm also disappointed to report that Jake's Hamburgers on Rt 35 in Ocean Twp is closed. Although it's a small chain and not technically roadfood, I did prefer their burgers to 5 guys.

Dave
cameron074
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/01/13 21:25:53
Had a couple Jersey burgers recently: 

Arthurs Steakhouse - Morris Plains - 1/2 lb. Huge. Just a huge burger. Requested it cooked medium and got it medium-rare, just as I wanted it. For some reason this works more often than not, and not just at Arthurs. It was delicious! To be honest I completely forgot to ask for lettuce and tomato, and the waitress didn't ask if I wanted them. Didn't miss them one bit! It was amazing! The bun was great, a nice kaiser roll that was very fresh. All for $6? I definitely robbed them. And I'd do it again. 


Smokehouse BBQ - Hackettstown - Wasn't too hungry so I ordered a 1/4 lb bacon cheeseburger. Came out cooked very nicely, and the bacon was cooked alright as well. I am no fan of improperly cooked bacon. Tasted good but was easy to tell the burger was prepared and sitting in the fridge for a little before I ordered it. No biggie. The big problem was the bun. Not sure how you can serve a serious burger on a wonderbread-like bun. It fell apart over the course of eating it. 


Edit - Also enjoyed a double bacon cheese burger from 5 guys burgers and fries. It's a chain, but, damn. That's a good burger :-) 

post edited by cameron074 - 2010/01/13 21:29:55
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/01/25 07:10:36
Last week I went to Smashburger for the first time. I returned yesterday for another burger and also to try their hot dog. The burger is easily one of the best I've had. I love Five Guys, and Smashburger is right up there with them. Fresh quality beef used at both places, cooked fairly well done, but juicy and flavorful. I might be in the minority, but I like burgers prepared this way as long as they aren't dried out.

See here for a review and pictures: http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/01/smashburger-review-montclair-nj.html

As for the hot dog, they use a natural casing 6 to a lb beef dog from Best Provisions in Newark. Most of the other Smashburger locations in other states use Hebrew National. The dog is split and griddled just like Five Guys. It's then put on a poppy seed bun. I ordered my dog with just mustard, which is Heinz yellow. I prefer brown, but no big deal. The dog was a bit of a disapointment. I love Best's natural casing beef dog, but this one was barely warm. I could hardly taste the dog as they put too much mustard on it. Although I prefer Best's to Hebrew National, the dog at Five Guys, which is the same size and also split and griddled, is much better. It's always hot, even when I take it home, and they leave it on the griddle for a sufficient amount of time.

If you decide to order a dog, I would request them to leave the mustard off so you could apply it yourself. And ask for it to be left on the griddle until there is some char. Or just say well done. As for splitting the dog, I don't mind it on a skinless dog (Five Guys), but prefer a natural casing dog to be left intact so as to enjoy the snap.

Smashburger makes an excellent burger but I would pass on the dog. Or at least insist that they prepare it better.
cameron074
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/03/12 11:55:54
Has anyone tried Buffies in Cedar Grove? From the pics in their gallery I'd say it's a shoe-in as far as being roadfood-worthy. 

http://www.buffiesbabyburgers.com/



harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/03/18 17:51:27
I feel this is the right thread to mention/ask this, rather than "Where Should I Eat?": We're thinking very strongly of going to the Montclair Art Museum on Sunday. I love museums, and Montclair is one we've wanted to check out, but I'm almost using this as an excuse for us to try either/or Smashburger or Elevation Burger. And I know Montclair/Bloomfield (we'll figure it out) is the only Jersey location for these two much-discussed places. Now. The question: Do we do the Smashburger/Elevation Burger Challenge/Comparison/Throwdown, as it were? Or do we forget about one and just do the other and save our money? Or do we try both and really check them out? Which of the two has the best fries, by the way?We know how to eat sparingly if more than one place is involved at one time (thank you John Fox and of course Ellen!).
 
Can't take pictures at ALL in the museum, but I do plan to take food pictures with my new camera.
 
It's a bit of a hike for us, but this may really turn out to be totally worth it for our first Spring Sunday daytrip.
 
Any and all suggestions are MOST welcome. Satisfying burgers are definitely on this agenda.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/03/18 18:22:15
Hi Harriet. If you look at my post about 2/3 up this page, you'll see that I MUCH preferred Smashburger to Elevation. Of course your mileage may differ, but in addition to a better burger I found Smashburger to have it all over Elevation when it came to attitude and service.

PS: You'll like the Montclair Museum, and Montclair is a great town to walk around in. There's also a neat little garden walk at VanVleck Gardens if you're into that sort of stuff. It may be too early in the season for anything spectacular but it's a nice walk anyway:

 http://www.vanvleck.org/
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/03/18 19:14:08
Hi Ken!! How've you been? Van Vleck sounds RIGHT up our alley! We're both into it; love gardens. And the fact that it's free makes it even more appealing. We talk about Longwood Gardens, but the entrance/ticketing structure seems so like you have to jump through hoops just to get in there. Plus it's $16. So we keep putting it off. I've been reading about both burger places, and I think Smashburger's gonna be it. And then I made the mistake of looking at the dining part of Montclair's visitor site, and seeing ads for The Wood Pit, and thinking, "Hm. BBQ". Then I saw the ad for Toast, and I thought, "Hm. Brunch". I don't believe either one of us has been to Montclair, so we're ALWAYS excited to discover a new place. I know we have to eat before we get there, though, because it looks like an hour and a half, easy, from my place. Problem is it doesn't take long to get on the NJT once we're on 73 North...and the only thing on the way is Sage Diner (Mt. Laurel) and I REALLY don't feel like waiting for service, though it's a great diner.
 
Anyway, thanks for your input, really! Hope to see you again soon one of these days!
 
 
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/03/18 20:29:29
Hi Again Harriet. I was at the Wood Pit once, with my son, maybe a year ago. We both had Brisket sandwiches. They were excellent, but quite small (we wound up ordering another one to split, which made the meal somewhat expensive). I don't recall if we had sides or not. I do remember the lady in charge was very nice.

Your call, of course. You could do take out at one place and eat at the other. I've been known to do that when I can't decide.

Yes, good to hear from you.  

PS: I don't want to misrepresent Van Vleck as anything like Longwood Gardens. It's kind of small, but nice for a 1/2 hour walk.
YIMSTRIP
Junior Burger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/04/16 17:54:01
A little expensive but still a great burger can be had at the Capital Grille in Cherry Hill--chopped sirloin, onion, bacon and Havarti cheese.
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/04/24 19:53:11
YIMSTRIP

A little expensive but still a great burger can be had at the Capital Grille in Cherry Hill--chopped sirloin, onion, bacon and Havarti cheese.

I'll have to try it next time I'm at the Cherry Hill Mall...
(I went to Capital Grill last year there, and enjoyed their steak and homemade potato chips from the lunch menu..
I sat at their nice  bar,  enjoyed watching the stock market news on the TV, and got excellent , polished service...
and on top of it , the steak was real decent...(although it came with an unexpected mushroom sauce; would've got it on the side, if I knew beforehand)
 
I've enjoyed the ELEVATION burger in Wynnewood, (PHILLY suburbs), and NEED to try SMASHBURGER !!
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/05/24 06:12:15
I went to the Smashburger in Montclair with my family yesterday. My son liked his burger better than Five Guys. I think I might also. It's very good. Juicy and delicious. This time the dog was excellent. Prepared better than last time, it was hot and left on the griddle long enough. A great place for a burger and a dog. The women had salads and chicken sandwiches which they liked.

A video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/15/smashburger-review-hambur_n_577669.html
DPuro329
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/05/28 23:40:02
I was in Belmar last weekend and Boom Burger is no more. There's a BBQ place, Jersey Shore BBQ or something like that in the storefront now. I'm going to have to try the BBQ place sooner rather than later. It doesn't surprise me about Boom going out of business, it was a very weird place. The burgers were good, but small and very expensive. Maybe they just couldn't survive in this current down economy?

Dave
russ2304
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/05/29 01:04:38
DPuro329

I was in Belmar last weekend and Boom Burger is no more. There's a BBQ place, Jersey Shore BBQ or something like that in the storefront now. I'm going to have to try the BBQ place sooner rather than later. It doesn't surprise me about Boom going out of business, it was a very weird place. The burgers were good, but small and very expensive. Maybe they just couldn't survive in this current down economy?

Dave


BOOM is now Jersey Shore BBQ Just got an email from the BOOM mailing list. The website referenced in their email (www.jerseyshorebbq.com) points to a page for someone who does catering and pig roasts, etc., so I assume they've been in the BBQ business for a while. Incredibly ironic as I just returned from a ride up from Brick where we had thoughts of picking up takeout from Hickory Hog or Jamesons but couldn't find anything that really piqued our fancy. I hope they do well!
"Hello Boom Customers,
We are excited to announce that Boom is closed and in it's place Jersey Shore BBQ is officially open and serving the finest in Texas Style BBQ from New Jersey's largest BBQ Pit at the same convenient 811 Belmar Plaza location (between 8th and 10th). JSBBQ is bringing years of catering experience to make a fun delicious experience to restaurant goers.
Our menu features homemade brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken dishes accompanied with homemade sides such as ranch beans, cole slaw and fresh cut fries. If fresh made pickles, sweet tea and key lime pie sound good to you, come down and try us out. "
 
THANK GOD! PERHAPS THE GOD OF "Q" IS FINALLY BLESSING THE JERSEY SHORE WITH THE REAL DEAL----THANKS FOR THE HEADS UP ABOUT THE CHANGE FROM BOOM-----WILL GIVE IT A SHOT THIS WEEKEND AND POST------------RUSS

ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/06/12 23:03:41
My wife and I went again to Smashburger in Montclair for lunch. This was our 3rd trip over the past 6 months or so, and while we both enjoyed it, we both agreed that the burgers were MUCH GREASIER than we remembered. I'm wondering if they have switched to a higher fat content (=lower quality) meat. This is not a good thing, the grease quotient definately detracted from the experience. We may think twice before going again.

Anyway, the roses are in full bloom at Brookdale Park (which was our reason for driving up to Montclair) so we were able to walk off the grease and fat by doing the 1.8 mile loop.

http://www.brookdaleparkconservancy.org/bpc_newsletter_apr_09.pdf
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/07/01 18:46:05
I haven't made it to Smashburger yet, but I couldn't imagine that I would find such a heavenly hamburger at a diner down in the Port Elizabeth area, in Cumberland County. There's a dearth of places to eat around there (Route 47 almost where it cuts into 347, if you were on the way to or away from the Cape May area). We have eaten at the Maurice River Diner before, but this time I had a cheeseburger that was really lovely.
 

carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/07/01 19:36:44
harriet1954

  We have eaten at the Maurice River Diner before, but this time I had a cheeseburger that was really lovely.
 



That's a really great looking burger. What kind of cheese is on it?
harriet1954
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/07/01 20:35:42
Thanks, Bob. It was so so so good. I think that was just American cheese! Seriously! You like those bubbles? Oh and by the way, I put ketchup on it right after I took the picture. Heh.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/07/01 21:42:58
harriet1954

 Oh and by the way, I put ketchup on it right after I took the picture. Heh.


I would have too. And mustard. And dill pickles. Maybe ever chocolate syrup.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/07/16 21:33:48
Thought I'd mention that the NJ Star Ledger Munchmobile did Burgers today. I don't have much to add, they only made about 6 stops and rated Krug's in Newark as  the best.

I was only in Krug's once, several years ago, and I had thier fried shrimp, which they are also noted for (very good), so I can't comment on the burgers. In any event, it's a classic old Tavern, always a plus in my book.

Read about the Munchmobile Burger Trip here:
http://www.nj.com/entertainment/dining/index.ssf/2010/07/munchmobile_2010_best_burgers.html
Dog Boss
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/07/16 22:27:21
ellen4641

steveg5489

I'm surprised there's no mention here of Liberty Tavern in Fords. Is it that it's unknown or doesn't meet your high standards?

Tell me more about the place, SteveG...
Flat top grill, or charbroiled?!?  Frankly, charbroiled excites me a lot more..
(although a flat top burger can be seared nicely, and have good crust)
 
The Liberty Tavern is unknown to me...
I may have to check it out and see if it "meats" those high standards of mine...
 

 

 i live right down the street.............. yeap, we need a northern food tour !!!
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/07/17 01:39:04
ken8038

My wife and I went again to Smashburger in Montclair for lunch.  the burgers were MUCH GREASIER than we remembered. I'm wondering if they have switched to a higher fat content (=lower quality) meat.

I finally tried Smashburger on June 13th, after pigging out at the Meadowlands "Great American Food & Music Fest".....
I found my burger WAY TOO SALTY..... (and I am someone who LOVES salt!)
But, this was insane...
(salty & greasy)
 
Their onion straws were even saltier , if this was even possible...

ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/11/05 11:25:54
Just a heads up that tonight's edition of Food Network's "Food Fueds" (10 PM locally)  is going to visit the two competing "slider" joints in NJ, The White Manna in Hackensack and The White Mana (one "N") in Jersey City. The Star Ledger's Pete Genovese (of Munchmobile fame) will be the local expert.
 
My vote would go to White Manna in Hackensack, no contest.
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/11/05 12:35:00
Thanks for the heads up...looks interesting!
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/11/05 22:02:36
<<Just a heads up that tonight's edition of Food Network's "Food Fueds...>>
 
Oops, apparently it was last night (Thurs). It will be on again 11PM this Sunday. Sorry.
big g in joisey
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2010/11/11 21:26:06
White Mana & Manna are okay, if sliders / small burgers are what you crave, I like them both, but as the little o lady in those Wendy's commercials used to say Where's the beef, I'll tell ya it's at Krugs in Newark. Great 1/2 pound burgers, my favorite is the bacon cheeseburger, cooked medium,with plenty of bacon and either american or cheddar cheese.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2011/02/12 23:18:45
Interesting article in this month's NJ Monthly about Blue Collar burgers in NJ. Nothing that regular readers of this forum would find a discovery, but pretty good for NJ Monthly, which generally is more interested in "Where to Shop Upscale in Summit" than anything that an average New Jersey person might be interested in:
http://njmonthly.com/articles/restaurants/blue-collar-burgers.html
 
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2011/02/13 18:07:50
Funny the Summit mention; it now has two locations 'food' and 'hat tavern' that sell Pat LaFrieda burgers.  That said, the Summit Diner is about as old school as you can get, long may it live.
John Fox
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2011/02/21 09:55:52
Applecheeks

Krug's Tavern in the Ironbound section of Newark.  Best burger you will ever have.

I went yesterday for the first time and have to agree with Applecheeks. It was certainly the best burger I've eaten. Krug's is an old tavern that reminds me of the places my grandfather drank at in Jersey City years ago. My wife and I sat at a small table across from the bar. The bartender, Tom Darcy, who is also the cook, did a great job serving us. The burgers are 12 ounces (3/4 lb) and are formed into huge meatballs. The beef is from a local butcher shop and very fresh. Tom wasn't sure of the blend, but I believeit is chuck and maybe some sirloin.
 
The burgers are cooked on a small griddle behind the bar. It takes awhile to prepare them as they are very big. I usually enjoy a few beers to whet my appetite. We ordered our burgers medium and they came out that way. Next time I'll try medium rare. The burgers are pressed down on the griddle; similar to White Rose and Smashburger. I love Smashburger, but Krug's burger, in addition to being bigger, is also better. Either the meat is higher quality, or fresher, or both. I had mine with American cheese and nothing else. The bun was a sesame seeded bun from Pechter's that was large enough for the patty. Pickles (Boars Head) and hot peppers come with the burger. At $6.00 and change, this is a great value. We split an order of fries. I would describe them as steak fries in regard to size. Although they are of the frozen variety they were pretty good.
 
Krug's also has a reputation for excellent hot shrimp and calamari. They make a cheesteak that I've heard is very good as well as an Italian Hot Dog. The Italian Hot Dog is served on pizza bread from DiPaolo's (which suplies Dickie Dees) and includes 2 Best's franks, peppers, onions, and potatoes. The potatoes are actually the steak fries. They are placed on the plate next to the sandwich rather than on top of the sandwich. As much as I love Italian Hot Dogs, I don't think I'll be ordering one at Krug's. The burgers are just too good.
post edited by John Fox - 2011/02/21 10:10:27
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2011/04/26 17:25:47
I'll toss my review of Krug's in the mix.  My son was off from school for Easter Monday, so we went around 2:30 for lunch.  First off, the place is a trip.  Very old school, lots of guys drinking drafts and shots-midafternoon.  Nice small glasses of beer, I had two IPA's.  The bartender couldn't have been nicer, he was the only person working the bar and the small seating areas.
 
Both our bacon cheddar burgers were cooked properly medium rare, and the roll was very good.  Onion rings were a bit overcooked, but didn't suffer from that.  The meat tasted great, the only thing I wasn't crazy about was that they aren't cooked over high heat.  I think this is because the bartender can't stand over the griddle because he's taking care of the whole place, so they don't have a nice crust.
 
And I liked the hot cherry peppers and the semi-sliced pickles.  I'll go back.
johnlockedema
Cheeseburger
Re:New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2012/07/13 06:28:25
A year later, and I have to give the nod to New Park Tavern in Jersey City over Krug for my favorite bar burger.  No smashing of the patty at New Park Tavern, and they use a terrific Kaiser roll.  The burgers appear to be 3/4 pound and they, like Krug, are prepared by the bartender-don't be in a hurry.  Very limited menu (Best brand hot dogs during the summer only), cooked on a griddle.  Very sketchy part of town, but there is a parking lot they own next door.  West Side Avenue location.  Look for what appears to be a bombed out wooden facade!
jerzeydawg
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2012/09/29 15:32:28
That place you're talking about in front of Roosevelt Stadium was on Rt. 440 and it was called "The Open Hearth" later to be renamed "The Studio" Cocktail lounge was on the right side of the building where they had a projection screen tv that showed sporting events and when they werent showing sporting events they played 3 stooges movies. They were famous for their foot long hot dogs. I still remember driving by and smelling that wonderful charcoal.
 
daveverdo

Wow, lots of old memories. White Mana on in Jersey City, The Mason Jar, I always loved any diner burger. Shafer's and The Colonial in Hoboken (long gone), Meadowland Diners on 17, Tick Tock.

There was a place on Rt440 in Jersey City back in the 70's that I went to all the time after high school ballgames. We would leave Roosevelt Stadium and go for burger, steak sandwiches, beers (back when drinking was legal for 18 year olds). They used to show 3 Stooges clips.

Anyone remember the name of the place? The was a similar place on RT46 or RT4. I don't remember if it was the same name or not but it had a similar menu and atmosphere.


CCinNJ
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2012/09/29 16:04:33
I remember the charcoal smell (near Valley Fair)...but I don't remember ever eating there. I think that place flipped to something else...all the time. After it was shut down...the building stayed up for a long long time....because of the chromium situation.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2012/09/29 16:38:17
Showing The Three Stooges in a place that sells hamburgers...was like the kiss of death. The curse of The Three Stooges.
jerzeydawg
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2012/09/29 17:25:02
Yep, was originally The Open Hearth, then changed to The Studio...then chromium wastelands 
 
CCinNJ

I remember the charcoal smell (near Valley Fair)...but I don't remember ever eating there. I think that place flipped to something else...all the time. After it was shut down...the building stayed up for a long long time....because of the chromium situation.


ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/06/03 14:24:33
I figured I'd ressurect this thread rather than start a new one. Spurred on by the Munchmobile's rating of the best burger on thier recent Hamburger Tour, my wife and I went to Zinburger in Clifton for lunch yesterday.
http://www.zinburgernj.com/
 
In brief, Too Corporate, Good Burger, overpriced.
 
First, the Corporate. It was our first visit, and apparently first time visitors are subjected to a one minute or longer spiel from the server, touting the corporate history, the quality of the burgers, the expansion plans, and who knows what else. Our server, who gave the imprsession this was as stupid as we thought it was, sped thru and mumbled much of it. And with the din (Really, I know I'm in New Jersey, do I need Springsteen blasting in my ears in an upscale burger place?), I really didn't catch most of it.
 
On to the burger. It was good, but quite overpriced even for an upscale place (BTW, it's not clear from the website, but this is a bar as well, and with waitpersons when we were expecting counter service). I got thier signature Zinburger, featuring Zinfandel braised onions. My wife got the Plain and Simple burger. Each was around $10. The roll was a different story, mine fell apart within a minute. My wife suggested it was due to the braised onions, which was true, but it seems to me if you are going to tout your zinfandel braised onions, it would be a good idea to come up with a roll that can handle it.
 
We shared a $5 order of excellent thin-cut fries, which the menu indicated was "for two". Two what I'm not sure, but not two grownups.
 
The fountain sodas were rather small, and $2.95 each (not sure about refills, it was about 49 degrees in there, one soda was enough).
 
On top of all that, our server was really unhelpful, seemed like the people at the two tables around us had much better servers. That can happen anywhere, so I'll give it a pass there.
 
The total bill came to almost $40 with tip, for what we could essentially get at Five Guys for around half that without much drop in ambience. And that's what we'll do.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/06/04 11:42:54
Thanks for the report Ken!

There are a few things really odd on that menu.

Cottage cheese out of the clear blue sky as a side.

It's a pretty spendy menu & not shy about charging...but the up charge to "make the fries truffle fries" is only + $1.
Joisey
Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/06/08 16:53:15
Wasnt it Al Newmans?
 
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/06/24 09:58:57
Yet another Sunday afternoon and yet another "gourmet" burger place. This time it was Bella's Burger Shack, in lovely, quaint, and decidedly upscale Basking Ridge. This one we really liked.
 
http://www.bellasburgershack.com/
 
First off, unlike many of the other burger places invading New Jersey in the last few years, it's not Corporate at all. It's decidedly local, right down to the owners, the very helpful young help, and the meat. As an added bonus, they have the wonderful Wild Bill's Sodas, on draft yet, with help-yourself refills. 

http://www.wildbillssoda.com/index.aspx 
The burgers are cooked to order (sort of, my wife ordered hers medium well, I odered mine medium rare, they both came out looking pretty much the same).
They are a nice size, very fresh tasting, and fairly reasonable at around $5. Nice sturdy potato roll held the burgers together very well.
 
The fries were a little mushy. I'm not sure why, they were obviously hand cut and cooked to order. They were tasty though, just not as crisp as I'd expect.
 
And, OH, The Onion Rings! Among the best ever. Huge, freshly cut and fried, with a great batter and crunch. We'd go back for those alone.
 
Nice woodsy type place, only about 8 tables though, so I imagine it gets pretty crowded when it's not 2:30 on a Sunny Summer Sunday afternoon. Even then, most of the tables were taken.
 
Basking Ridge is a nice town to take a walk in, so that's what we did. We'll definately go back, Bella's was really good.
 
PS: It's a little hard to find, the address (52 South Finley) is some other store. Bella's and a couple of other businesses are down an alleyway (this being Basking Rdige, I'm not sure they'd use the word "alleyway", but that's what it is) around the back. Even so, people are finding it.
post edited by ken8038 - 2013/06/24 10:02:37
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/07/15 00:57:37
Gr8 reviews, Ken !!!
I just put Bella's Burger Shack on my "to do" list :)!!
Hey,  that's a place I wasn't familiar with yet, thx !!
Their "dirty dog" sounds awesome, as well as that Corn Dog, dipped in homemade batter!!!
And, I love all those homemade dipping sauces !!!
http://www.bellasburgershack.com/menu
RE : Zinburger ,
I went to that Paramus location, earlier in the year.  IMO, it was good, but nothing that special.  I had the same experience that YOU did, with my burger falling apart.  Yup, perhaps it was those braised onions.  I DO like a sloppy burger, but THIS one was beyond sloppy.
It was a "falling apart" sloppy MESS.   And, it was tough to taste the actual beef,  due to the onion & sauce overload.  The shake was commercial tasting to me.  AGREED on the "corporate" part.  Hey, KEN, and all,  here's another place for you to check out,  the "LITTLE SHANTY" in Warren.   One location, one owner , Jon Lidz.  Not a chain.  Burgers are fresh ground beef.
Made on a flat grill.  My FAV parts of the meal were the FRIES, as they have bits of "burnt onion" in them.  A secret "grandma's" type recipe.  So good !!!   My other fav. was the homemade potato chips.  It's in the shopping center where KING'S supermarket is.
Owner Jon was so welcoming, that he insisted on giving me a kitchen tour , as soon as I walked in the door.   (we had been communicating on his Facebook page, so he knew I was coming)
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/07/15 09:36:32
Hi Ellen, good to hear from you and good to see you're still checking in on Roadfood.
 
Thanks for the tip on The Little Shanty in Warren. Never heard of it, but it's only about 20 minutes away for me, I'm going to add it to my list.
 
I found their website and menu on line (still no Facebook for me...):
 
http://www.littleshantyfries.com/
 
$6 seems a little steep for a Hot Dog, but I'm definately looking forward to those fries and a burger.
 
Thanks again, and hope you're doing well, I miss your Burger reviews!
Murrclan
Junior Burger
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/07/15 13:07:45
Actually It is called Hudocks Custard Stand in Salem, NJ on RT 49.  Awesome Burgers and dogs!
ellen4641
Filet Mignon
RE: New Jersey Hamburgers...where? 2013/07/16 22:50:32
ken8038
Hi Ellen, good to hear from you and good to see you're still checking in on Roadfood.
Thanks for the tip on The Little Shanty in Warren. Never heard of it, but it's only about 20 minutes away for me, I'm going to add it to my list.
Thanks again, and hope you're doing well, I miss your Burger reviews!

Thx, Ken, actually, I need to start checking in more often on Roadfood!  Glad it IS starting to pop on my radar more :).   Regarding  LITTLE SHANTY, that is the place I was trying to get u & Sue to "meat me" at ,  back in December for lunch.  But, it happened to be X-mas eve, not the best day to be asking friends out for meet ups, lol.  
The burger is juicy, carmelized ,flat top taste.  Plain, but juicy.  No crust or sear.  Not one of my favs ever, but that's strictly my personal taste.  Their FRIES rated in my "top fav's" list :)  
Didn't care for the hot dog, as it was "split" before cooking.  Just my personal tastes.
I'll try & post some burger reviews on here, to keep u entertained, lol :)
Hope I remember how to do it !!  :) 

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