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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/16 11:22:09 (permalink)
Dave,

Thanks for the suggestion on McGuires Irish Pub in Pensacola, FL. I will definitely have to try that place next time I am driving through Pensacola on my way to a race somewhere. I usually stop in for a burger at the Senic 90 Cafe. They have one of the best burgers around as well. Their burgers are made with onion already ground into the fresh meat. They are also a good size too. Definitely try that place if you get a chance too
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/16 11:26:27 (permalink)
Skyharbor, I am with you on the #2,3 & 4. . Never been to Tommy's in LA though
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/16 11:31:19 (permalink)
I know that they have expanded, but in the mid-atlantic I still like Five Guy's.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/16 11:39:41 (permalink)
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Originally posted by dholk


I'm too far from Pensacola now (Lyme, CT). I think I better fire up the grill...

Dave

If you're in Lyme, they have a pretty darned good hamburger at The Shack in Flanders. At least, they used to. I haven't been there in about four years.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/16 13:24:01 (permalink)
The burger at Patte's Sports Bar in Wilkes-Barre is great, but I haven't been there in years because they don't have a no-smoking section.


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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/17 19:49:22 (permalink)
Woody's Smorgasburger, Culver City

Noting better than a charred burger with Woody's salsa, chopped peanuts and dill pickle slices.

If I could only get the recipe for that tomato paste like salsa.

Woody's Smorgasburger, El Segundo

Woody's Smorgasburger, Canoga Park

As you can see I travelled wherever necessary to get a Woody's burger. When El Segundo closed I was depressed for.... we'll I'm still depressed!

Howard's Bacon Avacado Burger, West Los Angeles
Walt's Big Burger before it became Howard's.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/17 20:02:34 (permalink)
For a great burger check out Tierney`s Tavern in Montclair New Jersey. Don`t forget onion rings on the side and you always get 5 star pickle with every burger.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/17 20:40:55 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
My 5 favorite burgers (currently available) are (and this'll take some serious thought!):
1) The Grill - Athens, Georgia. Big Molly Burger medium with everything; a side of homemade potato salad. I've never had a better burger than is served here, in any size or style.
2) Copper Creek Brewing Co. - Athens, Georgia. Blueburger medium-rare; a side of broccoli. I was amazed at the quality of this item at my favorite drinking place.
3) Euclid Avenue Yacht Club - Atlanta, Georgia. The regular cheeseburger medium-rare, but use homemade pimiento cheese spread instead of anything else; side depends on what the day's offerings are. Everything is always good at this wondrous, dependable neighborhood (Little Five Points) jernt.
4) The Globe - Athens, Georgia. Dinerburger with everything, medium; side (again) depending on the day's offerings. A decent kitchen has opened up at a fine drinking establishment.
5) The Universal Joint - Decatur, Georgia. The Works Burger with everything, medium-rare; sides (again) depending on what the day's menu offers. Another dependable neighborhood place, this one in the Oakdale neighborhood in South Decatur.
When I'm feeling greazy-sleasy (spellings are correct as to mood): The Varsity, in any of the convenient-to-me locations in Athens or Atlanta. Steak Through The Garden (I think that's their terminology) with chili cheese fries. A stroke in the making.
I'll have to try the Vortex burger at my next opportunity. Also five or six other places here and yonderways.
Unburgerenedly, Ort. Carlton in 30601-Central.
P. S. I've never eaten a burger at The Royal Cafe - every day I'm too busy with the day's meat-and-three to sidestep into such predictably relatively-mundane turf.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2005/04/17 21:35:22 (permalink)
CLAMP'S - New Milford, CT but really close to Marbledale (or Marble Dale - this is a deep local controversy). Watch for the sign.

D.J. Hack in Osasco, Brasil where you would have a hard time finding a decent burger.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 13:01:01 (permalink)
Number one is very easy for me. The green chile cheeseburger at Bobcat Bite in Santa Fe is the best burger I have ever eaten or ever imagine eating.

Other great burgers I have enjoyed:
2) Hudson's Hamburgers in Coeur d'Alene, ID
3) Hodad's in Ocean Beach, CA
4) Solly's Grille in Milwaukee
5) Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, MS
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 13:18:54 (permalink)
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Originally posted by wheregreggeats.com

Two Bell's Tavern, Seattle

Brickyard, Daytona Beach

Louis' Lunch

White Hut, West Springfield, Massachusetts



Burgers are all so different.

I do have to add White Hut in West Springfield and Stanich's in Portland, Oregon.

... and I too, will do White Castle when I can.

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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 14:13:54 (permalink)
Bonnie's Grill, in Brooklyn, NY
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 15:18:04 (permalink)
The Spot, Carpinteria, CA
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 15:23:15 (permalink)
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Originally posted by kayteedee

The Spot, Carpinteria, CA

Welcome to RF Kayteedee

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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 21:31:48 (permalink)
Since I originally posted this thread before I visited The Brickyard (Thank you, Gregg!), I must now include The Brickyard in my Top 5. I will bump JG Melon's down to #5 and put The Brickyard in as my new #4.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 21:48:45 (permalink)
1. Grovers Swormsville, NY
2. Brennan's Bowery Bar, Clarence, NY
3. Zeb's Amherst, NY
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/01 23:01:55 (permalink)
1. Workingman's Friend Tavern - Indianapolis IN
Great Double Cheeseburger; juicy, messy, with irregular shaped crispy edges give away the home-made quality of this burger.

2. Top's - Pasadena CA
Chili Cheeseburger ; Big and almost impossible to eat without making a mess.

3. Fat Apples - El Cerrito CA
Juicy, thick burger. Make sure to try their apple pie for dessert.

4. Giant Burger - Hayward CA


5. Schoops - Calumet City IL

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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/03 13:46:43 (permalink)
Last May, the missus and I took our usual semi-annual trip down Route 1. GAWD! we love Maine, and all it has to offer (except the TAXES, which keep us from buying a place there!)

On this adventure, we decided to side-track over to New Haven to check out “Louis Lunch” that we have heard and READ so much about.

We got lost, I don’t know how many times, but FINALLY found the FAMOUS “Louis Lunch.” We approached the iconic “burger stand,” I think, with an open mind.

I CANNOT BELIEVE that anyone in their right mind would recommend this place to a “FRIEND.” Sorry, but we found the whole setup disgusting . . . including the “burgers”, the cleanliness, the atmosphere, and the “attitudes.”

That’s OKAY . . . NO ONE FORCED us to go there . . . we read the “hype” (which we think is BS) . . . and we are pleased to say that we have been there, done that.”

Personally, I would rate their “burger” at LEAST two notches BELOW a White Castle product.

But, what the heck? They gotta make a livin’, right?

It is truly amazing what "media hype" can sell to the public!

Cheers!
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/03 14:05:21 (permalink)
It's not media hype that has made Louis Lunch famous. While I don't happen to care very much for their hamburgers, it's only because I like mine on buns. I prefer their steak sandwiches. It's a wonderful place with terrific food, service and great ambience, and it's famous because of the people who have been eating there since early in the last century, not because it's been hyped. I'll grant that I haven't been a customer for too many years. I think it's only been around 65 or so years that I've been eating there -- well, not exactly right there. The building was moved a bit from its original Crown Street location some years back.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/03 14:14:13 (permalink)
Jake's Burgers in Newark, DE
Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, DE
Hinkles Burgers in Bloomington, IN
Caribou Cafe in Philadelphia
My own at home
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/03 14:17:16 (permalink)
Mike:

As an old professor, I respect your "tenure" on this forum.

Like I said, I and "melady" have "been there, done that" and we LOVED the experience.

Cheers!
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/03 15:38:01 (permalink)
Pssst! Ctrueder! Over here, sssssh....Call him Michael. He does not like diminuitives. Trust me!
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 10:56:33 (permalink)
1) Specht's Store - any burger they make - San Antonio, Tx
2) Meers Store & Restuarant - Meers, OK
3) Chris Madrid's, San Antonio, Tx
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 11:54:45 (permalink)
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Originally posted by phlmaestro2000

Jake's Burgers in Newark, DE
Charcoal Pit in Wilmington, DE
Hinkles Burgers in Bloomington, IN
Caribou Cafe in Philadelphia
My own at home


I am thrilled to see someone else with Hinkle's on their list. I is my alltime favorite and it is a true Roadfood find.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 12:08:14 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Bluemaxx

I know, this has all been covered before but maybe we can get some new blood this time.

List your Top 5 all-time favorite Burgers anywhere in the US.

1. Kincaid's (Ft. Worth, TX)
2. The Brass Ring (North Palm Beach, FL)
3. McHale's (NYC)
4. JG Melon's (NYC)
5. Louis Lunch (New Haven, CT)

Now, it is your turn....
News Flash!!!! I understand that McHale's is closing due to advance case of Times Square gentrification. A moments silence please.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 12:30:40 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ctrueder

Last May, the missus and I took our usual semi-annual trip down Route 1. GAWD! we love Maine, and all it has to offer (except the TAXES, which keep us from buying a place there!)

On this adventure, we decided to side-track over to New Haven to check out “Louis Lunch” that we have heard and READ so much about.

We got lost, I don’t know how many times, but FINALLY found the FAMOUS “Louis Lunch.” We approached the iconic “burger stand,” I think, with an open mind.

I CANNOT BELIEVE that anyone in their right mind would recommend this place to a “FRIEND.” Sorry, but we found the whole setup disgusting . . . including the “burgers”, the cleanliness, the atmosphere, and the “attitudes.”

That’s OKAY . . . NO ONE FORCED us to go there . . . we read the “hype” (which we think is BS) . . . and we are pleased to say that we have “been there, done that.”

Personally, I would rate their “burger” at LEAST two notches BELOW a White Castle product.

But, what the heck? They gotta make a livin’, right?

It is truly amazing what "media hype" can sell to the public!

Cheers!



I think Louis Lunch is pretty good, and is a neat place. I understand everyone has opinions. Mine is that you're full of BS and simply engaging in knocking it down because it is an iconic place. Some people enjoy doing that. Or it may just be reflection of your taste.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 13:12:02 (permalink)
Southeastern Wisconsin is the home of some great 1940's/1950's greasy cheeseburger drive-in's & diners. My favorites are:

1. Kewpee's: Racine
2. The Spot Drive-In: Kenosha
3. Big Star Drive-In: Kenosha
4. Nite Owl Drive-In: Milwaukee
5. Solly's Grille: Milwaukee

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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 13:17:53 (permalink)
1. my girlfriends burgers at home
2. Red robin original cheeseburger
3. in and out burgers
4. five guys burgers
5. there are no other good burgers

Leigh
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 13:41:48 (permalink)
Although neither one would make my top five, there are two places in Pittsburgh worth mentioning. Tessaro's in Bloomfield has been talked about a lot in other threads. But this article from the newspaper goes into detail about why they are so good.

http://www.post-gazette.com/food/20000401tessaro2.asp

The other restaurant with a really good burger is Gab 'n Eat in Carnegie. It is located in a little strip mall and from the outside and doesn't look like much. But they really have terrific burgers. Last week, I had the mushroom and swiss. I should also point out that they are only open until 2:00.
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RE: Top 5 Burgers 2006/08/13 21:15:24 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Trencher

1. my girlfriends burgers at home
2. Red robin original cheeseburger
3. in and out burgers
4. five guys burgers
5. there are no other good burgers

Leigh



I can't agree with your last four choices but it is true that your girlfriend's burgers at home are the best. Just ask anyone.
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