Who ARE these BurgerFI People??

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2014/04/03 02:20:15 (permalink)

Who ARE these BurgerFI People??

A new BurgerFi place is opening near my casa and I've never heard of them so my research genes kick in and I start digging.
Based on the web site, it appears it's a FL based chain expanding from the East Cost Westward. Looks like only 3 so far out West.
Sounds like they're a 5 guys with Beer & Wine or am I reading it wrong??????
Can some of you South & Eastern Burger Lovers clue me in?
They just opened today! 
http://burgerfi.com/
EDIT:
These guys are SCARY! I went on their web site to look around and they know my address and had my Facebook page pop up on their "Social" section.
I DON'T like that.
post edited by Foodbme - 2014/04/03 02:29:13
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    MetroplexJim
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 07:49:53 (permalink)
    They are in Garland (close-in 'burb NE of Dallas).  I swear, every food franchise in the world is within 20 miles of us here in McKinney.  If they are selling 'the better burger' they have high marks to beat down here, including our local Twisted Root.
     
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    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2014/04/03 07:51:01
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 12:47:13 (permalink)
    If this happened on Facebook, it's Facebook doing that, not the site you were last on. Trust me - Facebook is trying to get me to set up a wedding for myself as if I were 21, complete with honeymoon to ridiculously expensive far-flung places LOL. I'm thinking of changing my status to "single" or "widowed" or something, just to see what Facebook projects on my page. But I don't wanna scare my friends!
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 13:27:59 (permalink)
    harriet1954
    If this happened on Facebook, it's Facebook doing that, not the site you were last on. Trust me - Facebook is trying to get me to set up a wedding for myself as if I were 21, complete with honeymoon to ridiculously expensive far-flung places LOL. I'm thinking of changing my status to "single" or "widowed" or something, just to see what Facebook projects on my page. But I don't wanna scare my friends!

    They're not coming up on my Facebook page, I'm coming up on their Web Site!
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 14:10:31 (permalink)
    MetroplexJim,  on your advise I "dined" at Twisted Root.  What an operation!  They really know how to manage a restaurant.
     
    Great burger, cooked just as I like.   (But I still like the char-grilled taste of Del's and Del's root beer I find better)
     
    BurgerFi crossed the Arizona/California state line!  A lot of great fast food places don't.  But Napa?
     
    What do you think about the branding of the bun?  Umami Burger does that here.  I think while cute the first time, it just ads more human handling to the bun.  Not necessary.
     
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 15:59:51 (permalink)
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    If this happened on Facebook, it's Facebook doing that, not the site you were last on. Trust me - Facebook is trying to get me to set up a wedding for myself as if I were 21, complete with honeymoon to ridiculously expensive far-flung places LOL. I'm thinking of changing my status to "single" or "widowed" or something, just to see what Facebook projects on my page. But I don't wanna scare my friends!

    They're not coming up on my Facebook page, I'm coming up on their Web Site!

     
    To that I say "Yikes!"  

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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 18:58:44 (permalink)
    mar52
    MetroplexJim,  on your advise I "dined" at Twisted Root.  What an operation!  They really know how to manage a restaurant.
    Great burger, cooked just as I like.   (But I still like the char-grilled taste of Del's and Del's root beer I find better)
    BurgerFi crossed the Arizona/California state line!  A lot of great fast food places don't.  But Napa?
    What do you think about the branding of the bun?  Umami Burger does that here.  I think while cute the first time, it just ads more human handling to the bun.  Not necessary.

    They're franchising so someone in Napa must have shelled out the bucks.
    The one here is technically in Mesa but it's right on the border of Gilbert.
    Kinda in a strange location for something as Trendy as they seem to be.
    I'm surprised that they didn't open the first one here in Scottsdale, which is a little more "Yuppier".
    My guess is that the buns are "Branded" at the bakery by a machine.
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 19:45:28 (permalink)
    Would someone please give us a report on their burgers & such?
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 19:45:28 (permalink)
    Would someone please give us a report on their burgers & such?
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 23:00:06 (permalink)
    There is a BurgerFi in South Padre Island, Texas. It has been on my list but I only have two days left in town and may not waste them on chains.
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/03 23:44:55 (permalink)
    I ate at one in Glenview, in the Chicago area, about four or five months ago, I think. I thought it was OK, but really nothing special. It's not like getting a great burger from an old "burger joint." Or even from a new "burger joint."
     
    Foodbme

    A new BurgerFi place is opening near my casa and I've never heard of them so my research genes kick in and I start digging.
    Based on the web site, it appears it's a FL based chain expanding from the East Cost Westward. Looks like only 3 so far out West.
    Sounds like they're a 5 guys with Beer & Wine or am I reading it wrong??????
    Can some of you South & Eastern Burger Lovers clue me in?
    They just opened today! 
    http://burgerfi.com/
    EDIT:
    These guys are SCARY! I went on their web site to look around and they know my address and had my Facebook page pop up on their "Social" section.
    I DON'T like that.


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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/14 10:58:02 (permalink)
    We had one open near us in the last year - to me it's closer to a Shake Shack environment than a 5 guys. If you can get them to take a little care and give you a good sear on the burger it's actually really good - they have a nice "special sauce" similar to the Shack, and they do the little paper sleeve thing vs. steaming it in tightly wrapped foil. It's on the more expensive side for fast food but they do cook to order.  They do have some of the best fries out there. It's a go-to burger for me over every other "quick serve" type of place.
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/14 11:29:28 (permalink)
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    If this happened on Facebook, it's Facebook doing that, not the site you were last on. Trust me - Facebook is trying to get me to set up a wedding for myself as if I were 21, complete with honeymoon to ridiculously expensive far-flung places LOL. I'm thinking of changing my status to "single" or "widowed" or something, just to see what Facebook projects on my page. But I don't wanna scare my friends!

    They're not coming up on my Facebook page, I'm coming up on their Web Site!

    Log off of Facebook, and your information won't show up on their website. It's a widget that is connected to Facebook and pulls your information over. A lot of websites do that now.
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/14 19:40:42 (permalink)
    Next time i'm in Napa i'll be giving these guys a try 
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/14 22:42:08 (permalink)
    A Burgerfi recently opened near my office. While the burger was prepared the way I like it (thin patties, fried on a flat surface), my double cheeseburger tasted fairly bland. It didn't have a distinctive, beefy flavor like the better fast food burgers I've tried.
     
    On the other hand, I went back for a sundae and was extremely impressed with their frozen custard.
    post edited by phlmaestro - 2014/04/14 22:45:33
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/15 09:26:19 (permalink)
    I worked in that general area for many years, phlmaestro, and while there was always RTM, they just didn't have anything like that around there in those days (as far as I can remember - Dewey's, maybe? Even Chock Full O'Nuts had stores to eat lunch in). I'm hoping they open a Burgerfi on this side of the river, so that I can at least try to say I've tried it. I know there's one up in New Brunswick, but that's a drive and we'd have to be headed up that way for a reason.
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/15 13:12:08 (permalink)
    I just ate last week at the BurgerFi in Brookline, MA.   Meh. 
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/17 19:20:13 (permalink)
    Well, I finally made it to BurgerFi.
    Since I've never had anything Wagyu or Kobe before, I decided to go with the 100% Wagyu Kobe Beef Dog - $4.97.
    Best I could tell, it was a 1/4# skinless dog served on egg style bun.
    I ordered it with A-1 Sauce, Grilled Onions and Tomatoes.
    Also ordered a Regular Fresh Cut Fries - $2.97 and a Coors Lite Draft - $3.47.  
    The hot dog had a good unique flavor that set it apart from any other dog I've ever had.
    The grilled onions were chopped and spent too much time in the steam table.
    They were mushy.
    The dog was served just warm, not hot enough.
    The fries were very good and done well.
    My bride wasn't that hungry but had room for a Hot Fudge Sundae.
    She proclaimed it good but not outstanding.
    The building is stark modern with mostly steel tables and chairs but nicely done.
    The super large overhead fan was a major contributor to the food cooling off quickly.
    I'm gonna go back to try the Hamburgers and the Onion Rings.
    The rings are humongous and looked very good.
    I asked another diner who had them and he said they were outstanding.
    The operation runs similar to a Five Guys.
    Young cooks hollering out stuff in an assembly line cooking station and loud music playing.
    Food-wise, Burgerfi's dog is better but 5 Guys condiments are better. - A Tie. 
    You get more fries at 5 guys but taste-wise they're similar except 5 Guys are saltier. 
    Both cooked in Peanut Oil. 
    Burgerfi's portion is acceptable and price advantage goes to BurgerFi.
    While I like the fries at both places - Slight edge to BurgerFi.
    BurgerFi serves Beer & Wine. 5 Guys doesn't. - DEFINITE advantage to B-fi! 
    Much more variety in Burgerfi's Menu - Advantage B-fi.
    Burgerfi's prices are lower. - Advantage B-fi!
    So, at this point, without trying the B-fi burgers and O Rings yet, I have to give the Overall Advantage to BurgerFi.
    They are directly across the street from each other on Val Vista Dr. between US 60 and Baseline Dr.!
    http://www.burgerfi.com/
    post edited by Foodbme - 2014/04/17 19:27:19
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/19 09:14:51 (permalink)
    Guess their so called secret menu is not really a secret. I would lay odds that in 10  years, this place and a few others like it will be a distant memory.
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/19 19:38:58 (permalink)
    fishtaco
    Guess their so called secret menu is not really a secret. I would lay odds that in 10  years, this place and a few others like it will be a distant memory.

    Not if you publish your "Secret Menu" on the same menu as your Non-secret Menu! Think it'll take 10 years?
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/04/20 09:21:46 (permalink)
    Peter Luger sauce is a nice free topping option on the build-a-burger menu.


    If I could CCfi secret menu options I'd request...

    Peter Luger cry & fries & Rickey a Key Lime concrete with cherries.
    post edited by CCinNJ - 2014/04/20 09:32:38
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    Re:Who ARE these BurgerFI People?? 2014/07/27 17:00:26 (permalink)
    My ex neighbor Haynesworth (ex NFL) just opened the one in Knoxville.  I thought it was very good and a bit pricey.  Great fries, ice cream.  I tried it about a month ago.
     
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