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2010/03/01 10:22:04 (permalink)

Your Top 5 Burgers

I would just like to know some of your favorite burgers. I travel alot and always looking for a great burger.
 
1. Brooks Sandwich Shop....Charlotte, NC
2.Harolds Diner....Hilton Head, SC
3. Penguin...Charlotte, NC
4. Irv's....Los Angeles
5. Zarzour's...Chattanooga, TN
 
Extra One
In-N Out ......West coast(I know a chain but its good)
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 10:36:20 (permalink)
    In history, or currently?
    I've never really tried to quantify .
    (puts on thinking cap)
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 11:02:46 (permalink)
    Unfortunately, my #1 burger place, Come Back Inn in Melrose Park IL, ceased to be about five years ago. However, numbers 2 through 5 are:

        2. The Country House ( 3 locations in Chicago's western suburbs )
        3. Hackney's ( 6 locations throughout Chicagoland )
        4. Moody's Pub ( far north side of Chicago )
        5. Schoop's ( approx. 18 locations, mostly NW Indiana but a couple in Chicago's so. suburbs )
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 12:02:31 (permalink)
    Too many diners, dives etc that serve great burgers...so I'll list my favorite chain burgers...because most of us can find these!

    1. TGI Fridays..lots of choices..great quality at a fair price!
    2. Five guys...at least our local ones make them right!
    3. In N Out...wish we had these on the east coast..."trash burgers" done right
    4. BK Whopper...not a true burger...but closer than the other big two!
    5. Ran out of ideas...I guess some of the steak chains...but who'd order a burger there!??
     
    Some of the burgers listed in other posts above won't help me in NJ...that's why I did chains!!!!!
    post edited by leethebard - 2010/03/01 12:05:16
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 13:19:02 (permalink)
    leethebard

    Too many diners, dives etc that serve great burgers...so I'll list my favorite chain burgers...because most of us can find these!

    1. TGI Fridays..lots of choices..great quality at a fair price!
    2. Five guys...at least our local ones make them right!
    3. In N Out...wish we had these on the east coast..."trash burgers" done right
    4. BK Whopper...not a true burger...but closer than the other big two!
    5. Ran out of ideas...I guess some of the steak chains...but who'd order a burger there!??
     
    Some of the burgers listed in other posts above won't help me in NJ...that's why I did chains!!!!!

     
    um.....so there's not one local restaurant in New Jersey that serves burgers?????
    Ok.....

    post edited by wanderingjew - 2010/03/01 13:20:16
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 13:45:25 (permalink)
    That wasn't what I said...Listing burger joints across the country is meaningless for many...so we hear a name....we won't ever get there.....I was listing chain burgers that are easily available to most folks here that I like...granted there are far better burgers here in Jersey and at Roadfood places across this great land. Sorry for the misunderstanding!
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 14:04:20 (permalink)
    leethebard

    That wasn't what I said...Listing burger joints across the country is meaningless for many...so we hear a name....we won't ever get there.....I was listing chain burgers that are easily available to most folks here that I like...granted there are far better burgers here in Jersey and at Roadfood places across this great land. Sorry for the misunderstanding!
     

     I would just like to know some of your favorite burgers. I travel alot and always looking for a great burger.
     
    This is the original posters question. He/she wanted to know of your favorite burgers, he also mentioned that he/she travels alot.  So basically you responded by mentioning a bunch of burgers at places that completely defeat the purpose of roadfood..
     
    Oh- here are my favorites
     
    1- The Sport- Livingston MT- this is truly #1- the best burger I've ever had
    2- Tessaro's - Pittsburgh PA
    3- Stockman Bar- Livingston MT
    4- Stellas- Bellevue NE
    5- Ward's Publick House- Warwick RI
     
    And my favorite fast food burger
    1- Kidd Valley- Metro Seattle
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 14:26:19 (permalink)
    1. Every burger I have ever had after a night out
    2. Thirsty's - Cape Coral, FL - Jeanie Burger
    3. Good Stuff Eatery - Wash. DC - Colletti or the Melt
    4. Morton's - when people with steaks look on with envy - good big burger
    5. double to triple at Steak and Shake - for childhood memories and Lee's need for fast food.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 16:59:03 (permalink)
    In no particular order:

    Fred's Bar
    ; Burlington, Wisconsin
    Tessaro's; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Paradise Pup; Des Plaines, Illinois
    The Country House; Clarendon Hills, Illinois

    and finally, a three way tie, all in the Twin Cities metro area:

    Lion's Tap (for standard burgers); Eden Prairie, Minnnesota
    5-8 Club
    (for Jucy Lucy burgers); Minneapolis, Minnesota
    The Nook (for Jucy Lucy burgers); St. Paul, Minnesota

    Runners up include:

    Hackney's; Chicago metro area
    Moody's Pub; Chicago, Illinois
    Schoop's; NW Indiana
    Sobelman's; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    Dick's Bar; Hudson, Wisconsin

    EDIT:
    Michael Hoffman's post below reminded me to add:

    Gahanna Grill; Gahanna, Ohio (although I'd skip their signature item, The Beanie Burger and go with one of their "second tier" burgers.  The Beanie Burger includes cole slaw on top of the sandwich as well as a bowl on the side.  All in all, far too messy to eat, and more cole slaw that one human needs in a single sitting.)

    And baughman's post on page two of this thread jogged yet another great Burger memory:

    Kewpee Burger, Lima; Ohio

    Maybe more as they occur to me.

    Buddy
    post edited by BuddyRoadhouse - 2010/03/07 19:51:08
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 17:50:51 (permalink)
    Bates - Livonia Michigan (This is the one I grew up on and is still great)
    Millers - Detroit
    Crablis - Urbana Ohio
    Slyders - Dayton
    Krazy Jims - Ann Arbor Mi

    ...Russ
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 18:12:46 (permalink)
    Crabill's    Ubana, ohio
    Peter Luger NYC
    EW Becks   Sykesville MD
    Iron Bridge Wine Company   Columbia MD
    White Castles
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 18:15:13 (permalink)
    Buddy, thanks for reminding me about Fred's Bar and Paradise Pup; both very good ( especially the Pup. ) Some other favorites:

              Dog n Suds
              Fatburger
              Bill Grant's Wonderburger
              Steak n Shake
              Five Guys
              Portillo's
              White Castle 
              Ollieburger ( can these still be had anywhere? Ollie's Trolley maybe? ) 
             
             

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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 19:19:50 (permalink)
    1. Crazy Cow, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USVI
    2. Gahanna Grill, Gahanna, Ohio
    3. Crabill's, Urbana, Ohio
    4. The Top Steakhouse, Columbus, Ohio
    5. White Castle -- anywhere.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 19:27:58 (permalink)
    Carolina Bob

             Portillo's
           


    Never had the burger.  It would be hard for me to not order an Italian beef but next time I will try.  Might actually have room for the chocolate cake shake if I skip the beef.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 20:17:41 (permalink)
    Another vote for the Sport in Livingston, MT. Thanks for reminding me to stop on my bike trip this June. Also, a few more great Madison,  Wisconsin burgers:
    The Blue Moon
    The Village Bar
    The Plaza
    Slice's
    Tony Frank's
    All great...I rotate from week to week.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 20:57:16 (permalink)
    All Michigan. Sorry.

    1. Jon's Goodtime Bar-Inkster
    2. Miller's - Dearborn
    3. Fraser Flashback Burger - Fraser
    4. Bronx Burgers - Warren
    5. Seeburger Cheesburgers - Mt Clemens

    Have not sampled Sidetrack in Ypsilanti, or Red Coat Tavern in Royal Oak. Do not order hamburgers when out-of-state.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 21:57:10 (permalink)
    What do you order, if not hamburgers?
    One thing I love about burgers (and fries)is that they are a 50 state dish.

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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/01 22:14:30 (permalink)
    I remember having this awesome burger last time we were at Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls several years ago.  I believe it was their Hickory BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger
     
    Of course 5 Guys Burgers & Fries in Farmington, CT is yummy
    and I just went to
    Wild Willy's Burgers in Worcester, MA this past week and tried a bison burger with a horseradish sauce for the first time.  It was quite delicious.
     
    I've been to another place that used to be in Plainville, CT with "burgers as big as your head" and those burgers I thought were by far superior to some of the others.  It burnt down, however.
     
    Well, that is 4 tasty burgers to report
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/04 14:16:23 (permalink)
    Some of my favorites:

    Nick's Place - Syracuse NY - The Awesome Burger really is pretty awesome - even the bun is special.
    Clyde's - Washington DC - still the best burger in DC
    Natty Greene's - Greensboro NC - 1/2 pound monsters of goodness
    The Abbey Burger Bistro - Baltimore MD - interesting burger selections, cozy Balto place away form the madness of Inner Harbor (of course, I love the Harbor too)
    Grubstake - San Francisco CA - I wish I could go back for the Portugese food (I didn't know that was one of their niches when I went) but the burger on the sourdough bread was San Frantastic.

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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/04 14:46:14 (permalink)
    Peter Luger's in Brooklyn

    and then

    a long drop off to many places I might point to as a potential personal number 2 and down
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/04 14:59:17 (permalink)
    Well, I haven't traveled much since the kids were young, and I don't get to eat out much anyway, so this may be a short list.


    Kidd Valley in the Seattle area

    Eichardts Pub & Grill in Sandpoint, ID.  They have maybe 5 different burgers on the menu at all times, but one of the best I ever had
    there was a special one night.  An elk burger with Thai sweet chili sauce on it.  Yum!  Don't forget the garlic fries!

    Serv-a- Burger in Sandpoint.  Good fast food burgers.

    Dusty's in Wenatchee, WA.   Also fast food and the only decent burger here.

    And my favorite is....

    Kirk's in Palo Alto, CA   I haven't been there is maybe 20 years, though I understand they are still open but have moved from the original place.  There is nothing special about these burgers but wow were they ever good.  And that's all there is on the menu.  Burgers, chips, pop.



    btw, one of the burgers I was LEAST impressed with was the
    VERY expensive burger at Nepenthe in Big Sur.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/04 18:38:49 (permalink)
    bill voss

    What do you order, if not hamburgers?
    One thing I love about burgers (and fries)is that they are a 50 state dish.

     
    Based on recollection...
    Whatever our server recommends.
     
    Don't generally seek out great hamburger restaurants when we travel.  

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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/04 22:06:18 (permalink)
    Ever since I posted on this thread the other day, I've had a nagging feeling that I had omitted one of my favorite burgers from the list, but it wasn't until earlier today that my brain cells finally kicked in. The Beacon!! How could I possibly forget those great chili cheeseburgers at the Beacon in Spartansburg SC? The aging process is a cruel mistress...
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/05 07:52:56 (permalink)
    I travel a lot as well, and have for the past 20 years.  I've had tons of great burgers and should write 'em down so I don't forget.  Anyway, here are the one's that I can remember as standouts.

    The Fish Place  -  Mulberry, FL   Best hamburg ever! (Good fish, too)
    Zarzour's   -    Chattanooga, TN
    Maid-Rite -  Greenville, OH   ( loosemeat sandwich)
    Hump's    -  Knoxville, TN  ( The Humpburger)
    Kaelin's     -  Louisville, KY  (originated the cheeseburger)

    I know someone will object to a loosemeat sandwich as a hamburger so I'll add White Castle, Sam and Andy's Deli, Knoxville, TN.  One of my all time faves and probably been closed about 15 years now was Dixie Hamburger in Hamilton, OH.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/05 08:36:21 (permalink)
    Being a big fan of New Mexico's green chile cheeseburgers, no surprise my list would heavily lean that way.
    #1. Bobcat Bite - Santa Fe, NM

     
    #2. Buckhorn Tavern - San Antonio, NM
    #3. The Owl Bar - San Antonio, NM

     
    #4. Tessaro's - Pittsburgh, PA
    #5. Pine Club - Dayton, OH



    Just missing the cut would be an onion burger from Robert's Grill in El Reno, OK, a butter burger from Solly's Grille in Milwaukee, WI and Le Tub in Hollywood, FL.
    post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/03/05 08:48:34
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/05 09:20:20 (permalink)
    This is a difficult undertaking for me.  To me, burgers are either a fallback when there's nothing better or more interesting to eat on a menu (which is pretty often when I'm travelling), or, something cooked at home.  It's rare that I set out to get a destination burger.  That said:

    1. Pat La Frida Short Rib Burgers cooked at home.  They're incredible.
    2. Bobcat Bite-Santa Fe, NM- an all-time classic
    3. db Burger- DB Bistro Moderne, NY, NY- Yes it's $32.  Yes it's worth every penny. 
    4. Burger Joint, NY, NY-Best fast food burger in NY
    5. In-N-Out, West Coast- the only major chain restaurant I ever patronize
    Runner-up: White Manna, Hackensack, NJ- best "slider" type burger anywhere.

    I will say that every time I go into Peter Luger's (not more than once or twice a year), I'm a little jealous of folks at other tables enjoying those amazing looking burgers.  Then my steak arrives, and I never think of the burger again.


     
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/05 09:59:16 (permalink)
    My favorite burgers are all in Florida, probably because I don't travel enough.   The first one is definitely #1, but the others change according to my mood.
     
    The Brickyard in Daytona Beach  Flame-grilled cheeseburger with grilled onions under the cheese:
     

     
     
    Le Tub in Hollywood Beach
     

     
     
    Ocean Grill at Black Point Marina in Cutler Bay -  Cheeseburger with tobacco onions and ranch dressing
     

     
     
    Titanic Restaurant & Brewery in Coral Gables (adjacent to Mark Light Stadium at U. of M.) - Pepperjack Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions
     

     
     
    Shorty's BBQ (Original Dadeland Location) - Hickory Grilled Cheddar Cheeseburger
     

     
     
    post edited by MiamiDon - 2010/03/05 10:06:38
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/05 10:02:03 (permalink)
    Beautiful pics, MiamiDon.  If you are ranking the burger at The Brickyard as being better than the ones we had at Le Tub, then I have to get there.
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/05 12:27:07 (permalink)
    Pigiron
    1. Pat La Frida Short Rib Burgers cooked at home.  They're incredible. 

    Pigiron, is there anyone else selling these burgers at retail yet besides freshdirect.com?
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    Re:Your Top 5 Burgers 2010/03/05 15:12:59 (permalink)
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    Pigiron
    1. Pat La Frida Short Rib Burgers cooked at home.  They're incredible. 

    Pigiron, is there anyone else selling these burgers at retail yet besides freshdirect.com?

     
    As far as I know, they're exclusive with FreshDirect.  I'm acutally moving out of the city very soon, and I plan on ordering as many of those burgers as I can fit into a cooler before I go.  I hope they freeze well. 

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