The family had to make a trip down to pigeon forge to pick up a few gifts today so we shot over to knoxville to give a few of these joints a try - today we hit 5 guys, gridiron, and littons.
We eat burgers about once a week at home almost exclusively off the grill, often with meat we grind, and we only buy good rolls..so the bar is pretty high and we like to think we know a good burger. Plus, we cut our own fries to cook fresh with our home burgers.
5 Guys - ordered 4 smalls plain/ketchup only/ketchup and mustard/mayo,lettuce,tomato,onions and 1 large fry to split.
The roll was almost perfect. It fit the burger size, wasn't to much bread, and had great texture..substantial and firm with a freshly baked flavor. Handled all the burgers and their fixins' perfectly. All 4 burgers had a very fresh taste and all the vegetables were excellent including the tomato. The amount of fries in one large order was to much for the 4 of us to finish. They were slightly over cooked but still rated a 7 on a scale of 10.
Overall everybody was pleased with their burger and fries and while not grilled, this was a burger we could eat every week with no hesitation. As a group we rated the overall experience an 8. a small burger was $3.09 (fries extra)
Our second stop was gridiron - hockey puck was the agreed upon description with the exception of my son who enjoyed the spice on the burger enough to rate it high. all the burgers were over cooked even though 2 of them were ordered medium and medium well. the veggies were fresh and the bun was grilled and substantial but was much more like a hamburger bun then the "good bread" type at 5 guys. the fries were excellent. if they got the burgers cooked properly, this place would be a winner. as it was, it rated a 6 primarily for the great fries. their regular burger was slightly larger then the 5 guys small and the cost was $4.95 (fries extra)
Third stop was Litton's - if you haven't been to Litton's and you were only making one stop in knoxville for food (not necessarily burgers), this is the place I would recommend. the burger is a good example of why you should eat here...the bun baked from scratch, the burger freshly ground and fried, and the veggies on the burger were excellent. they have a bakery on premise and an excellent selection of desserts. back to the burger...very good all around and came in a close second to 5 guys. the burger was larger then 5 guys and cost $6.99 (fries extra).
when we considered both price and quality, 5 guys was the hands down winner for this outing. i've read a lot of hype about 5 guys and I didn't expect the place to live up to the clippings but we were all pleasantly surprised.