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Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:22 AM
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Well, here's another to 10 burger list, this time from Playboy online. http://www.playboy.com/style/a-list/best-burgers/index.html
Noted by me because my hometown favorite Town Topic in KC is included
Occasional Roadfooder Holly Moore also loved it, and I was happy since I suggested it to him when he was in KC last year. Phew! (wipes brow).
http://www.hollyeats.com/TownTopic.htm
It is somewhat scary to suggest places to a noted grease expert, but it met his expectations too.
Long live Town Topic. Not everywhere has to be a upscale burger to make a best of list.
What do you all think of the rest of the list, a few which seem to be on most of the other lists of this sort?

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:25 AM
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I'm gonna go there right now, but just to read the articles, I swear.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:27 AM
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Warning: Note that the playboy web site will pop up on your computer. If you are an idiot like me and did not pay attention to the link and open it at work.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:27 AM
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I'm always happy to see my hometown great burger, Tessaro's, make the list.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:33 AM
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MilwFoodlovers posted this in another thread -
For those of you who can't click the link:


Here is the list in its entirety (in alpha order):

Ann's Snack Bar, Atlanta
Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar, Houston
Dyer's Burgers, Memphis
The Hungry Cat, Hollywood
Kuma's Corner, Chicago
The Meers Store & Restaurant, Meers, Okla.
Shake Shack, New York
Solly's Grill, Glendale, Wis.
Tessaro's, Pittsburgh
Town Topic, Kansas City

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:34 AM
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I'm surprised Solly's made the list - I'd've chosen Sobelman's.


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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:35 AM
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Sorry D, all I saw was a liquor ad on the side of the article.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:35 AM
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Bill my boy, I think lists are lists---I'll bet the writer hasn't
sampled most of them but saw them on another list or heard about
them from someone. You have been around and have your own favorites
based on where you live. So your top ten would be the Town Topic
and 9 places no one else has heard of.

Beauty is in the eye (or the taste buds) of the beholder.

I have had burgers in two places that were recommended on Roadfood
in the Tampa-St Pete area and I would not recommend either place---
in fact one is gone to restaurant heaven. I'm still looking around and
until I find a really great place I will make my own.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:39 AM
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Originally posted by X1

MilwFoodlovers posted this in another thread -
For those of you who can't click the link:


Here is the list in its entirety (in alpha order):

Ann's Snack Bar, Atlanta
Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar, Houston
Dyer's Burgers, Memphis
The Hungry Cat, Hollywood
Kuma's Corner, Chicago
The Meers Store & Restaurant, Meers, Okla.
Shake Shack, New York
Solly's Grill, Glendale, Wis.
Tessaro's, Pittsburgh
Town Topic, Kansas City

Didn't see that either.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:44 AM
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The author - I believe his name is Jeff Ruby - is he identified as the owner of several high end restaurants in the Cincinnati area?

I can't click the links, porn filters and all that.....:-)

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:45 AM
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Nice looking burgers for the most part but, "We scoured the country for our 10 favorites -" means they researched the hype and drew up a cross country list. Just another promo piece to make the magazine interesting and give men an excuse to say they read Playboy for the content and not the pictures.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:57 AM
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I'd have thought a review of the 10 best hotdogs would have been more appropriate.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 10:59 AM
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Originally posted by juleebella

I'd have thought a review of the 10 best hotdogs would have been more appropriate.


*snicker!*


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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 11:11 AM
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Somehow I had a feeling this would bring out all the "silly threaders".
Actually, TJ, the author is deputy food editor of Chicago magazine.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 8:25 PM
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Chicago is another city magazine, just like New York is a city magazine.

Remember how the Americans used to catch the German spies during World War II? They would ask trivia questions a spy could not possibly know. The photo accompanying Jeff Ruby's writeup on NYC's Shake Shack (covered on this board and several NYC-focused boards) was from Danny Meyer's company. Now unless Playboy's editors cut out the sentence, I am surprised that Chicago-based Jeff Ruby did not mention that the Shake Shack is one of the few places around here that brings in, from Chicago, Vienna Beef franks, rolls, and condiments.

Playboy also credits Jeff Ruby as being humor columist for Chicago magazine. As Bruce and Sue wrote on a recent top 10 thread, don't take these lists too seriously. Which is another way of saying they are a joke.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 9:11 PM
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<<Ann's Snack Bar, Atlanta
Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar, Houston
Dyer's Burgers, Memphis
The Hungry Cat, Hollywood
Kuma's Corner, Chicago
The Meers Store & Restaurant, Meers, Okla.
Shake Shack, New York
Solly's Grill, Glendale, Wis.
Tessaro's, Pittsburgh
Town Topic, Kansas City>>

OK, so by extrapolation, Shake Shack serves the best burger in NY City.

Um, no, not by a long shot. Unless you happen to be a writer from Chicago who maybe got the Vienna Dogs confused with the Burgers. It's probably in the Top 3 Vienna Dogs in NY City, assuming there are two others. The again, if there were two others, Shake Shack would probably be 3rd. Even their dogs are not that great.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 9:20 PM
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Hustler's "Top 10 Burgers" was a completely different list.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 03/14/08 9:22 PM
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Originally posted by the ancient mariner

...Beauty is in the eye (or the taste buds) of the beholder......

Boy, ain't that the truth.

In Milwaukee, I prefer Mazo's, The Night Owl, Solly's (only on a pillow and it must be a double) and Sobelman's in that order yet a glorified fast food type patty, Kopp's consistantly is voted Milwaukee's favorite hamburger. Granted, Kopp's is covered with delicious semi-carmelized onions, but the patty itself tastes right out of the freezer. It has, however my favorite frozen custard in the world.

My all-time favorite hamburger is served in a country tavern maybe twenty miles from Green Bay called Basil's II in a one tavern town called Fontenoy. Mmmm. If anyone ever wants directions, pm me, it's not ten minutes or so off of I-43, Town of Denmark exit.
Kewpee Lunch in Racine rocks too!

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Sun, 03/16/08 5:30 PM
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Originally posted by uncledaveyo

Hustler's "Top 10 Burgers" was a completely different list.


I thought Hustler's top 10 was a complete bust!

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Tue, 03/18/08 2:38 PM
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I have not been to one of these place. Can't wait to hear what other people think of these places in the meantime.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Tue, 03/18/08 2:44 PM
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I like Town Topic very much. Some may disagree, but I don't find their burgers to be overly greasy. The fries are good, the service is great. The meat always tastes extremely fresh, with just the right amount of salt and pepper.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Thu, 03/20/08 1:43 PM
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This list is more than a bit bogus.. sorry folks. I have eaten at the hungry cat and you know what? It's good but Knowlwood's out in Anaheim is tons better.. plus they have irish nachos! Also good places to eat around CA are the hat in Simi Valley and of course Tommy Burgers out in Los Angeles

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Sat, 03/22/08 10:07 PM
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The only one on the list that I have had is the Original Kuma Burger from Kuma's corner. All I can say is that it is the best burger I have ever had. Cooked perfectly, (med.rare) fried egg (up) on top, on a Pretzel roll

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Sat, 03/29/08 5:20 PM
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Originally posted by Bluemaxx

I have not been to one of these place. Can't wait to hear what other people think of these places in the meantime.


http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=18430&SearchTerms=ghetto

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Sat, 03/29/08 6:21 PM
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A couple of years back the original Glee Club folks met in Memphis before heading out to Dennis Hays BBQ place the next day. We wandered around Beale St for awhile tasting brews and BBQ's and listening to the music at various stops.
A couple of the guys tried the Dyer's Deep-fried Burgers, saying the Burger was "OK". (NOT Great!) I passed on that one, and haven't regretted passing on by since that night.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Wed, 04/23/08 8:37 AM
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Heph is crazy if he thinks Town Topic is a better KC burger than Westport Flea Market.

I live in Houston Now and Christians is good (not as good as Westport or Port of Call in New Orleans, but the best burger in Houston)

I will try Tessaro's when I go to Pittsburgh this year

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Thu, 04/24/08 8:08 PM
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cbk21,

We just got back from Pittsburgh and I can tell you very enthusastically that Tessaro's is a MUST stop! Amazing burgers, great slaw and excellent potato salad. We got there too late for an order of home fries, but if they put as much effort into them as they put into everything else, they must be out of this world!

I don't know how long you'll be in town, but if you have time, get over to Tessaro's, Fat Heads, and Larry's Road House. Reviews and details can be found here:

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=26848

If you have extra time you can try Primanti Bros. and The Original Hot Dog Shop. But I'm tellin' ya, make the first three your real priorities!

Have a great trip!

Buddy

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Thu, 04/24/08 8:38 PM
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Tessaro's is a great burger...But, it's ain't The Bob Cat Bite. Interesting list..thanks

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Thu, 04/24/08 9:25 PM
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

A couple of years back the original Glee Club folks met in Memphis before heading out to Dennis Hays BBQ place the next day. We wandered around Beale St for awhile tasting brews and BBQ's and listening to the music at various stops.
A couple of the guys tried the Dyer's Deep-fried Burgers, saying the Burger was "OK". (NOT Great!) I passed on that one, and haven't regretted passing on by since that night.

I was one of those that tried Dyer's Burger--not a bad burger---BUT--there are about 50 or so places here in Oklahoma with burgers that are better--heck theres a gas station mini mart at the Oktaha exit on 69 just north of Checotah that kicks burger butt--and they'r cooked by young ranchers wife with a kid on her hip in a commercial burger press that only take 2 burgers at a time! Myers IS good though!

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 04/25/08 7:25 AM
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Somewhere in the archives of Roadfood are pics of us trying the Dyers burger. I agree with Tiki and Al that it was not the greatest but I had to try one because of all I had read about the place. I guess it is a bit of the Beale St. Thing.

Incidentally Beale St. is the best street experience in Tennessee.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Thu, 06/5/08 1:13 PM
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Just saw the article and I've tried two. Dyers rocked at the original location when they had all of the political signs and pictures up. Now it has gone the way of the Rendezvous and seems to be a tourist trap. Huey's in Mid Town is the place.

Now Anne's Snack Shack is a different story. Tennessee Trash took me there and I must just say WOW!!! Truly a high water mark in his selections of waist expanders. I have pictures somewhere but I'll have to let TT write about it because I would still be oblivious to it but for him.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Thu, 06/5/08 1:29 PM
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an opportunity for TTN and BB to eat at a Playboy top ten burger place.
Town Topic

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Thu, 06/5/08 2:24 PM
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I've never been a big fan of Dyers. To me, Dyers is more of a novelty than anything else. Dyers burgers are too small for my liking. Ann's Snack Bar on the other hand is the real deal. The world famous Ghetto Burger is absolutely devine! The Ghetto Burger is a hand pattied double cheeseburger with onion, bacon, chili dressed up anyway you like. The best part of the burger is the hearty dusting of Ann's special seasoning salt once the burgers are almost finished. No one really knows the exact formula but you can definitely pick up a heavy dose of cayenne pepper.

It's been a while since I've been to Ann's but this place is definitely worthy of a special trip. Make sure that you prepare yourself for a long wait. Ann only serves 8 people at a time and she runs her place like an old stoic school teacher (i.e. dont speak unless spoken too). And make sure to follow Ann's rules. If you dont, she will give a good tongue-lashing!

FWIW, the best street experience in Tennessee is Cumberland Avenue on Saturday's during football season! Go Vols!

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 1:07 AM
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The reason they dip the buns into the grease a little bit is to get rid of it so they can add more. I wish my deep fryer grease would last 100 years too. Dyers is just like Huey's were the experience is king. I knew Dyer's moved to Bartlett but if they are exclusively on Beale now that is crazy. Like the downtown businesses, no one needs to be down there after 4pm.

BTW TT; Ever have a Danver Burger? That is Memphis at it's best.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 1:12 AM
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TT,

Best street experience in Tennessee is the "World's Longest Yard Sale." No where else in the country can you get ran over at 70 MPH while trying to buy used baby clothes.

(Mods I still can't figure out how to edit so this should have been part of my last reply. I went to UT not Vandy.)

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 2:12 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

quote:
Originally posted by X1

MilwFoodlovers posted this in another thread -
For those of you who can't click the link:


Here is the list in its entirety (in alpha order):

Ann's Snack Bar, Atlanta
Christian's Tailgate Grill & Bar, Houston
Dyer's Burgers, Memphis
The Hungry Cat, Hollywood
Kuma's Corner, Chicago
The Meers Store & Restaurant, Meers, Okla.
Shake Shack, New York
Solly's Grill, Glendale, Wis.
Tessaro's, Pittsburgh
Town Topic, Kansas City

Didn't see that either.


Did you notice the list criss crosses the USA? Ol Heff didn't want to offend any region. PC you know!

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 10:04 AM
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they should all be in NYC, as it has the best of everything.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 10:13 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

they should all be in NYC, as it has the best of everything.


about 20 million people would agree with that statement

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 10:30 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by wanderingjew

quote:
Originally posted by bill voss

they should all be in NYC, as it has the best of everything.



about 20 million people would agree with that statement

because, certainly, the majority of feedlots, grazing land, and slaughterhouses are in Manhattan.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 10:37 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by bill voss
because, certainly, the majority of feedlots, grazing land, and slaughterhouses are in Manhattan.


You know there are many people on the forum who will respond with these two words!

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 9:46 PM
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Maybe Bill was writing about Manhattan, Kansas?

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Fri, 06/6/08 9:50 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by David_NYC

Maybe Bill was writing about Manhattan, Kansas?

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Mon, 06/9/08 8:39 PM
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As far as Atlanta goes, Ann's always gets a lot of raves, but I think there are others just as good, without having to wait, wade through attitude, and carry a BUG...that's back-up gun! They ain't kiddin' about the "Ghetto" part. I thought it was a mess to eat, but some folks love that grease factor. Something I think Ann was actually trying to achive. If so, she did it!

Personally, the Vortex makes me happy. Lots of different burgers, fixed a lot of different ways. I like the "Ragin' Cajun" Ostrich burger. Overall, superior bar food, all the way around. Plus, I like young girls with ink & pierced things!
http://www.thevortexbarandgrill.com/

My other favorite is The Highlander on Monroe Dr. Kinda like the Vortex. Again, superior burger, superior bar food, and more hot chicks with nose rings.

Maybe the biggest burger in the city, is also one of the better ones. It can be found at the Downwind Restaurant, located inside the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport. Great date place, as the deck overlooks the runways, and you can watch the planes take-off and land. Fun!

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Tue, 06/10/08 9:12 AM
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Originally posted by ULVER

As far as Atlanta goes, Ann's always gets a lot of raves, but I think there are others just as good, without having to wait, wade through attitude, and carry a BUG...that's back-up gun! They ain't kiddin' about the "Ghetto" part. I thought it was a mess to eat, but some folks love that grease factor. Something I think Ann was actually trying to achive. If so, she did it!

Personally, the Vortex makes me happy. Lots of different burgers, fixed a lot of different ways. I like the "Ragin' Cajun" Ostrich burger. Overall, superior bar food, all the way around. Plus, I like young girls with ink & pierced things!
http://www.thevortexbarandgrill.com/

My other favorite is The Highlander on Monroe Dr. Kinda like the Vortex. Again, superior burger, superior bar food, and more hot chicks with nose rings.

Maybe the biggest burger in the city, is also one of the better ones. It can be found at the Downwind Restaurant, located inside the Peachtree-Dekalb Airport. Great date place, as the deck overlooks the runways, and you can watch the planes take-off and land. Fun!


The Vortex (in L5P) is great. Never been to airport location. Ann's is closest to my location when I am up there so that about settles it. I am liscened to carry a BUG so that is not really an issue either.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Sun, 06/15/08 4:59 PM
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mmm shake shack

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Sat, 06/21/08 5:33 AM
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Did the Owl Bar in San Antonio,NM make the list? Green Chilies have to be in there somwhere. Hey any opinions on Redamaks burgers in New Buffalo,Michigan?

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Sat, 06/21/08 9:42 AM
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Dad and I are fans of Redamak's, making a point of stopping there on many of our trips into Michigan. It is a convenient place to stop as it is the first interstate exit as you enter the state from Indiana.

The one drawback to Redamak's is their "Workingman's Lunch Special" which is served from roughly noon to 3:00pm. At first glance the less than regular menu price for a burger and fries seems like a bargain. The downside is that the reason it is cheaper is that all the burgers served during this period are prepared assembly line style, well in advance due to the high volume.

If you get there during the height of the rush, you will more than likely get a fresh sandwich. If you get there near the end of the special, you are probably getting a burger made quite a bit earlier.

Sometimes it's better to pay the extra buck and get a made to order meal.

Other than that, we've always been impressed with the flavor and high quality of the food.

Buddy

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Tue, 07/15/08 11:02 AM
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I haven't heard of any of these places. I just moved to New York. I want to try Shake Shack.

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RE: Playboy's Top 10 Burger List - Tue, 07/15/08 11:08 AM
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I was hoping the article would have pix of playmates tearing in to a big 'ol burger.