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(Some Guy)   "Food and Wine" magazine publishes list of best burgers in the US, calls entire list into question with #4. (Warning, burger fail slide show)   (foodandwine.com) divider line 259
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2012-11-29 01:00:10 PM  
This list fails without:

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The Vortex Bar & Grill
 
2012-11-29 01:00:38 PM  

ChipNASA: YOU SUCK HIPSTER A-HOLES!!

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Thank god someone posted this. I have eaten at most of the places on this list and, by far, 5 Guys is better than all of these (and way cheaper). I can think of a few places that are slightly better than 5 Guys, but the consistency of quality and service is there.  Having not eaten at In-n-Out in a number of years and recently having it again, it was a HUGE disappointment.
 
2012-11-29 01:01:01 PM  
No love for Dick's in Seattle.
 
2012-11-29 01:02:40 PM  
Perini Ranch

..haven't thought about that place in ages. When I lived in Abilene my folks would take us there just about every two weeks - it's the real deal. It almost made living in that wasteland tolerable. 

/if you're ever in the area, try to make it during one of these or during this.
 
2012-11-29 01:04:27 PM  
Foster's Grille, though it has gotten more and more expensive. Wings are tight, though.
 
2012-11-29 01:05:02 PM  

Perducci: "Food and Wine" magazine publishes list of best burgers in the US, calls entire list into question with #4.

Actually, the first slide calls the entire list into question, with its reference to Kobe beef. You'd think Food and Wine Magazine would know better and be aware that true Kobe isn't available outside Japan.


They lifted most of the restrictions but most Kobe in the US is still Wangyu.
 
2012-11-29 01:05:14 PM  

Butthurted: heyheyjerky: Louis' Lunch is a horrible burger. Sure it's the first place to serve it, but man, they are not that good.

Ted's is good if you like steamed burgers.

The best burger in CT is from Goldburgers in Newington.

Goldbergs err Goldburger(I forgot the changed the name) is good, I like Ted's better, and Louis' is rank amateur shiate,


The only thing I like about Louis' is that it's open after the bars close. Ted's was vile. Never been to Goldburger.
 
2012-11-29 01:05:42 PM  
Diablo Burger - Flagstaff, AZ
 
2012-11-29 01:05:42 PM  
There should really be two different lists for upscale places that serve burgers and fast food joints. They aren't doing the same thing.
 
2012-11-29 01:05:52 PM  

kona: What he said!

www.foodandwine.com

I lived in New Haven for 4 years. I ate at Louis Lunch one time. Lame. Lame. Lame.


I'd have brought in my own.....

www.heinz.com

DO NOT TELL ME WHAT TO EAT ON MY BURGER A$$HOLES.
 
2012-11-29 01:06:42 PM  

Saborlas: There's a burger joint that refuses to serve ketchup?

What kind of hipster eatery turns up its nose at ketchup on burgers and fries? Do they insist you use Miracle Whip instead?


At Joe's Cable Car (which SHOULD be on that list) the owner will give you crap if you put ketchup on the burgers.
 
2012-11-29 01:06:55 PM  
If I go to Pete Lugar's I'm getting a farkin ribeye not a hamburger.
 
2012-11-29 01:09:24 PM  
Juicy Lucy. That is all.



/yes the cheese is inside the burger.
 
2012-11-29 01:09:29 PM  

Day_Old_Dutchie: DannyJunior


This. It's unchewable and pulls out of the burger when you bite into it. I hate that shiat.

Yeah, I know, First World Problems.
 
2012-11-29 01:11:37 PM  

russsssman: Seems the thoroughness of their review of burger joints is equal to the quality of their slideshow. Everything is in New York/NE area except the few places in Cali and Nevada that they had overheard about at a rooftop wine party. "oh it's a simply diviiiiiiiiiine burger".


Came here to say this. All the burger joints listed aren't anywhere near where prime cattle is raised. Epic, epic fail.
 
2012-11-29 01:12:04 PM  

ChipNASA: YOU SUCK HIPSTER A-HOLES!!

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Five Guys burgers are burnt. You might as well get McDonald's. Great toppings, great fries, but a burger must be pink to be great.
 
2012-11-29 01:12:32 PM  

swyll: 1) New York City: Minetta Tavern
2) Atlanta, GA: Holeman & Finch
3) Chicago, IL: Custom House Tavern
4) California: In-N-Out Burger
5) San Francisco: Zuni Café
6) Buffalo Gap, TX: Perini Ranch Steakhouse
7) Chicago: David Burke Primehouse
8) Napa: Gott's Roadside
9) New Haven, CT: Louis' Lunch
10) New York City: The Spotted Pig
11) Los Angeles: Father's Office
12) New York City: Little Owl
13) Washington D.C: Palena Café
14) Meriden, CT: Ted's
15) Dearborn, MI: Miller's Bar
16) Boston, MA: Craigie on Main
17) Healdsburg, CA: Healdsburg Bar & Grill
18) New York City: Shake Shack
19) Hackensack, NJ: White Manna
20) New York City: Peter Luger
21) Las Vegas, NV: BLT Burger
22) Ohio: B-Spot Burgers
23) Arlington, VA: Ray's Hell Burger


Ahem, #12 was Dyer's in Memphis

/best burger evar!
 
2012-11-29 01:12:40 PM  
Juicy Lucy. That is all. 

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2012-11-29 01:13:04 PM  

wiwille: The Peanut Butter Bacon and Jelly burger at Twisted Root trumps all! No seriously it is quite possibly the best burger I've ever had, next to Seattle's Red Mill Bacon Blue Cheese burger. Yes, you can find good beef in Seattle.

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/Not a hipster


I've been to twisted root but never saw that on the menu, is it a special order item?
 
2012-11-29 01:14:19 PM  

Freudian_slipknot: naughtyrev: Nice to see that one of the ones on there (Custom House in Chicago) is closed. Way to be timely, list.

Bad Apple is way better anyway.


I gotta go with Kuma's.
 
2012-11-29 01:15:26 PM  

Nightsweat: ChipNASA: YOU SUCK HIPSTER A-HOLES!!

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Five Guys burgers are burnt. You might as well get McDonald's. Great toppings, great fries, but a burger must be pink to be great.


I do like 5 guys but yes, well done it's not the best burger I've ever had.

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2012-11-29 01:16:41 PM  
Foofy, over-thought hipster shiat, most of these. I would bother with maybe three of them: Louis', Ray's, and Shake Shack on a rough day. Was never impressed with In-And-Out, haven't been to the ones down south, and all the art-food "burgers" can go fark themselves. Reminds me of the $5000 burger in a casino in St. Louis. Who the fark eats these things?

And seared ahi is a sandwich of some kind. It is not a burger. I barely recognize turkeyburgers as burgers. Fish can get their own farking list.
 
2012-11-29 01:17:33 PM  
This is where to go. Period.

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2012-11-29 01:17:39 PM  
I can't believe B-Spot made it on the list. Good burger, great $10 chocolate shakes
 
2012-11-29 01:18:27 PM  

Maud Dib: Verily, MY burgers do not suck.
Maytag Blue cheese(mixed in with the meat) , swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and roasted green chile....

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Sounds good; looks good. But that "light" mayonnaise back there disappoints me. Also the tin of kitty food back there is unfortunately placed ;-).
 
2012-11-29 01:19:52 PM  

naughtyrev: Freudian_slipknot: naughtyrev: Nice to see that one of the ones on there (Custom House in Chicago) is closed. Way to be timely, list.

Bad Apple is way better anyway.

I gotta go with Kuma's.


Kuma is just not worth the wait. Burger Bar or Bad Apple are just about as good without having to kill an hour waiting for a table.
 
2012-11-29 01:20:57 PM  
On another note: I will never eat at In-an-Out Burger again
John3:16
Proverbs 3:5
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Proverbs 24:6
 
2012-11-29 01:21:48 PM  
If you're in the greater Chicagoland area the "Elmwood Park" burger at Burger Boss on North Avenue in Elmwood Park is pretty outstanding. Of course you have to ignore that you're next door to the best Italian Beef place in the area (Johnny's) to eat at Burger Boss...

The chain that gets ignored is the Counter. They are a little fussy but you can get a good burger there.
 
2012-11-29 01:22:13 PM  

Maud Dib: Verily, MY burgers do not suck.
Maytag Blue cheese(mixed in with the meat) , swiss cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and roasted green chile....

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Wait, WTF is that can at upper left in that image????
 
2012-11-29 01:22:56 PM  
Pick Quick
Frisco Freeze
Dick's
Scaleburger

I'm always up for a decent roadside burger stand...so you winos can take your hoity toity arugula and stuff it
 
2012-11-29 01:24:10 PM  

freewill: ChipNASA: YOU SUCK HIPSTER A-HOLES!!

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Five Guys has gone downhill a bit, but I agree, when it was young, it was incredible. Now, that broad is not aging well. It's no Shake Shack.


The trouble with franchising - tends to water down the product. Moby Dick's House of Kabobs is going down the same route - used to be pretty good (not great, but good), now the McD's of Persian food.
 
2012-11-29 01:24:30 PM  

heyheyjerky: Louis' Lunch is a horrible burger. Sure it's the first place to serve it, but man, they are not that good.

Ted's is good if you like steamed burgers.

The best burger in CT is from Goldburgers in Newington.


Don't you mean
Steamed Hams?
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2012-11-29 01:24:39 PM  
some of these burger places are probably expensive. while I will gladly eat an expensive burger, I think that price should go into the rating system.

for example, if I were to eat a burger for around $3, I'd go to bud's broiler:

www.bestofneworleans.com

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2012-11-29 01:25:11 PM  
Wenchiepoo's burger recipe

1 pound of ground bison
1 pound ground pork (pastured)
1 pound bacon
1 egg

Grind together in food processor, makes 1 meatloaf, 8-12 burgers, or 36-42 meatballs.

As burgers, serve with red onion, aged cheddar, and Silver Spring horseradish mustard on your choice of bread.
 
2012-11-29 01:25:21 PM  
dlnqnt.com

It's a hamburger made out of meat on a bun with nothing. Add ketchup if you want, I couldn't care less. 

/that's a pretty good recipe. Sometimes I add egg, bread crumbs, roasted garlic, Worcestershire, etc., but I feel dirty. Or, too clean, perhaps
 
2012-11-29 01:27:19 PM  

Spanky_McFarksalot: best burgers in the US large towns becausse we don't care about small town burgers...

If anyone ever passes through Marinette Wisconsin, first you're probably lost, but 2nd stop at Mickey-Lu Bar-B-Q. Best burger you will ever have.


Word.

/wasn't lost
//fishing trip
///awesome burger
 
2012-11-29 01:27:23 PM  

bentley57: In-n-out died when Dad died and the kids took it franchise. There was nothing better than pulling thru either side of that shack on Fancisquito in Baldwin Park, then running home or eating it in your car. All they had to eat off of was some picnic tables in the back yard.


this is not true. in n out has never franchised.
 
2012-11-29 01:31:27 PM  

pute kisses like a man: some of these burger places are probably expensive. while I will gladly eat an expensive burger, I think that price should go into the rating system.

for example, if I were to eat a burger for around $3, I'd go to bud's broiler:


When a place looks like that it either has the best food, or the worst food - never in between. Best to count the cars parked around it.

/old-timey traveler logic: On the road eat where the most 18-wheelers in the lot, In a city, eat with the most cop cars in the lot.
 
2012-11-29 01:31:35 PM  
Tore up a 5 Guys' bacon cheeseburger last night. Luckily, my local 5 Guys is family-owned and not a franchise. One of them can drop by at any time so I don't worry about it ever slipping. (A friend saw one of the owners there one night)
 
2012-11-29 01:32:57 PM  

TheTurtle:
And seared ahi is a sandwich of some kind. It is not a burger. I barely recognize turkeyburgers as burgers. Fish can get their own farking list.


So order the chicken fajitas instead.
 
2012-11-29 01:33:15 PM  
Chicago fail. Kuma's is easily #1 in town and country
 
2012-11-29 01:34:52 PM  

FlashHarry: smash burger. greasy but farking awesome.

/wish we had an in-n-out burger here in omaha


Is that by St Mary's?
 
2012-11-29 01:35:56 PM  

Rindred: russsssman: Seems the thoroughness of their review of burger joints is equal to the quality of their slideshow. Everything is in New York/NE area except the few places in Cali and Nevada that they had overheard about at a rooftop wine party. "oh it's a simply diviiiiiiiiiine burger".

Came here to say this. All the burger joints listed aren't anywhere near where prime cattle is raised. Epic, epic fail.


You know, along about 1866 or so they started doing these things called "cattle drives".

Yep.

Seems that most cattle are raised way out in the sticks somewheres so the cowboys would round some up every now and then and take them to the nearest railroad and load em up and ship em off. They even made some movies about them. I think John Wayne was in one or two. As the years went by, refrigeration was invented and it wasn't too long before railroad cars had it too. Of course, they did use ice for a while but that's not the point here.
 
2012-11-29 01:37:14 PM  

dickfreckle: Damn. I know New Orleans is not known for burgers, but we have some seriously good burger joints around. This thread has inspired me to go to Port of Call later this afternoon. Incidentally, I'm meeting your mom there.

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This. PoC burgers are magnificent. Serving them with baked potatoes is bullshiat though.
 
2012-11-29 01:39:12 PM  
Miller's Bar is a great old school dive with the best burger I've ever had.
no menu - you can have a burger, or a cheese burger.
meat grinder is right next to the grill. simple perfection.
 
2012-11-29 01:39:21 PM  
The Country House in Geneva, Illinois. Best burger in the Fox Valley.

Bonus: In the cramped little bar area, they serve salted peanuts and you can throw the shells down on the floor if you want (just like bars in the South).
 
2012-11-29 01:41:00 PM  

RangerTaylor: Bartley's - Harvard Square, Cambrige MA. Just sayin'


Agreed. Best burger in the Boston area, and excellent onion rings. Though the lemonade has not been great in recent years. It used to be so tart that I swallowed my lips and half my chin.

As for NYC:
I haven't had it in a couple of years, but the burgers at Nebraska's Steahouse were excellent. Verrry freshly ground beef. Though it was the only thing besides the bartenders that was worth going there for.

I absolutely love Peter Luger's steaks, but their burger is just not that special. Similarly the hype for

For a large burger, Molly's Shebeen on 3rd Ave is very good. For a medium size, Pound & Pence downtown is good, and the fries/potato slices are great. For smaller burgers I really like Broome Street Bar.

For fast food 5 Guys isn't bad, and when hot, the Cajun fries are very good. But each 5 Guys is different. Consistency even just in the NYC area is poor. 34 St overcooks the burgers and under-seasons the fries, whereas the Hoboken one hits both dead on for a juicy burger and flavorful fries.

Shake Shack is good, and sometimes very good, but the fries can also be very hit-or-miss.

The Burger Joint is still tasty, but I'll admit the burger and fries both suffered when they got rid of the transfat. Whatever transfat IS, it is tasty, apparently.

Corner Bistro is good, but over-rated, and not worth waiting for. Go on an off time, and it's not bad.

Donovan's in Queens is always worth the trip.

P.J. Clarke's and JG Melon's are both aight, but nothing amazing. Love the JG Melon fries/potatoes though.
 
2012-11-29 01:42:21 PM  

deanis: Juicy Lucy. That is all. 

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Word. One of the best burgers I've ever had. Kenny's is a great place.
 
2012-11-29 01:43:10 PM  

das: Hell, almost every crossroad in America has a great burger joint!!!!


Not true for many places.

Here are some comments I wrote in the Fark thread In related news, Colorado Springs is in the midst of a burger war. with only stupid disagreement against my rants.

One

I've visited Colorado Springs several time and I must say "The food in Colorado Springs is generally awful".

And because the food is bad there the people living there think bad food is normal so they don't care.

99% of the restaurants are chains and your choices are between eating from a chain with under 10 restaurants or from one with over 100. There are independent restaurants but since most people there prefer chains the independents don't do too well even though they usually are as good or better than the chains. I haven't heard of any food scene there involving knowledgeable eaters seeking out the best of the independents.

So yes a burger war in Colorado Springs is a big deal - because that is the most interesting and exciting food thing happening there in that God forsaken desert of taste.


Two

Kar98: MemeSlave: Isn't Colorado full of vegan hippies anyway?

The Springs is evangelical fundie authoritah brahs all the way.

You forgot the huge number of military personnel, defense contractors, and retirees.

All of whom have a palate that ranks Denny's is a real treat as compared to McDonald's.


Three

Le Bomb Suprize: The only burger joint worth mentioning in COS is Conways Red Top.

Friction8r: Red Top also makes great burgers


You've got to be kidding me. Red Top may make the best burgers in COS but compared to most other places they suck, but that doesn't matter because folks in COS don't know better.

Red Top's gimmick, which must date from the 1960s and hasn't changed since, is to squish the patties really thin which makes them big enough to cover a salad plate. That means they are served on really big buns which appeals to the fattie "big eater" crowd which likes quantity in their meal. To make this tasteless fried to death piece of leather palatable they offer such 1960 options as "pizza style" where is gets a coating of tomato sauce and mozz cheese.

They don't even know how to make fries there. Yes they cut their own potatoes but you wind up with a pile of greasy limp fries that have been boiled in oil. They've never heard of double frying which is why most people prefer McDonalds.

It is really sad when you can have a serious argument about whether the "best local burger joint" is better or worse than McDonalds.
 
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2012-11-29 01:44:01 PM  

Ikam: This is where to go. Period.

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I'm surprised it took this long to come up, but yessireebob.
 
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