Kovalic wrote:Best burger I've had recently was at the Blue Moon. But I don't eat there often enough to know if that was representative of their overall quality...
Can you get your burger cooked to order there? I went once several years ago, and my recollection is as long as you wanted medium-well, you'd be good. Unfortunately, I didn't. I haven't been in a rush to go back.
I've probably said the same thing in another thread, but my feeling is burgers really fall into two groups:
- "greasy burgers" - Usually on the smaller side, always cooked medium-well to well done (or farther), basically distinguished by toppings.
- "juicy burgers" - Usually larger (at least 1/3 #, up to 1/2 # or more), cooked to order (medium-rare, please) and may have good toppings, but can also stand up well plain. Bun and seasonings (if any) often come into play.
The former category honestly usually doesn't interest me a ton. One reason I can't figure out why 5 Guys gets so much love. What's the point of fresh meat if you press all of the juice out and cook it until it is well done? As far as I'm concerned, if the meat is crap (and/or poorly cooked), the burger as a whole follows.
Big thumbs up to Brothers Three. I've gotten a patty melt there a few times recently, and it has been delicious.
Dotty's...I've always found them to be decent, but nothing amazing.
Bub's is close to work, and I *want* to like them, but they are essentially a local version of 5 Guys. The burgers are only so-so, and while fresh sweet potato fries sound promising, they always seem to be kind of limp. And they are pretty expensive for what you get. I'll happily pay $10+ for a burger, fries and a drink if it is all really good, but I've never felt anything at Bub's is "really good".
They don't exist in Madison, and while I'm normally pretty anti-chain, I can't post in a burger thread without confessing my love for Fuddruckers. Great, freshly ground meat nicely seasoned on a freshly baked, buttered and toasted bun. Cooked to order in various different sizes. I've never felt the need to get anything on them - the meat and bun stand up on their own. I realize that almost reads like marketing speak, but I really do like them a lot.
I miss the Buffalo Melt from Alchemy a lot. I got the TinShack Smokehouse Burger right after they changed the menu, and wasn't that impressed. And it was impossible to eat.
Bob's Bad Breath Burger at Weary is pretty solid, although the last time I got it it was overcooked. Honestly I'll take the West of the Andes there most of the time.