F.C. Foodie - Good burgers

Wed, 11/19/2008 - 12:42pm
By: The Citizen

This column has long been a space to trumpet the savory delicacies of Fayette County’s finest dining establishments, but even this gourmand has a (very) soft spot for dishes that aren’t served on the finest china or under glass. This month, I would like to examine the burger, both cooked at franchises of some of the more popular fast food eateries, and at some of the area’s sit down restaurants.

On the fast food front, every shop seems to have something that draws an eater from time to time. When one is seeking a classic sandwich, McDonald’s tends to beckon with its Big Mac or Quarter Pounder with Cheese, while Burger King and its flamed broiled Whopper often sends its siren call when one is seeking a distinctly different taste. Wendy’s square burgers have perhaps the freshest taste, but Checkers tends to pile on the veggies and condiments and Sonic’s burgers, especially the Toasters (served on Texas Toast) are the perfect mix of size, taste and price.

For my money, I’ll go with Sonic, although when it is all about location, location, location, Wendy’s gets my call.

As for those who herald the steamed burgers of the Krystal, I agree that there is a time and a place for them, but, at least for this food critic, those times are few and far between.

Now, when you have a little more time and money to spare, there are dozens of great choices in the area. At the higher end of spectrum are the burgers, both bison and beef, at Ted’s Montana Grill, while the burgers in the diner-like Mimi’s Good Food and Waffle Houses are delicious as well.

If you sit down at the Chick-fil-A Dwarf House, toss the mantra of “Eat More Chicken” out the window and order either a Dwarf or Giant Burger. Either choice is terrific and blows away most of the other menu choices.

Foodie also recommends the patty melts at both Cameron’s and Mike and C’s, the Gourmet Burger at The Malt Shoppe and the Minis at Ruby Tuesday’s.

Overall, I would have to give Ted’s Montana Grill the prize for Best All-Around Burger. The George’s Cadillac, with its bacon and barbecue sauce, is out of this world. The runner-up, and actually the one I sample more often than any burger in the area, is The Malt Shoppe’s Gourmet Burger. It is always the perfect size and made just how I like it.

I’m curious to see what burgers the readers feel I unjustly left off the list. Debate the merits of the burgers on this column at www.thecitizen.com.

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Submitted by kjam on Thu, 11/20/2008 - 9:31am.

You should try the burgers at Anthony's Pizza & Pasta (yep, they have burgers). The favorite is the Mediterranean Burger. The taste is awesome and you get your money's worth (the burgers are so big).

Submitted by boo boo on Thu, 11/20/2008 - 2:18am.

Long Branch in Fayetteville use to have the best burger around and the fries...OMG real ones.
My spouse and I went to Zesto's in Tyrone the other night and had one of their burrito Grande's. I had the fish one and spouse had the steak, delicious, with cilantro in it...ummmmmm good. One is a whole meal..
A friend told me her and hubby went to the New restaurant on 74 that use to be 3 dollar cafe I believe and she said she had some good fish and chips, real fries, she said...Ok have to check out any place that serves good fish...love burgers but fish is better for me...can not pass up a fry though...

Submitted by gapeach_rits on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 10:46pm.

You didnt mention Five Guys Burgers and Fries!! That is my personal favorite you can fix it anyway you like and there is no denying that you get a real burger! But I do have to agree that the Minis @ Ruby's are really good too. I cant handle the Mc D's burgers..they are just to greezy and BK..well they just arent the same as they use to be. Wendy's, well they taste ok and always hit the spot but as the old commercial use to go...."WHERE' THE BEEF?"

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