Hi Patty! I met you during the filming of "Me, Natalie" although I doubt that you would remember me.
Is Red Robin any good?\
Next time I visit my sister, I want to try it.\
Was not impressed by Five Guys.
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Best ketchup too!
Red Robin is okay--they have a lot of options. I was sorely disappointed by In N Out...the burgers weren''t anything exceptional. Five Guys is okay too...I try not to eat burgers too often, but as long as the restaurant uses real meat I''m not too choosy.
mmm red robin has a good jalepeno burger. actually all their stuff is good.
"In N Out" is so good it always has a line around the block.\
Don''t forget the secret menu.
Red Robin has the best veggie burgers and a friend loves their chicken sandwiches. They have the best fries too.%0D\
In N Out serves its burgers rare, even when you ask it to be cooked well done.
r18 the patty is so thin the minute they put it on the grill, it''s cooked, so I don''t know what you''re talking about. \
Seriously, In-N-Out is just a regular burger joint. It is way over-hyped.
R19 is wrong.%0D\
r20 wrong? My friends and I were regulars at In-N-Out because the chain was right across the street from the university I attended. There''s always a line. \
It''s just a regular burger, but the way some people wax poetry about it, you''d think it fell down from heaven.
My friends from California speak highly of In N Out burger but sadly they don''t have them here in Texas.
Red Robin is good, I loved the one w/ avacado but it''s off the menu now. Burgers are so big we always share one. Five Guys is ok. I''m in Atlanta/North Georgia so locally I like Cheeseburger Bobby''s but it''s always too crowded to get a seat, at least the one closest to me in Canton. Also love Dockery''s in Alpharetta and Big John''s Dawg House in Ball Ground. Great burgers, made to order and CHEAP. Big John''s has the best handcut french fries around.
The Serious Eats website has its own version of the In n Out burger. I''d like to try it sometime since we don''t have that chain here in the Midwest.
In-n-Out! I think the fresh beef makes a real difference.%0D\
5 Guys is over-hyped and WAY too greasy. Red Robin is pretty good, and their fries are excellent.
Huts in Austin, TX...Emril Lagasse traveled all over the U.S. and selected this burger as one of his favorite burger joints.
[quote]My friends from California speak highly of In N Out burger but sadly they don''t have them here in Texas.%0D\
One opens in Dallas in the next month or two. Over the next five years, they''ll be opening a dozen more in Dallas.%0D\
After that they''re looking to expand to Austin, Houston, and San Antonio.%0D\
[quote]Red Robin is good, I loved the one w/ avacado but it''s off the menu now%0D\
It was off for a while, but at least at my local Red Robin, they just put it back on last month I think. It was my favorite too, and for a while after they took it off, they let me order it anyway. No big deal. And I guess enough people did that, that it''s back.%0D\
R21, you''re wrong about the patty being so thin. It''s almost always slightly pink in the middle.%0D\
Lot A Burger.
I live in Austin. I find "Huts" to be completely over-rated. The buns are always stale. Or at least the twenty times or so I ate there, I think I had a non-stale bun just once.%0D\
The best burger in Austin is a bar on 6th street actually... not open for lunch last time I checked, and the service is slow as hell (I usually have to wait upwards of half an hour between ordering my burger and getting it)... but it''s just an awesome burger. Casino El Camino.%0D\
I''m in L.A. Lots of great burgers here.\
My faves: The Golden State, on Fairfax. Father''s Office, in SM and Culver City. And yeah, In ''n'' Out, all over.\
In ''n'' Out''s secret isn''t that secret: limited menu. Everything is perfect. Fries are handcut and cooked to order. Beef is always fresh, never frozen, and it all comes from chuck -- no scraps. Milkshakes have actual dairy products in them.\
But my top fave is Golden State. Great burger. Great brioche bun. Awesome fries. And for dessert they offer Scoops ice cream -- one of the best locally made ice creams. I mean, if you''re gonna clog your arteries, you may as well go all the way.
In n Out isn''t bad. It''s good but it''s overrated.
Beck''s Prime in Houston\
Whataburger is the best fast-food burger in Texas.
I was in Florida over Christmas and I had never had Whataburger. It was very, very good.\
I''ll vote for it for best CHAIN burger (never had In-N-Out), though there are many independent restaurants, even hole-in-the wall bars that make even better burgers.
I think GQ or some magazine just rated Omami Burger in LA the best, but I went and it is not worth the wait in line or money.\
I do recommend Rounds on SM Blvd. next to Fiesta Cantina. The 3 cheese burger with garlic mayo sauce is one of the best burgers I''ve had in a long time.\
Racers/Checkers also has a good bacon cheeseburger and good alternative fries.
In N Out serves sub par meat. I can''t eat there anymore. Shit tastes rancid. Why do you think a burger costs 5 bucks? That can''t be good. Its all hype. Doesn''t pass the smell test. \
Fatburger is like 10 bucks a burger, but its good meat - it tastes like meat. You can get it medium rare plain on a bun without the flavor disguises and its great.\
Had a mushroom burger from Mel''s Diner in L.A. today - fucking great - you can taste ground beef flavor with little to no grease. Cost me 15 bucks total. \
Long story short - buy your own ground beef and make your burgers. I don''t go to In N Out anymore for rat meat on bread. I''d rather eat less meat and hit up fatburger once a month than eat the rubbery swill In N Out churns out once a week because its cheap.
Just off of I85, between Brentwood and Franklin, TN, you have Franklins Tavern. They have a 2.5lb burger called the "Man Slab".
Local chain in suburban Philly.
Club Paris in Anchorage. Burgers are only served at lunch, ground from tenderloin filet. They are perfect. The restaurant is haunted and time stopped there sometime around 1975. \
It has a great bar too and very interesting people show up there.
I with r32 that Hut''s in Austin was overrated (though I loved Frank & Angie''s pizza right next door and owned by the same people.) I haven''t eaten there in over 10 years but I was never overly impressed when I lived in Austin. Waterloo Ice House had better burgers - is the one at 6th and Lamar still there next to Waterloo Records?\
In ''N Out is good but I agree it''s overrated and really not worth the long waits. Fatburger is very good, though I like their grilled chicken sandwiches better than their burgers. The Counter makes really good burgers too, though the one in West Hollywood isn''t the best location.
Whenever anybody says that In n Out has a great burger, I know that person has never had a great burger.
R46, I don''t consider "Inn-n-Out" to be a great burger, categorically. I consider it to be a great FAST-FOOD burger. Compare it to the major fast food burgers (McDonald''s, Wendy''s, Burger King), and it''s head-and-shoulders above those.%0D\
But I''ve had WAY better burgers at non-fast-food places.%0D\
r32 and r45/not kirker are definitely right about Hut''s in Austin. Too much hype for a mediocre, messy burger.\
My picks: Moonie''s Burger House in north Austin and Houston''s/Bartletts or whatever it''s called now. \
Fast food picks: Whataburger and Dan''s Hamburgers.
In Kansas City we''ve been getting many chain burger places over the last few years: Red Robin, Smashburger, 5 Guys, Hamburger Mary''s, and Whopper Bar. Red Robin is too child-friendly (it''s like eating at a day care center) and 5 Guys is okay but overpriced.%0D\
For me though? I like Jim''s Diner, Jack Gage American Tavern, Hayes, Town Topic, Max''s Auto Diner, Blanc and BRGR. If I have to have a fast food burger I''ll go to Steak and Shake or Winstead''s.%0D\
I''ve eaten at Whataburger in Oklahoma City and In-N- Out in LA but that was a lifetime ago and don''t recall much about those places.
The Apple Pan, Los Angeles.
Now that Mission Burger is gone, my favorite burger in SF has to be Zuni Cafe. Honorable mention goes to Whiz Burger. 4505 at the Ferry Bldg. on Thursdays serves a great burger, too, but too small. %0D\
Haven''t tried Don Pisto''s yet. Thanks for the tip!
Hoo-boy! --- What-a-Burger is, in a word, AWFUL.\
The only good thing, relatively speaking, is their advertising, but their food sucks a donkey dong.\
I had better burgers in my elementary school''s cafeteria from the lunch ladies.
Will never go back to a What-a-Burger.
Louis'' Lunch in New Haven, CT. It''s where the hamburger was invented and run by the same family for generations.
I''ma say Five Napkin, in Hell''s Kitchen (here in NYC, for the flyovers). FUCKING DELICIOUS.
In-N-Out burgers make cardboard taste good. They''re as bad as McDonalds.
I live in Austin also and have loved Dirty''s on Guadalupe for years. I haven''t been there for awhile though and think that I''ll make a trek to the place this weekend.
Also Not Kirker
I wish you luck, r56, just because it''s SXSW. Hopefully they haven''t infiltrated The Triangle. \
I''ve never been to Dirty''s before but have always heard good things. \
Let us know how it is :)
For fast food I love Maid-Rite those burgers from Iowa that Roseanne''s loose meat sandwiches were based on.\
The best burger around here is at a hole in the wall call Nick''s. The place is seriously filthy and I might get parasites, but it would be worth it.\
The best burger from a restaurant chain is from Ted''s Montana Grill. Dear lord their burgers are good.
Off to get a burger
Whataburger is the best in Texas. \
Blakes Lot-a-burger is the best in New Mexico.
After In-N-Out, hands down the winner is Johnny''s, corner of Indiana and Madison, Riverside, California. Best ever onion rings, too.
I live in Texas. I''ve eaten at Whataburger. I''m not sure I understand the love.%0D\
EVERYONE raves about them, just like here.%0D\
I just don''t get it.%0D
In-n-Out is lost on me -- better than McD, but that''s not saying much.
JohnEric, I keep hearing good things about Gage''s American Tavern. That restaurant review show "Check,Please K.C." on KCPT/PBS, gave it a thumbs up too. I''ll have to give it a try.
Agree with R35
Heck''s in Ohio City, Cleveland.
What''s the name of the new-ish burger place here in Austin; the one where it says "Winner of the Malcom Baldridge Award" on billboards all over town? I''ve been there once and they are good (And expensive)...but not spectacular. I was told they are owned by the same dude who started Rudy''s Barbecue. BTW...old Austinites, like myself, love The Frisco Shop on Burnet Road. Get the "Down South Burger."
Another Old Austin Queen
In-N-Out Burger is in Texas now and there are 2 mile lines.
With the chains: In n Out has better better meat and buns for the burgers. Five Guys has better fries. Yes INO has handcut fries, yadda, yadda, but five minutes after you get them, they taste like cardboard. I don''t know why but it''s just not as good. The burgers are better than Five Guys though. The quality control is better at INO too. Five Guys can be uneven but I love the variety of toppings.
This is a good thread but what we need are more descriptive details on what makes a burger from a particular place great.\
What kind of bun? Toppings? Are the fries done in a special oil? Thick patty or thin? Grilled, fried of broiled?
How is O-burger next to the Starbucks in West Hollywood? I heard it was delicious but not a lot of bang for your buck.
How can any of you continue indulging yourselves with burgers when you know they all have pink slime added to the meat? That shit makes real shit a delight, if you ask me.
Also from Texas and also don''t quite get the Whataburger love. I think it''s because most are open 24 hours so everyone goes there drunk after the bars close. Very few people actually eat Whataburger sober.
No wonder American''s are so fat.\
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[quote]Also from Texas and also don''t quite get the Whataburger love\
It''s the best fast-food burger in Houston. It''s the only fast-food I''ll bother with here. The best burger is from Beck''s Prime, IMHO.
Lounge in the woods (aka little tonys) in grosse pointe woods, mi.
Vote for Red Robin. Best Veggie burgers and steak fries.
Los Angeles is lousy with burger places.\
Umami hit the spot for a while, but at a certain point, you don''t want a gourmet burger piled with toppings, you just want a BURGER. But it''s very high quality. The fries suck tho.\
Bowery on Sunset has an amazing burger that is well-loved by foodies. The bun is an English muffin. The gravy fries are INSANE.\
Go Burger is a nearby wannabe... pretty good burgers, more mainstream. I recommend them more for the shakes. They also make some great fries that are fried in duck fat. Yum.\
Stout is another burger place in Hollywood, \
In-N-Out is the best *fast food burger* in Los Angeles. Animal style is a must.
Lucky devils in hollywood. Great shakes too!
The Weber Grill in Chicago.
Burger Heaven NYC
I wish there was an In N Out burger around me. I''ve always wanted to try one. They don''t have any in my city. They finally opened a Carl''s Jr. but isn''t that the same as a Hardee''s?
Pretty much any locally owned restaurant will have better hamburgers than any chain restaurant. My favorites in southeastern Michigan are Jaws Jumbo Burgers in Farmington Hills and Krazy Jim''s Blimpy Burger in Ann Arbor.
r66, it is called Mighty Fine Burgers.
R84 Thanks. Shortly after I posted that I had to go into town and do something...I saw the billboard and the name of the place. The best burgers, IMHO, are the ones I make in the back yard on my grill. I sometimes mix Bleu Cheese in with the patty; it makes them awesome!
Gay Austin Native
In NJ I''d say Hamburgao%0D\
There are two in Newark and one in Kearny
In N Out, fine for fast food. There''s one in Palm Springs by the 10 freeway. Too crowded and crazy.\
Five Guys. I was underwhelmed.\
Fatburger, good but for some reason it takes a long time.\
Culvers, pretty good for the price.\
Sonic, again, underwhelmed.\
Honest to god, the best burger I ever et was at Ralph Lauren on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. They must have put crack in it.
I just had the best burger. 1/3 pound beef patty, charred on the grill, with sweet and spicy mayo, slices of Italian beef au jus, and sweet peppers on a sesame seed bun. Wow.
Slim's in Chicago.
In Pittsburgh, I like BRGR, in East Liberty and some northern suburb. They usually get "rare" right, not a common occurrence in Flyovia. And they're just delicious.
I had one yesterday at Winghart's, in Pittsburgh's Market Square, and while the guy got the "rare" right, it just wasn't that good a burger. Plus, it was extremely salty--and I love salt.
No love for Fuddruckers?
Another vote for The Apple Pan in West L.A.
Also, Barney's in Brentwood & Sherman Oaks.
Long, long ago, I liked Hamburger Hamlet. But I would mostly order their lobster bisque.
I like Braums.
One of the best burger I've ever had was at a place in Humble TX cannot remember the name, the used grass-fed Iowa beef.