Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day BBQ!

Happy Memorial Hamburger Day!

Our BBQ today is dedicated to all of our fallen heros and all service men and women still serving. We thank you for protecting our freedom.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

"Sharing our leftovers..."

Laspadas Hogies, welcome to Boca!
I know were know for burgers but I couldn't help but share this place with the world.
If you're in the mood for a sub/hogie, this is the belly filling place for you. Fresh cut meat, fresh veggies, topped with more drag cut meat. Incredibly fresh bread. Out of this world tasty! They know what they are doing!
If you in Boca, right next to Town Center mall, check them out!
Laspadas Hogies... Well-Done!

Friday, May 28, 2010

CG Burgers - Jupiter, FL

Lunchbox checking in again. Happy National Hamburger Day!

This place was great! After 3 solid recommendations, we made the short trip up to Jupiter (Abacoa area) for a CG Burger. It's connected to Carmine's Coal Fired Ristorante so i assume CG Burgers = Carmines Grill. The place has a modern gastro-pub vibe. High-top tables and booths with a bar in the center. Fully open view into the kitchen where the fast-paced atmosphere is thriving.

The menu is simple.
CG Burgers, Specialty Burgers, Wings & Sides.
- All topping for burgers are FREE.

I decided to go with the Napa Valley Burger - (Goat Cheese, Arugula, Balsamic Honey Mustard).

4 words - OUT OF THIS WORLD! The meat was high quality. The goat cheese was so smooth & the honey mustard set the burger to a new dimension.  Ah yes, i had to ask about the bun... It was so soft and melted with the rest of the burger... Was it potato bread? No, just a Grade A sesame bun roll.

On a scale of Rare to Well-Done(best):
Lunchbox overall rating - Well-Done!

A fellow burger lover 'Bruni' joined me on the trip and decided to go with the CG Double Stack - Free Toppings: Lettuce, Tomato, Mushrooms, Onions, Swiss Cheese.

He too was just as impressed as I was.
"This place will be on regular rotation for lunch." - Bruni

Only open 3 months...
and look at the sign above the grill...

Friday, May 21, 2010

National Hamburger Month - 2010

We wanted to thank all of our fans for their support. Hope this video makes you hungry! Keep checking back with us as we embark on a journey for bigger and better burgers.

"Don't forget to share your leftovers..."

"Sharing our leftovers..."


Our Jr. Burger Associate -'Scotty' sent in this brief report on Flanigan's. "A place for ribs." 

"Bacon cheeseburger. Undercooked, juicy but tasteless. I give it a 5 out of 10."

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Piggy's - Hendersonville, NC

This place truly is a diamond in the rough. It's been 10yrs since my last Piggy's visit and it was great to be back. My summer vacations growing up consisted of attending a youth group week long retreat up in Hendersonville, NC. My parents would volunteer around camp and would need to drive into town to pick up supplies. EVERYONE had an order to place for Piggy's milkshakes. After years of summer retreats, we never ate the burgers. This time we went for it! How could we pass up the opportunity.  This place is like a yard sale threw up all over it. It's got so much to look at. It's a country TGI-Friday's with all the flare.

That right there is the Piggy's Double Cheeseburger - All The Way (lettuce, tomato, mayo, mustard, chili & onions) with a side of Corn Nuggets. $4.95. Yeah, you read that right...

The burger was intense. Almost too much to hold for a first bite. The meat was out of the world good. I think we even saw the cow pasture in the mountains where they raise the beef. Thick, round beef patties were just the beginning. Top this meal off with Corn Nuggets (fried creamed corn) and you've got memories for a lifetime!

On a scale from Rare to Well-Done (Well-Done being the best):
Piggy's Overall Rating - WELL-DONE!

Even my sister went big and bold with a Double Bacon Cheeseburger!!!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Johnnie Browns - Delray Beach, FL

Such a great location. Such a great vibe. Not so great burgers. Honestly, they got lost in the bun. For $8.95 i was hoping for a nice chunk of meat. The flavor of the grill was the best part of the burger. Open flame cooked for sure! Fresh Blue Cheese and solid bacon don't make up for it though. They should stick to drink specials. Its what they do best.

'ROTH' was hungry, but what else is new... This tiny burger wasn't enough to fill him up.
Overall rating - Medium-Rare

'Big Marc' didn't even want to try a burger... He went with the ribs and made out the best of all of us. Good choice. The sauce had some spice. Messy. Fall off the bone. perfect combination.

Lunchbox went with the Steakhouse Burger. (Bacon, Blue Cheese, Cracked Black Pepper, and Parsley mayo. Again, not great. I know i am repeating myself here, but they just make too small of a burger for anyone to really enjoy. The grease was flowing all over the hand. They do give solid cloth napkins. i guess they know what your getting into, so they are prepared.

Rating Scale: Rare to Well-Done (well-done being the best)
Overall rating - Medium

'Zsuzsa' our waitress (From Hungary)


"Sharing our leftovers..."

Corner Bistro - New York
331 W 4th St

Our Northeast Burger Correspondent 'Farber' had a late night rendevous with a burger and couldn't help but share his leftovers with us... Enjoy!

Bistro Burger (cheese, deepfried bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion).
Best burger in NYC!

Friday, May 7, 2010

Big Joe's Burgers & Wings - Boca Raton

Fleaflicker decided to run over to Big Joe's Burger & Wings in Boca Raton on Federal Hwy. He tackled the Gorgonzola Bacon Burger.

"My next door haven for burgers and more... The food is always outstanding and I give big kudos to chef Betsy. The tag team duo of owners Joe and Betsy will make you feel at home with their homestyle cooking... Don't forget about desert... Chef Betsy prepares some of the most outstanding pies cake and cookies."

Fleaflicker overallrating - Well Done

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

"Sharing our leftovers..."

In case you're wondering, National Hamburger Month is May. It's a special time of year when the smell of smoldering coals and charred meat can be noticed wafting through neighborhoods everywhere. So give in to your burger temptations and grab a few bites at these Broward burger joints. We'll do a Palm Beach version later in the week.

Big Bear Brewing Co.:
Big Bear, an independently owned and operated brewpub in Coral Springs, puts as much thought into its stellar burgers as it does into its award-winning suds. Each of the half-inch-thick patties is made from ground-daily chuck and griddle-cooked for the perfect amount of juiciness. It's then laid to rest on an airy, sesame-seed-coated Kaiser roll and topped in a few distinctive ways. Our favorite is the bistro burger, a pungent offering that's slathered with balsamic caramelized red onions, roasted garlic mayonnaise, Applewood smoked bacon, and a slab of runny Brie cheese. These burgers may be high-class, but they're all low cost, each clocking in under $12.

Sonny's Famous Steak Hogies:
Sonny's is best-known for its Philadelphia-style steak hogies (not "hoagies"), cut from rib-eye beef and wedged into a housemade roll. But it also serves one mean hamburger. The restaurant calls it a hogie burger: an oblong, griddle-cooked patty of freshly ground beef that fits nicely on one of Sonny's famous hogie rolls. And it's nearly perfect. The burger is immensely beefy and charred on an age-old griddle. When you bite into it, the thing drips with a slurry of rendered fat, most of which gets soaked up by the luscious, cornmeal-studded roll. A six-ounce burger will set you back only $3.75, and it's a meal on its own. Slather it with sweet, pickled peppers provided at every table, or add cheese for just 50 cents.

Le Tub:
Let it be said: All the toppings in the world aren't worth a damn if you can't cook a hamburger right. Le Tub is a good example of burgery at its finest. Its burger -- a constant contender for Best Of, not just in South Florida but all over America -- is pure sirloin. Yet it's amazingly juicy. You take a bite and gobs of rendered fat drip down your chin and onto your plate. This is thanks to Le Tub's ancient-looking outdoor grill. It has an open top, meaning there is never a cover to seal in heat and cook the burgers from any other angle than the bottom. It burns superhot, so the one side that is closest to the flame chars to a crisp, caramelizing the meat and sealing in juices.

Big City Dogs: Big City's burger is no joke. It's damned big. Because this burger is more than an inch thick of all-beef chuck fresh ground in-house daily, you'll find it hard to wrap your mouth around this loaded beast. It's grilled perfectly to temperature -- order it medium and you get a hot, pink center -- and set on a kaiser roll large and sturdy enough to handle its largess. For the top: cheese, if you like it, plus lettuce, tomato, and quality, hand-cut pickles sliced the long way to achieve maximum coverage. Underneath the patty: a mound of caramelized onions. Sound great? Well, yes, it is. You could do no wrong ordering this juicy, delicious burger, which comes with fries and a drink for under $10 and is a relatively close lunch trip from downtown Fort Lauderdale. Thanks to a new store in Davie, folks out west can enjoy life in the Big City too.

Jack's Old Fashion Hamburger House:
If beef flavor is your aim, you can't go wrong with a burger from Jack's. The Fort Lauderdale institution uses a blend of brisket that's ground fresh every day, then griddle-cooks it to a perfect char. The patties aren't superthick or loaded with toppings. They're well-done and juicy as all get out and slipped into the kind of sweet and airy bun a brother wouldn't mind being buried in. At less than $6 for a half-pounder, these bad boys are cheap as well as tasty. No wonder Jack's has stuck around so long.

John Linn
Five Broward Burgers to Eat for National Hamburger Month

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Bailey vs The Whopper

Bailey vs The Whopper 

When an 8yr old tackles a whopper it can only be good. The whopper is bigger than his head but he ate the entire thing. He sure had his way!

"You should try this burger. I liked everything about it. It was very good." - Bailey 
Overall rating - Well Done