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Quoth the Raven, “More Chili”

Posted in Restaurant Burgers, REVIEWS [Restaurants] with tags , , , on June 23, 2008 by chomposaurus


Yes, just when you thought you’d eaten giant slabs of meat in every environment possible, Sullivan’s Island in SC produces Poe’s Tavern, an Edgar Allen Poe-themed restaurant that happens to serve a variety of creative and magnificently chunky half-pound burgers.


I had the black cat, which is what you see pictured here. It includes drunken chili, bacon and pimento cheese. It was the pimento cheese that really intrigued me; I’d never had it with a burger before. It went perfectly with the chili, the sour tang mixing well with the sweet chili and the perfectly cooked beef. Order medium here; you’ll get medium rare. The burger itself is a big round ball, ike a giant meatball made of the south’s best heifers.

The full menu, including the Pit & Pendulum, the Tamerlane and the Tell-Tale Heart, is available here.

For the record, you can get all of these with grilled chicken instead of beef, if the beef bells aren’t ringing for you. And yes, that was a Poe attempt at humor… yikes.

Two Pounds of American Grease

Posted in Restaurant Burgers with tags , on April 28, 2008 by chomposaurus

It won\'t fit!
Eagle’s Diner, in Brighton, MA, looks like a simple storefront greasy spoon. But inside lies a sacred place in the hamburger world: for it is here that you can order the Challenge Burger, 5 pounds of beef, 20 slices of cheese, 20 slices of bacon and 5 pounds of fries. The price? $50 – but it’s free if you can finish it. No one ever has.

My friend Amanda & I met at Eagle’s this weekend, and we were on a mission. Sadly, the mission was *not* to eat the Challenge Burger, since I needed to survive to write a blog about it. Instead, we picked the item a few places down on the menu: a pound of beef and a pound of fries for just $9.75. It’s enough to feed four small children. That’s why they call it Godzilla.

(Some might recall my discussion of Eagle’s Burgers from my Best Burger Update.)

I ordered my Godzilla with American cheese, medium rare, with everything on it – an everything that includes pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, raw onions and mayo. Amanda ordered the same but with Cheddar instead of American; then, we sat and waited for ten minutes, sipping our drinks like prisoners waiting for their last meal. Finally, our numbers were called. Godzilla had emerged!

GODZILLA!
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Best Burger Update

Posted in Burgers, Restaurant Burgers with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2008 by chomposaurus

Hot Sauce
This list was posted on Facebook. I’m adding an extra burger at the end. And I moved Houston’s up the list, because their burger just gets better and better.

1. Eagle’s Deli : Brighton, MA
Gigantic burgers filled with delicious meat. The ultimate slab of beef. It’s only 5 minutes from my house, but the burgers are so big that I can only eat there once a month. Come visit me and I will take you to carnivore heaven.

2. Houston’s : Orlando, FL (and elsewhere)
The BBQ Burger at this place is to die for. It’s slathered with sauce and enough bacon to clog an elephant’s aorta. It’s greasy in the best way: the whole thing is lightly soaked, but it’s still fun to pick it up and dive in. This is the 2nd biggest burger on the menu – and the only one that gives Eagle’s a run for the money on quantity of flavor.

3. In-n-out Burger : West Coast, USA
Any place that has “secret” items not listed on the menu gets a few extra points from me. Fortunately, this fast-food house of worship has the best secret sauce and the most tender burgers as well. Add in the unique toppings (like grilled onions) and you will quickly find burger ecstasy.

4. Dick’s Drive-in : Seattle, WA
This is what McDonald’s burger should be; for a buck fifty you get a deluxe with a tasty thin patty, shredded lettuce, and a slathering of mayo. A true bargain, since flavor is not sacrificed. I love Dick’s!

5. Shake Shack : New York, NY
The only burger I’ve bought that tastes just like my dad’s homegrilled creations. You can tell it was freshly made by the loose texture (not to mention the fact that you probably waited 45 minutes for it). The secret sauce is quite zesty, too. Bonus points for having the best veggie burger in the world (the fried mushroom-with-delcious-melted-cheese-inside burger).

6. Kincaid’s Grocery Store, Ft. Worth, Texas
[Pictured at Top of Article]
Todd, TJ & I had the pleasure of devouring these hearty, spiced burgers in Texas last fall. They tasted pleasantly sour, very heavy on the tang. And of course they were Texas-huge and came slathered in cheese & chili.

This was going to be at least a Top 7 list, but I am now too tired and hungry to continue. This space will be updated when I suddenly remember which places I forgot.

Honorable Mention:
5 Guys Burgers (Orlando, FL and elsewhere)
5th Avenue Cafe (Mt. Dora, FL) http://www.5thavenuecafe.com/

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More burger reviews to come!