08 Nov Restaurants That Boast Of Their Delicious Burgers
The best homemade buns. The first and best Juicy Lucy. A mammoth burger weighing as much as a newborn baby. Every burger joint is out to stand out from the rest. And sometimes, they do it really well.
Here’s my list of restaurants that – with good reason – boast of their delicious burgers.
Gott’s Roadside, San Francisco
Gott’s Roadside calls itself ‘a different kind of burger joint’, offering high quality fare in a down-to-earth spot. The ingredients in their burgers are locally sourced, and they pay great attention to detail. This has resulted in a cheeseburger that is cooked medium well, but is still slightly pink inside when you bite into it. With it goes lettuce, American cheese, pickles, tomato and a secret sauce. The bun is a toasted egg bun. Before it comes to you at your table, it’s pressed in a machine that steams the bun to soften it while keeping the underside toasty.
Mustard’s Grill, Napa
The owner of this California ‘deluxe truckstop’, Cindy Pawlcyn is subtle and compelling in her boast of the honest, ‘heaping’ American fare with worldly sophistication that her restaurant serves up. And it’s not hard to see why, when you dig into the humongous, juicy and hard-to-resist Half Pound Niman Ranch Hamburger.
It has gourmet prices ($17.00) for the burger with excellent french fries, housemade pickles and the option of topping your burger with mushrooms, avocado or blue cheese.
Rockit Burger Bar, Chicago
Rockit Burger Bar doesn’t need to do its own boasting. It just points you in the direction of others’ praises. And with good reason. The burgers at Rockit are some of the best in Chicago, which is saying a lot given the competition. The Locavore and the Rockit Burger are two favorites. The first contain local beef, onion rings fried in a batter of Goose Island beer, nueske bacon aioli, smoked cheese from Nordic Creamery, and a Pretzel bun. The Rockit Burger on the other hand has Kobe beef, red onion, a blanket of melted brie cheese, a medjool date aioli, and a tender brioche. Sounds mouth-melting, and it is.
Red Heat Tavern, Wilmington, MA
Here’s a misfit on the list of subtle boasting. Red Heat Tavern doesn’t mince words when it claims that it offers the best burgers in Wilmington. The restaurant is particularly proud of its RHT Burger with sweet and spicy Asian flavors from sriracha and sweet chili sauce. Also promoted is the BBQ Burger, with Applewood smoked bacon, cheddar and honey BBQ sauce topped with onion strings. Is the boast justified? If you like your hamburger rare, you probably won’t get anything rarer than a slightly pink interior. The farmhouse burgers may be greasy. But the BBQ Burger, some have claimed, is life-changing!
Burgerim, Several Locations
I had to break the rule and include this burger franchise, because it is claimed that the Burgerim Burgers are the best in the world. I was curious to see if a fast food franchise, even if it calls itself a ‘gourmet’ franchise, can truly meet quality. Their offerings are mini burgers with a whole list of patty and topping options. Variety is their USP. The burgers are hit or miss. Overall, not quite the best in the world. But maybe with so many franchises across the country, there’s bound to be one location where there’s nothing better around.
Do you know of any others that should be added to this list? Do they deserve their self-praise? Should they be sent into that special place for liars? Let me know below.