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  1. Magus

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    I have been thinking about this for a few days now and I feel that next to someone eating and enjoying your food...the next highest honor is for someone to take pictures of your food to share with others...Again...Thank You! for this honor...but....now...I have to remain focused because NOW! the world is watching!!! thanks for the pressure
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    Annarborfoodie...THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR TAKING THE PICTURES!!!...it was a great day. I brought more food because it was homecomming and we sold out of everything by halftime!!! We were putt'in hunger pangs in a headlock on game day.
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    If you would like to take pictures...THAT WOULD BE GREAT!!!! I will leave the food picks to the pros Im plan to bring extra because it is going to be a crazy day...HOMECOMMING!!
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    If it ain't broke, don't fix it. If you've tasted a cooked-from-fresh burger and a cooked-from-frozen burger and there's not a major difference, keep doing what you're doing. It's all a matter of spin. You need to think like a PR flak. Your burgers aren't just frozen, they're "fresh-frozen". Your top secret blend of spices and beef are fresh-frozen to meld into a first class burger unlike any other. Then they're put directly on the grill where they transform into the juicy No. 9 Original burger that's in so much demand. There's no charge for that ad copy. As for smoothies (as discussed a w
  5. Magus

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    Sounds like a good excuse for a side by side taste test. I'm sure you'll be able to find volunteers to do the tasting. ← I have found I have more success cooking a burger perfectly if it is frozen...you get great char without overcooking. I often now get just shy of fully cooked yet still drippy juicy. So, you will have to relearn to cook from fresh or keep em frozen tracey ← Tracey's basically right, but her post leaves a question unanswered: Define "fully cooked." Most hardcore burger lovers want their patties no more thoroughly cooked than medium at worst, for past that point, most
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    A SERIES OF UNFORTUNANT EVENTS!!! Well...I think I have really done it now. I think I have done something that had unintended consequences. I have been serving burgers at football games for a few years now. I have developed a following. This past game a lady asked me if I did this full time, I said no... not yet. She said when I dicided to do this full time...dont change a thing with the hamburgers. More than one person has told me this...THIS IS A BIG PROBLEM. I cook the burgers from Frozen...because I only have dry ice to keep them cold until I cook and serve them. It was not my intention
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    I know this is a long shot but just in case anyone will be in the Ann Arbor MI area this weekend for the MI vs. Penn State game, I will be located in front of Ebel Field. This is located on Hoover and Divison St. This is where the band starts marching from.
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    Funny you shold say that about the onions. I did a test last week. I brought raw diced onions about 1/8 inch square and marinated onions ( I grilled thoes) and everytime someone wanted onions they were asked if they wanted raw or grilled onions. I brought 5lbs of each and I went back with 4 and 1/2lbs of raw diced onions. Long story short...the grilled onions went much better than the raw. I want to keep it classic...my motto is "no gimicks...just damn good food" so I think I just need to make sure all the buns are toasted.
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    Buns. Right now I am serving my hamburgers on "Wonder" burger buns. Although customers are happy to have that, I can't imagine that this is the best bun to don my burgers with. I thought about making my own buns but this will be VERY labor intensive and I have yet to find someone who sells prebaked hamburger buns. I have tried burger honey burger buns...thoes are tasty, Potato buns are good as well. What are everyones fav kind of burger buns...honey, potatoe, seeded?
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    My brain hurts If anyone would like the chance to name a burger...all ideas are welcome. I would like either 3,6 or 9 in the name but it its not needed
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    This one is about the menu. I have always had hand written signage...I have very good hand. I have always used a whiteboard but I am growing tired of it. I was thinking about going with a blackboard. I will be using the (a la starbucks) markers to make the menu... Which do you think is better...a professionally done sign or a hand written sign?
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    I work at a place that does good fries, and the supplier isn't all of the problem. Potatoes develop their sugars as they age, so be sure to test what you are getting in. They sell testing kits and whatnot, just google it and you should find what you need. If you can't find the right supplier, and you have a B&M place, you can store your potatoes and let them develop. Last note, at least for the stand, two fryers are not a necessity. You can blanch the fries way earlier in the day and store them to be finished to order. Until then, good luck! I think the search for the perfect burger may b
  13. Magus

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    First...I would like to thank everyone for their opinions. Kbear...there is no rain on my parade...I am good at what I do. I also realize that EVERYTHING is important...from the sign on the door to the food that people consume. If it was just about making money I would not give a rats (you know what) and just throw anything out there...but this all has my marking on it. So...if you do not see topics that interest you... I thank everyone again for their input
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    What are your thoughts on the New and improved logo. I wanted to keep it classy yet with an edge. also a design that would look good in black and white. This is the most recent registered logo. Also comming soon...www.theninespot.com Also..I would like to know if this logo is t-shirt worthy
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    I am afraid that I have not mastered the art of taking pictures of my food. I need to get a better camera. I will try to use one this weekend and see how that goes.
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    Well...We had a great day. I was SO happy to see Annarborfoodie stoped by. That was the ultimate complement. We sold out of burgers five min after she stopped by. Which was good because the home team did not fare well in their game. Oh well. I am finding it hard to contain myself because I want to offer different kinds of burgers with different cheeses. But then I look at places like in and out and they only have three...a hamburger...cheeseburger and a double double...Thats it. To answer the other question...I am going to have both a "brick and mortar" as well as a mobile burger stand. I f
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    Update: Finalizing menu: Fries: still looking for a good source of potatoes Having fun with the health department Getting ready for football season. If anyone is in the Ann Arbor Michigan Area during football Saturdays, No.9 will have a stand at the corner of Hoover and Divison...a block away form the stadium. Drive thru...I am still playing with this idea...I have not made any decisions on that as of yet. Delivery: Something that I did not think about before but something I need to think about now. The only thing I need to figure out is how to pay them. I dont want to act strange with t
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    Yes, the numbers are correct. dont know if this is bad or good but if I can get 1% of that number...I will be a great shape. Although the numbers are from 2003 and there has been an increase in my area, I will stick with the lower number
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    Sorry, I did not include a claculation. The car traffic is 15,000 per day
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    It can work either way. 10,000 cars pass on that street in a day I have alot of parking The safety is great Foot traffic is not so good. When I speak of walk up...meaning people drive to the location to walk up to the window.
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    Hello Everyone!! Sorry I have not been checking lately...I will put it on my list of must do's during the day. BREAKING NEWS!! I have found a place...not a trailer but an actual place! This brings new issues. The place can be set up for a DRIVE THRU!!! This is an option that I have not thought of...AT ALL! I can also set it up as a walk up. The issue is: with a drive thru...this brings up a different set of logistics. With a drive thru...people already have a preconceived notion that it shold be fast...well...my aim is to slow people down a bit. With this option...I have been plugging away o
  22. Magus

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    Well Hello everyone. I am still working on some of the fine details. I have chosen a name "Burger Joint No.9" I am still working on the blend...getting it just right. I am still thinking about fries. dont know which way to go. Fries are not something that keeps for very long. I was thinking about fresh chips. If I cook chips...the chips being hot is a plus...especally when properly salted, but if the chips are cold...well everyone is expecting chips to be cold. I am also working out logistics of scheduling, who needs to do what and when. Meanwhile...I am still hustling to make the money to o
  23. Magus

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    Hello One and all. Well, No.9 is still on track. I am still doing the money saving thing...Not dealing with a bank. I am still doing the football games and selling out every game. I am happy about that. Demand has gone up by 50% from last year. This has given me a chance to think about simplicity...staying on track, staying focused. There are alot of distractions when it comes to food as far as what to offer. I just need to remember what I am here to do...make and serve a GREAT BURGER! I just wanted to give everyone a heads up. I have even resulted to selling t-shirts to raise money to open th
  24. Magus

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    Well. The Milkshake mixer came in yesterday...boy did I screw up my first one with the blender. I got the three head mixer...man do I love mixing I was used to making milkshakes in a blender but this is a different animal. I dont think I put the ingredents in correctly (proper order) I put the ice cream in then the flavoring then cream. It did not come out as planed but it tasted pretty good. I gues there is also a danger in over mixing the milkshake with this machine. Also, I have looked high and low on the internet for plain white wax cups...can not find. They all have some kind of funky
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    Just wanted to update. The fun part starts: The Trailer is found, I start construction this weekend. Purchased a three head drink mixer for milkshakes and malts....should be here this weekend. I will also have the ability to do smoothies but they did not have smoothies back then....
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