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ChocoMom   

When I grew around Detroit, A & W had great burgers, followed by Jack-in-the-Box, and there were lots of other places to try.  Now that I live on the other side of Mackinac Bridge, not much of a selection as far as chain restaurants go.   BK, McD's, Culvers and Hardees.  No Five Guys, No Shake Shack. No A &W :(  BK and McD's, I just eliminate automatically for anything except maybe coffee, and a breakfast biscuit for the kids.  Culver's and Hardees both have pretty good burgers. I find the Culver's Butterburgers are pretty true to texture for a real hamburger, but EXTREMELY salty.  Hardees Lo-Carb Thickburger (minus the cheese, mayo and ketchup) works perfectly into this torture diet my doc put me on. So, I can cope slightly better now, when I am out and about and need to hit the drive through.  Its not grass fed, so no matter what, none of these get ranked as GREAT---just good or acceptable.   We do have an Applebees now, but I have not tried the burger there. I shall put that on the to-do list. 

 

As for a really GREAT burger, one must drive further north to The Hut in Calumet.   Its not "fast food "unless you order ahead- so be ready to sit down, and then behold greatness.  :D

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-Andrea

 

A 'balanced diet' means chocolate in BOTH hands. :biggrin:

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rotuts   

I had occasion to have a burger at R Guys a few towns over.

 

I had the single patty w lettuce , tomato , mayo , pickles and mushrooms.

 

I asked for as rare as possible , but they seem to cook it one way , and that information is posted.

 

and fries w not too much salt.     a previous visit I didn't ask for less salt and the fries were quite salty  ( for me )

 

I had a vanilla  malted shake.

 

they assemble your topping on your bun on the counter opposite the grill.  when the burger is ready , it goes on the buns and gets wrapped up.

 

the bacon was room temp pre-cooked.  but still a little crispy , perhaps they cook the bacon from time to time etc

 

therefore the bun as room temp , i.e. a little cold m as were the toppings.   the meat was hot enough to partially melt the cheese and bring perhaps the

 

tomato to a warmer temp.   they do not warm nor toast the buns nor put the cheese on the patty on the drill.

 

it was a good burger none the less , but the non-tosted cool bun was  bit of a distraction on what might have been a very very good butter :

 

so the burger as an experience got a " good " rating as you could taste the beef as beef and it still have crunch from the grill.

 

the Malted was outstanding ,l I haven't had something like that in a long long while.   they give it to you w a straw , but toss that right away as you

 

can't get it up that straw.

 

the fries had less salt than I remember the first time i was there and were outstanding.

 

clearly their ' signature ' is to give you your fries in a cut that's the side thou ordered and then they add a significant amount of fries on top of those

 

in the bag that has your burger and fries.  they and malt vinegar for the fries and I asked for some extra maya.

 

the burger at ShakeShake   ( SmokeShake ) was much much better as the bun was hot and might have been lightly coated in butter ? meat jus ?

 

you know the buns that come tiny bit oily ?  SS has those , 5G does not

 

that being said , the fries Ive had ( once ) at SS were awful

 

so  really really keen on outstanding fries w that burger , like lots and lots of toping ?   =- 5 guys

 

a much better buyer ( over all ) and pass on the fries  ?  SS.

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ChocoMom   

We just got a new BK in town about two weeks ago.  They have a very fast, efficient crew. The burgers are so-so, but the fries are much better at this location versus other BK's and McDonalds.    

We just don't seem to attract The cool places like 5 Guys or Shake Shack...which is a drag. I'd like another option to choose from.  But, it is what it is. 


-Andrea

 

A 'balanced diet' means chocolate in BOTH hands. :biggrin:

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gfweb   

I'm not in love with 5G. Variable from store to store...no drive thru...long waits

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rotuts   

ShakeShake is far superior to 5G's     in all respects 

 

it would be an abomination to get a SS : SmokeShake via a drive through window. 

 

no BurgerZen at all that way.  just ignore the SS fries.

 

Ive had InN'Out many time in CA    I do love their sauce

 

but I can't remember enough about them to compare w SS.

 

Fries at one 5g's ive been to are a Gift from God.

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kayb   

We've got a 5 Guys; it's...OK. For a burger, there's an old diner/dairy bar I freqent; makes hellaciously good fries and onion rings, and the burgers are the good-quality thin patties with plenty of crust from the flattop. They toast buns on the flattop, as well. They have a drive-through, but the burgers and rings don't transport well; much better fresh, hot, eaten there.

 

I find consistently when I travel, the local diner/dairy bar/cafe does a better burger than any fast food chain common to the South. In bigger cities, you may hit some regional chains with better burgers, but no In-n-Out and no Shake Shack here (well, there's a Shake Shack about 45 minutes away, but it's no kin to the chain, being one of the local diner/dairy bar combos, and it does, in fact, have a fine burger. I tried In-n-Out when I was in Arizona, and yes, it's pretty good.

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ElsieD   

I went to a 5 Guys here once and swore I would never go back. Between getting our two orders totally wrong, they blasted us out of the place with music  going full tilt.  It was so loud we could not have a conversation, not even with our voices raised.


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rotuts   

@kayb  

 

I completely agree with you on the Local Burger Joint

 

back before the Internet and personal Computers

 

'50's and '60's 

 

there was Kirks

 

in the PaloAlto area  CA

 

stunning

 

Im pleased you still have a Local Delicious Burger Joiint  !

 

cheers

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kayb   

Y'all made me do it. Details on the Lunch thread.

 

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lindag   

We have a locally owned place a couple towns over in Hamilton that serves award-winning burgers made from Montana beef they'll cook any way you like.  their onion rings are the best I've ever had and the place is busy every day, sometimes with a wait.  Out of town guests always want to return.

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