There are five Lee's Hamburgers scattered around the New Orleans Metropolitan area that all serve similar grilled onion-topped burgers, but they're not part of a chain. Who is Lee and why are so many places selling his burgers?
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Get a tasty chargrilled burger with chips and a drink for a mere $5 during lunch at this new casual spot in Hillcrest.
The Hank is one of those burgers you can't put down, for two reasons. One, you know you'll never get a decent handle on it again if you try to reposition it. Two, it's that outrageously spectacular.
Burgers loaded up with julienned beets, Edam cheese, pineapple, a fried egg, aioli, and tomato chutney can be yours at Queenstown Public House in Little Italy.
The Pastrami Burger at Jeffrey's Grocery is great, but its $19 price tag is hard to swallow.
Portland Penny Diner, a cheap eats lunch spot from one of Portland's most respected chefs, sells a simple burger at a price equal to its value. That price is $6.95.
In a world so inundated with meat innovation and extreme toppings, sometimes you need an everyday burger like the one at Grain & Gristle.
This stylish new spot in downtown San Diego serves an awesome upscale burger that's totally worth the investment.
Ink & Elm is pretty up front about wanting to be both "casual" and "comfort-driven," yet "refined" and a "destination." That can be a tough twofer to pull off under one roof. So it's not surprising that Ink & Elm's signature burger has a little Jekyll-and-Hyde thing going on, too.
Atomic Burger arrived on the local fast food scene late last year with the promise of freshly made and unprocessed drive-thru food. We found some beautifully griddle-charred burgers and a couple of other welcome surprises.
On Tuesday nights, Sprecher's offers a burger deal were you can get a burger and any of their beers or sodas for just $8. There's an extra $2 charge for some of the more massive burgs, but that's hardly a sticking point when it comes to these big, bold beauties.
If you're looking for a bite in Wrigleyville that's not necessarily jammed with a fist-bumping bro-dawg vibe, Goose Island makes for a good oasis with lots of beer choices and some solid bar food.
Seafood-centric restaurants that put special effort into serving a better than average burger have a special place in my fish-averse heart. Spike Africa's is one of those places.
Salt & Cleaver's ribeye sausage burger is intense, unusual, and damn delicious.
What was extraordinary about The Meat Market Burger was the meat itself. I don't usually think of burger beef as clean and fresh-tasting, but this really was.
Baker extraordinaire Ken Forkish delivers yet another winner with his new Trifecta Tavern + Bakery's Pimento Double Cheeseburger, a pricey, half-pound beauty that's easily one of Portland's very best burgers.
This sandwich, described as "a classic BLT with a burger kicker," comes stacked with six slices of bacon under a half-pound patty.
I enjoyed the food at Stax Burger Bar very much, but there's a residual odor that permeates this restaurant to the point that I can't just ignore it. My next visit will be in warmer weather so my nose can seek refuge on the sizable outdoor patio.
It's unlikely that you've walked past Box Kitchen before—it's located down a narrow alley off of one of the grittiest blocks in San Francisco. But find your way there and you'll be met with dressed-up gastropub fare that includes a tasty burger.