Burger Wars, Round ??? Summer 2017

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  1. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Over the years, every so often, burger discussions crop up - In 'n' Out vs. Five Guys, etc. Passions ignite. Factions form. Trash talk is bandied about. Photos are posted.

    I have been in Fort Worth the last ten days for meetings and training at the HQ for my new job (yes, finally back in the salaried work force as of 8 weeks ago).

    So, for no particular reason, I ate sensible and healthy breakfasts, lunched on lightly dressed salads heavy on greens and cruciferous vegetables, faithfully did cardio and lifted...and indulged in a survey of In-n-Out Burger, Five Guys, Smashburger, Whataburger. I threw in a Texas Roadhouse burger for good measure. I have never seen such a meeting place of West Coast and East Coast chains.

    Clearly, this was not a blind tasting. I did just get the basic cheeseburger at all test sites, with the smallest order of fries, and water. Alas, shake-testing must await another visit.

    Stipulated: all of our backyard burgers are the best.

    There are many other places good burgers can be found.

    I still like the super-simple menu at In-n-Out, the well-made fresh patty, toasted bun, fries cut on the spot and fried before your eyes.

    Five Guys - another good-tasting burger, but it always seems slightly greasier. An astonishing number of fries, as always, and more small dark crunchy ones, my favorites.

    Smashburger. I like the smashing which seems to produce more surface area of crust, which I like. Otherwise, okay.

    Whataburger. Um, okay. I didn't grow up with it, so no attachments there.

    Texas Roadhouse. A very fine quality burger, beautifully cooked to my requested temp. Not quite within the study guidelines but hey.

    I could not face Sonic or any other burger this trip. Time for beef detox.

    Full confession: I also hit my old favorites of Old South Pancake House (Dutch baby!) and Hoffbrau House near TCU, and Cousins' BBQ for smoked turkey.

    This about as off-topic as it gets, and is definitely not political, though I am sure someone will feel I have dissed Whataburger.
     
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    Well five guys is clearly the best. I think that ends the thread quite nicely. Mods if you could lock it before anyone says anything ridiculous please? Thanks! 1501827844965.jpg
     
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    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    Congratulations & best of luck with the new job!
     
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    madhttr AROTC Dad

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    As a DFW native I second this motion and vote none of the above. The best hamburgers in Texas are not found at any national chain. They are found at hole-in-the-wall places with hand painted signs of the owner's name who has lots of hands-on experience at the grill. Another interesting survey in Fort Worth would involve Mexican food, the most well-known local favorite being Joe T. Garcia's, but with lots of excellent family-owned competition.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Holes-in-the-wall are a complete category on their own! I confess to always checking for the Diners, DriveIns and Dives locations anywhere I go.
     
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    EDelahanty 5-Year Member

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    Should you find yourself feeling the pangs of hunger in the balmy environs of Ft. Benning, head to the Four Winds Restaurant in nearby Cusseta for a Ranger Burger.
     
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    Couldn't agree more...Tommy's right outside the gate of NAS Fort Worth JRB....a major party foul not to track it down....even I found it on my first day after reporting in...:)
     
  10. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    On my list for next trip, thanks. That's not too far away from where I work when I visit my company HO. I saw some military jets overhead this week, always nice to hear and see.

    Nothing like a good burger thread in August.
     
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    On my last visit to USNA we stopped at a place in Alexandria near Reagan Nat'l Airport called Holy Cow. Just happened to find it but it quickly became a serious contender for the best burger I've ever had. The sauce on the Southern was game changing.
    http://www.holycowdelray.com/our-heavenly-burger-menu.htm
     
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    OtB Dont Tread On Me (No step on snake)

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    My new obsession is HopDaddy Burgers. None in Ft Worth, but 3 in Dallas and many more in Texas, AZ, TN & one in Denver. They take 5 Guys to a whole new level. Their motto is "Hot Buns & Cold Beer". (And their shakes are amazing!!!)
    **I don't quite get the Whataburger obsession either, but I am not a Texas native, so that could be the reason?
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    Perhaps a Dallas one is near Love Field, where I fly in and out on SW. I am not averse to evening field trips either. Thanks, another one for the list.
     
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    Chop house burgers in Arlington, TX. It's a blend of smoked brisket and ground beef. Was featured on DDD.

    At the risk of losing my native Texan card, I'm not a fan of Whataburger either.
     
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    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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    I go back to Fort Worth end of this month for a few days, then again in Sep and a week in Oct.

    My intent with this thread was just to have summer fun, but I am lucking out with new places to try. I am a road warrior again, and scour Yelp, Food Network, Open Table and other sources for places to try.
     
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    For those of you that ever get to the New Jersey, I'd recommend the "The Murder Burger" at the Shannon Rose (Irish Pub). From the menu:

    "THE MURDER BURGER As featured on Foodbeast.com
    Served on a brioche roll with American and pepper jack cheese, sautéed onions, jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, house-made pickles, ketchup and Thousand Island dressing.
    Dipped in our Harp beer batter and deep-fried until golden and crispy.

    Notice the last part of the description - this is basically a beer battered deep fried fully loaded cheeseburger. I'm sure it's a low calorie meal.
     
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    Pro-tipnon In-N-Out fries- you can ask them to make the fries extra crispy and they will dunk them again ;)
     
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    OtB Dont Tread On Me (No step on snake)

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    I asked for well done fries once. Imagine a french fry with the crunch of a potato chip, i.e. potato chip sticks.
     
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