Located a stone's throw from the Capitol, Tipsy Cow serves up fantastic smashed burgers, sandwiches, and all kinds of tasty sides.
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I'm new to Grand Rapids and in my quest to find a great burger, I found a great smashed diner-style burger at Fat Boy Burgers. You can tell by looking at the patty it's hand-formed. Actually, "formed" isn't really the word—it looks like they toss a loose clump of meat on the flat-top and smash it on the flip. They serve crinkle-cut fries, but they're thinner and crisper than the usual.
I'm not going to gush about the burgers at Kewpee Lunch. Not because they're not good (they are) but because they're just the sort of burger a good, solid everyday burger joint should serve. Kewpee is not wanking out over custom beef blends or obsessing over whatever it is the burger cognoscenti is obsessing over these days.
These perfectly cooked burgers had a bit of oil in them, as is often the case with smashed burgers, but that was a fine price to pay for the crisp exterior and beautiful beef lacing all the way around the edges.