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Poll: How Do You Like Your Burger Cooked?

I order medium rare with the expectation that I'll probably get it closer to medium. Medium is fine for me, but I do like it when they actually get it right. Unless we're talking about smashed burgers or sliders, anything above medium gets into overcooked territory.

Poll: Burgers with Two Proteins: Way or No Way?

It depends on the quality of the beef and what it is. I'm usually not a fan of things like pulled pork or chilli on burgers, but bacon is acceptable. I usually don't get bacon unless I have little confidence in the quality of the beef (so the burger has a saving grace if the beef is shit, and I could always take it off later).

Jake's Wayback Burger, a Standout 'Better Burger' Joint

If I were given the choice between Jake's and Five Guys, it would really depend on my mood. They're pretty comparable in my eyes, but Five Guys has far superior fries, and Jake's has shakes (good ones at that). I don't even really have a preference for one burger over the other, the differences make it more of a mood thing as well. I do end up at Five Guys more, but that really isn't for any reason other than being less out of the way.

Is This the Classiest McDonald's in America?

This is my grandma's local McDonald's. I always found it to be weird as a kid, but I never really bothered to look into it until recently.

NYC Pizza Crawl: Where Do You Take Out-of-Towners?

I'd go for a place like NY Pizza Suprema- pretty standard New York slice, but extremely well executed. The upside down slice is always a plus too

Father's Day Giveaway: Win a KettlePizza Pro 22 Kit

Buying whatever pizza dough he used to buy. That stuff was way too yeasty, ridiculously hard to form, and had no redeeming qualities whatsoever. He bought that for a while until I convinced him to buy from a local pizzeria.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

The Blue Label Blend and fresh cut fries can make any meal.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

Great beef and great execution; this is at the Woodstock Inn in Woodstock, NH.

Worst Pizza in NYC

@Kanger - If it was on the Amtrak level, it's Don Pepi. If it wasn't on the Amtrak level, that narrows it down to Rose and Caruso's. Rose and Don Pepi are both fairly decent IMO, so it's probably Caruso's. Did they advertise large slices?

Worst Pizza in NYC

@Kenji - I haven't heard anything particularly good or bad about Two Boots. The only way I'd see myself going to Two Boots is if I'm in Grand Central, have to catch a Metro North train to go see my friend, and really want pizza.

@TheKaz - I believe that Two Boots is the only pizza place in GCT.

Worst Pizza in NYC

Sadly, Sbarro would have seemed quite good next to Caruso's.

Portland, OR: The Gimmicky Griddle Burger at The Woodsman Tavern

Ruining what probably is perfectly good ground beef by mixing crap like cheese and onions into it is one of my major burger pet peeves. Some chefs need to get it through their heads that this NEVER works.

Chain Reaction: The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory is capable of churning out a very good burger, but I will agree that there is inconsistent quality. My last two experiences are great examples.

The first time, I ordered a medium rare old fashioned burger (my usual burger of choice at the Cheesecake Factory) that came out damn near well done and dry. It was the worst burger I ever had at one of their restaurants. If I hadn't had good burgers there in the past, I probably would have been turned off- but the location I ate at has had quality issues in the past.

Last time, I actually ate at a Grand Lux (I consider the two to be one in the same, just with slightly different menus). I ordered their standard burger, medium rare, and it was easily the best burger I've ever had from a large chain. It came out medium rare, and the beef was good, very tender, and very juicy. I would easily order it again.

The moral of the story: The Cheesecake Factory, like just about every chain restaurant, suffers from inconsistency between locations- don't judge them based on one location.

Ever Tried Peanuts in Coke?

I've never heard of this in my life (I'm also younger than most of the people here), but it sounds like it's well worth a shot.

Chain Reaction: Applebee's Cowboy Burger

I had the Cowboy Burger at Applebee's yesterday, and I was pretty unimpressed. The beef did not impress me, although it was cooked without a hint of pink despite being ordered pink. However, I thought the beef was too coarse and too tightly packed as well, and I couldn't taste it over the other ingredients. I wasn't a fan of the barbecue sauce, but the fried onions were good. After reading this, I feel like I should perhaps give them another chance with the more basic bacon cheeseburger and at a different restaurant that perhaps actually cooks to order.

AHT Giveaway: Case of Pat LaFrieda Burgers

In 'N' Out is the obvious answer for me. Spotted Pig is one that I can reasonably get to and really should and want to try, however.

Toronto: Flameout at Big Smoke Burger

I really hate "nanny state" laws like the aforementioned law in Toronto. If somebody wants to "risk" their health by ordering a burger anything below well done, then they should be allowed to do that (even if it means a printed warning on the menu or something). And really, in a clean kitchen with properly cared for beef, ordering to medium rare shouldn't be a risk at all.

Bobby's Burger Palace

I've been to BBP a few times, and there seems to have been significant improvements since this review. First of all, the fries are different now- they are closer to the fries at Five Guys with a bit more consistency. The beef is good and well-seasoned, and I never had any problems with burger doneness (I usually order them medium, and they come close enough to that- still plenty juicy). They also switched out the bun with Big Marty's buns, still well toasted.

Super Bowl Giveaway: 10-Pound Box of Pat LaFrieda Sliders

On Super Bowl Sunday, I plan on doing things that have nothing to do with the Super Bowl. Perhaps I'll go out somewhere, take advantage of the fact that hardly anyone will be out during the Super Bowl. I can guarantee that nothing I do will involve the Supe Bowl though.

Taste Test: Baked vs. Fried Buffalo Wings

Personally, I've never found any wings cooked any way other than fried that were worth my time. Your methods are interesting, and I'm definitely open to them, but I'm probably always sticking to the original method.

Also, I think a big part of your sauce problem is the fact that you used the Anchor Bar's crappy sauce. I personally use roughly 3 parts Frank's Red Hot and 2 parts butter with a little bit of ketchup added for thickness, and I've never been disappointed with flavor.

Stamford CT: Colony Grill, Awesome Bar-Style Pizza

I live on Long Island, and I made a day trip to Stamford with my friend that lives in New Rochelle yesterday. We went to the Colony Grill for dinner, and we both loved it! Even if it was a bit pricey ($1.50 per topping?), I'd say it was WELL worth it. It's roughly a 15 minute walk from the train station, which isn't bad at all if it isn't 15 degrees outside, and the train ride is about an hour if you take a local from GCT.

Beijing: Nathan's Famous

I would have never expected Nathan's to make burgers worth eating. I actually went to one recently, saw a burger on the menu, and thought to myself, "heh, I wonder how bad they are". Never expected that at all.


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