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Ibrahim Salha

Ibrahim Salha

Freelance food writer, SEO editor. Still trying to make "fetch" happen. You can contact me on ibrahim.salha@gmail.com

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  • Favorite foods: Lahmacun, unagi, cheeseburgers, chocolate covered pretzels.
  • Last bite on earth: Alphonso mango.

Lucky Seven Offers Commendable Burgers in West London

In their words, Lucky Seven Diner is a "tiny neighbourhood East Coast American Diner" with a "cult following." Opened nearly a decade ago by local restaurateur Tom Conran, Lucky Seven attempts to recreate the "All-American Diner" feel in decor—they have a poster of Barack Obama to ramp up the Americana—and on the menu, but it's the hamburgers that prove ever popular, if slightly overpriced. More

Taste Test: Walkers Potato Chips New American Cheeseburger Flavor

To coincide with the FIFA Soccer World Cup, Walkers (the British name for Lay's) have released 15 unappealing-sounding flavors of their potato chips, each one influenced by a different country. I ignored the temptation of Australian BBQ Kangaroo and shunned the frankly shocking sounding English Roast Beef and Yorkshire Pudding for a packet of American Cheeseburger. More

First Look: Shake Shack Opens Today in London

Those of you asking how they get the Martin's Potato Rolls, this comment is from their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/MartinsPotatoRolls):

"Actually we flash freeze them, ship them over, and they thaw them as needed. Our rolls freeze so well that you can't tell the difference between fresh and frozen/thawed. We've done taste tests here and even we can't tell the difference. Yummy either way! ~Julie Martin"

Hopefully that makes it a little bit clearer!

Grilled: Yianni of The Meatwagon in London

@CptBuck - Sounds horrific, but I couldn't help laughing at the description you gave! It raises an interesting point I've not really thought about - Yianni (and others) are improving burgers in London, sure, but what about the rest of the UK? Still seems a bit miserable, unfortunately...

@mdev - Thank you!

Lucky Seven Offers Commendable Burgers in West London

I should clarify: the peppered beef - I like peppered beef as much as the next guy, but too much pepper (to the point of detracting from the meat) is a pet peeve of mine. Of course, it's just my opinion and you may find that the pepper is at an appropriate level to suit your tastes; reviews are always subject to opinion, of course.

Well-done/not well-done patty - The autopsy shot here is a bit of an anomaly. There's pink at the left hand side of the patty as we're looking at it, but that was literally one of the only bites with pink meat (right in the center). The rest of it was grey. Let's call it closer to well-done than medium, but rest at "medium-well". Good call.

@katieparla - As @masalha says, that's the base level burger. Add extras, sides and a soda and you're looking at around £12, for a fast food burger, frozen fries and a drink. A good burger with good meat, indeed, but slightly too much money because of the location.

@DavidPD - I'm not sure, to be honest with you, re: the bacon. I know that in the UK we differentiate between 'streaky' and 'back' bacon, the former coming from the belly and the latter from the loin of the pig.

Whew...long comment.

Congratulations and Thanks, Serious Eaters

Fantastic stuff. Well done and congratulations to all at SE :)

The Meatwagon Serves Fantastic Burgers at a Great Price on the Streets of London

@jeromesmom - Just behind Peckham Rye station, essentially.

@DavidPD - Yep, six or seven ounces, depending on how much meat he grabs with his fist. Good guess!

London's Byron Is Taking British Burgerdom in the Right Direction

@morganoliver, @DavidPD: Fair comments and I agree, a soft squishy white bun is always preferable for a fast food style burger. That, or a buttered potato roll. Unfortunately the bun at Byron is neither soft nor squishy - it is dry, stale and an effort to eat. I agree that the bun should complement the meat, and I think the examples of brioche buns I've had before have done this, but I appreciate that it would probably take the burger in a 'fancy pants' direction. A better soft, white roll would be perfect.

Lucky Seven Offers Commendable Burgers in West London

In their words, Lucky Seven Diner is a "tiny neighbourhood East Coast American Diner" with a "cult following." Opened nearly a decade ago by local restaurateur Tom Conran, Lucky Seven attempts to recreate the "All-American Diner" feel in decor—they have a poster of Barack Obama to ramp up the Americana—and on the menu, but it's the hamburgers that prove ever popular, if slightly overpriced. More

The Meatwagon Serves Fantastic Burgers at a Great Price on the Streets of London

In an industrial estate in South-East London, Yianni Papoutsis is serving up fantastic burgers from The Meatwagon. The half-Greek, half-Irish, carpenter/caterer has a desire to improve London's slowly blossoming street food scene. He's knowledgeable about burgers, having traveled around the US of A on a search for brilliant food at low prices in curb-side locations, sampling some of America's best hamburgers en route. More