Curbside Grill has a point. I haven’t been to Ardmore, but I’m amazed at some of the GREAT burgers coming out of hole-in-the-wall joints in Tennessee. I look askance at the ten-buck burgers at Burger-Up in Nashville, and roll my eyes at the Convention & Visitors Bureau rep who suggested them.
There are better burgers in TN than what is listed. Smaller joints that paddie them in front of you and made to order. Ardmore , TN has two that I would put up against anything anywhere. granted they are bars but the food that comes out of the kitchen is great. Great Cheese Factory also in Ardmore.
one of the best I have ever had comes from pals cabin in west orange new jersey- a burger and a bowl of the famous cream of mushroom …mmmm good!!
texas has fred’s cafe listed and it routinely is listed in the local papers as the best
I have been to Tolly Ho in Lexington, KY, and it sucks. People go there because the are open late after the bars close, but the burger is on par with McDonalds.
They didn’t list Bracken Cafe in Bracken,Texas northeast of San Antonio,nor Bunsen Burgers and Chris madrid’s in San Antonio.never been to Chris Madrid’s but I have been to the other two places. They didn’t list any in Houston or elsewhere.
If you think of it as 51 Burgers Recommended by Food Writers, it’s pretty useful.
I even see that the NJ entry is White Manna, recommended by Jane & Michael Stern!
It’s just a list, and these lists are fun and good for debate. This list doesn’t even tout itself as a “best of”.
I like the burgers at the Nook, but not the Jucy Lucys- I think that their regular burger, medium-rare, is pretty damn good.
Like many others, I was surprised to see the lack of some very popular names on the list. No Shake Shack nor Peter Luger’s in New York, Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage in MA, nor Bobcat Bite in NM on the list. The only ones that I have been to that are on the list are Stanley’s in RI and Ted’s in CT.
Ted’s is very good and would highly recommend them. Stanley’s was good but I have had better. Would I say that either one was the best in the state? Not sure as I haven’t been to a lot of other places in those states, but I could see Ted’s being up there.
p.s. Just clicked online for the article..
I am in STRONG disagreement about their choice for ROGUE STATES in Wash DC as best burger, since I hated the place !!
burger was nothing special…. and on top of that, I ordered it medium , it came out blood rare…. I sent it back, it came out rare…
boring prep. method…. plain ….
the stafff was nice , though..
thanks ! I’m very excited about the article….!!
love my burgers !!!!
and thanks for the link ! I try and glance at the weekend edition of USA Today, but
had’nt done so yet… ….. so glad I did’nt miss out on this !!!
Minnesota featured the three juicy lucy burger joints that get the most publicity and accurately named the one (IMHO) The Nook as the best of the three. However, by no stretch are they the best burgers in the state, just the best known and most unique to the area. Yes, all three have gotten plenty of mention here in Roadfood.com and all the food channel shows.
It seems all they did was solicit an opinion in each state from one local person with a food connection in the media. Call it a representative sampling, but not necessarily the best.
I wonder if they were trying to find places other than the “usual suspects”?
Probably so. I think even Michael Stern would admit to trying to “spread the love” when compiling lists like this. Most choices are pretty one-sided, since many of the voters pick places close to or in their hometowns. And others are ridiculous, e.g. like ANY place could beat Bobcat Bite in New Mexico! But that’s just my opinion, and there’s no accounting for taste! [8D] Chris
Hey CG, I haven’t been there, but you have me intrigued.[:p]
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