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The Burger Queen


Le Croque McDo – It’s Not Even A Burger!

They sell some strange things at McDonalds in France and I think that Le Croque McDo is one of the strangest.

It’s not even a burger!

The menu description says: Un croque monsieur tout rond, tout en simplicité : deux tranches d’emmental fondu, une tranche de jambon supérieur, dans un pain retourné et toasté. Il ne lui en faut pas plus pour être bon.

Big apologies to my French teacher, Mr. Nogboun, but I have not learned enough French to translate that yet!

My Dad put the description into a Google translator (he learned German and Russian at school, but not French) and he the translator tells me that the sandwich has 2 slices of emmental cheese and a slice of ham placed between 2 toasted slices of bread.

It’s a grilled ham & cheese!

It’s not even a burger!

What is wrong with you, France?

Best Bargain Burgers

According to this survey the best bargain burgers are ones that you can buy for cents per ounce.

The patties in a Big Mac are 55 cents per ounce.

The Hot n’ Juicy from Wendy’s is 43 cents per ounce.

The Whopper is 38 cents per ounce.

A cheeseburger from Five Guys is 56 cents per ounce.

A cheeseburger from In N Out is 27 cents per ounce.


Is this the best burger in Harford County?

Dad drove into Bel Air and we met up with Mom for lunch. After a quick vote we decided to go to Sean Bolan’s on Main Street. Mom had to get back to court ASAP so she just ordered a salad. I didn’t have to get back to court (I’m only 11 and I haven’t passed the Maryland bar exam yet!) so I ordered their Black Angus Cheeseburger.

OK burger dudes! This burger was pretty awesome!

“A half-pound of char-grilled Angus beef cooked to your order and served on a fresh Kaiser roll. Topped with lettuce, tomato, and your choice of cheese: American, Swiss, Irish Cheddar, or Provolone.”

I ordered my 1/2 burger patty “medium well” and it was still full of juices and not dry. I had Irish Cheddar on top and it was really sharp. The cheese had melted right over the top of the burger and that was FANTASTIC!!!

I also had lettuce and tomato on my burger. Dad says that doesn’t actually count as a salad, but I think it does. My parents keep telling me to eat my vegetables and I think the best way to eat them is as burger toppings.

I award this burger a score of 8 out of 10. I think it might be the best burger I have eaten in Harford County so far.

I wonder what a few slices of thick, smoked Irish bacon would be like on this burger? Mmmmmm…. bacon! I bet that would make it 8.5 or 9 out of 10.

People go here for the ice cream, not the burgers

If you live in Harford County, Maryland then you know Arctic Circle. It’s right next to the mini golf in Churchville and right across from where the Big M drive-in movies used to be. It’s famous (well… famous in Harford Co. anyway) for its ice cream and they also make a pretty good milkshake. My Mom says it’s been there forever. My Dad always looks sad when we drive past without stopping.

They also have a grill that serves burgers, hot dogs, grilled cheese and fries. I have always wanted to stop for a burger, but until now we only ever stopped for ice cream and shakes.

I ordered their basic burger.

The fries were OK.

My milkshake was good.

The burger was…

Edible. It was edible.

Dad says that people go to Arctic Circle for the ice cream, not the burgers. He said it, not me!

I award this burger a 2 of 10.

I love Arctic Circle and I will continue to go hear for ice cream treats after playing baseball, but not for burgers.

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Drivin’ in to Wrights Dairy Rite

We were visiting Staunton, Virgina in the Shenandoah Valley and after checking out the historic buildings downtown we went to the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. After that, I was pretty hungry so Dad looked in a city guidebook and found an old drive-in restaurant that had been there since the 1950s. It’s called Wrights Dairy Rite and its located on US Route 11 heading south out of town (thanks Google maps!).

I ordered the Burger in a Basket which is a nice simple 2 oz burger served in a basket of french fries. I had lettuce and tomato on my burger, but there are plenty of other toppings if you want to build your own burger. Mom had mushrooms on hers (UGH!) and Dad had red onion (BLERGH!). You can get double burgers (4 oz), 1/3 lb burgers and even a 1/2 lb “monster” burger.

The burger was cooked fresh to order (this means it is fresh… but it also means it takes a little longer than a fast food restaurant) and it was good quality & juicy meat. The single 2 oz burger wasn’t really enough to satisfy my hunger so I was glad I had the fries.

If you want a snack you should order the 2 oz. If you’re hungry you should order the double or bigger.

The fries were nice and crispy crinkle-cut. I like crinkle-cut. They make a change from the straight cut fries you get everywhere else. Here is my advice to people who own burger restaurants… you should sell regular fries, crinkle-cut fries, curly fries and tater tots. That way you will keep everybody happy!

A burger is only $1.90 and a cheeseburger is only $2.30 which is a good price.  The burger basket with fries only cost $3.89 which is a good deal if you have hungry kids. They will cook your burgers any way you want them. I had mine medium well. So did Mom. Dad had his medium. (Yeah, folks! Mom let Dad have a burger! We were on vacation so this explains it.)

I award this burger a score of 5 out of 10. I think if I had ordered a bigger burger and added a few more toppings then I might have been able to increase the score to 6 or 7. (Dad says his was definitely a 7 out of 10.)

I also had strawberry milkshake. Booya!

If you are traveling in the Shenandoah Valley and you are looking for a cool place to eat then definitely go to Staunton and stop for lunch at this drive in restaurant. There is no reason to stop at a McDonalds or a Burger King when you can stop at cool places like this.

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Hitting the Classic at Bobby’s Burger Palace

My Mom & Dad were picking up a hire care from BWI and we needed to find somewhere nearby for dinner. We headed over to Bobby’s Burger Palace at Maryland Live! Casino.

I’m not old enough to enter the casino, but Bobby Flay’s burger restaurant is just outside the security ropes, which means I can visit the restaurant without running into a legal problem. (If I do run into a legal problem it’s always good to have a lawyer on the team… so thanks for coming along, Mom!)

I liked the restaurant’s design. It uses the same colors as Bobby Flay’s cookware (Dad has some Bobby Flay crock pots) and it’s got long tables that you share with other diners. That’s sort of different and pretty cool.

I had the Palace Classic Burger (a 1/3 lb burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and red onion). It was EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT!

The patty was meaty and flavorful. Not too much juice escaped from the burger when I bit into it – and as you know I do like my burgers to keep all their juices trapped inside to taste. Bobby Flay gets this just right. Hmmm. Maybe being a burger genius is a good way to get my own TV show. If Bobby Flay can do it then I can do it!

I also had a side order of sweet potato fries. They were served in a tin cup lined with paper. Mom says that this is how they serve frites in France. It’s a neat idea and I might try serving fries like this at home. (Hey! Dad! Find me some little tin cups, will ya?)

Mom had the L. A. Burger (with avocado, watercress and cheddar cheese). She said it was really good and she wants to try the Nappa Valley Burger (with goat’s cheese, water cress and lemon honey mustard) next time. Dad had to Classic (like me!) and he says that next time he wants to try the Dallas Burger (with coleslaw, monteray cheese, BBQ sauce and pickles). I think next time I will try the onion rings as a side.

The Palace Burger Classic was almost the perfect burger. I really want to give it a high score. I think 9 out of 10 is worthy. Oh, heck, let’s call it 9.5 out of 10. I know the absolute perfect burger is out there somewhere, but this was really close.

I highly recommend this burger!

My Recipe for Bison Burger Sliders

Here is my recipe for Bison Burger Sliders!

First, make you Dad drive to Wegmans and buy 1 lb of grass fed bison. (Thanks, Dad!)

Add “secret” seasonings (salt, pepper, chili… that’s the “secret”).

Make 8 slider sized burgers (2 oz each) and fry these in a little olive oil. I fried the burgers in 2 batches.

While the burgers are cooking, mix together a sour-cream garlic spread. I guess you could use mayo.

And caramelize some onions.

Dad made some black eyed peas for a side dish.

Don’t forget to flip the burgers over after 3 minutes.

When you have cooked the burgers for 3 minutes on one side and 2 (or 3) minutes on the other side they will be ready to serve. I used whole wheat slider buns. Each one got a light spread of the garlic sauce and a sprinkle of caramelized onions.

This was the first time that I have made bison burgers. The meat was really lean. There was no fat from the burgers in the pan and all the juices were trapped inside the burgers. They were super tasty! I am definitely going to make these again!

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