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I ate the 227th “Triple Triple” at Jake’s Wayback!

Jake’ Wayback serves a “Triple Triple” which is basically three triple cheeseburgers stuck together. Does that sound too much? Well, became the 227th person to order one at the Bel Air restaurant.

THIS THING WAS THE SIZE OF DAD’S HEAD! Although I was hoping it was going to be bigger. I had a single slice of lettuce and a single slice of tomato (salad!) and a large order of fries.

My awesome Triple Triple burger.

The Triple Triple was awesome in size, but I think you need to add more toppings to make the flavor interesting all the way through. I would choose grilled onions and Jake’s chipolte mayo. It also needed more lettuce and tomato. Honestly, it was bit bland with just a pile of meat and cheese.

But I was still number 227!

It’s official! I ate the 227th “Triple Triple” at Jake’s Wayback Burgers!

I would award this burger a score of 5 out of 10. It was a great size, but it was a bit bland.

I think next time I’ll order three separate triple burgers (extra buns, extra toppings) and invent that as my own challenge.

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Mexicali comes to Wilmington

We recently had a family gathering at Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in Wilmington, Delaware. A whole bunch of cousins!

I had the Mexicali Burger with pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese & chipotle thousand island dressing.

The jalapeños weren’t really that spicy and they didn’t take away from the falvor of the burger patty. (I think it would be a good idea to have a “jalapeño challenge” where you can have extra peppers.) The pico de gallo made a nice change instead of ordinary tomato and onion. I liked the chipotle thousand island dressing because it had a tang and I could dip my fries into it.

Mexicali Burger… yours for $12.50 (plus tip!)

It cost $12.50. I think this is a little too much. It was worth $10.50, but $12.50 is a stretch.

Overall I award this burger 6 ½ points out of 10. That’s at the top end of average. I would give it another ½ point if it was better value for money.

No hipsters were harmed during the eating of this burger

It was a cold but sunny day (no snow, for a change!) and we took a road trip to Burger Bros. in Towson, MD. It’s located on Allegheny Avenue and you can easily walk there from Trader Joe’s or Barnes & Noble. Yeah… we went to Trader Joe’s, but the main reason we were in Towson was for the burgers.

Burger Bros., 14 Allegheny Avenue, Towson, MD.

I ordered a cheeseburger (I chose pepperjack cheese) with basic lettuce & tomato fixins’. The burger patties are 6 oz Angus beef, char grilled to order. They have a lot of flavor and good meaty juices. It was one of the best burger patties I have tasted in a while.

Cheeseburger (pepperjack cheese) from Burger Bros., Towson, MD.

I also ordered a large fries. These were hand cut, freshly fried, “Broadwalk style” fries. They were delicious and you should definitely get an order.The large was big enough to share with Mom & Dad. They also have a “Monster Bucket” size which looked like it was served in a giant popcorn bucket. I think those would last all day. Dad ordered his usual cheeseburger (cheddar) with raw onions and mustard. The raw onions make his breath smell and they give him indigestion. Listening to him hiccup is funny for the first 2 minutes, but then it starts to get boring. I wish he would stop ordering raw onions. Mom should start making him eat salads again. No more burgers for you! A nice bowl of lettuce will stop those hiccups 🙂 Mom had a cheeseburger with A1 sauce. I washed down my burger with a delicious strawberry milkshake. It was made to order and it tasted pretty good. They also sell Boylon’s bottled sodas and I guess that makes the hipsters happy. (There wasn’t one hipster beard in the place while we were there. I was disappointed. Trader Joes was full of hipster beards. Maybe it’s wasn’t hip to eat burgers on that day. Maybe they should put an “artisan burger” on the menu to attract hipsters.)

Strawberry milkshake from Burger Bros., Towson, MD.

Burger Bros. is a family business (run by brothers!) and they seem to be proud that they’re not another Five Guys franchise. You can ever buy a t-shirt.

4 Out of 5 Guys Choose Burger Bros.

I award my burger a score of 8 out 10. It was a good, juicy burger. If you are visiting Towson, and whether you have an official Trader Joe’s hipster beard or not, then you should pay Burger Bros. a visit.

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If you ask nicely they will make you last month’s “burger of the month” anyway

School was cancelled because of a “weather emergency” so I spent the morning at home studying for exams (only joking!) and tidying my room (seriously joking!). The ice storm turned into rain by midday so Dad drove me into Bel Air for a burger. We went to the Bel Air branch of Jake’s Wayback Burgers which I’ve been to several times before and enjoy very much.

I ordered the Brisket Burger which was last month’s (December 2013) “burger of the month.” If you ask really nicely then they’ll still make them for you. Dad says it doesn’t count as a secret menu. He says it’s just because they’re nice folks and I ask politely.

Jakes Brisket Burger

The Brisket Burger has two beef patties, American cheese, slices of smoked brisket, and Wayback Gold Sauce. The “gold sauce” tasted like a smokey mustard barbecue. It was a nice zesty topping. The slices of brisket were also smokey, like a barbecue brisket, not like the brisket my parents cook for Rosh Hashanah. (Dad just that’s a  braised brisket, not a BBQ brisket, so know we all know!) The burger patties were nice and juicy, just like you can always rely on at Jake’s.

I award this burger a score of 7.5 out of 10. It was an interesting taste combination and definitely above average (average score is 4-6 remember?) If you are at Jake’s when they have this as their burger of the month then you should try it. If you are at Jake’s and the month has already passed then you should just ask nicely 🙂

 

Smoke & Pepper Signature Burger was OK, but not that original

Mom & Dad took me to Red Robin so that I could try December’s Burger of the Month.

The ‘Smoke and Pepper Signature Burger’ is a regular Red Robin burger patty seasoned with “smoked sea salt” (I have no idea what that is) and topped with peppered bacon and cheddar cheese on a toasted ciabatta bun. The bun is spread with “house-made smoke & pepper ketchup” and there is a side of the fancy ketchup with the french fries.

Red Robin ‘Smoke and Pepper Signature Burger”

The ciabatta bun was a bit more chewy than an ordinary burger bun. The bacon and the cheddar cheese were both OK, but I have had peppered bacon and cheddar cheese before so it wasn’t a big deal. The only really new thing was the fancy ketchup. It was OK, but I didn’t think it was that smokey and I think it would have been nicer with a little BBQ flavor.

My overall Burger of the Month experience was OK, but Red Robin have made better burgers than this. It just wasn’t really that original. I can only award it a score of 5 out of 10 because of that.

Mom had a salad. Seriously, Mom! A salad? At a burger restaurant?

Dad had a Bleu Ribon (blue cheese and chipotle sauce) burger. I think he was the happiest person there, but probably because Mom didn’t make him eat a salad too.

You come to Tidewater Grille for the fish, not for the burgers

Mon and Dad wanted to go out for lunch so we drove up to Havre de Grace to eat at the Tidewater Grille where we’d have a view of the Susquehanna River (the Susquehanna doesn’t meet the Chesapeake Bay until Concord Point light house and Tidewater is upriver of that nearer the railroad bridges). Mom and Dad were obviously going to order something fishy (Tidewater is famous for its seafood dishes), but I wanted their Steak Burger.

'Steak Burger' from Tidewater Grill, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

‘Steak Burger’ from Tidewater Grille, Havre de Grace, Maryland.

I am pretty sure that the patty was a Bubba-style burger. It tasted mealy, like it had ground cereal in it. The Tidewater menu only says “half pound burger” and doesn’t mention fresh or hand formed patty. There wasn’t much much and it had a plain flavor. I can only award this burger a score of 4 out of 10.

In my scoring system 4 to 6 is average. So this 4 is a low average.

I would give the fries an 8 or 9 out of 10. Those are worth eating 🙂

Mom and Dad enjoyed their fish. My recommendation is to order fish at Tidewater Grille. That’s what they’re famous for.

Chili’s Southern Smokehouse Burger packs a giant moutful of flavor

I was holiday shopping with Dad (what do you buy for Mom?) and we stopped at Chili’s for lunch. I ordered their Southern Smokehouse Burger. It has “four slices of applewood smoked bacon, hickory-smoked cheddar cheese, ancho-chile BBQ sauce, mayo & freshly made crispy onion strings.” As you can see from the photo it is a monster!

Chili's Southern Smokehouse Burger.

Chili’s Southern Smokehouse Burger.

The burger was HUGE. Dad told me to look up the nutrition info when I got home. So here’s the Chili’s nutritional menu. The Southern Smokehouse Burger is 1610 calories and 96 grams of fat. The fries add another 410 calories and 17 grams of fat.

The first bite of this giant had so much flavor. The onion straws were nice and crispy and it complemented the barbecue sauce. The four slices bacon were crunchy, which I enjoyed. The burger patty itself wasn’t half bad. It wasn’t frozen and it had a dash of salt and pepper, not enough to overpower anything else. I HAD MAYONNAISE! You may be asking why I committed such a stupid act. Well, from the amount of flavors in the burger, I couldn’t taste it at all.

I give this burger a 8 out of 10. It is a great burger for somebody who has been starving since breakfast but not the best burger for somebody who needs a light snack.

Ruby Tuesday Bacon Cheese Pretzel Burger

We stopped at Ruby Tuesday for lunch and I ordered one of their new pretzel burgers. I think it’s just their old burger, but on a pretzel roll instead of a bun. Dad says they only renamed it because that way they can charge a dollar more. I don’t know about that, but I think the pretzel roll does make it tastier.

I ordered the ‘Bacon Cheese Pretzel Burger’ which is described on the menu as “fresh 100% USDA choice beef” (Phew! Thank goodness it’s not 99%!) served with “applewood smoked bacon, melted cheddar cheese, and bacon mustard mayonnaise.”  I was not sure about the bacon mustard mayonnaise. You know what I think about mayonnaise on burgers. But Dad said I should try it and describe it in the review.

Ruby Tuesday Bacon Cheese Pretzel Burger.

The burger patty was OK. Ruby Tuesday make a good basic burger patty patty. For a casual dining chain restaurant it is fine.

The bacon was so-so. I like the bacon on my burger to be thick and crispy. This was good, but it needed to be thicker.

The pretzel roll was nice a chewy like a Philadelphia soft pretzel. It was a nice change to have a pretzel roll instead of an ordinary burger bun.

The cheese was basic American slices. That’s OK. American cheese melts easily on burgers.

The bacon mustard mayonnaise was not my favorite thing. There was too much of it. I am glad that I was brave enough to try it, but I would not order it again. I might try the ‘Spicy Jalapeño Pretzel Cheeseburger’ instead.

I award this burger a score of 6.5 out of 10. My last Ruby Tuesday review was a 6 out of 10. The pretzel roll makes 0.5 points of improvement.

Another awesome burger from the Chowhound

MacGuinness burgerDad drove into Baltimore today and he battled the downtown traffic until we found Kooper’s Chowhound parked on the corner of Greene and Baltimore. I love the burgers from Kooper’s Tavern in Fells Point and from the Chowhound food truck. I think they might be the best burgers in Baltimore.

Last time I reviewed the Chowhound I ordered the MacGuinness burger. Guess what I ordered this time? The same!

The MacGuinness burger is a 100% Black Angus patty, char grilled on the food truck, served with applewood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, on a brioche bun.

My burger was cooked perfectly! The char grilled taste was amazing. The burgers come off the grill and onto the bun and into your hands in seconds. Now that’s fresh!

I award this burger 8.5 out of 10. That’s 8 points for the burger and an extra half point for eating it from a food truck. It was an awesome sunny day and I got to chow down on “street eats” in the city.

If you can track down the Chowhound then you should. Food trucks are awesome.

Great milkshakes at Z-Burger, but not so good onion rings

I was feeling “blah” and totally bored (Dog Days of Summer?) so Dad drove me down to White Marsh and we went to Z-Burger.

Z-Burger is like a Five Guys or a Gino’s or a In-N-Out. I think Z-Burger is a local chain (DC-Batimore area) with just a few restaurants. But it’s kinda the same as the others.

Dad says these places are still “fast food” but a little bit fancier and with slightly better ingredients. Then he usually complains about how much they cost! Hey, Dad… thats why I let YOU pay 🙂

I ordered a single cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato. Side order of half fries, half onion rings. And a strawberry milk shake.

The burger was OK. Not great. Not awful. Just average. I would award it a score of 5.5 out of 10.

The fries were good. They were nice and crispy. The onion rings… yuck… not so good! They had too much batter. I threw most of them away because they were really not good to eat.

The milkshake was made with ice cream and this is something that Z-Burger does really well. We sometime stop here just to get milkshakes. You might have to wait a long time on a hot day, but they are GOOD!

I would recommend Z-Burger if you are shopping in the White Marsh area. The burgers are OK. But don’t get the onion rings.

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