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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.

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.

Five Guys and Shake Shack Come to London

Congrats, London!

Stuff I love to do

Move aside afternoon tea obsession – there’s a new mania in town – and it likes BURGERS.

Yes, in the past week I have side-stepped my sweet tooth and fallen for the meaty, meaty taste of the trendy burger joint.

More socially acceptable than McDonald’s, and cooler than a hipster with a beard, riding a tandem bike (yes, this picture exists), a new breed of burger bar has taken over London in a flurry of rosemary salted chips and cajun flavourings.

And, like all pointless crazes, it has caught me in its barbeque-glazed yummy trap.

From Patty and Bun to Dirty Burger, new burger joints have been popping up everywhere, and like I said, are the latest trend to have hit the capital.

So, just for you, and in the style of a fat kid eating their feelings, I have made my way through London’s new meat-and-bun based joints…

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Burgers at the Battlefield

Dad drove up to Gettysburg for one of our regular field trips to the battlefield and we decided to look for somewhere that served burgers.

We stopped at The Avenue Restaurant which is a diner on Steinwehr Avenue.

Dad is always talking about restaurants like this one. “Old tables…” blah, blah, blah. “Booths….” blah, blah, blah. “1950s…” blah, blah, blah. “Homestyle cooking…” blah, blah, blah. “How restaurants used to be…” blah, blah, blah. The waitress kept bringing him fresh coffee and he can drink buckets of that stuff. There were old photos and newspaper articles hanging on the walls. Dad loves all that junk. So this restaurant made him really happy.

Avenue Burger

Avenue Burger

We both ordered burgers. I ordered the Avenue Burger (6 oz ground steak patty) with lettuce, tomato and Swiss cheese (my choice, other cheese also available). Dad ordered a Michael’s Special bacon cheeseburger. He can only get away with diet-busting food when Mom isn’t there!

My burger was decent for a diner burger. The 6oz patty is a good size – not so small that it shrinks when cooking & not so big that you can’t eat it. The Swiss cheese was nicely melted onto the burger. I agree with Bobby Flay that cheese should be melted onto the burger and not sit there as a cold slice. But there was a lot of cheese… perhaps too much?

I had my burger patty cooked “medium well” and it was nice and juicy.

My side order of French fries was crispy. I did not eat my pickle spear, but Dad said they were good & crunchy.

I award the Avenue Burger a score of 6 out of 10. I would have said 6.5 out of 10, but I think there was a just a bit too much cheese.

I will definitely be back at The Avenue Restaurant on future trips to Gettysburg. We roll in once or twice a year, so it won’t be long!

What is your favorite fast food restaurant?

What is your favorite fast food restaurant? I like Five Guys, Sonic, and our local (Maryland area) Ginos.

Exploring the Captain John Smith Cheeseburger

Captain John Smith BurgerWe were visiting Smithfield, Virginia and stopped at Taste of Smithfield on Main Street where I ordered the Captain John Smith Cheeseburger.

The Captain John Smith is a classic fresh beef burger patty (also available in pork… because it is Virginia) served with local Smithfield pepper bacon and pepper jack cheese. The French fries came sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning.

The pepper jack cheese went well with the bacon because they were both mildly spicy, but not too much. The burger patty was nice and fresh (and fresh is always better than frozen). The waitress asked how I’d like my burger cooked and I asked for medium-well. It came with a “hint of pink” which is a perfect medium well. I recommend you try this burger if you are visiting the Smithfield area (and are tired of eating ham). It is a pretty good burger.

I award this burger a score of 8 out of 10.

Baltimore’s *BEST EVER* Burger Joint is the ABBEY BURGER BISTRO

The Baltimore City Paper is (according to Dad) the city’s “alternative free press” (whatever that means). It has movie reviews and restaurant reviews, but all I really know is that Mom won’t let me read it on my own because (1) some of the articles use words beginning with “f” and (2) the back pages are full of ads featuring half-naked men and women.

So what does this have to do with burgers?

In the June 5 issue of the City Paper they published their City Paper Burger Bracket to find the BEST EVER BURGER RESTAURANT IN BALTIMORE!

Voting was fast and furious. My favorite, Kooper’s Tavern, made it to the Final Four. But the overall winner was the Abbey Burger Bistro.

Apparently it’s Orioles CF Adam Jones favorite place. Follow him on Twitter at @SimplyAJ10. He seems to be really happy about the win 🙂

 

The Pale Rider at Darkhorse Saloon

Pale Rider BurgerI had a pretty good day at school (grades… awesome… I rock!) so Mom and Dad took me back to Darkhorse Saloon in Bel Air.

Last time I was there was back in December 2012. Then I had the Roadhouse Burger, but this time I wanted to try something new. Dad dared me to try something that I wouldn’t usually have. (Does he think my burger reviews are boring? Ugh!) There were so many good things on the menu that it was difficult to choose.

I ordered the Pale Rider.  That’s a blackened burger served with bacon, melted blue cheese, lettuce and tomato. Yes, folks… BLUE CHEESE! (Is that exciting enough for you, Dad?)

The blue cheese was tangy. It would NOT be my first choice for a burger next time. I’m not saying that it was a bad burger exactly… but a mountain of blue cheese is too much for this kid. Maybe it’s a good choice for an adult who likes blue cheese?

But I tried it. Nobody can call me a coward.

I award this burger a “no-score” (that’s a shout out to the rodeo fans!). The penalty is on Dad for daring me to choose a burger that I wasn’t ready for.

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