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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.

Eating Good at Retro’s Good Eats

Retro BurgerWe were visiting Williamsburg, Virginia and stopped at Retro’s Good Eats. I have been to Williamsburg before, but this was my first visit to Retro’s.

I ordered a regular hamburger made from 100% Angus beef (I didn’t want cheese or bacon or fancy toppings) with french fries and a vanilla malted shake.

You can order some pretty fancy toppings – blue cheese coleslaw, sweet potato mustard, chilli, jalapenos – and they also serve hot dogs.

The burger was OK. It was a little bit dry. Burgers need some fat in them. Alton Brown says the ideal meat blend should be 50% chuck and 50% sirloin. The burger just seemed a little bit too dry. It was still OK to eat, but it wasn’t as good as I’d been hoping for.

I award this burger a score of 6.5 out of 10. You should visit Retro’s to try their fancy toppings and to absorb the 1950s atmosphere.

Gino’s Giant Burger is my new Aberdeen, MD favorite!

Gino's AberdeenGino’s opened in Aberdeen today!

It is located at 1013 Beard’s Hill Rd, just down from Olive Tree (awesome local Italian restaurant) and across the street from Tractor Supply Co. (where we buy our dog food). It’s in a brand new building and it’s a great location.

There is a paved area outside that looks like it will be used for seating in the summer (today’s temperature was 12 °F which is TOO COLD!). I’m looking forward to sitting outside on a summer evening drinking strawberry malts.

Strawberry shakeSpeaking of strawberry shakes… that’s the first thing I ordered. It was thick and creamy and came with a fantastic straw that didn’t collapse under pressure. There was also a long spoon so that I could scoop out the last delicious drops from the bottom of the glass.

Dad ordered a vanilla malt. Mom will probably make him drink weak tea and organic spring water for the rest of the week. He didn’t have to order one. He could have said no. He has absolutely no willpower.

Gino's GiantI ordered a Gino’s Giant. It is Gino’s signature burger. There are 2 quarter pounder patties making it an amazing half pound burger! The patties are topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickles and “secret sauce.”

Want to know what’s in the secret sauce? I think all special/secret/signature sauces are pretty much the same aren’t they?

The burger was excellent! Super excellent! Super amazing excellent! I think it is officially the best burger in Aberdeen, Maryland! (Sorry, Mamies!) The cheese was nicely melted, there was not too much lettuce, the pickles were crisp, and there wasn’t too much sauce (I don’t like sloppy burgers!)

Dad did not order a burger. He was too busy pretending that his vanilla malt had zero calories. When he gets home Mom will make him eat a salad. It sucks to be old.

Fries & Onion RingsI ordered a mixed basket of french fries and onion rings.


The onion rings were fresh onion (not the mushed-up kind) and had a light coating of crumbs. They were seasoned with salt and pepper and were really yummy. You know those nasty cheap onion rings that seem like they’re all breadcrumbs with a tiny sliver of onion inside? These are NOT those. These were fantastic. Even Dad had some. In fact, he had a lot. About half. I’ll see if he admits that to Mom.

I award this burger a score of 8.5 out of 10. It was delicious.

If you’re in the Aberdeen, MD area then definitely stop by. (Actually… if you’re driving on I-95 in Maryland then Gino’s is just 5-minutes from Exit 85.)

A great “wayback” burger… and a whole bunch of swag!

I visited the new Jake’s Wayback Burgers in Bel Air, MD for lunch with Mom and Dad.

I have been to the Jake’s in Elkton, but the Bel Air location is new. Elkton is closer to where I go to school, but Bel Air is closer to where I live. It’s all Maryland – it’s all good!

I ordered the Jake Burger which has 2 “hand pattied, never frozen” burger patties. I customized my burger with American cheese (other options include bacon, chili, and extra cheese) and my old favorites lettuce & tomato (other options include onions, pickles, jalapenos, etc.). A side order of French fries and a strawberry milkshake completed my order.

Mom had her burger with A1 sauce. That’s her thing. I was surprised that she did not have mushrooms on her burger. Maybe next time, Mom. (Hint! Hint! We need to go again!)

Dad had his burger (yeah… Mom let him have a burger… but it was a little kids Junior size burger!) with grilled onions and mustard. And he wonders why his breath smells? Ugh!

One of the BEST parts of the visit was the amount of swag that they gave me in the store. They had free bumper stickers, pens, key fobs, and lanyards. I got the whole lot! I could decorate my bedroom with Jake’s Wayback swag!

Jake’s makes a good burger. My burger was cooked to a nice medium-well without much pink. The fries were nice and crisp. The strawberry milkshake was… er… milky… and… um… shaky, I guess. (Hey! This is a burger review! If you want a milkshake review then you start your own blog, buddy!) I award this an 8 out of 10. The restaurant is in a good location and if you live in Harford County you should definitely go and visit.


Bull on the Beach? In BAMD not OCMD :)

I went to Bull on the Beach in Churchville, Maryland with Mom & Dad. It is nice and close to the baseball field where my team practices. It was the team’s last practice of the year. Our season goes on for longer than the MLB – we don’t finish until November!

I ordered the Bull Burger with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and a pot of BBQ sauce on the side. I had fries, but I was able to steal some of Mom’s onion rings!

The photo is not great because it is Dad’s phone camera. Sorry about that. He needs to get a better phone. (STOP STEALING MINE!)

The burger was OK. It was booked over a flame grill and had a nice smokey taste. The burger patty was definitely cooked from frozen, not fresh (Mom & Dad sampled a pinch & they agreed it was a frozen patty). But I think the flame grilled taste helped boost the burger from “blah!” to “yeah!”

You can see in the photo that they also gave me a tub of mayonnaise on the side. Do I look French? Do I sound Canadian? This is Harford County, Maryland! I am surprised there is not a law in the county banning mayonnaise. I might write to the county council and ask them to do it.

I award this burger a score of 6.5 out of 10. It was better than average because of the nice flame grilled taste. If they wanted these burgers to be even better then they would use fresh meat instead of frozen patties. That could easily make them score 7 or 8 out of 10.

Bull on the Beach has its main locations in Ocean City, Maryland. I like Ocean City because it is Maryland’s beach town. When you visit “OCMD” you have to cross the bridges over to the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay which is miles & miles of flat farmland. Then you come to the coastal wetland and sand dunes and the big Atlantic Ocean beaches.

My Dad says that during the winter there are only 5,000 people living in Ocean City, but during the summer it becomes the second largest city in Maryland with over 300,000 people. That’s a lot of people!

w00t! w00t! Time for a Rootie Toot!

I went to Mamie’s Cafe for dinner with Mom and Dad. It’s not far from where we live up here in the ‘burbs, but even if you guys live miles away I think it’s worth a visit. The decorations inside make it look like Borgin & Burkes. All the food on the menus is what Dad calls “home cooking” and the portions are HUGE (which is why I really think he likes going there).

I ordered a “Rootie Toot” burger. Dad says that all of the burgers on the menu were named by Mamie’s grandson. That explains their names!

The burgers are made from 100% fresh beef. There is no pink slime here! They are just great homemade burgers! I ordered mine with Swiss cheese and it melted SPECTACULARLY all over the burger patty. The lettuce was crisp and the tomato was thick and juicy. The fries were excellent.

Warning: These burgers come served with mayonnaise. I saw that on the menu and asked for no mayonnaise. Make sure you do that. Unless you’re French. Or Canadian. Or just one of those crazy mayonnaise people.

I award this burger a score of 8 out of 10 for taste. (The fries get an 8 out of 10 too!)

Mamie’s Cafe came to Aberdeen, MD in 2007 which is when I was… er… just 7-years old. Before that it was located in Baltimore (that’s what Mom and Dad say) in the Hampden neighborhood which is supposed to be one of the funky places to be. I wouldn’t know how funky Hampden is because my Dad gets lost driving in Baltimore and he can never find any place that he’s looking for. He could take me to the Baltimore Burger Bar or Cafe Hon but he refuses to ask Mom for directions. Ugh! Parents!

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