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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.

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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 🙂

 

10 burgers to sample this summer

I am already making plans for a summer of burger madness.

Here is my list of the places I want to visit (assuming Dad will drive me there and pay for my burgers).

  1. Elevation Burger – I think we should get the 10 patty “Vertigo” burger and split it between the entire family. There are restaurants in the DC ‘burbs that we can get to.
  2. The Charcoal Pit – This place is up in Wilmington, Delaware. We drive past this but never seem to stop.  George Motz says its good… so we’re going!
  3. Shake Shack – Everyone seems to think this place is great so I definitely need to check it out. The nearest Shake Shack to me is in Dupont Circle in DC. We could ride the MARC train down to DC for the day.
  4. Bobby’s Burger Palace – I’ve already been to the one at Maryland Live! casino a couple of time (thanks, Dad, for taking me to a casino!), but there are still burgers on the menu that I want to try. Maybe we could visit a different location next time?
  5. Baltimore Burger Bar – Hey! Dad! It’s on West 36th Street! How about you enter that into the GPS and maybe we won’t get lost in Baltimore next time? (Parents! Seriously!)
  6. Kooper’s Chowhound – Baltimore’s best ever food truck. Yes, I’ve already tracked them down, but they deserve a repeat visit. Or two. Or three.
  7. GrrChe – Speaking of food trucks, I definitely want to try the Cheese Burger Grill from GrrChe.
  8. Cheeburger Cheeburger – There used to be one in Bel Air, Maryland that Mom & Dad used to take me to when I was younger, but that closed. There is one up in Newark, Delaware that we really should visit. Did we get the day off school to hang out with him? No, we did not.
  9. Steak & Main – Up in North East, MD. When we’re in town it’s usually for seafood at Woody’s Crab House, but Steak & Main has a burger on their menu that I’m waiting to try. Adam Richman came here for a Man vs Food challenge.
  10. Red Robin – My standby. They always have a “burger of the month” that either I like or Dad likes. We really should go more often. Yeah… if Mom lets us!

Best Burgers of 2012

Winner RibbonHere is my list of the BEST BURGERS OF 2012.

  1. The Palace Classic Burger at Bobby’s Burger Palace in Hanover, MD (score: 9)
  2. My “Build Your Own” Burger from the Kooper’s Chowhound food truck (score: 8.5)
  3. Black Angus Cheeseburger from Sean Bolan’s in Bel Air, MD (score: 8)
  4. Gourmet Burger at Sammy T’s in Fredericksburg, VA (score: 8)
  5. Sliders from Main Street Sliders in Newark, DE (score: 8)

If you are in the Baltimore area these restaurants (4 restaurants, 1 food truck!) are all local or all within driving distance. I recommend that you try all of them at least once 🙂 I’m definitely looking forward to checking out new restaurants in 2013 and bringing you more burger reviews.

An honorable mention goes to the place this food blog began… the Olympia Dairy Bar in Carney’s Point, NJ where my favorite is the 1/3 lb Burger cooked-to-order. I can’t wait for the 2013 rodeo season to open so that I can start making the trip up to Cowtown again!

Chowing Down With The Chowhound

Kooper's ChowhoundAt last I have finally visited Kooper’s Chowhound!

Kooper’s Chowhound is a Baltimore food truck specializing in burgers. The food truck is owned by the same folks who run Kooper’s Tavern in Fells Point that I reviewed back in June. I have been asking Dad to take me to wherever the Chowhound is, but today (first day of winter break from school!) was the first chance we had.

I ordered a “build you own” burger. My burger had a 1/2 lb flame-grilled Angus beef patty with provolone cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and BBQ sauce. As soon as the burger patty had finished cooking it was placed onto the bun, wrapped in silver foil, and handed over to me. Talk about fresh from the grill!

My Chowhound BurgerI ate the burger standing outside (street food! yeah!) and it was delicious. Back in June, I awarded my burger from Kooper’s Tavern an excellent 8 out of 10. I think that the Chowhound burger deserves an extra 1/2 point. Eating street food with your hands is fantastic. There should be more food trucks serving burgers (I would eat at one every day).

Thanks Dad for driving to Hunt Valley in the fog and rain. I promise not to tell Mom that you had a burger too… oh… wait… she’ll probably read this anyway… ha, ha… I guess she knows now.

If you want to find out where Kooper’s Chowhound is hanging out during the week then check the “Where is the Chowhound” page on their website, or you can follow them on Twitter.

 

Kooper’s MacGuinness Burger

We paid a visit to Fort McHenry today then decided to head into Baltimore for burgers. Dad drove to Fell’s Point and we went to Koopers Tavern where I ordered a MacGuinness Burger. It is a fresh 1/2 lb burger served with lettuce, tomato, red onion, apple smoked bacon and cheddar cheese.

Here I am, contemplating the burgery goodness. (To burger, or not to burger. That is the question.)

Two things about the visit to Kooper’s Tavern. First, there was a sleeping drunk person in there (no… not my Dad!) and the manager had to wake him up and throw him out. That certainly made the visit a memorable one! Second, my Dad also ordered a burger. He can only get away with this when Mom in not around, because she is checking his diet and she tries to make sure that he eats healthy food. Hey, Dad! Guess what? You keep telling me that it’s important to tell the truth. So now Mom will read this blog and know you ate a burger.

This was a really tasty burger. There bacon was thick and smoky. The cheddar cheese had a nice sharp tang. The burger patty was really, really juicy. There was no fat running out. All the meaty juices were trapped inside the burger. It was one of the best burgers I have eaten.

I award the MacGuinness Burger a score of 8 out of 10. It is definitely one of my favorites!

Now I want to chase the Kooper’s Chowhound food van and see if their “mobile” burgers are as good as the ones in their restaurant.

Happy National Burger Month Fellow Burger Dudes!

I wish I could eat a burger every day during National Burger Month but there is no way in heck my Mom would let me. Darn!

These are the Top 5 places I want to try during National Burger Month:

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