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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.

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 🙂

 

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.

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.

Double Chipotle Burgers at the Double T Diner

We went to the Double T Diner in Bel Air for a quick dinner. Going to a diner is great because everybody can order whatever they want. Breakfast at 6PM? Yep! Soup at 6AM? Yep! Whatever you want 24 hours a day!

There are a bunch of Double T’s around the area. Bel Air is our local. I don’t like the one at White Marsh so much (I gave their “bacon cheeseburger deluxe” only 4 out of 10), but I do like the one outside of Frederick (because it’s close to the Monocacy battlefield). Dad says he’s been to the one at Perry Hall and Ellicot City. He hasn’t taken me to those yet.

The daily special at Bel Air was “2 chipotle cheeseburgers and fries” for $6.99. Yeah, baby! Only $6.99. You can’t beat a hamburger deal like that!

Two chipotle burgers and an order of fries.

This is a horrible picture taken with Mom’s phone. My iPod takes better pics, but I’d left it in the car. The burgers tasted better than they look in this picture!

The chipotle sauce seemed to be a homemade mixture of mayonnaise, ketchup and chipotle sauce. It was pretty tasty. You could make it at home. It reminded me of my secret recipe El Paso sauce (secret recipe available for $5).

The burger patties were average quality. They were definitely cooked better than the burger I had at White Marsh! Congrats, Bel Air. You should teach those guys in Baltimore County how to cook.

What made the burgers better than just average was the chipotle sauce. It made the burgers zesty and zingy. Not crazy hot… just flavorsome.

I award this burger a score of 5.5 out of 10. The sauce made all the difference and I am going to try to make some at home.

Dad got take-out from Gino’s

Gino's take outDad was out buying groceries and he brought home burgers from Gino’s.

He got me a single with cheese, lettuce and tomato. Oh… and a huge french fries.

If Mom is reading this… Dad says he ate a salad.

If Mom is NOT reading this… he had a cheeseburger too.

Gino’s is one of my favorite burgers in Harford County. I gave the Gino’s Giant a score of 8.5 out of 10 last year. The Giant is great, but I usually order a single because it’s easier for a kid to eat. I always get my single with cheese, lettuce and tomato. It is a pretty good cheeseburger.

I award the Gino’s single cheeseburger a score of 8 out of 10. If there is a Gino’s in your neighborhood then you should tell your Dad to bring one home for you.

A Baltimore Tradition Gets Even Better – The Berger Cookies MILKSHAKE!

Berger Cookies MilkshakeIf you know Baltimore then you know Berger’s Cookies.

But look at this milkshake from the Abbey Burger Bistro.

Yeah… a Berger Cookies MILKSHAKE!

I need to get the recipe for this.

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 🙂

 

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