Posts tagged #burger

Eating at Bobby’s Burger Palace!!!

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After getting off the plane in Las Vegas to celebrate my lifelong friend, Erik’s, 40th birthday, I was feeling hangry. I wanted something with substance. I wanted a burger.  A quick check on Yelp led me to Bobby’s Burger Palace. The Bobby referenced is Bobby Flay so it better be good.   

While looking at the menu, the Green Chili Cheeseburger caught my eye. I’m a sucker for green chili’s. It consists of a cooked to order, all beef patty on a house made bun with white queso, green chili’s and pickled red onions. I couldn’t decide on what side to get and should’t you know it, the have something called the undecided. You get to choose 2 of there sides which are fresh cut fries, sweet potato fries and onion rings. I opted for the onion rings and fries.  

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Lets talk about the star of the show, the burger. I quite enjoyed it. The beef was cooked to a perfect medium and the bun, while thin and squished looking, was the perfect density to hold the burger together. The queso was great and the picked red onions gave it a nice texture and some acid to cut through the rich beef and queso. To be honest, the green chili’s got lost in the mix. They just didn’t pack the flavor I am use to. Not bad by any means, just overly muted. 

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The fries and onion rings were on point. Fresh cut fries can be hard to do and these guys nailed it. Very crispy and well seasoned. My only complaint about the onion rings, is how they are cut. While the thick cut rings look great, they are damn hard to eat! It’s ok, I’ll live. They were delicious! The subtle sweetness of the onion with the buttermilk batter are flavors made for each other.  

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All in all, this was the meal this tired traveler needed. Would I eat here again? You bet! Would I recommend it to others? Affirmative. 

If you happen to see a Bobby’s Burger Palace on your travels, stop on in. Tell them Doug sent ya. They don’t know who I am so it will be really awkward.

Posted on January 17, 2019 and filed under Reservoir Trips.

NuWAY Crumbly Burgers - Wichita, KS

On my further exploration of Wichita by way of mouth, I chomped my path toward NuWAY, a Wichita staple since July 4, 1930. To call them burgers would be a mistake, they are in fact "Crumble Burgers" made with loose meat as seen on Roseanne.  

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The menu had plenty to offer from hot dogs to chicken strips but I had my eye on the prize; a signature NuWAY Crumbly Burger and a Root Beer but not just any Root Beer, this one is made daily, on site. So two things I love were both offered here, a loose meat burger and a Root Beer. I reviewed Taco Bueno's Taco Burger which is the same initial concept and I may have been the person who kept Maid-Rite alive in Texas for their short existence in Texas. So though I may not be a food expert, I'm pretty well versed in the art of loose meat burgers. 

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I'll go by what hit the tongue first, the Root Beer. It was ice cold, sweet and even though it tasted like Root Beer it was something special. Not overbearing in sweetness and not too syrupy either, just a nice cold refreshing brew that satisfied but didn't sit too heavy. As we pulled away, I instantly regretted not buying a 2-liter.
Now to the business at hand. The reason I stopped by. The NuWAY Crumbly Burger... Holy cow! Not only was it worth the wait, it gives me something to look forward to revisiting. My longing for a Maid-Rite was instantly replaced by this baby. A simply dressing of mustard, onion and pickle, I added cheese to hold the meat together but it was unneeded. The meat, though loose, held together on its own and, with the help of the fresh and firm bun, the meat didn't spill out. This was due largely thanks to the meat not being terribly greasy or wet. Just a nice, evenly portioned scoop of meat that was the perfect moistness (sorry to the 18% of you that hate that word). 

If ever you are in Wichita, KS, make sure to hit up one of the five NuWAY locations for a chance at pure loose meat heaven.   

Posted on July 18, 2018 and filed under Fast Foodnatic.

Mixed Up Burgers: Review

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If a burger is a blank canvas, the guys at Mixed Up Burgers sure do paint a pretty picture.

Located in an unassuming strip mall behind a Circle K is far west Grand Prairie is a gem of a burger establishment. Mixed Up Burgers twist on the classic is they mix in the topping into the patty. They have all manner of mix-ins and topping to choose from so let your heart be your guide and build the burger of your dreams.

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Including a vast selection of pre designed burgers, they feature a Burger Of The Month. This months BOM is the Chorizo Burger. It’s 10 oz of Chorizo & Fresh Ground Beef with pepper jack cheese mixed in cooked to perfection on a flat-top grill. It is served on a well toasted telera bun with avocado mash, pico, lettuce and cotilla cheese.

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Once I saw that on the menu, I knew I had to have it. I paired it with a side of well-done, natural cut fries.

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I have had Chorizo burgers in the past, and while good, they are often a greasy mess. I don’t know what the ratio of chorizo to beef they used, but it was perfect. All the chorizo flavor stayed in the burger and not running down your arm. Truth be told, I’m not much of an avocado/guac person, but it was a welcome addition to this beauty. It added just the right amount of creaminess without muting everything out. The veggies and the pico were fresh and had a nice crunch. All in all, a very well put together burger.

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The fries were also a welcome treat. I always order freshly cut fries well done since it’s hard to get them nice and crispy. Im talking to you In-N-Out Burger. They did these fries right! Perfectly crispy and well seasoned, just as a fry should be.

If you are looking for a good burger and a local business to support, give Mixed Up Burgers a visit. You won’t be disappointed.

Mixed Up Burgers

510 E. Ave K

Grand Prairie, TX
Tel: 972.606.6700

Posted on May 4, 2018 and filed under Life On A Bun.

Collins Burger Mart: A Review

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I learned a long time ago not to judge a book by its cover. The "book" I want to talk about today is Collins Burger Mart. It is an unassuming little place that shares the space with a Conoco that is easy to miss. Its small, with only 3 tables and very dated, but clean. By the constant phone orders being taken while I was there, its obvious they cater to the take out crowd.

Lets dig in and see what we find.

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I ordered the #1 combo which is a cheeseburger, fries and a can of your drink of choice. I opted to add bacon because, well, bacon. All total, it set me back $8 and change. The box is full with fries and a nicely wrapped burger. Things are looking good so far!

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In my excitement, I neglected to take a pic with the top bun on.

The burger has nice color and caramelization from the well seasoned flat-top grill, 3 strips of bacon, good old American cheese and mustard. There is a standard compliment of lettuce, tomato, pickles and onion hiding under the massive patty. They don't specify the weight, but my guess its a 1/3 pound, bun sized patty. As any good burger should be, no bite will be meat free. 

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Oh my! Guys, this is a great burger! It not fancy or pretentious and doesn't claim to be anything its not. Its just a damn good cheese burger! Perfectly cooked patty that's juicy, but wont drip down your arm and cause a soggy bun. The veggies are nice and fresh and give plenty of good crunch. Honestly, the bacon leave something to be desired. I kinda forgot it was there, but it wasn't bad. Truth be told, and purists, please forgive me, but it tastes like Whataburger! For those living outside the south, that's about the highest complement a burger can get.

If somehow, burgers aren't your thing, they do have plenty of other offerings on the menu. I would like to try more, but that burger... its just so good!

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I had heard whispers of good things about this place, but in all honesty, I didn't expect much. I was just plain wrong, and I glad I was. If you know of a little dive or hole-in-the-wall with food to write home about, please let us know in the comments. We are always looking for that diamond in the rough.

Posted on April 13, 2018 and filed under Life On A Bun.

We ate some of those new burgers at Sonic

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After seeing the commercial for Sonics new Signature Slingers for the thousandth time, I decided to do everyone a favor and give them a try. Believe me; I really did you a favor. It comes in 2 varieties and I tried them both.

Sonic is trying to appeal to the calorie conscious crowd and offer a full flavor, lower calorie burger. From the looks of things, the decided the best way to cut calories was to make tiny burgers. While they call them Slingers, they are the size of sliders.

The patty is said to be a blend of 100% pure beef, savory mushroom and bold seasonings. To be honest, the flavor wasn’t bad. It did taste like a beef patty, but that’s where all semblances of beef stopped. It was as dry as the pink eraser on a #2 pencil about the same texture. They might be onto something if they are trying to make jerky for the denture crowd.

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First up was the classic signature Slinger. This was comprised of your standard burger accessories, lettuce, pickles, onions and cheese. They use mayo as the spread but mayo is garbage, so I subbed mustard.

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I was greatful for the veggies. They seemed fresh and had good texture. More importantly though, they added much needed moisture. Still, I struggles to chew this thing and had to reach for the water numerous times. I give it a generous 2/5

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Next, we have the Bacon Melt Signature Slinger. For $.50 more, they 86 the rabbit food and add some bacon. They really should have left the foliage. This thing was as dry as cotton. No moisture, none. A shot of mustard was no match for the sahara of a burger patty this thing had. The bacon was the star of this show. It was cooked just right, no burnt aftertaste and had good texture. This little guy gets a 1/5 and that’s purely for the decent bacon.

I was very disappointed. I love Sonic. I eat their frequently. They do one of the best drive through,fast food burgers in the biz, but the Signature Slinger is a swing and a miss.

Posted on March 24, 2018 and filed under Fast Foodnatic.