Quoted from TheLaw:
Hot N Now
I stop at the one in Jackson on Airport Road & I-94. Of course it is now Jackson Coffee Co. these days.....
Quoted from o-din:
Dude, it's almost a tossup between Habit and 5 Guys for me as they are both only a few blocks away. I'll go to either way before I'd even consider In-N-Out. Depends on what I'm in the mood for.
Both have great burgers, shakes, and fries. 5 guys wins out with the peanuts, a slight edge in the shakes, and I really like all the grilled doodads on my burger.
Habit is a little cheaper and has an avocado option, and onion rings to die for. And is closer to the college, so the scenery is always great.
Habit is always 10 times busier than 5 guys so that must say something.
I know I have way over posted in this thread but I'm enthused! So I'll just leave this here for posterity's sake.
Habit is also Sam Harvey's favorite place. He's the one who introduced me to it.
Quoted from Silverballer:
Fuddruckers closed doors in my area but had the best. 5 Guys is ok but charge way too much imo. We have some local joints that have been around for decades that serve up a tasty burger.
I love how Five Guys has all the wall hangings saying stuff like "Voted Baltimore's best burger" etc. They had one that said "The best $5.00 burger there is". I got the manager and walked him to the sign. I told him I'd like to try the "Best $5.00 hamburger" where is it on the menu? He started with the old errr, ummmm, hmmm, Then he suggested the "Little Hamburger" on the menu. I asked why doesn't the wall hanging say "the Best $5.00 Little hamburger"? He had no answer.....
There burgers are good but they go down like a brick. Fries taste great but they are not for those on a diet. I recall a large has like 1600 calories.
Quoted from GravitaR:
One of the best for sure, always stop by there on long trips since none are local.
The first Detroit area location in Sterling Heights is still open after over 30 years. Not local to your home, but not far from some tournaments you participate in. There's one near Lawrence Tech as well.
Believe it or not, In-N-Out sometimes closes a location.
In June of this year, this one was because it it was actually too busy. Drive-Thru traffic was backing up into the streets after clogging up the strip mall parking lot. A new restaurant was built down the road with a better traffic pattern. Note that the Trademarked crossed palm trees are removed when the store is shut down.
Quoted from WackyBrakke:
Smash burger is the worst. Mmmm look at that juicy burger. SMASH! There goes all that delicious juicyness, here is your dried out smashed burger. Jeeze thanks
A Smash Burger has sauce smashed into the raw meat patty. Some of their burgers intentionally leave it out. You can request it not be in any burger there that normally has the sauce smashed in.
Quoted from o-din:
Back to Johnny Rockets. There are only a few locations I know of or have been to and all in amusement parks. There are at least a couple in Magic Mountain, and one in Knott's Berry Farm. They bring that old time malt shop diner back to life.
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There is one in the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno. Formerly known as Bally's Reno, the Reno Hilton and the MGM Grand-Reno.
Quoted from WackyBrakke:
Not sure that helps. The smashing is the problem. Basically their name ruined the burger. Like the opposite of a good burger. Literally
They do a good business. The name is a curiousity. Is the burger smashed thin or something? I gotta stop in and see. It looks normal. It tastes good. I guess I'll go back....
So just order one of the many burgers there without Smash sauce. They offer customized burgers. You choose the "unsmashed" burger patty.
In Packerfan's absence from this thread, I would be remiss if I did not mention Kroll's with two Green Bay and one downtown Chicago locations. A Greta, high-quality custom burger. Grilled over Kingsford charcoal with a toasted bun.
He suggested I try it which I did with my son. We're sold on it.
Quoted from Frax:
Or so bad that I want to smash my face in with a brick for paying for it in the first place, which is exactly how I feel about Scheisse....err..Smashburger. Really gotta +1 that comment up there...as much as I do like In and Out, this really is more "which shit do you prefer when you're backed into a corner" more than "Which of these are actually GOOD?"
And on record as a native and still Texan...let me just say...Whataburger is way, way overhyped. It's great that the food always comes out hot (except fried pies. Good luck with that.) and fresh, and the burgers are FREAKIN' HUGE....but really at the end of the day, it's still the same old thing you could make at home. Whataburger to me shines more brightly with their other offerings aside from straight burgers. Oddly, one of the best things they have is just a condiment....spicy ketchup. But their burgers either tend to be on the "ridiculously fatty, dripping, and awesome" or "dry as shoe leather" depending on the location, and I've very rarely ever seen a middle ground. And they're *extra terribad* when they're dry and overcooked.
I used to travel to Texas for my old job a few times a year. Tried Whataburger for lunch and thought it was awful. Gave it another try a few years later and said never again. Since I was on an expense account I just settled for Steak Houses for dinner and BBQ, Chick-fil-a, Or, since 2010, In-N-Out for lunch in the Metroplex and San Antonio.
Or, Braum's for lunch but there burgers are just so-so. I go for the Ice cream sundaes. The best in the Southern Midwest.
Quoted from wtuttle:
A&W is big here in Canada. I know they have limited US operations. The main thing with their burger is the seasoning. I love the taste, but it must have some MSG in it because I'm always dehydrated after having a Baby Burger.
Also an onion ring and root-beer specialist.
They were founded in California around 1920. There's over 1100 US locations. I actually ate at the Dearborn, Michigan location today that, when opened around 1984, was the prototype "modern, non-Drive-In restaurant". It had the Root Beer processing plant in front in a glass enclosed room. After leaving there, I drove past two other locations on the way home. Not limited in the US by any means.
That said, the Canadian A&W is a totally separate company from the US one and has almost a thousand locations. They were spun-off in the early '70's. Look close at the logo of the Canadian and US restaurants. They are different. In fact, the US operations scrapped the Mama, Teen and Baby Burger names from the menu in the late '80's. We still have the Papa Burger though.
Been there. Pretty good. Used to make runs to Lima as it was home to the closest Waffle House twenty years ago. Then one opened in Bowling Green and eventually several were opened in Toledo so I can be at one in a half-hour.
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