Not that you would know it from reading this blog, but I was on BXR with Simon and Leslie this morning, talking about burger options around town. We have some good ones, and while we only had a few minutes today (invariably leaving out some worthies), we hit some highlights:
The Old Guard:
Of course. They’ve been around since Chester A. Arthur was president and still serve a wonderful burger on greasy wax paper. It’s a thing of beauty, just remember to order them two at a time. Perfection takes a while.
Their loose-meat patty isn’t my preference, but it works if you go in knowing what you’re dealing with. Order a couple of “Zips” and a root beer and eat in your car. Today, for instance, when it’s barely 80 degrees.
The Not Quite So Old Guard:
The Super Deluxe Happy Fun Time Burger is just that, good times. A giant, delicious mess.
Billiards on Broadway
Typically I go for the Philly En Fuego, but they do a mean burger as well. The fries are the best in town.
44 Stone Public House
The specials rarely disappoint at 44 Stone, but if you can tear yourself away, a rather tasty burger awaits (on a pretzel bun, no less).
The New Kids on the Block:
Deliciously greasy fries and big, juicy, perfectly-grilled burgers. What’s not to love? (Note: do not order the one-patty burger…it throws the ratios all off)
Mad Cow (yes, that’s actually the name of a new burger place in town)
Columbia’s newest burger spot is a frame-by-frame copy of Five Guys. Burgers and fries are identical (and tasty), decor is minimalist, there are potato sacks laying around and the whole process stripped down to the basics. The only thing missing is the red and white color scheme and the peanuts. Also, the name is, well, memorable.
Alright, that’s my list. What have I missed? Stadium Grill?