Take a look at the burgers above. Which do you think is from Chili's, a national chain? Which do you think is from Chomp Burger (Adrian, MI), an actual burger joint?
When I look at the photo on the left (top if you're on mobile), I see a handmade patty that looks like it's a solid 1/2 pound or so. Ignore the onion ring and bacon, and just focus on the bun and the patty of beef.
The burger on the right (bottom if you're on mobile) has a smaller patty and a bun that is covering the meat for the meal ahead.
Which would you rather have? I think the choice is obvious; we'd all take the one on the left.
Not sure if you'll believe me, but the burger on the left is from Chili's, and the one on the right is from Chomp Burger. Chili's is on their game, and unfortunately, locations calling themselves burger joints are not always standing up to the competition that simply shouldn't be competition at all.
In the past year, we've become growingly frustrated with burger joints not paying attention to the simple details that can create a very solid burger. Even though we haven't owned our very own restaurant or bar, we have visited many locations on the burger trail that keep it simple and end up creating an awesome burger.
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As you can see, things got a little over-cooked.
On Saturday, January 24th, Lucas paid a visit to the newest Klavon's location in Vandercook Lake (Jackson area). Klavon's is a must-visit for everyone. The design of the building is like nothing in the area. From its TV chandelier to the burgers, to the pizza, it's worth a stop. Overall, it's a sweet place.
Click here MLive's photo slideshow of the Vandercook Lake location, and below are some photos that Lucas took during his visit. Look soon for the review!
While traveling in Texas this fall I was looking for a great burger. I found it at " Twisted Root " in the Dallas area. It is lucky that they have more than one location or you just may never get in the front door. My cousins Leonard and Marge and my wife, Linda, met up at the Twisted Root near Dallas. It is fun while being there because you never know who will show up. Instead of a number they give you the name of someone famous and they call you when your order is ready, I was " Richie Rich ". Leonard when for an very wild burger ( picture attached ). My burger was just GREAT to say the least. They have a big variety of pickle that you can add to top your burger off! If you love a great burger you need to put " Twisted Root " on your bucket list for sure! If you notice there is a Kevin Bacon Burger on the menu.
So many burgers and so little time!
The Big Springs Café (Huntsville, Alabama) is the place to go for a slider. It is a Slider with History. It was est. in Huntsville in 1928 and has moved within the city 3 times. Their motto is "Home of the Greasy Hamburger". I first had one of their sliders in the late 50's or early 60's. So this is a revisit for me. Their slider has a little more plump juicer patty (compared to other sliders) served with diced onion/mustard topping. If you are into sliders here is the place to stop and be part of slider history.
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The Red Devil Restaurant in Holly, MI is well known for it's pizza and Italian dishes. It's burgers are a well kept secret for sure. I always have the combo which includes a great salad, fries or onion rings and a great hamburger on a homemade bun. If anyone is near Holly you must stop in and have a great burger ( the smiley face is include ). I have not gone for the 2/3 pounder yet but maybe one day. Their address is 104 S. Broad St. right next to the railroad tracks in the Historic Holly Old Town area. Their FB page is Red Devil Restaurant
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Legendary Hunter House Hamburgers has now opened a second location, and they chose downtown Ann Arbor. Check out the article here:
Here are a few pictures from the Mikey's Burgers and Fries visit.
Lucas was excited to possibly get two big reviews in this past weekend. The legendary Redamak's was a sure thing on the way to the Chicago area. It was really neat seeing all of the hype that is Redamak's.
Then, on the way home, he had time to also hit MLive's #1 burger, Laura's Little Burger Joint. Their Facebook page listed Sunday hours, but Lucas was disappointed to find Laura's closed. Until a MBB return visit, he'll still be disappointed.
Here's a slideshow of the two iconic burger joints.
A power outage in the Hamburg area forced our venture back to Ann Arbor, and we ended up pretty happy that it did. There have been so many people that have asked us to go back to Casey's Tavern and give it another shot. We didn't feel Casey's was too impressive on our first visit.
During our second trip to Casey's, we were completely impressed, and look for a re-review coming soon. Here's a glimpse:
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