My Year in Roadfood (2011)

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My Year in Roadfood (2011)

Can I join in on the year in review fun, too?
I only have one more trip left this year and that is this weekend in the Carolinas.  While the bbq and dessert lists will have to wait, it seems reasonably safe to start with some of the other lists.  First up:

10.  Crown Burgers - Salt Lake City, UT

The specialty of the house here is the Crown Burger, which puts a large pile of pastrami on top of the beef.  You can watch the burgers being charbroiled over an open flame and there is something special about that salty pastrami/beefy flavor combo.  Some trusted Roadfood friends have also eaten here and didn't care for it, but this burger really worked for me.
9.  Motz Restaurant - Detroit, MI

We sat mesmerized at the counter, watching all the beef and onions meld together.  These were the best sliders we ate all year.
8.  Solly's Grille - Milwaukee, WI

An old favorite, that we were fortunate enough to make it to twice in 2011, including on the Roadfood bus tour.  As I've said in the past, with the overabundant amount of butter on these butter burgers, these aren't for everyone.  But in this case, it really is the more butter the better!
7.  Giant Drive-In - Lake Oswego, OR

An old fashioned place with an almost endless variety of burgers to choose from, we were thoroughly charmed by Giant Drive-In.  We split their signature huge burger known as the Filler, which included bacon, cheddar cheese, ham, a fried egg, pickle, onion slices, tomato and lettuce, along with two beef patties on a sesame seed bun. 
6.  Chris Madrid's - San Antonio, TX

The pictured burger is the tostada burger, which puts refried beans, cheddar cheese and Fritos right on top.  An excellent combination!  As much as I enjoyed this, my girlfriend Mariton called it the best burger she has ever had.  But, then again, that may have been the mango margarita talking!
5.  Miller's Bar - Dearborn, MI

Yeah, this one shocked me.  I had been to Miller's Bar before and thought they had a very good burger, but nothing special.  And there is nothing too exotic about the cheeseburger, just high quality fresh beef and lots of cheese.  It was undoubtedly just the perfect circumstances; it was late at night, neither one of us had eaten for hours and we both had a serious burger craving.  Whatever it was, we walked out of Miller's that night very satisfied!
4.  Bobo's Drive In - Topeka, KS

The beef patties are very thin and flat, with a definite crunchiness to it and I am a big fan of this style of burger.  Next time, I am going for the Spanish Burger.
3.  Terry's Turf Club - Cincinnati, OH

The quality has taken an exponential leap, because this was a fantastic burger!  Although they do offer some creative options, like burgundy wine with wild mushrooms and truffles, we went simple with just cheddar cheese and grilled onions.  The beef was so juicy, it disintegrated most of the bottom bun.
2.  Bobcat Bite - Santa Fe, NM

In a huge upset, my all-time favorite Roadfood restaurant let me down.  There was just something off the day I ate here.  Maybe it was that co-owner Bonnie Eckre wasn't there.  For sure, the bun was overtoasted to the point of it being hard.  Regardless, this is the perfect combination of meat, cheese and green chiles and it was still a joy to eat.  Unfortunately, that wasn't enough for it to keep the top spot.
1.  Peter Luger - New York, NY

After hearing about the famous burger at Peter Luger for years, I was rather disappointed when a very ordinary looking burger was brought to me.  But, from the very first bite, I knew I was in the presence of greatness!   The beefy flavor of this burger was so incredible, I failed to take even one bite of the steak being shared by my group.
Honorable Mentions:
1. Casino El Camino - Austin, TX
2. Bud's Bar - Sedalia, CO
3. Stanley's Hamburgers - Central Falls, RI
4. Workingman's Friend - Indianapolis, IN
5. White Cottage - Woodstock, VT 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/06/26 13:06:35

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