Poplar Street Pub
Jul13

Poplar Street Pub

Poplar Street Pub 242 S. 200 W.  SLC, UT Ordered: The Prosciutto Burger Rating: B Life at my house has been crazy lately. Recently, I’ve been trying to switch jobs and in order to make the transition to the other job I had to intern part-time there while also working my current job. It has been a busy time for me. Working two jobs and slaving, SLAVING over a burger blog was taking its toll on me and needless to say my friends and family were beginning to wonder where I was because they never saw me anymore. Right when I was at my most busy my Sister Lizz texted me and said she was missing me and wanted to take me out for a burger as she had just found out about my blog (word travels very slowly in my family). We made the date, I had one free hour on Saturday, if I woke up an hour early. Sleep was a big deal at this time but I was willing to make the sacrifice, after all I missed my sister too. Saturday came aaaaaand I slept in, in fact I forgot about the lunch date until the next weekend. After grovelling, she agreed to try again the following Saturday. Saturday came, I woke up an hour early and headed to my sister’s house and she didn’t answer. All the lights were out, we had missed each other again. Or so I thought, after 10 minutes of knocking she came to the door looking like she had just woken up, because that’s exactly what had happened. This time she forgot, so in my book I think we’re even. Anyway, we laughed about it and she put herself together and we went out to Poplar Street Pub. We took a seat on their big patio out back and each ordered a burger, I ordered the Prosciutto Burger and the garlic fries. The fries were floppy, wet, and disappointing but the burger was pretty good. It’s a very fresh burger with a good thick patty, crispy fried onions, and a generous portion of cured pork on top. It was a pretty good burger, maybe a touch dry, but I would recommend it to anyone. But even better was the company. Thanks sis! Sorry for standing you up, but I’m glad we were able to make it work eventually. Keep me posted for when you want to take me out again. And good news, the internship hired me full time so I quit my other job. I can live life again! For those of you working multiple jobs, I salute you. Working more...

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George’s Corner Restaurant and Pub
Jun24

George’s Corner Restaurant and Pub

Address: 2 W. St. George Blvd, St. George Utah Ordered: Bacon Mushroom Swiss Cheeseburger Rating: B+ I recently found myself in St. George to celebrate Whitney’s Grandma’s 80th birthday and while I was there the whole family went out to get burgers at George’s Corner Restaurant and Pub. We hadn’t planned on the whole family to go with us, it was originally just going to be Whitney and I but when we shared our plans everyone insisted they tag along. You should understand that because of how my brain works I don’t really think people are interested in what I like so I usually just assume I’ll enjoy what I enjoy by myself. But now that I blog about burgers suddenly everyone trusts my recommendations on food. To me, it is a very strange thing to proclaim that I’m going to go do something and then have everyone suddenly want to follow me because they are sure what I have planned will be enjoyable for them as well. I’m still not used to it, but it is flattering as well as kind of stressful because I try so many new places and not all of them are good so there is a possibility that I could be leading everyone into a bad experience. But George’s Corner was not a bad experience and it was nice to have everyone there together. George’s Corner serves a variety of options other than burgers, but obviously I was only interested in the burgers. They follow the build-your-own-burger model in which they just give you a flat price for a burger and any topping you want are extra. This gives you a huge range in options and was kind of nice for a change. I created my burger with sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, bacon and Swiss cheese. Just look at that cheese! It was a very good burger though perhaps a bit on the dry side and the battered fries were crunchy and delicious. My father in law even let me try a bite of  his curry lamburger which was very different but also very good. We also ordered their Chili Mint Lemonade just to be adventurous. We had a kick watching everyone’s faces when we let them have a sip. It’s a good drink, though not very pleasant. . . If that makes any sense. Grandma surprised and impressed us all when she ordered a big burger with the rest of us and even more surprised and impressed when she finished it. Go Grandma! There was no way she was letting even one crumb go to waste. 80 years old and still keeping up with us kids. Go try George’s and build your...

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Hires Big H
May26

Hires Big H

Hires Big H 425 S. 700 E. SLC, UT Ordered: Roquefort Bacon H with fries & Root Beer Rating: B My two loves Root Beer and Burgers are the focus of Hires Big H, so of course it was inevitable that I would eventually pay them a visit. Seriously, what a winner of a combination. Hires Big H is a staple to the historic Salt Lake Valley and ever since I started this blog I have been told by many people that I needed to dedicate a blog post to them. Hire’s Big H has a family owned diner feel to it which is always a good sign when it comes to burgers. They serve all your typical diner goods but they put an emphasis on burgers and their own brand of root beer. Also, for you pizza lovers, this company also owns an operates Litzas Pizza which directly next door. They make a pretty good pie. Before I go any further I feel the need to give a simple Root Beer history lesson. Charles E. Hires lived in Salt Lake City for a time before he invented Root Beer in Pennsylvania where it was actually first intended to be an herbal tea, which makes sense when you learn that original root beer was brewed from roots, herbs, and bark. Mr. Hires is to blame for the explosion of soft drinks from that point on because he aggressively advertised his soda by coining it’s name “Root Beer” and plastering his brand anywhere he could. He even touted its many health benefits, he was a pharmacist after all. There is a big misconception about Hires however. Many believe that Hires Root Beer is served at Hires Big H. It is not. Let me repeat, ‘Hires’ brand root beer is not served at Hires Big H, at least not the original Hire’s root beer invented by Mr. Charles Hires anyway. Hires Big H serves their own brand of root beer. Also, original Hires root beer is all but extinct today. Hire’s is still produced today but in very small amounts. The reason for this is that the original Hires recipe and brand is owned by the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group which also owns other root beer brands like A&W, IBC, and Stewart’s. These brands as well as Hires directly compete with each other which is an interesting dynamic seeing as they are all owned by the same parent company. So to narrow the competition Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has decided to put their money on the bigger brands that I just mentioned and only makes Hires in very small doses. I think one of the only reasons they still...

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Zinburger, Hot Dogs, and Pinball in Tucson.
May06

Zinburger, Hot Dogs, and Pinball in Tucson.

Zinburger 6390 E. Grant Rd., Tucson, AZ Ordered: Breakfast Burger Rating: B+ Recently my wife and I took a vacation to beautiful Tucson, Arizona where we spent lots of time enjoying the scenery, relaxing, hiking, and of course eating. For my wife and I eating is about 50% of our vacation experience no matter where we go. The weeks leading up to any vacation is spent researching fun places to visit as well as food hot-spots. Food, it’s just our thing. We hadn’t been off the plane for an hour before our local friends took us to their favorite restaurant in Bisbee, a little hot dog diner called Jimmy’s. They specialize in gourmet hot dogs, burgers, fries… etc. They are famous for their dogs so we ordered a few along with fries and of course some root beer to chase it. Very good diner, B+, and I would suggest it to anyone who is passing through the strangely artsy mining town of Bisbee. From what I can tell, Bisbee is to Arizona what Park City is to Utah. Full of hipsters, artists, wealthy people, and really good food. Sadly we didn’t have enough time to explore that town more, next time. The next day we traveled to Tucson where we swam, hiked at the Sonora Desert Museum (more like a zoo if you ask me), and then had dinner at a place called ZinBurger which is a trendy and modern burger place in the center of Tucson. The very first thing I noticed when they handed us our menus was “SAMBURGER” printed in all caps. I just had to try that burger right?! Wrong. At first glance it looks like it was made just for me, really it was kind of creepy how spot on it is to my kind of burger. The SAMBURGER is basically a big bacon cheeseburger with 1000 island dressing. . . They just HAD to ruin it with 1000 island dressing! As you know, I don’t care for the stuff, so I skipped over MY burger and settled on their Breakfast Burger instead, I was in a breakfast mood anyway. The Breakfast burger comes with a fried egg, avocado, cheese, bacon, and 0% 1000 island dressing. It’s a big burger and it is very good. It didn’t melt my brain with pleasure like the Bootlegger Burger did in my previous post, but it was still a very above average burger. I also tried some of my wife’s Zinburger which was also very good with its gracious amounts of cheese and caramelized onions. To end the meal we ordered a Butterfinger shake to share. Well, actually my buddy ordered it but...

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Bootleggers in Phoenix, AZ
Apr22

Bootleggers in Phoenix, AZ

Bootleggers 3375 E. Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028 Ordered: Bootlegger Burger Rating: A+ Whenever Whitney and I go on vacation we consider the food to be about 50% of the experience. Before we go we research new foods that are rare to us but common to the place we are visiting and of course I’m always looking a the best burgers no matter where I am. This food-obsessed ritual served us well when we recently travelled to Arizona to visit friends. We did a lot, of which I will expand upon in later posts, but most importantly we had some tasty burgers. One nice thing about writing a burger blog is that most of the time people respect your restaurant recommendations. Which is actually kind of scary for me because I don’t re-visit many of the burger places I try very often which means when I choose a place to go it’s a new experience for me as well as for everyone else who put their confidence in my decision. It shouldn’t bother me so much but I worry that my recommendation my end in a bad experience for my friends who trusted me. But that was not the case when I convinced everyone that we should try Bootleggers, not at all. That burger was gooooooood! Bootleggers is a BBQ joint in Phoenix that specializes in slow cooked BBQ meat with the only exception being their burger. They only offer one type of burger, the Bootlegger Burger which has a thick 1/2 pould patty topped with lots of Munster cheese, carmelized whiskey onions, mushrooms, and 1/4 inch thick slab of the most deliciously smokey bacon you have ever tried in your life, and then to top it off it’s all served in a pretzel bun. They bring it to your table spiked to a rough wooden board with a steak knife and with homemade potato chips. That’s man food right there. In short, I loved it, I mean just look at the rating I gave it: A+. But the longer story is that these flavors did that thing that good burgers do, each component complimented the next to make a sweet, zesty, as well as savory burger making a conbined flavor that made my eyes roll with pleasure. I’m sure that I started annoying my eating companions because every bit was followed with me saying something like “Mmmmm!” or “Damn this burger is good” or “I’ve finally found you”. I loved that burger and writing about it makes me sad because I know it is hundreds of miles away and who knows when I’ll be in Phoenix next. There is nothing better than trying a new...

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Burgers For Brittany
Apr01

Burgers For Brittany

Burgers For Brittany Where: Scaddy’s, 5430 S. 900 E. SLC, UT   Firstly I want to publicly thank all those who participated in Burgers For Brittany this last weekend. THANK YOU! You truly proved your worth and I could not be more grateful for your selfless support. For those of you who perhaps don’t follow me on Facebook or otherwise are not familiar with what I am talking about, I’ll explain. Last week I organized an event to mob-support a family who owns a local business. I did this after hearing a heartbreaking news story about their daughter, Brittany Scadlock, who was serving as a missionary for her church in Argentina, far from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, when she got an E. coli infection and died. Most tragically of all, she died before her parents could even get on the plane to see her. I heard this story and was affected by it for many reasons. First, I empathize with those that have lost loved ones tragically, I lost my brother 20 years ago (I can’t believe it’s been so long) when he was only 15 years old. Also, my wife’s sister just happens to be serving a mission in Argentina right now as well and is also 19 years old. And lastly, I was once I 19 year old missionary myself and I know what it’s like to be far away from home doing good for others in a strange place (Sure, I was only in Connecticut. . . But still). After hearing this story I then saw a post on Facebook from one of my favorite burger places, Scaddy’s. The post stated that Brittany was a member of the owner’s family. After making this connection I thought, “wouldn’t it be great if a big group of people went to Scaddy’s all at once and ordered something off the menu to show their support? Someone should do that.” I then thought,  “why not me? I do write a burger blog after all, so it wouldn’t be entirely off base”. The last few years I have been working on being more assertive and less hesitant so I immediately went to Facebook with my idea as a way of gauging interest. Not surprisingly, everyone thought this was a great idea, so I made a public Facebook event scheduled for that Saturday and begged everyone to spread the word. Honestly I was afraid that I would fail, that the event would be ‘liked’ by all and then forgotten by most. I was nervous that I would show up alone, and potentially embarrass the Scadlock family. I wasn’t even sure my event  would spread very far at all,...

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