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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From Scratch
Mar17

From Scratch

From Scratch 62 East Gallivan Ave.  Salt Lake City, UT 84111 Ordered: Scratch Burger & Bread Pudding Rating: A+   I love my job, I love it so much! I know this isn’t my job-job, to review burgers I mean, but I feel a certain responsibility to weed out the good burgers from the bad for all of you readers out there. I really don’t even mind having to eat the occasional C- or even D burger because I know there is a better one out there and I will find it. Well it happened, I found an amazing burger that makes all the stinkers worth my time. I found From Scratch and it was beautiful. The only seats available when we visited the restaurant From Scratch were at the bar which I typically don’t prefer but it actually ended up being a lot of fun since our seats gave us a perfect view of the pizza chef and wood burning oven. I’ll take unashamed and impressive food preparation over the sports game I don’t care about blasting from the kagillian TV’s throughout the restaurant any day. It was entertaining to see him toss the crust, layer the pizzas with various toppings and then place them into the blaring oven. And it was great marketing for them, seriously, I can’t tell you how many times I told my wife “Okay, next time we come here one of us HAS to order the mushroom pizza!”. Yes, this place is trendy, very much so, but it didn’t come close to appearing pretentious. No one likes a hipster show-off and From Scratch was not ‘that’. This was simply a classy place with a trendy, but not annoying environment that served only a few items but served them near perfectly every time. If you haven’t guessed, From Scratch prides itself in their ability of improving their dishes by making nearly everything “from scratch”; from their own milled flour to their homemade cheeses. And what they don’t make in-house, like their meats, they get from local sources. This is a dangerous claim at times because your ingredients can be as local and homemade as you like but they better taste good. If given a choice between all natural grass-fed-everything but bland tasting burger OR a processed-everything burger that will make you cry tears of joy. . . Let’s just say, I’m always up for a good cry. The burger came out and it immediately reminded me of the burgers at Bachi Burger in Las Vegas which if you remember is one of my favorite burger places ever. The From Scratch burger is served with a thick and juicy patty, shoe string onions, and...

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Este Pizzeria
Mar04

Este Pizzeria

Este Pizzeria 2148 S. 900 E, Sugarhouse, UT Ordered: Half New York Combo, half meatball Rating: A Let’s take a break from my usual burger-gab today and talk a little bit about my other love: Pizza. Truth be told I might crave pizza even more than I crave burgers. (gasp!) To me it’s as if they were my two children, I love them both equally but in different ways. If you held a gun to my head and told me to choose between burgers or pizza, you’d probably have to kill me. I couldn’t make that decision with a good conscience. While I love them both, they are two very different animals. I think burgers are more rustic, simple, and easy going while pizza is more refined, group oriented, and bound by classic rules. By “rules” I mean that pizza has to meet certain criteria in order to call itself pizza. It has to have tomato sauce, crust, cheese, and certain toppings. You might say “Pizza has no rules! You can put anything on pizza!” I would respectfully disagree. True, you CAN put anything on pizza but once you start throwing on goat cheese, pineapple, BBQ sauce, and mashed potatoes it ceases to be pizza. For example, recently the company I work for bought pizza for everyone, by the time I got to work all that was left was a meatless, cheese-less “pizza”. Undoubtedly this was ordered for the vegans but come on, would you really call that pizza? There’s no need to “improve” upon pizza and I’m tired of people trying. It’s already perfect as it is so keep your BBQ sauce and chicken to yourself and give me Italian sausage, cheese, pepperoni, cheese, olives, mushrooms, and cheese. So many things in this world need improving upon, I mean did you even see that last Spider Man movie? So, to all you improvers out there, focus on the things that need help and stop messing with my pizza. To be clear, I’ve never been to New York or Chicago. So you may wonder how some guy in Salt Lake would know anything about good pizza. Well, first off I think anyone can tell good pizza from bad, but to your point I have been to New Haven Connecticut, which is home to two of the best pizzerias in the country and that is where I learned what real pizza is. If you know anything about New Haven you’ll know all about Wooster street and the two rival pizza parlors: Pepe’s and Sally’s. Well, I happened to have lived a stones throw from both and I couldn’t have been happier about it. Seriously, I could walk a half block...

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