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Just Because You Can Do A Thing….

Does not mean you should do that thing.
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The Gia Grande is just such a thing.

Three, yes three, Angus patties.

Three, yes three, types of cheese.

Atop which sits some pickle slices and special sauce.

I’m not sure why, but a group of us decided to head to Local Tavern to conquer this monster.  The three of us marched in, challenge accepted, it was time to take the Triple!

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@CleBurgerBlog Made Me Do It!

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After reading a review of Midway Oh Boy! on the Cleveland Burger Blog I felt obligated to the place out.

wpid-20140727_161151.jpgI too ordered the Bernieburger, but I  skipped the copious amounts of lettuce to focus on the onions, bacon, barbecue sauce and Oh Boy sauce.

The Oh Boy sauce looks like mayo, and has a similar consistency.  It does not taste like mayo though!  I can not even begin to calculate what they use to flavor this condiment, but it is a mighty fine burger topping.

Even without the lettuce the Bernieburger is quite messy and a trick to handle.  Having the BBQ sauce on the bottom may add to this by somewhat soaking through the fresh bun, but the flavor made up for all it.  An very tasty flavor combination where you can actually taste the beef, the bacon, the sauces and the onions, all combining together.

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Where’s the Beef?

wpid-20140509_123611.jpgWhen I saw the Pizza Burger at Maxim’s I knew it was something I had to try.  Looked to be a 1/2 patty sandwiched between pieces of pizza, what could go wrong?  Of course if I was going to try it the “optional” sweet peppers were a must.

So one day when the guys were headed to Maxim’s for lunch I asked them to pick me up a “Pizza Burger”.  Now I like Maxim’s and have had many good lunches from there, but this was not quite what I expected.  The term “burger” was used quite loosely as the sandwich contained no beef.  Rather than a hamburger patty it was a 1/2 of sausage between 2 slices of pizza.  Now this may be fine for some, and quite excellent for others, but for me it was a disappointment.  I was lured in by the thought of a juicy burger, covered with Italian sweet peppers and instead I got a glorified sausage patty.

I fully realize the fault is mine for not asking.  Had I asked I would have ordered their amazing Meatball Sub.  Now THAT is a sandwich, but unfortunately a matter for a future posting.

 

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Double Bacon Slamburger

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On our way home from the movie theater my son decided we should stop at the local Denny’s for dinner.  He’s a big fan of the Build Your Own Junior Grand Slam because he can replace eggs with a second helping of bacon.

I didn’t mind the idea so to Denny’s we went.  Just so happens I was wearing the “Born To Eat Bacon” shirt that my son had made for me months before I started this site.  It was quite a hit with the staff.  Upon walking in the hostess asked if I was looking for bacon.  “I always am” I replied.  “Me too!” she said, smiling.

I’ve had various bacon burgers at Denny’s in the past, but tonight I tried the Bacon Slam Burger.  Damned glad I did too.  This burger takes the “breakfast burger” concept to a whole new level by including crispy hash browns along with bacon and eggs.  For a dollar up-charge I got extra bacon to make it extra good.

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Now this is easily one of the messiest burgers I’ve had lately, with the egg and queso fighting to drip off, but it is well worth it.  I loved the combination of flavors and will definitely have it again. Our server, Jessica, was friendly and attentive and the hostess was really nice.  I know many look down on Denny’s, and admittedly I once did as well, but our experience was easily on par with an Applebee’s, Max & Erma’s or TGI Fridays.  Maybe we are just blessed with an uncharacteristically pleasant Denny’s?  Well put your prejudice aside and stop in for a Bacon Slam Burger. They just might surprise you.

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Lunch Buffet Gluttony

wpid-20140620_115547.jpgThough not quite a tradition, hitting the buffet at Quaker Steak & Lube on payday seems to be becoming a habit.  It helps that payday always falls on a Friday and tasty treats abound on their Friday buffet. This Friday I combined some offerings to create this Double Cheeseburger with nacho cheese and BBQ sauce.  The breaded boneless wings are very good and somehow they manage to have fresh fries on a buffet. wpid-20140530_122803.jpg They also have high quality all beef wieners and other flavors of wings.  I found the wieners are incredible when sliced lengthwise, filled with nacho cheese and topped with banana pepper rings, but also quite good simply topped with ketchup and mustard.

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The Swamp Thing

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One of the daily specials at Local Tavern was this Whiskey Peppercorn Burger with Swiss cheese and bacon.   sounded too good to resist.  Though it did say “You may need a fork for this one” it did not point the reason.  The reason said fork was required is because the entire thing floated upon a pool of peppercorn sauce like a BP tanker upon an oil spill.

Was it tasty?  Yes.

Would I ever get it again?  No!

Call me a purist, but a sandwich is meant to be eaten like a sandwich, and a cheeseburger like a cheeseburger.  Not cut up and forked

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Canary Bacon

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Canary’s is a locally owned family restaurant with an incredibly friendly staff. It has quickly become one of my son’s favorite eateries, and I can’t say I mind. The menu includes “Our Special Burger” which is a half pound Patty of ground round. Ordered here without lettuce and I like to top it with Thousand Island dressing.

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Stuff It!

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Local Tavern called this a stuffed cheeseburger.  Claimed it was a cheeseburger stuffed with macaroni and cheese, to be exact.  What it was, however, was a large beef patty, topped with a helping of creamy macaroni and cheese and then covered with a second beef patty, cheese and bacon.  An easy 2/3 pounds of beef on this beast.  The combination of cheeses made it very tasty, and I refused to leave a single bite behind.

Lindsey was our waitress on this Tuesday afternoon, and she’s easily one of my favorites there.

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