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Lee’s Pint & Shell

On a recent trip to Maryland, Lady FoodObs had the pleasure of visiting a Baltimore institution, Lee’s Pint & Shell! Here’s a beautiful order of Chesapeake Roasted Oysters and a tasty looking double cheeseburger. I’m pretty sure I know which one she ordered.

The Habit Burger Grill

Outstanding “Charburger” at The Habit! Some of the best fast food burgers in the industry. Right up there with Five Guys.

Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks

The burger that started it all at Islands! Outstanding Big Wave w/ Cheese! Hot & delicious beef patty with American cheese, lettuce, mater, pickles & onion on a great bun. Served with a side of fresh cut Island fries, only $9.25.

Chili’s Grill & Bar

Outstanding Southern Smokehouse Burger at Chili’s! I dearly adore their house made pickle chips served on the side.


A SoCal institution that never disappoints! The venerable Double Double is consistently excellent!

Five Guys

Outstanding double cheeseburger with grilled onions and jalapeños at Five Guys in Poway! Definitely one of the best fast food burgers I’ve put in my mouth.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

Without a doubt, Freddy’s is one of my favorite fast food restaurants! This time I ordered Freddy’s Original Double! Two outstanding steak burger patties, cheese, mustard, onion & pickle on a toasted bun. I think the biggest standout for me are their remarkably thin patties. It makes for the perfect charred surface area to meat ratio. They also have two delicious types of fry sauce that you can serve yourself out of a giant squirt dispenser.

Cheesecake Factory

Such a thoughtful collection of small plates available at The Cheesecake Factory! This time I tried the cheeseburger spring rolls. Simply delicious. Hot, crispy and surprisingly good. Also their Greek salad. Those were some serious cucumber chunks though! Could have been chopped a bit smaller.

Ramona Family Naturals

Ramona Family Naturals is really flexing their culinary muscle with some amazing new food. Here’s the outstanding “Hot Rod Burger”, served every Thursday for Cruise Night, from 5-7:30 pm. This is a cheese stuffed half pound burger with caramelized onions, bacon, provolone, avocado, lettuce & tomato, truffle aioli (fancy mayonnaise) on a brioche bun. Includes a side of truffled sweet potato chips, $13.00.

First, the beef patty was just remarkable. Star of the show. The beef used here is organic, grass fed, pasture raised in the beautiful Eel River Valley in Humboldt County of Northern California. It’s an 80/20 grind which is just perfect for a good, juicy, flavorful burger.

One thing that really impressed me were these excellent fresh baked brioche buns from Ramona Country Bakery. It held together this towering hulk of a burger flawlessly without cracking or disintegrating in my hands! That’s saying something. Locally, Ramona Country Bakery sells a variety their breads at RFN and The London Bakery. 

I’m not gonna sugarcoat it, eating this thing was not easy! I could not articulate my jaw nearly enough to take a normal bite. I kind of had to attack it from an angle. Somewhat cumbersome and awkward. What I can tell you is that every single component of this burger really comes through nicely in each bite. From the melted cheese, to the bacon and caramelized onions, to the avocado, etc. All of it perfect. Nothing was lost in the mix.

I’m not sure who the young lady was who made our burgers but she was super nice. She was definitely skilled in constructing this masterpiece. I certainly recommend the Hot Rod Burger to anyone who loves a fine artisan burger. Make sure you have lots of napkins or maybe a moist beach towel and plan to take two showers when you get home!

Boll Weevil

One of my favorite burgers at the Weev, called simply, “Stacked”! Two quarter pound steerburger patties, stacked with just bacon and cheddar cheese. It doesn’t get any better than this. What’s really nice is the thoughtful placement of bacon so you can taste it in every bite. I really dislike the criss-cross bacon setup you typically see at most burger joints.

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