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Your Favorite Chain Burger

Looks like I'll be inaugurating the "Chains" board. Hooray!

I'll go first. As noted in my recently updated profile, I'm currently enamored with the Bleu Ribbon Burger at Red Robin. http://redrobin.com/Menu-GourmetBurge...

Being a blue-cheese-burger-o-phile, I gotta say that this one is pretty decent for a chain. Blue-cheesey, salty, tangy, oniony, and AYCE fries!

Of course, when I'm not in the mood to drop 10 bucks on a burger (w/ tax & tip), I can always rely on a Double Meat, Animal Style, from In-N-Out...

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  1. In N Out, Period! 4x4, rare with everything, extra onion = YUM!

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    1. re: sel

      Update:
      After 4 years I must say that I've had so many wonderful non-chain burgers that I'm finally over the In N Out experience! Fries stink, only slightly improved if cooked longer. I haven't been in over a year, rather eat a better, both tastier and usually healthier non-chain burger!

    2. Farmer Burger from Farmer Boys - sadly they're only in Southern California!

      Plus, they have my very favorite fried zucchini anywhere. And bizarrely good pastrami sandwiches (served on smushy rolls that fall apart instead of on rye, but I don't care!)

      Kathy/Kuisine (formerly KathySK)

      P.S. I'm not afraid to post on the chains board, I'm not!

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      1. re: Kuisine

        Try Farmer Boys' fish and chips, infinately better than say a Long John Silver, or its ilk. But sub rings for the fries.

        And you shouldn't be afraid, a truly adventuresome and open minded 'hound can sniff out the good stuff, even at a chain.

        1. re: Kuisine

          Where and what is Farmer Boys. I live in Burbank.

          1. re: mattesq

            Love Farmer Boys... their fries are great. So is in love with their breakfast sandwich (it looks like the SIMPLEST thing, but it's really tasty! :))

            http://farmerboys.com/

            --Dommy!

            1. re: mattesq

              Farmer boys is mostly in Ontario and surrounding cities like Diamond bar Rancho Cucamonga. I do not think they are that good. I'll take a Fudd buger any day.

              1. re: jdmdc2

                The only FB I can remember seeing is at the Irwindale exit on the 210. I'll have to give'em a try sometime when proximity and hunger coincide.

                1. re: Will Owen

                  There's one on Harbor and Brea Blvd. in Fullerton, another on La Palma and Richfield in Anaheim Canyon, one on Lambert in Brea, one on Lincoln and Dale in Anaheim, and one on Tustin and 17th in Santa Ana/Tustin.

          2. Fatburger. Gimme a fatburger with everything on it, on the char with bacon, cheese, and a fried egg, some fat fries, and a lemonade, and I'm a very happy hound indeed.

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            1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

              I ditto Fatburger. A great fast food hamburger!

            2. Has anyone ever tried FUDDRUCKERS?
              I heard they are osum, and after getting the burger, you go to this condiment bar and they have like 25 items you can put on your burner! wow-sounds interesting...

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              1. re: irwin

                The Fuddruckers in Southern california went the way of Flakey Jake's some time ago - I'd go if there were any around. For chain burgers I'll take fatburger, Farmer Boys, and Bob's Big Boy!

                1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                  "The Fuddruckers in Southern california went the way of Flakey Jake's some time ago - I'd go if there were any around."

                  Seek, and ye shall find: http://lapublichealth.org/rating/

                  1. re: Joe Blowe

                    thanks, but these are all pretty far away.

                      1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                        Well, there aren't very many restaurants in Calabasas, now are there? There's a Fuddruckers in Burbank, that's probably the closest.

                        1. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                          I believe one just opened in Thousand Oaks on Moorpark.

                      2. re: calabasas_trafalgar

                        Not sure what part of So. Cal. you are in, but they just opened a Fuddruckers in the new food court in the Century City Mall in West Los Angeles. Ate there about 4 months ago, and it was pretty tasty.

                        1. re: DanaB

                          I'm in El Monte,I think the closest Fuddrucker's is in Burbank...

                          1. re: laliz

                            I wouldn't say that they're my favourite; but the consistent quality of Big Boy burgers is often under-appreciated IMHO.

                            1. re: RoyOfTheRovers

                              Wow, haven't thought of Big Boy since I left the midwest in the 80s...have they changed? Used to love those with an order of onion rings.

                              1. re: pine time

                                They have not. You could walk into one today and recognize a lot of the same menu items. The original double decker is still the same sandwich. The one thing they haven't done, chainwide regardless of franchise, is mess with their classics.

                                1. re: Fibber McGee

                                  Big Boy left my area around 20+ years ago. If you still have them where you live, cherish them! Treasure them! People used to argue about the Big Boy VS the Brawny Lad the way others argue about Cub fans VS Sox fans.

                                  1. re: Fydeaux

                                    The fun is sometimes you're not quite sure what you would get with your personal favorite. I once received a Brawny Lad with an entire slice of onion, not just one ring from a slice but the whole slice, on it and that was it. Didn't ask for it that way, just got it. I have also received a slice of bacon on the side on a couple of occasions, even though I didn't order it.

                                    1. re: Fydeaux

                                      Alas, here in Los Angeles (Bob's Big Boy), the Brawny Lad is not available, which is a pity. There was a purist quality to it that I remember (from Elias Brothers Big Boy in 1960s Detroit). Thick charred beef patty, and thick slice of raw onion, yeah!). I also miss their original oil and vinegar dressing, which was lightly oranged-hued, but tasted like nothing I've had since)... Brawny Lad: great name for a punk band (or a gay bar)...

                                      1. re: silence9

                                        Elias Brothers is the Big Boy I grew up with. It hasn't been the same since they dropped the franchise. It's just Big Boy now.

                                2. re: RoyOfTheRovers

                                  Apparently it depends on the franchise. I've never eaten at the original in Los Angeles, but an outlet (not a _Bob's_) opened up here in Las Vegas a while back, and lasted less than a year. The one time I ate there, my double decker was horrendous. Flavorless, pre-cooked patties on a bun that disintegrated after about 3 bites. The red relish, meh. This burger was even worse than the ones I've had at Sonic.

                                  I was asked how my burger was, but the waitress was not at all interested in my answer. I was so disappointed with the meal, I filled out one of their survey cards. On the way out, the manager offered to take it from me, but I told him, no thanks -- I would mail it in.

                            2. re: irwin

                              Fuddruckers is the place for a good burger. Or Five Guys.

                              1. re: navygirl7

                                Agree on the Fuddruckers. Pretty consistent, which I can't say for Five Guys since they started franchising. WILDLY unneven product, from dry/skunky patties to stale buns. I've had good luck at the one in Old Town Alexandria, but the two DC sites have some quality control issues. Particularly the greasy fries.

                                I tried the Red Robin burger out near Dulles. Don't see what the big deal is. About what you'd find at TGI Mcpickelpoopers. And when I was in Tampa, I tried the Fatburger. Again, don't see what the fuss is. For a chain burger, it's better than Wendys, but not as good as Fuddruckers.

                                1. re: monkeyrotica

                                  you should know that I immediately googled "TGI Mcpickelpoopers." I had to know if someone really opened a restaurant with a name like that. Monkeyrotica, if you open a restaurant called "TGI Pickelpoopers," I swear I'll eat there!

                                  1. re: kiwi

                                    I'd have to second that! What a great name!

                            3. I actually really like Fudd's.....their rolls are great and buttery!