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Hamburgers in Baltimore?

mgarland Jul 27, 2006 04:21 PM

Any suggestions for really great hamburgers in Baltimore? My old favorite place has sadly gone downhill and I don't want to go there any more...

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    Tugboat Jul 27, 2006 04:35 PM

    What is the place that has gone downhill?

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    1. re: Tugboat
      mgarland Jul 27, 2006 04:46 PM

      Kooper's unfortunately...

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      KAZ Jul 27, 2006 07:00 PM

      I've been hitting Ale Mary's for burger and a boh night on Mondays. Decent burgers. Let me know what you think.

      While probably not what you are talking about, have you tried the slider burger with foie gras at Salt?

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      1. re: KAZ
        mgarland Jul 28, 2006 02:17 PM

        I went there (Ale Mary's) once pretty soon after they had opened- my line of work behooves me to be familiar with all of the restaurants in Fell's Point. I ordered the pork "medallions", which were basically three pieces of pork, bearing no resemblance whatsoever to medallions. It was a singularly lackluster meal with very inattentive service. I was at the bar and had to wait *forever* to even get my beer refilled... I haven't recommended it to anyone, but I'd be willing to give it another try since I went right after their opening.

      2. viperlush Jul 27, 2006 07:13 PM

        My favorite are the burgers at Brewers Art. They are large and come with their famous rosemary garlic fries.

        The burgers at Max's on Broadway aren't great, but not bad either. I like going there mainly for the beer.

        My least are those at The Owl Bar. I like my burgers without breadcrumbs or other fillers and tasting like meat. Theirs have a weird texture and flavor.

        And of course there is always Five Guys

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        1. re: viperlush
          mgarland Jul 28, 2006 02:12 PM

          I'm going there (Brewer's Art) tonight- I'll check them out. Thanks for the head's up!

        2. toro head Jul 27, 2006 07:46 PM

          Kisling's Tavern on Fleet has most excellent burgers. IMO, best wings in Baltimore too!

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            hon Jul 27, 2006 07:55 PM

            McCabes in Hampden has great burgers!

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              johndiggity Jul 27, 2006 09:48 PM

              2nd McCabes; Five Guys in the Harbor/Mt. Vernon/Canton, and Midtown Yacht Club are all excellent as well.

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                cleveland park Jul 28, 2006 01:27 PM

                definately mccabes, great crab cakes. I love this place. What do you think of Swallow at the Hollow, when i was at loyola college we used to go there for the half price burgers and they were pretty good, i dont know about now, but its a place dear to my heart

                1. re: cleveland park
                  mgarland Jul 28, 2006 02:13 PM

                  OK, this is now on my list of places to check out. I have never been there... thank you all :-)

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                    SuzyInChains Jul 31, 2006 08:43 PM

                    I went to Swallow at the Hollow two weeks ago for a half-price burger (Sundays and Wednesdays) and would have gladly paid full price. Good burger! Unfortunately, they don't have the hot cheese appetizer anymore because they switched suppliers, but that's not enough to keep me away.

                    I googled S-at-the-H and saw that they were picked for Best Hamburger in the City Paper's 2005 Best of Baltimore edition. I'm not surprised.

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                  jes Jul 28, 2006 02:43 AM

                  I'm partial to Duda's in Fell's Point.

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                    mgarland Jul 28, 2006 02:13 PM

                    i like Duda's crab cakes a lot but always thought that better burgers could be had elsewhere.

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                    atls21231 Jul 28, 2006 02:23 PM

                    Charles Village Pub used to have a reputation for great burgers, but I've not been for a while.

                    Birches has really good burgers with a very interesting choice of toppings (according to their website, they are: American, Marinated Feta, Colby Jack, Parmesan Regiano, Asiago, Crumbled Blue or Gruyere Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Pancetta, Roast Peppers, Sherry Buttered Mushrooms, Chipotle Aioli, etc.).

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                    1. re: atls21231
                      mgarland Jul 28, 2006 02:24 PM

                      I have had great food at Birches- will check out the burgers now :-)

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                      aubzamzam Jul 31, 2006 02:51 PM

                      I just had a great burger at Mahaffey's in Canton. They have several variations on the burger, and I had the Habanero variety. The finely minced habanero was mixed in with the ground beef, which was of high quality. Yum. Plus, they have great beer.

                      That said, I have always been carrying the torch for Pete's Grille's burgers in Waverly.

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