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BEST BURGERS IN NASSAU OR QUEENS

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jjronis Aug 18, 2006 03:40 AM

Every summer we take the kids on a search for the "best of" something. This summer it's Cheeseburgers. Give us your BEST, not just okay, and no chains please.

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    magfitz Aug 18, 2006 04:26 PM

    I've never been but Donovan's in Woodside is supposed to be very good.

    Not really a match with sit-down places but love the burger, fries and thick shakes at All American on Merrick Road in Massapequa.

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      TongoRad Aug 18, 2006 04:33 PM

      If you compare it to other fast food joints All-American definitely stands out. The hand cut fries truly rock. As for burgers, the Double Double probably has the best meat/bun ratio.

      As for sit-down burgers I recently had a killer one at Black Forest Brew House in Farmingdale- big, juicy, nice sear/caramelization on the surface of the patty. I've been meaning to return to put their consistency to the test but haven't done so yet, fwiw.

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      stuartlafonda Aug 18, 2006 08:21 PM

      1. Peter Luger in Great Neck, thick cut bacaon and cheese, Add well done fries and an ice cold Beck's, it doesn't get much better.
      2. Donavans in Woodside or Bayside, great burger and some interesting beer on tap.
      3. All American in Massapequa. This choice can cause great debate because for every person that loves this place someone else does not. This is a fast food burger, greasy and small on a marginally fresh bun. Somehow it works to perfection. I sent a fellow chowhound and burger lover, who prefers big burgers, and she did not think much of it, though she did love the fries. Those fries, hot out of the oil are as good as any fries anywhere. I actually discovered this place about twenty years ago when Sylvia Carter wrote about how perfect the fries were. I agree with "TongoRad" and the suggestion of a double double which is two cheeseburgers. Add a large order of fries and a shake. Give it a shot.

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        tomatoe Aug 18, 2006 09:30 PM

        Itgen's on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream has great hamburgers- juicy, tasty and greasy. They also have great homemade ice cream. Its a fun place to go to (it hasn't changed since around the 50's)

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          dw438 Aug 19, 2006 02:42 PM

          Good standup or car burger goes to All-American in Massapequa.
          I was there for the lunch rush on Tuesday last and boy, it brought me back to my childhood, where 40 years ago a visit to the Golden Arches (or orange rings, yes we had a Wetson's in town) was a thrill.
          Nice people behind the counter.
          Reminded me of a slightly faster version of In-N-Out.
          Go with the double double, the onion rings are fresh, and don't forget a chocolate shake.
          As for Queens, the king happens to be Joe's Best Burger on Main Street in Flushing.
          Nice before a Mets game.

          1. Fred19 Aug 19, 2006 08:54 PM

            My favorites are burgers at Major's in E. Meadow or Woodbury, accompanied by their home fries. I was just there on Wednesday, and the burger was the best I had in a long time. I believe that their secret is alot of sirloin in the patty.

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              Fairfield Foodie Aug 20, 2006 02:00 AM

              Donovan's, Donovan's, Donovan's. Get their Bacon Cheeseburger and make sure you get the sauteed onions on top.

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                Scott_R Aug 26, 2006 03:18 AM

                Any suggestions for the best non-cheese burger? I do like All-American, but I'm looking for something "heartier." Preferred central/eastern Nassau, western Suffolk

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                  butterchicken2nan Aug 26, 2006 08:57 PM

                  Well I've said here before but did not get much agreement - I find the burger's in the Massapequa Diner on Sunrise Highway to be consistently excellent. Fries are good too if you ask the waiter to tell them to let them get really crispy (a common problem with diner fries - not cooked long enough).
                  I will second the Itgens vote - but they are hardly healthy - if I remember correctly they do them on the griddle rather than over the grill - but they do taste great - and as this is for 'the kids', Itgens does some of the slammingest milkshakes and icecream based dessert dishes out there.

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                    chrisonli Sep 6, 2006 03:48 AM

                    Krisch's in Massapequa (on Central, just north of the train station) is another of those oldtime places with homemade ice cream and excellent burgers...and the price is right, under $5 for a 7 oz basic burger. Their cole slaw is wonderful - I'm not a French Fry person, so I can't speak about those. The onion rings are awesome.
                    Their web site is http://www.krischs.com.

                    I also like the double double at All American...

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                      budcar Sep 6, 2006 12:20 PM

                      While not in existence any longer, I recall the bar special burger at McCluskey's on Sunrise Hwy in Bellmore. Served with French fries that were like a combination of home fries and fresh French fries they were dining nirvana to me. Incidentally, are fresh fries, not thawed frozen, available today?

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                        Hanachan Sep 6, 2006 06:32 PM

                        All American Drive-in in Massapequa. Just had quarter pounder with cheese there the other day and wow, it is fantastic! I heard that their fries/onion rings are very good as well.

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                          stuartlafonda Sep 6, 2006 11:04 PM

                          Skip the onion rings and double up on thr fries. I have watched as they pull a bag of onion rings from the freezer, rip it open and drop the rings in oil. It is strickly packaged stuff. As for the fries, you can watch as a guy peels the potatoes,uses a machine to cut them into fries and then double fries them, they do it the way it should be done.

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