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Aug 21, 2006 02:08 AM

does anyone know what they put in a camelia grill burger

I love their burgers and really want to make one.

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  1. As I recall, it was ground chuck and not much else. The patties were hand-formed, a little irregular in shape, and not too tightly compacted. But the key to the flavor was the cooking: on a griddle, not a grill. The burger needs to sit in its own juices to develop that characteristic diner flavor. You can probably achieve the same effect in an iron skillet on the stovetop...

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    1. re: Hungry Celeste

      no I've tried. I really think they put something special in the meat. I've never had a burger that tasted that good!

      1. re: alex70

        No, trust me (ok, trust Celeste), it's the grill.

        Try this: get a flat top grill (diner style griddle). Make a few burgers from ground chuck, cook them. Then wipe the grill clean with a paper towel and oil. Cook a couple omelettes, clean as mentioned, then warm up a piece of pecan pie, face down, then wipe clean again. Repeat this step about 9000 times, then your grill will be ready and your burgers will taste like they do at Camelia Grill.

        Truth is that the food was never gourmet or made with any secrets. The taste comes from the style of cooking and that grill. When it is constantly used and "seasoned" well, the grill gives food its own flavor.


    2. has the GRILL re opened and if not when?

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      1. re: the save

        No and nobody knows when it will. The owner was heading towards bankruptcy before the storm. Post-K he's been MIA.

      2. Someone else bought it, but I don't know if he's planning to re-open it to be similar to how it was before. I haven't seen this anywhere officially, but the guy who bought it has kids whose pediatrician is my friend's dad, and he referred to it as "having bought Camellia" as opposed to saying he was opening a new restaurant, so hopefully that means he's trying to preserve at least some of how it was pre-K.

        1. I can second that, heard of someone inquiring about buying it and was told "too late." Good to hear the new buyer appears (on the surface of surfaces) to be interested in preserving it as the Camellia Grill we've always known

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          1. re: malltmont

            Today's (9/26) Times Pic had an article about the new ownership; one of Emeril's business partners purchased CG.

          2. Thankfully someone will be restoring the Grill. Having ties to the former owner, I can say with a reasonable degree of certainty that the burgers had no was from a supplier whose name I cannot recall. It was never frozen and I am sure that the grilling process was the secret. Also, certain cooks (Morris Lewis rest in peace) cranked out slightly better burgers than others.

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            1. re: bluehensfan

              I did remember that they used Blue Bell ice cream in their freezes though!