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Jan 14, 2008 02:21 PM

Best burger in Mon/OC?

First of all, much thanks to everyone in my "New to Brick" thread for the suggestions and warm welcomes, I have many more "must try" places now!

One thing I've always had a hard time finding is a decent burger. Most places just flatten ground beef into a patty cook it up (usually over cook it) and drown it in condiments (that is of course, if it's not frozen to start with). Any suggestions for the best burgers locally?

Anybody have experience with 5 Guys? I've never been and, as I said before, I'd much rather put cash into pockets of locals as opposed to chains. But if their burgers are good, I'm willing to give it a try.

Suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Slightly off topic geographically but on topic culinarily, if you're ever traveling through CT make a side trip to stop by J. Timothy's in Plainville. They're well known for their wings, but their burgers have rocked my world on a couple occasions!

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  1. I don't know if I'd say these are the BEST local burgers, but I've been really digging Jr.s burgers in long branch. So little, fun, and tasty!

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    1. re: joonjoon

      Great char broiled taste to Jr.s burgers. I really dig these burgers too.

      Barnacle Bill's in Rumson is said to have great burgers, but I've never been.

      1. re: jsfein

        We love Jr's also. 2 orders of Bacon cheeseburgers for $10. And they are open til 4am. However, its not worth coming up from Brick.

        I do like the triple prime at Ruby Tuesday's.

        1. re: jsfein

          Absolutely Barnacle Bills is the best! Try it soon! Keep in mind that they have long waits most nights so be prepared to have a drink and some peanuts and chill out! Well worth the wait. Enjoy!

          1. re: mfalcone77

            I think BB's is overrated. Jr's puts out a better burger than BB, IMHO.

        2. re: joonjoon

          Just went to D'Arcy (the old Barry's) in Bradley Beach on Main St. tonight and had a mini burger. This approx. 4 oz burger was excellent along with very tasty fries the tab including tax but not tip was $5,85. In this day and age all of the Jerzey bars are pushing half pounders, which is way to much, no wonder everyone walking around these days is over weight. They have a dining room as well and is kid friendly.

        3. My favorite fast-food burger is at Jim's Burger Haven on Rt 36 in Hazlet. Specifically the double bacon burger without cheese. Make sure that your burger is cooked by Nick, the owner. He is nearly always there.

          The place is an old Burger Chef building. Photo:

          Jim's Burger Haven
          1215 State Route 36, Hazlet, NJ

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          1. re: val ann c

            Wow, that place looks amazing. Can't wait to try it!

            1. re: joonjoon

              After driving around the Highlands and realizing how seasonal many of the places there are, we decided to head up 36 to try Jim's. The vintage roadsign is wonderful. The burgers were quite good in the sense that they remind you of what McDonalds was like when you were a child. The atmosphere is depressing and the place is past funky, almost downright dirty. Takeout only for us should we ever be in the neighborhood again.

              1. re: MGZ

                Went there once - and yes, just dirty. This was a couple of years ago when you could smoke in restaurants, and there was a sign that stated no smoking at the counter where you ordered. That should have been the warning sign when you have to tell people to not smoke at the counter. Again, went once and only once.

          2. I don't eat a ton of burgers but I like one once in a while, would love to know where a truly great one is as well. Rod's in Sea Girt has been good to us so far, 10 oz. burger ground fresh daily (or so the menu says) and they always seem to have it cooked right. Frankies in Pt. Pleasant is the same owner as well. Both places have been good to us for appetizers, burgers and bar food.

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            1. re: retrovertigo

              Frankies in Point is a good spot. Its one of the bartender-cooked burgers that dot this area. Places with a grill behind the bar. Other places like that are Broadway Bar in Point, McCanns in Belmar, Harpoon Willies in Brielle, and a few more I can't think of right now.

              It seems any Monmouth county list should include Barnacle Bills and the Globe in Red Bank. PK's in South Belmar was a secret treasure when Butchie still ran the kitchen. Not the same anymore.

              1. re: MGZ

                Frankie's is definitely a good spot. While I always remember the bartenders cooking the burgers, on my last visit the burger appeared from the kitchen if I'm not mistaken. I could be all wet, though.

                Barnacle Bill's is another good local spot.

                1. re: tommy

                  The good burgers do come from the bar assuming you are sitting at the bar and your whole party orders from the "grill menu", otherwise they come from the kitchen. When my hubby and I go and want something from the kitchen too, we order the burger first from the bartender, wait until it's on, then add to the order the kitchen stuff. Bar burgers are far better than kitchen ones! Add an esspressotini for dessert and your set!

                  1. re: tommy

                    On my last visit to Harpoon Willy's my burger bun was stale. I certainly wouldn't run back there.

                  2. re: MGZ

                    hi. do you mean McCanns on main st. in belmar? or the hotel on ocean and 15th? ty. dosielee

                      1. re: MGZ

                        We stopped at McCann's for a beer and a game of pool on Monday. We discovered (a) the pool tables are gone and, more importantly, (b) the burgers are now 2 for 1 on Mondays.

                        1. re: MGZ

                          Unless things have recently changed, Saturdays as well.

                  3. re: retrovertigo

                    Rod's in Sea Girt is notorious for dead flies on the windowsills in the summer...fugeddaboutit...always a very dirty 'feel' to the is mundane and forgettable.

                    1. re: jerseygurl

                      OH no, I was headed to Rod's tonight as someone said the bergers were good there. If the place is dirty, will go somewhere else.

                    2. re: retrovertigo

                      We tried the burger tonight at Rod's for the first time. I'm not going to get into comparison's with other burgers that I've had at many places mentioned on this thread, but it was close to the top of the list for me.

                    3. As many mentioned....I just Barnacle Bill's in Rumson.

                      ooh...they are just so good!! Get some onion rings while you are at it!!!

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                      1. re: Angelina

                        Barnacle Bill's is our regular stop almost every Saturday. I love the burgers...

                        1. re: vtt7

                          I'm not a burger person, but my daughter gave up being vegan for Barnacle's Burgers! A nice appetizer choice for two with drinks is their fried zucchini...exceptionally delish with a super sauce! Don't dress up, you'll feel silly...its a come as you are joint...not at all good for romance, lots of noise and little kids running around.

                          1. re: jerseygurl

                            Totally agree w/jerseygurl about the burger and the zucchini. To further her description, it's a stumble-off-the-boat-with-really-bad-hair joint.

                      2. Cassville Tavern,best burger you will ever find.

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                        1. re: bobfxd

                          bobfxd :
                          Cssville tavern where is that located is it off Hwy 571 ..thanks

                          1. re: big1515

                            At the corner of Rt. 571 & 528.

                            1. re: bobfxd

                              ..What type of place is this is it ..just bar food or dinners ?? ..What type of crowd ?? ..Do they welcome non-Cassville people ? ..thanks

                              1. re: big1515

                                A small local tavern,with a dining room in back.Mostly bar food,some dinners,a daily special,which is usually prime rib on Sun.They are known for their burgers and homemade soup.Service is a little slow as everything is made to order,but the food is very good.Friendly place,everybody is welcome.

                                1. re: bobfxd

                                  thanks ..Not far from Glort's market ..Glory's is a through back to the ozark mountains in the 1950's but his meat is fantastic and it does make money

                                  1. re: bobfxd

                                    Ate @ The Cassville Tavern last nite with my wife ..The bugers are not only big but of superior qualilty .One of the very best burgers in Ocean co.for sure..!! Home made sides salads added to the burger .. Meat comes from Glory's market ..Good bar staff
                                    This is a place where you leave your ego and college sweatshirts home .The drees code is not enforced ,jackets not required *and the pick up truck is the common mode of transportation .These are real people and real food . Beware .walking out front door puts you directly on the pavement of Hwy 528 (for real ) be careful

                                    1. re: big1515

                                      Glad you liked it,been one of my favorites for years.

                                    2. re: bobfxd

                                      I just heard that The Cassville Tavern has been sold ..if so how long do we have until the change .will the new owner keep it going... thanks

                                      1. re: big1515

                                        This is very bad.I don't know anything about it but I will stop in 1st chance I get and find out.

                                  2. re: bobfxd

                                    Is this in the town of Cassville? How far would that be from Belmar?

                                    1. re: Barbarella

                                      Yes,town of Cassville,in Jackson Twsp.20-30 minutes from Belmar.

                                      1. re: Barbarella

                                        I do not think there is a real town of Cassville ..The Tavern is @ the corner of 571 and 528 ..from Belmar go west on I195 to exit 21 .go toward Jackson ,past Glory's market ..go 2 lites to 528 make right .. The Cassville Tavern is on the Right as you come to 571 ... From Belmar about 30 minute .It is not far from the Jackson out lets ..Alot of the specials are hung up on hand written papers @ the Bar which seats about 16 people . Beer seem to be the drink of choice ,but they are fully stocked.. Don't be fooled by the appearence ( hole in the wall ) the food is outstanding and the people are salt of the earth ..worth a stop ..the locals must keep it a secret ..

                                        1. re: big1515

                                          Please don't tell the members of the Cassville Vol Fire Co. that there is no town of Cassville,they may not take it well.

                                          1. re: bobfxd

                                            When dealing with NJ *townships*, they often include several sections, or "towns," with different names and zip codes. For example, within the Township of Marlboro, there are Marlboro, Morganville, and Wickatunk. And each has its own fire dept. Of course, if the definition of a town means that it must have a real "downtown" area, then none of those three qualifies. lol In any event, I'm guessing that may be the case vis-a-vis Jackson Twp. & Cassville.

                                            1. re: RGR

                                              That's one of the many things I love about this part of Jersey: portions of a town named after the guy who probably first owned the land, like Grover's Corner. A portion of Monmouth Beach is called Galilee. Isn't that great?! And the names are still often on maps.

                                            2. re: bobfxd

                                              and RGR
                                              Do not want to offend anybody .,but if you wink you miss Cassville ..I did notice the near by fire company on 571 bad ..