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Baltimore Burger--Alfonso's?

cem Jan 16, 2008 10:28 AM

Is anyone familiar with a small bar/restaurant/dive which served large and wonderful hamburgers? I believe the name is/was alfonso's. is it still around? where?

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  1. ko1 RE: cem Jan 16, 2008 10:45 AM

    Alonso's on Cold Spring Lane. Under new management, attached to a Mexican place and not nearly as good as it was. A close-by alternative is Dizzy Issie's. Little bar/restaurant with great burgers.

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      Wangus RE: ko1 Jan 16, 2008 10:58 AM

      Alonso/Loco Hombre is on Cold Spring near Keswick. The Mexican place is Loco Hombre. The food still isn't bad, but nothing really worth noting in my opinion. I'd second the vote for Dizzy Issie's; their Black & Bleu is the first thing that pops up in my mind when I'm hungry for a burger.

      For your ref, Dizzy Issie's is on 30th and Remington

      The Dizz
      300 W 30th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

      1. re: Wangus
        cleveland park RE: Wangus Jan 16, 2008 11:39 AM

        McCabes in hampden is 5 minutes away and does a good burger

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          hon RE: cleveland park Jan 16, 2008 12:05 PM

          Love McCabes burger!

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        tennisgal1206 RE: ko1 Jan 16, 2008 12:20 PM

        Go to Dizzy Issie's - they have a better burger. And comparatively, it's more dive-y than the recently yuppified Alonso's....

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        b_morefoodie RE: cem Jan 17, 2008 09:49 AM

        I do remember Alonso's from it's heyday about 30 years ago. I was a graduate student at Hopkins and ate there often. The burgers were definitely not to be missed mainly because they were so huge. It seemed like over a pound of meat. Alonso himself would sit at the bar most nights - a small, thin older man. The place was filled with smoke. For the truly daring they had a raw beef sandwich which was basically the same size as the burger, just uncooked.

        I haven't been there in years, but I thought the new yuppified Alonso's had maintain the giant hamburger. Did they change it at one point? It was definitely bigger than the burger you would order anywhere else.

        The best burger I've ever had? The Bobcat Bite – a small spot on the outskirts of Santa Fe, NM. Not to be missed if you're in the vicinity.

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          hon RE: b_morefoodie Jan 17, 2008 10:51 AM

          Would that be the place that has a famed green chili cheeseburger?

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            b_morefoodie RE: hon Jan 17, 2008 06:14 PM

            Yes, that would be it. Of course, all across New Mexico you can get a cheeseburger with green chili. But the Bobcat Bite burger is incredible, with or without the chili. The grind the meat on site every day.

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            jes RE: b_morefoodie Jan 17, 2008 12:22 PM

            Can't speak to what it was like 30 years ago but Alonso's certainly still has a HUGE burger on the menu. I didn't love the taste of it, dont know if it used to be better or what. It wasn't terrible, jsut wasnt great.

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              b_morefoodie RE: jes Jan 17, 2008 06:15 PM

              That sounds pretty close to the original, although, who knows?, the meat may have been better 30 years ago.

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                Bob W RE: b_morefoodie Jan 17, 2008 06:59 PM

                I had a few Alonso's burgers back in the day, too (early 80s). Alonso's was a real, honest bar back then. Did you know the neighborhood is now called Alonsoville? Yecch.

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            BaltimoreBoi15 RE: cem Jan 18, 2008 03:30 AM

            Size isn't everything in terms of Alonsons anyways...Mt. Washington Tavern hasa good burger

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