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?
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
300 W 30th St, Baltimore, MD 21211
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.