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someyoungguyy Jan 22, 2008 03:32 PM

tried this place when I used to live in nor cal....not bad.... they got there own butcher shop on site, so the meats are always fresh. not bad for a chain place, and it's kinda "industrial" on the inside. your reviews??? thx.

  1. Suzy Q Jan 22, 2008 03:45 PM

    I always liked Fuddruckers. I wish we had one here in Raleigh.

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      goodeatsinadive Jan 26, 2008 01:34 PM

      There is. On east Millbrook just before you get to Capital Blvd.

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        Suzy Q Jan 26, 2008 03:51 PM

        Awesome! I'm never in that part of town, so thanks for clueing me in!

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      justagthing Jan 22, 2008 03:57 PM

      They also have bison/buffalo burgers that are pretty good, but what I really miss are their ostrich burgers. Yum!

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        Suzy Q Jan 22, 2008 05:54 PM

        On Topic: Fuddrucker's did ostrich burgers? Where was that?

        Off Topic: Ostrich burgers are fantastic. One of our local chefs did them on Iron Chef when he beat Cat Cora, and they've been a fabulous addition to the menu at his restaurant ever since.

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          justagthing Jan 22, 2008 09:13 PM

          so it's been awhile, at least a year or two, since they did the ostrich burgers (sniff, sniff). Hard to find any nowadays.

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            yankeefan Jan 23, 2008 05:02 AM

            They stopped the ostrich burgers in Jersey because they said due to cost, thought it was only out here. I was really upset, they were just awesome and huge.

            Nothing like getting one of those bad boys and loading it with pickles and the buffalo sauce. Now you got me drooling early in the am, thanks.

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              purebodhisattva Feb 1, 2008 05:59 PM

              Oh no! Did they really get rid of the ostrich burgers? I had one there before and loved it... I guess I'll have to stick with the buffalo burgers... unless those are gone too? My hubby and I love going there because the meat is fresh, you can totally load up the toppings and the buns are outta this world! Seriously, I could probably just eat the buns by themselves! :-P

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                Big Bad Voodoo Lou Feb 1, 2008 08:13 PM

                I went to the Orlando Fuddruckers for lunch today and enjoyed a nice big juicy one-pound burger with the works, on one of those amazing buns. And I was happy to note that they still have the ostrich burgers, 1/2 pound size only, for $7 and change.

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                  justagthing Feb 1, 2008 08:17 PM

                  oh, i am so green w/envy

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          fourunder Jan 22, 2008 09:38 PM

          Like all other specific chains, the quality of the restaurants varies greatly. My first experience at a Fuddruckers was in Florida, and while it was a good burger, I wasn't fascinated by it in any way........In fact, I cannot recall anything about the burger, only that the location was in Orlando.

          At one time, the busiest Fudds was located in Paramus, New Jersey. When the place first opened, incredibly people waited up to three hours to have a burger. Corporate Headquarters was so mystified, they flew in store owners and company employees from all over the country, just to stare at the people on line.

          what Fudds does do well is the freshness of the ingredients. From the burger, bun to toppings, all are fresh prepared daily. For me the bun is the difference. It holds up well to the burger......but is too large for the 1/3 pound burger.....better suited for the 1/2 pound burger.

          The specifications call for an 80/20 Sirloin Meat to Fat ratio for the FuddBurger....but here in New jersey the owner is greedy and he stretches it to 70/30........I knew a manager who told me so.......the company cannot reprimand him, as it falls within tolerance zones.

          Here in New Jersey, I believe the Ostrich Burger is available.

          As much as I dislike the owner of the Fuddruckers, I still feel it is a better product and experience than the recent invasion of Five Guys Burgers.

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            Hensley Jan 23, 2008 06:08 AM

            They just closed the Fuddruckers in Naperville (Chicago suburb).

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              LikestoEatout Jan 23, 2008 08:41 AM

              There was supposed to be one in Batavia (another Chicago burb), put the building up, put up the signage and that was all, empty building today. That was over a year ago. That's OK, too many chains on that stretch of road anyway.

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                fourunder Jan 23, 2008 09:07 AM

                with reference to Chicago, it's possible the person or group who owned the licenses rights in the Chicago area fell on hard times and ceased operating for that reason.......

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            Big Bad Voodoo Lou Jan 23, 2008 07:15 PM

            Fuddruckers makes my favorite burgers in the world. I've eaten at a few of them across Florida, as well as in Nashville and the Chicago suburbs. Strangely, most of the Florida locations closed over the last decade, and the last time I checked their official website, only three remain in the state. Luckily, one of them is in Orlando, only about 45 minutes away (and well worth the drive every two months or so).

            I have never had a bad burger there, and if you like them medium rare as I do, they will serve them medium rare. The one exception is the one-pound burger, which they will only do medium and up... and I often order this (medium, of course). The fresh-baked, lightly grilled buns are fantastic, and the expansive toppings bar allows you to customize the perfect burger.

            When I get my one-pounder, I usually apply small amounts of ketchup and mustard and slightly larger amounts of honey mustard, barbecue sauce, and nacho cheese sauce to the bun and rub it onto the meat. Then I use it to stick on the shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes and onions and jalapenos, and a good healthy scoop of their fresh pico de gallo, which I love. This makes for a messy burger, but I use their awesome onion rings to scoop up anything that falls out. That's what I have deemed the Lou Burger.

            The Miami Fuddruckers used to have a huge pot of delicious steamy sauerkraut for their giant hot dogs, so I used to make a different burger covered in nacho cheese, jalapenos, pico de gallo, and plenty of kraut -- the Zimmerman Burger.

            Fuddruckers onion rings are my favorites as well, and their baked goods are always fresh and awesome. I love their Rice Krispies Treats, and you can't go wrong with their various brownies. Can you tell I love the place? They are in my top two or three chains for sure!

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              chattahoochee Jan 26, 2008 07:14 AM

              Fuddruckers used to offer a sandwich called "Crispy Chicken Works" that was covered in mushrooms and a tasty sauce. Extremely unhealthy but delicious. Anyone have any idea how to recreate this at home?

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                fatnsassymama Jan 27, 2008 01:26 PM

                My first and so far only experience with Fuddruckers was last year, when I was out in the Danvers, MA. area with some friends. There is a furniture store called Jordans which has a Trapeze school in it, as well as a Fuddruckers. The idea being, if you can have fun there, you might spend more time and therefore more money on furniture.
                I was completely blown away by how fresh the burgers were. The fries and onion rings were wonderful. My only complaint was the milkshakes were too sweet for my taste, but that may be due to the fact that I have lost some of my taste for plain, raw, sugary treats. I enjoyed just how fresh everything was, no wilted lettuce or soggy tomatoes. The pickles were nice and tasty, too.

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                  Pampatz Jan 28, 2008 02:05 PM

                  Since we retired, we spend most of our time at our home in central Mexico. When we drive to Denver 2-3 times a year, we always stop at the Fuddrucker's in Eagle Pass, Tx. My husband starts planning what he's going to order and what I should order so that he can share about a week in advance.
                  Tasty burgers, salads and fresh burger toppers.

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                    irishnyc Feb 3, 2008 07:33 PM

                    I haven't been there in years, but I did love their onion rings. I also loved that the one closest to us had three different "themed" seating areas. One was just cafeteria style tables and chairs, another was more kid oriented, and a third was sports bar oriented, and great to hang out in and munch onion rings while watching a game.

                    1. Chew on That Feb 5, 2008 10:56 AM

                      Oh my goodness, you just brought me back to my childhood! I used to LOVE Fuddrucker's...we'd go there with family friends and the kids used to eat free. I remember liking their burgers a lot!

                      1. ajs228 Feb 5, 2008 12:17 PM

                        I worked there for two years in high school, and it was a great job for a 16 year old. Good hours and all the sugar cookies you could eat. Back then they used to offer one free kids meal with each adult meal, and families would line up out the door to take advantage. Can't say I blame them either.
                        Yup, they ground and formed the burger patties and baked the buns fresh every morning. My favorite was the lemon-pepper chicken sandwich, with bacon and swiss on top. Unbelievably good.

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