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Sep 3, 2008 07:49 PM

Jake's Hamburgers

I just noticed that they are opening a Jake's Hamburgers next door to Takara on Route 35 in Ocean Township. Here is the website for the company
It looks good to me however with the addition of Five Guys and Bobby's Burger Palace we may have a glut of gourmet burger joints in this part of the county. I guess its not a bad thing to have a choice.

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    1. I made my first visit to a Five Guys earlier this week (Brick location). The restaurant itself is as no frills as it gets and the burgers (and fries) were very good, but certainly not "gourmet" -- just a couple of burger choices (with or without cheese, with or without bacon, and a bunch of toppings). Throw in a hot dog and that's the extent of the menu. Looks like the Jakes menu is way more extensive. Haven't yet checked out Bobby Flay's menu.

      bgut -- have you gone to Five Guys yet?

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      1. re: jsfein

        jsfein - I have yet to try Five Guys as burgers and fries don't work with my normal diet. However, I'm sure to give in soon and I'll be sure to report back.

        1. re: jsfein

          jsfein - I finally got to try Five Guys with my family today. I have to say it wasn't bad. Although I enjoyed the fries more (fresh cut), the burgers were decent. If you can get over the fact that the burgers are served well done (and pressed on the grill), the patties were tasty, the bun was soft and the toppings were fresh and plentiful. By the look of things this afternoon at the Shrewsbury location (e.g. loads of families with kids), they are doing a brisk business. If my waistline could afford it, I wouldn't mind returning on a regular basis. BTW, for those not in the know, the regular burger is a double while the little is a single (only a dollar difference however). The single with a small fry (small as opposed to large cup full) would have been enough for me. Good Luck.

        2. bgut and jsfein,

          I know that a Bobby Flay's Burger Palace has opened on LI.

          I haven't heard anything about one opening in our area. Where is it located?

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          1. re: RGR

            RGR - It supposed to open shortly @ Monmouth Mall in one of those new stand alone buildings on the corner of Rts 35 & 36. This will be the second location.

            1. re: bgut1

              Just checked out Flay's BBP video


              You'll note that after smashing the juice out of a burger on the grill with a spatula, he declares himself a "Burger Aficionado." I hope he's not training the cooks...

              1. re: equal_Mark

                really! but as with all things bobbyflay, if it looks good on television....

                1. re: aklein

                  I've occasionally caught that throwdown program Flay does, and he almost always loses. I'm not sure what that says....

                  I liked to food at Mesa Grill in NYC when we went there for dinner many years ago. And we had an excellent dinner at Bolo, which closed. However, Bar Americain was a bad experience vis-a-vis the food.

                  1. re: RGR

                    losing throwdowns shows he's a "regular guy" who doesn't want to crush innocent viewers (also known as the people in their demo who watch Food Network and all the cool commercials inbetween bobby flay segments) ... what a guy!

                    1. re: RGR

                      I really liked Mesa Grill before there even was a Food Network. Check out this copy of the menu from my collection and see if you can figure out how old it is, given the listed prices for an upscale Manhattan restaurant:


                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        If that menu is from when Mesa Grill NYC opened, it woud be 1991. Our dinner there was several years later, probably in '94.

            2. I stopped at Five Guys on the way home from a late meeting. Was happy to find a quick place open late on a weeknight. I got the double burger and fries. I liked the burger patties - tasty and fresh. I don't eat burger buns --- I just use them as a holder. The fries looked good, but were way too salty. If I go again, I will ask for unsalted fries.
              The staff was very nice. I wish they had a drive-thru.

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              1. re: val ann c

                Val -- I don't know how long it took for your order to be made, but my order of 4 burgers and 1 order of fries took about 10 minutes. We munched on the complimentary peanuts during the wait. Not sure how that type of wait would translate to a drive-thru. Also, fwiw, we had to add salt to our undersalted fries at the Brick location.

                1. re: jsfein

                  js -- It's true... the wait is too long for a drive-thru. I didn't mind the wait because the burger was made to order.
                  I went to the Shrewsbury 5 Guys.