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Burger Quest Part 1

So, we'll try the easy version. Short and Sweet....

BBP was ok, burger not done to temp i asked

Jake's was good, good value

5 Guys was good, best fries of the day!

winner is Jake's for griddling the bun for that "greasy/crispy" thing that is old school cooking

however, i'm not running to get any of them. guess i will try boom, barnacle bill's and others next go round....

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  1. Barnacle Bill's !!!
    Burgers , bar and setting all worth while !
    What's not to like ? Parking can be tough in warm weather !
    Little bit awkward to find - First street ain't all that obvious and landmarks ditto !

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    1. re: arpad

      "Barnacle Bill's !!! What's not to like ?"

      Service,Cheese whiz, (Or something equally obnoxious),poor lighting,overall over rated.Hook Line left it at the starting gate as far as burgers go.The crown now belongs to Djeet? on 35 South.

      1. re: xny556cip

        that is only one of the cheese choices at BB...

        1. re: stack_c

          and only one of my list of things not to like !

          1. re: stack_c

            My problem with Barnacle Bills is that they seem to confuse quantity with quality. The burgers are just too dang big. they are a mess to eat and the size makes cooking them evenly a sketchy proposition at best. The outside is overcooked and the inside undercooked.

              1. re: Papa Bing

                i saw nothing of this last night, place was very clean, kitchen included....

      2. Although I haven't been there in some time, I would submit that a proper burger quest include a stop at White Rose in Highland Park. It's about as old school, griddle burger as it gets.

        1. As mentioned in the other thread, consider adding JRs in West End to part 2 of your quest.

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          1. re: fershore

            I second fershore's suggestion about JR's - you'll be pleasantly surprised!

          2. M - Thanks for the report. You saved me a trip to BBP. I agree with your assessment of Jakes and 5 Guys. The Jakes burger to me was slightly better while the 5 Guys fries were head and shoulders above Jakes. You'll find that Boom's burgers are on a different level. I look forward to read Part 2.

            1. I just love Barnacle Bill's. Hate that nasty cheese sauce, but they really make a great burger.

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              1. re: Angelina

                I agree with you about the cheese whiz sauce at BB...the way to go there is mushroom onions and swiss cheese not the cheese sauce....

                1. re: Angelina

                  I love Barnacle Bill's, too. I get the burger with the mushroom and onions. It's a mess, service could be slow but it's my place to go to relax......

                2. My responses are limited to Monmouth County.

                  Best: The Pour House, Tinton Falls

                  Runnerups: Barnacle Bills, Rumson; On The Rocks @ The Falls, Tinton Falls (formerly The Grist Mill)

                  1. No list of great burger places would be complete without mentioning Rossi’s Tavern http://www.rossiburger.com in the Chambersburg section of Trenton. They just celebrated their 75th anniversary and the Trentonian did a nice story about them http://www.trentonian.com/articles/20... . I was there for lunch on Wednesday and the burger was outstanding as usual.

                    1. So, all that talk about Boom........

                      well hounds, most of it is justified. since we all know the details, i'll just give my opinions. a table of 4, 4 different burgers, 4 apps. across the board everyone was happy. all burgers cooked as requested(2 blood rare). habanero wings were great (get a side of the sauce for your burger MGZ, its just the base).

                      we did not experience the "drip" because they brought out the burgers while we were still eating our apps. Now, this is a problem because the tables are small and some part of the meal is going cold. they offered to put the burgers under the heat lamps. are you nuts! i want my burger to remain blood rare. IMO, a rookie/inexperienced restauranteur mistake (yes, the manager/owner was helping the young lady out).

                      my only other issues were the onion rings and "jersey fries", both of which are brought in. a shame really, though the fries weren't all that bad and LOVED the sweet potato fries. where was the seasoning on the burgers themselves? at least on mine(buffalo) i had to add salt.

                      in the end, MUCH, MUCH better than BBP. I would definitely go back, with some beer this time.

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                      1. re: chefMD

                        Chef - I'm happy you enjoyed Boom. I agree abut the sweet potato fries. They are very good (especially with a little malt vinegar).

                        1. re: bgut1

                          I do agree the service needs some work. Had apps and burgers come out on top of each other. Might have to specify to them how I want them brought out as I want things like the chili, wings and nachos to come out early, but the rings, which are also on the app menu I would want to come out with the burger.

                          Hopefully this will be addressed while things are still slow. These issues get exacerbated during a rush.

                          1. re: equal_Mark

                            Does one order from a waitress at Boom or from a counter?

                            It would be interesting to see ideas about the greeting and ordering.

                            1. Welcome to Boom
                            2. ask for your order? Description of what the restaurant is about?

                            How would you like the servers to greet you?

                            1. re: jrd303

                              It is a sit-down restaurant with table service.

                              There is a description of what they are trying to do on their menu.

                              The same blurb is on their website here:


                              1. re: equal_Mark

                                Boom should change the background color on the website. The black text on brown background is hard on the eyes

                                Just as a quick aside: The supplier for boom says they also distribute the finest domestic and imported prosciutto, pancetta, capocollo, and other cured and smoked meats. The brands include Danielle, Fiorucci, Capolla, and Carrando.