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Burger Quest Part 1

chefMD Dec 11, 2008 10:02 AM

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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    arpad Dec 11, 2008 10:16 AM

    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
      xny556cip Dec 12, 2008 06:36 PM

      "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
        stack_c Dec 12, 2008 08:33 PM

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

        1. re: stack_c
          xny556cip Dec 13, 2008 05:48 AM

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

          1. re: stack_c
            equal_Mark Dec 13, 2008 08:50 AM

            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: equal_Mark
              Papa Bing Jan 7, 2009 11:52 AM

              Plus the place is filthy dirty.

              1. re: Papa Bing
                chefMD Jan 7, 2009 01:25 PM

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

      2. MGZ Dec 11, 2008 10:52 AM

        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. fershore Dec 11, 2008 11:38 AM

          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
            newfie29 Dec 12, 2008 05:21 AM

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

          2. bgut1 Dec 11, 2008 12:18 PM

            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. Angelina Dec 11, 2008 01:59 PM

              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
                stack_c Dec 11, 2008 03:39 PM

                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....

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                  vtt7 Jan 7, 2009 10:50 AM

                  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. RobertinRedBank Dec 12, 2008 07:01 AM

                  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)

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                    TomDel Dec 12, 2008 08:11 AM

                    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. chefMD Jan 7, 2009 05:29 AM

                      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
                        bgut1 Jan 7, 2009 05:49 AM

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

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                          equal_Mark Jan 7, 2009 11:22 AM

                          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
                            jrd303 Jan 7, 2009 02:30 PM

                            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
                              equal_Mark Jan 7, 2009 02:35 PM

                              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
                                jrd303 Jan 7, 2009 02:42 PM

                                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.


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