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Best burger in or around chapel hill?

biga290 Jul 13, 2009 02:01 PM

Any thoughts?

  1. peetoteeto Jul 21, 2009 05:31 AM

    I had a surprisingly delicious burger at James Joyce in Durham. The Gaelic burger, served medium rare. Cheddar, roasted onions, and bacon. Wow, was that good.

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      janellecorrinne Jul 20, 2009 09:10 PM

      Sunset Grill in Durham also has a fried egg on a burger, and City Beverage in Durham will cook your burger however you'd like it.

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        goodeatsinadive Jul 20, 2009 05:08 PM

        The ex-communicated Allen & Sons BBQ on 15-501 between Chapel Hell and Pittsboro makes one of the best burgers you'll find in the area. If they dropped bbq and went burgers only, they'd still have a heck of a business...

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        1. re: goodeatsinadive
          LBD Jul 20, 2009 09:06 PM

          Except for those godawful fries.

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          Pigloader Jul 15, 2009 04:37 AM

          buns. 2 words-- fried egg. on your burger. awesome. ok, so that's 6 words, but still... as good a burger outside my own casa that i've had.

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          1. re: Pigloader
            burgeoningfoodie Jul 15, 2009 07:38 AM

            Ted's Montana Grill does a fried egg on at least one of their burgers (be it buffalo or beef). I'm not suggesting that they have a great burger or anything. Just adding to list of places that do the fried egg.

            1. re: burgeoningfoodie
              veganhater Jul 18, 2009 08:46 AM

              Il Palio grinds Cane Creek beef in house and makes a killer burger, cooked however you like.

              1. re: veganhater
                jsb23nc Jul 18, 2009 09:33 PM

                Buns. Ate there again this evening.

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            leslierules Jul 14, 2009 02:34 PM

            Definitely Onlyburger. I just tried it this weekend and it was awesome. It does go to Chapel Hill, too. Check their website or twitter account to find out where they are, when.


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              fussycouple Jul 14, 2009 02:33 PM

              Spanky's makes a good burger from antibiotic hormone-free beef, with a decent variety of toppings. Full bar, decent desserts and caesar salads.

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                burgeoningfoodie Jul 14, 2009 07:07 AM

                Buns is good. Lots of people like Red Robin as a chain and Top of the Hill use to serve a pretty mean (if not expensive burger). One would think places that bring beer to mind (Tyler's, Carolina Brewery, Milltown) would make a great burger, but I'm not sure. If you want to venture to Durham, then you can hunt down the OnlyBurger truck, Dain's , Federal and Wimpy's all seem to have great burgers from what I hear.

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                1. re: burgeoningfoodie
                  bbqme Jul 14, 2009 09:45 AM

                  Big thumbs up on the Dain's and Federal recs. I'd put Wimpy's on par with Cook Out. Still haven't tried OnlyBurger.

                  1. re: bbqme
                    brokegradstudent Jul 14, 2009 11:47 AM

                    I like Federal a lot. My current favorite burger in CH is at Crooks Corner (w/ pimento cheese), eaten in the bar w/ the enormous plate of fries. The only downside is that they, and everywhere else I know in CH except Bin 54, have to cook the burger to medium since they don't grind the meat in house.

                    1. re: brokegradstudent
                      bbqme Jul 14, 2009 01:24 PM

                      Buns grinds their own meat as well.

                  2. re: burgeoningfoodie
                    chazzer Jul 14, 2009 12:19 PM

                    How can you mention Red Robin along with the other places, Red Robin only gives you lots of toppings for there tasteless burger.

                    1. re: chazzer
                      burgeoningfoodie Jul 14, 2009 01:01 PM

                      I can mention it for the same reason I can mention any other place I listed... it serves burgers and some people like them and think they are some of the best (as far as chains go) but I guess if I mentioned them I may as well mention 5 Guys over in Southpoint and I'm sure Carolina Ale House makes a burger too, but I've not had it.

                  3. cheinonen Jul 14, 2009 06:55 AM

                    Thursday-Saturday, the burger at Sandwhich is great. Bin 54 grinds their own beef, and so they'll serve you a fantastic burger, cooked how you want, at their bar and it's my favorite overall, though also more expensive. For the rest of the time, Buns is pretty good overall, and easy to get to go.

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                      bbqme Jul 14, 2009 06:40 AM

                      Try Buns or 411 West.

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