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Rare Burgers in Durham?

TerryG Aug 30, 2009 12:59 PM

My cousin just moved to Durham and loves her burgers rare. I heard that Watts Grocery serves them up that way --if requested. Is that right? Where else?

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    PeterB Nov 13, 2010 03:35 AM

    Had a very fine medium rare burger at Bull McCabe's last night. Also some excellent onion rings.

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      Remsleep Sep 2, 2009 02:28 PM

      Sandwhich does a fantastic burger, cooked to order, on Thursdays through Saturdays. Best burger I've had in the Triangle, although I haven't been to Dain's or Watts.

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      1. re: Remsleep
        Brye Nov 12, 2010 08:06 AM

        I know this is not in Durham, but the Corner Bar in Cary has 10oz burgers served rare to well done, ground in house, on a pretzel roll! My favorite is the avocado, grilled onions, and cilantro mayo burger...never eaten mayo before until here! Also, all their appetizers are made in house from scratch, even the Loaded tater tots! Also, I like City Beverage for their tres bien burger with veal demi, and gruyere! I want to try Watts soon.

      2. meatn3 Sep 2, 2009 11:04 AM

        More really good burgers cooked to order are:

        Raleigh - Porters
        Cary - Abby Road

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          PeterB Aug 30, 2009 02:15 PM

          The Federal grinds their own meat and therefore can cook the burgers to order. I get them medium rare and they are the next best thing to home grilled. There are lots of other good things to order as well a great beer selection.

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          1. re: PeterB
            chili367 Aug 31, 2009 07:07 AM

            it would be nice to compile a list of these places around the triangle. there are quite a few places you wouldn't expect who grind their own and can cook it as you wish.

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              walras Aug 31, 2009 07:42 AM

              For instance, Ted's Montana Grill.

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                yahooer Sep 1, 2009 02:50 AM

                Ted's will do bison burgers rare, but not regular burgers. Extra couple of bucks for rare.

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                  rockycat Sep 1, 2009 06:14 AM

                  It costs extra to cook the meat for a shorter period of time? Huh?

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                    bbqdawg Sep 2, 2009 11:14 AM

                    Bison burgers cost $2 more than beef.

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                cackalackie Aug 31, 2009 11:34 AM

                In Raleigh, Players Retreat and Raleigh Times both spring to mind.

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                  chazzer Sep 1, 2009 06:18 AM

                  Also in Raleigh some of the "fill in the blank" tap rooms grind there own meat

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                  cheinonen Sep 2, 2009 06:13 AM

                  Bin 54 in Chapel Hill grinds their own beef, and makes a very nice burger that I like to order at the bar. Acme in Carrboro has also cooked my burger to order for me in the past.

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                    Tom from Raleigh Sep 2, 2009 06:42 AM

                    Jo & Jo's, Bull McCabe's & Dain's Place in Durham also grind their own meat, I believe. I believe it was Jo & Jos where I had a burger with an egg on top. Well, my son ordered it. I just helped him eat it. It was quite tasty in an excessive sort of way.

                    TerryG, send your cousin to Wimpy's. They don't grind their own meat, but their burgers are great!

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                      bbqme Sep 2, 2009 10:46 AM

                      Did Joe & Joe's reopen someplace else? Pretty sure Bull McCabe's moved into the location that Jo & Joe's used to be in. I haven't tried the burger at Bull McCabe's yet because I keep ordering their awesome steak and cheese. It was be ordered with their pepper relish. Awesome!

                      P.S. While I like my steak medium rare I like my burgers to be medium to medium well. A bun with pink stained juice is unappetizing to me for some reason.

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                        Tom from Raleigh Sep 2, 2009 12:16 PM

                        Of course, you're right. Jo & Joe's closed quite a while ago and Bull McCabe's is in it's place. I had the burger with the egg and bacon at Bull McCabe's. I don't get to Derm as often as I'd like.

                      2. re: Tom from Raleigh
                        ToothTooth Sep 3, 2009 09:51 AM

                        The Man vs. Food episode of Durham last night specifically showed Wimpy's grinding their own burger meat.

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                          Tom from Raleigh Sep 3, 2009 11:14 AM

                          Glad to hear they do. I just assumed they did not.

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                  mrwaterslide Aug 30, 2009 01:28 PM

                  One of the things I most dislike about North Carolina (along with the tax on newspapers) is that the state mandates that all hamburgers be cooked to a temperature that translates to well-done (probably 165 degrees). It may be that you can go to Watts Grocery store and get a rare burger, but I wouldn't advertise that fact too much---they may get a visit from the State Health Inspector, and everybody's fun will end.

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                  1. re: mrwaterslide
                    jimingso Aug 30, 2009 04:30 PM

                    Any restaurant in NC that grinds their own meat can cook their burgers to any temperature they wish.

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                      TerryG Aug 31, 2009 07:19 PM

                      Does anyone know whether Watts Grocery grinds their own meat?

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                        mikeh Aug 31, 2009 09:43 PM

                        Watts Grocery grinds its own meat, and I think it's grass-fed to boot.

                        Look forward to going back there this week sometime. They have a great pimento cheese option for the burger!

                    2. re: mrwaterslide
                      cervisiam Aug 31, 2009 12:17 PM

                      155 degrees, which is right on the upper edge of medium well, i think.

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