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Hamburger Honeymoon

My fiance and I really love burgers.

Really, really love them.

Last year, we watch George Motz's documentary and flipped through the book. We noticed that 6 of the best places in the U.S. were in Ohio, so we decided to visit all six. In one day. We did it and we had so much fun that we decided to do what we love best for our honeymoon.

We are going to be driving from Cincinnati to Key West and back via I-75. We'd like to know if you have any suggestions of amazing burger places along the way.

Some of the big cities along the route are:
Lexington
Knoxville
Chattanooga
Atlanta
Macon
Valdosta
Gainsville
Tampa
anywhere else along the gulf coast of Florida
anywhere in the Keys

Don't exclude small towns either. In the interest of time, we don't want to wander too far off the path, though.

We'll probably come back from the Keys via Miami, so don't forget that.

If anyone is interested in the Ohio Hamburger Roadtrip photos, they are here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/24873676...

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  1. In Atlanta, consider The Varsity, Vortex, Flip Burger and Ann's Snack Bar. In Key West, a place called Lobo's Mixed Grill reportedly does a great burger.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      I hear Ann is a tough cookie! We'll go there for sure. Anyone ever been to Holman and Finch Public House for their 10 P.M. burger madness?

      1. re: MeghanEats

        I have. I generally love H&F, but we just didn't get it. For a skinny, well-done patty on a bun, you might as well go to any of a dozen or so fast food chains. Impeccable sourcing or not. If the weather's nice and you can sit outside, I'd rather go to the Treehouse, which is right up the street from H&F, for a burger.

        It's much discussed on the FL board, but I really really have enjoyed Le Tub in Hollywood for a burger. Someone made the mistake of calling it the best burger in the country, and then the backlash began. For those of us who aren't on the water all the time, it's a great setting and a great burger.

        The bison sliders at Ted's Montana Grill are pretty good, too. Chain, though.

        1. re: ted

          Wow, that is a bummer about H& F. Have you tried any of the other stuff on the menu? The desserts are making me drool on my keyboard. Peanut and sorghum ice cream in a coke float? I'd like two.

          1. re: MeghanEats

            Oh, I pretty much love everything else I've had there. And the bar does some amazing stuff. It was just the burger that didn't live up to the hype.

      2. re: carolinadawg

        I also suggest Fiip Burger. The Korean BBQ burger is great. Vortex is good, but they still allow smoking, so points off for that.

        1. re: CupcakeAddict

          Unfortunatly, they still allow smoking at most places in Northern Kentucky, so we're used to it.

        2. re: carolinadawg

          OMG the Vortex in Little Five Points is awesome! LOL if you want to see God, order their Bloom Shroom burger, at least that's what their menu says and I can attest to :)

        3. Congrats! Brings a tear to the eye that you've combined hamburgers and love. You'll have a long marriage for certain with this kind of start. Here's a decent list, starting in the North and all are on your route:

          Original Hamburger Inn - Circleville, OH
          Litton's - Knoxville
          George's - Chattanooga
          Zarzour's - Chattanooga
          Ann's Snack Bar - Atlanta
          Steak 'N Shake - Georgia/Florida
          El Mago Des Las Fritas - Miami

          Have fun and definitely get a Frita in Miami. Please let me know if you come across any new gems along the way.
          George

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          1. re: MotzBurger

            Vortex is a good choice for Atlanta. Macon is not really a culinary hotbed...the 5 guys there is definitely the best burger option in town (I like 5 guys but that says a lot about the quality of food in Macon). There is also a steak and shake across the street. Can't go wrong with either.

            1. re: ChiefHDB

              Everyone keeps talking about how amazing Vortex is, so I guess that's a must!

              We have more 5 Guys and more Steak n' Shakes that we can shake a stick at here in Cincinnati, so we'll be saving those for at home burger needs.

              1. re: ChiefHDB

                Someone else emailed us and suggested A & A rest. & grocery in Allentown, GA. Ever been there?

              2. re: MotzBurger

                I second Littons...it is delish
                In Ky The RootBeer Stand of I75 in Corbin is very very good.

                1. re: LaLa

                  Ooh, yum. We haven't had too many Kentucky suggestions so far. The only other ones have been Ginny's Frickled Pickle and W.W. Cousins. Both in Louisville and we've already been to both. So thanks!

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                  1. A third to Litton's in Knoxville.
                    From I-75, exit I-640 east bound, take the first exit (Broadway) northbound. It's about five traffic lights north, just past a large new Krogers (on the left) when you see the Fountain City Duck Pond on your left, and an Exxon station on your right, Littons is on your right, behind the Exxon.
                    Also excellent for deserts that are so large, they have to be shared.
                    (And because they grind their own, you can specify medium rare, and get it.)

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                    1. re: shallots

                      Wow! I just looked at the menu. We do love some red velvet cake!