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Best burger in Asheville?

Alright, guys. Cook Out has been panned here, mostly. Five Guys gets mixed reviews. Burgermeister is in decline, IMO. So, where in Asheville does one find a yummy burger that won't break the bank?

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Thanks, Dawg. I remembered that post from Oct. but wanted to start an updated one since the Asheville food scene changes so quickly in these recessionary days....

    2. I haven't tried it yet, but I've been hearing very good things about the burger at Mo' Daddy's.

      I thought they were heading toward gastropub, but they've pulled back on the menu to more bar food. Too bad, they had gotten very creative in the first 6 months of 2009.

      My top two burgers are still at Table & 131 Main.

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      1. re: NANCY

        Thanks, Nancy. I have only been to 131 Main once, for lunch, and only had a salad, which was fine but nothing spectacular. I need to go back, though. Is the burger on BOTH menus or just lunch?

        Lord, I wish we had In 'N' Out Burger in the south... (Best fast food joint ever!)

        1. re: Jeff C.

          Jeff you make me cry when you speak of In N' Out. How I love and dream of that place...

          1. re: caiogirl

            Agreed on In and Out Burger! Excellent fast food indeed!
            After reading the other Burger thread, I tried Table's burger. Best I've had in this town. Though at $11 it isn't cheap, but it is fantastic.

          2. re: Jeff C.

            Jeff ~ I'm pretty sure that 131 uses almost the same menu for both lunch and dinner, I've only been for dinner. It has an assortment of appetizers/small plates, sandwiches/salads and entrees. They usually have a couple of specials too. It's a good choice for before/after the movie at Regal. A bonus on Tuesdays ~ all wine (bottles) 1/2 price.

            131 Main is not fine dining, but it's a good solid choice for the south side of AVL.

            131 Main ~ http://www.131-main.com/

            1. re: NANCY

              131 has separate menus for lunch and dinner, and the burger is on both, at the same price.

        2. Looks like Hendersonville has a contender for best burger. Check out this Sq 1 review from H'ville Epicurean (scroll down for burger review and picture) ~ http://hendersonvilleepicurean.blogsp...

          I eat there regularly and love their food, but haven't had the burger. Guess I'll be trying it soon.

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          1. re: NANCY

            Sounds (and LOOKS) promising. Thanks, Nancy.

            1. re: NANCY

              I would like to try the burger too. I was one of the people who had only so-so things to say about Square 1 when they first opened, but have had GREAT food there in the past year. It seems like they have really come into their own now.

              1. re: Scirocco

                Tried the burger at Square 1 the other night. It was good, not great. Too dry and too small for the large ciabatta roll it was served on. Also, I would rather have had plain old grilled onions rather than the too-sweet grenadine-soaked ones that came with. On the plus side, the blue cheese was quite lovely (Maytag?), stinky and salty and runny, just how I like it. The fries were good, too.

                The space is nice, little changed from when it was The Gypsy Cab Company. Had a lovely and most helpful waitress, and the rest of the staff was very accomodating as well. Unfortunately, there were only three or four other couples there on a Saturday night, so I fear for their future...

                Will try to go back soon and try something other than a burger before making a final judgement.

                1. re: Jeff C.

                  that's too bad. I've had several of their small plates and all have been very good. I hate a dry burger. I like my burgers nearly mooing. were you able to specify how you wanted it cooked? I know a lot of places won't do it less than about med-well, medium if you're lucky.

                  ya, unfortunately, they are smack dab between Never Blue and West First, both much more popular restaurants. But, they have survived quite awhile now, so who knows.

                  1. re: Scirocco

                    We ordered med.-well, which the waitress assured us would be "pink but not bloody." Got well (no pink at all).

            2. Try the Village Wayside in Biltmore Village.... always a great burger and awesome hand cut fries!! I had the Teriyaki and Bleu Cheese burger last time and I have been thinkng about ever since!!

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              1. re: wsp1013

                Just around the corner from Rezaz, right?

                1. re: Jeff C.

                  yea, in the old train depot....

                  1. re: wsp1013

                    We love Wayside. Good food, so cheap!

                2. Does LAB serve a regular sized burger? If so, I'm betting it's really good. I LOVE their sliders...

                  on a side topic, am also wondering if you'd get better results ordering the wellness by color vs. terminology? Everyone seems to have different ideas of what "medium-rare" or "medium-well" is (although it should be standard). Same with steaks. I've started ordering them by color/temp - a "warm red center" vs. "medium-rare".

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                  1. re: Scirocco

                    try the burger at tupelo honey. that's--so far--my favorite burger in asheville. you can ask them to make it 'as raw as they'll let you' and i've had occasions where it is actually pink inside. plus, it's delicious, even if the powers that be in nc dictate how it can be cooked.

                    gotta say, we were unimpressed w/burgermeisters and the food we had at LAB was awful. (yes, awful. greasy onion strings, overdone fries and the sliders were just okay--to be fair, we ordered them without the blue cheese they come with and with 'any other cheese you have.' they put some kind of pizza topping cheese on them--a non-melted grated mix of cheddar and monterey jack. very disappointing...)

                    will have to try wayside!

                    we've had a good simple burger at cornerstone restaurant on tunnel as well. nothing fancy, but good clean flavors and well-prepared fries.