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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.

                  2. Charlotte Street Pub has decent burgers. Reasonably priced, good toppins and you can get either fries or onion rings. I love the rings, they're good.

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                    1. re: rick in asheville

                      I have always enjoyed Hannah Flannaghan's in Hendersonville for burgers. However, Wayside catered burgers at our work and they were out of this world. That was month's ago and people are still asking when we can have another catered lunch from there.

                      1. re: leanpig

                        I have had Waysides burgers twice now and thought both times that they were just mediocre,I was hoping the first time was just an "off-Day" by the kitchen,but the second was the same. Not bad by any means, just average.

                    2. IN N OUT COME ONNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! PRotein BUrge with animal style fries where are you???

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                      1. re: misenplaced

                        Had the burger at 131 Main last night. It was good, but not what I was expecting. Seemed more like a "fast food" burger, maybe because of the buttered bun and shredded lettuce?, than an upscale or nice-ish restaurant burger. But their fries are so good, and I love the Main Salad with its sweet cornbread croutons and tangy blue cheese vinaigrette that I was happy anyway. So far, best burger I've had in our area is at The Black Bird Restaurant in Cheshire Village in Black Mountain. It has a more "home cooked" taste to it, and with pimento cheese on it, definitely appeals to my southern girl cravings. Black Bird also has a number of other items my husband and I have both enjoyed, from the steak, pork chops and duck confit, they definitely have clear concept: contemporary american w. southern influence, It works. Everything from decor, service, etc is done really well. Its definitely one of my favorites right now, along with The Admiral(most cutting edge and delicious in town), 131 Main(consistently delicious, traditional, great service) Piazza(Rezaz' Pizza place-best pizza and freshest greek salad in town) LAB (most fun downtown) and Limones (Still my favorite! Duck Confit quesadilla and ceviche are the tastiest menu items in town).

                        13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801

                        131 Main
                        17830 Statesville Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031

                      2. can heartily recommend Tupelo Honey's burger. They can prepare medium-rare and the quality of their meat is excellent and it is treated well. Not crazy about the sweet potato fries, but this was about the burger. I've heard that Table's is excellent but have not tired.

                        Tupelo Honey Cafe
                        12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

                        1. I think Universal Joint does a great burger. And Frankie Bones has delicious sliders.

                          1. Here's my take on Asheville's Burger Scene. I always choose a cheddar and bacon burger and am very picky about doneness, crispiness of bacon and layers of flavors with meat, bun and condiments. Guess that makes me a bit of a burger snob. My favorite place to have a burger is my place. But if forced to choose from restaurants, here's my biased opinion%3

                            Top Burgers- 5 Guys, LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewey) and Mayfels

                            ll are consistent with quality and know how to prepare medium-medium well burgers. Crispy bacon and thick cheese add to the experience. Juicy and flavorful with great buns to compliment.

                            Worthy Burgers- Sunny Point Cafe (West AVL), Pack's Tavern

                            Both have trouble with consistency. Sunny Point used to be my favorite- especially since they used Hickory Nut Gap beef and local thick cut bacon. But my last 3 or 4 tries have resulted in way overcooked and gray meat- even when ordering medium. Hope they can get back to their former glory.

                            on't Bother-

                            Mo-Daddy's, BurgerMeister, Fuddruckers

                            Though I hadn't been to Mo-Daddys in a year, I ordered a Kobe burger for $11 and definitely got served a regular commercial beef patty. I know a Kobe burger, at that wasn't it. Burgermesiter has interesting topping combinations, but they don't focus on the meat at all. Fuddruckers used to be an awesome place to know you are getting good quality meat that is butchered and ground on premise. Now their beef is frozen from US Foods- yuck. I do like the ostrich and buffalo burgers here though. Can't complain about their buns either.

                            22 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

                            1. Looks like NC might be able to get something better than a welldone burger in the future. A friend told me about this article stating they are going to ease the temp requirement for burgers by July 2012 (why does it take that long???!). If it comes to fruition, that would be great news for this rare-meat lover!


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                              1. re: Scirocco

                                Gave it three shots in three weeks and here's what I found: The burgers at Storm are great. Grind their own meat, cook to temp. I order medium-rare if a place grinds their own to see if they know how to cook a burger rather than over-cook a burger. If you eat rare beef, go there. Drink stiffness v. drink price stiffness out of proportion but you'll want to stick with a beer to go alongside one of the burgers anyway. Burger pricing is reasonable and the atmosphere is nice. Hope this place makes it longer than it's predecessor.

                                1. re: sluggrock

                                  I Storm burger recommendation. In fact, it's one of the best things on their menu.

                                  1. re: Jeff C.

                                    Whoops! Should say, "I SECOND the Storm burger recommendation." (My brain is faster than my fingers, mostly.)

                                    1. re: Jeff C.

                                      !!!!!!!! I just looked and they appear to be open Saturday lunch! Y'all shoulda told me !

                                      Can't wait, between ceviche and rare burger (see a theme here...I don't like my food cooked apparently) and shrimp and grits and sticky buns and biscuits (bisquits on the menu) I could blow some calories there. Hope to report back soon.

                                      1. re: danna

                                        Please do! BTW, I was there Saturday night and got to eat out on the terrace. Great cocktails, mussels, and frites. Try it before the tourists find it! (Shhhhhh...)