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Apr 20, 2010 12:01 PM

Delux v ? Burger place

I am a huge delux fan, i think their burgers and fries with the aoili are the best

Reading the zinburger thread i saw a bunch of people just think delux is my question is...where the heck are you getting a better burger and fries than Delux

I will certainly give another place a shot...i just dont think it can be done

So give me some recommendations and prove me wrong ;)

Not sure if it matters but i like my burgers cooked medium rare

3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

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  1. The Grind. A quick jaunt down Camelback. Hey, everybody has their preferences. But The Grind's patty doesn't have the consistency of meatloaf. In my book, that's a major advantage.

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    1. re: Dmnkly

      Judging by the other responses in the thread for The Grind, though, sounds like you might be in the minority on this one

      Not a burger place, but I once had a somewhat mind-blowing burger at Cowboy Ciao that was an appetizer (huh?) special back when Kantak was still in charge. CC now has a burger on their permanent menu, which is not the same, but I'm curious if it compares in terms of quality and flavor intensity. Other than that, I have not found anything in in the area that I enjoy more than Delux. I'm sure 25 degrees will get a mention, but I wasn't too impressed.

      Cowboy Ciao
      7133 East Stetson Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

      3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

      1. re: crsin

        "Judging by the other responses in the thread for The Grind, though, sounds like you might be in the minority on this one."

        No argument there. Guess everybody else has sensitive teeth.


        1. re: crsin

          The Grind is a model of inconsistency. The first burger I had from there was probably the best I've had in town, anywhere, the second was okay if not a bit past med-rare specs (was dining w/Dmnkly that night), and the one I just had for lunch today was a disgrace. Had I been dining alone, I probably would have sent it back.

          Personally I've always loved the LGO green chili cheeseburger, but the last version I had a couple months ago left a LOT to be desired.

          Zinburger was a mess - soggy bun, eerily similar meat texture to Delux; a pile of shredded iceberg lettuce under the burger did not add to the experience. Nice truffle fries, though.

          Petite Maison does a very nice burger. FnB did a burger for late night once and it was great, served on a MJ english muffin. J&G does a great burger, and the patio adds to the experience. Also, Christopher's burger at happy hour, when it's cooked right, has to be one of the better values in town.

          3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

          Petite Maison
          7216 E Shoeman Ln, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          7133 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

          1. re: azhotdish

            This is very true. I haven't had a bad one like your third. Over two visits, I've had an okay burger and an excellent one. But even the okay one I'd take over Delux.

            Okay, the horse is dead.

            3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

            1. re: azhotdish

              FWIW, Laudig reached the same conclusion in her writeup today. The burgers at The Grind are awesome... when they're on.

            2. re: crsin

              I've only had 1 burger at The Grind and it was awesome. Unfortunately I've been hearing the mixed feedback as well from people I trust.

          2. I love delux but I'm telling you Metro might be one of the best in the Valley! It has a major WOW! factor going on. I dare you to try it... I think it's on happy hr with a beer for $10 bux.

            Metro Brasserie
            7114 E Stetson Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

            1. See, I'm always surprised when I see people rave about Delux. Not that I think they're BAD, but the burgers I've had there have always been kinda dry (yes, even when ordered medium rare) and sorta tasteless. Even the promised bacon & bleu cheese has added little-to-no punch. I've had their burgers, oh, probably 4 or 5 times, hoping every time "THIS time I'll see why everyone loves them so!" but it hasn't happened. Fries are ok but not AMAZING.

              I haven't found a spot that's my absolute go-to, but the best I've had in town was probably at Cheuvront. Surprising but true! BUT I will add that I've had theirs several times and at least once it was disappointing and nothing special. But the other times, YUM. Shoestring fries are pretty good (I like mayo with mine), sweet potato just ok.

              Same experience at Joe's Farm Grill. When they're on their game, their burgers are REALLY good. Other times, just eh (overcooking a main complaint). Sweet potato fries usually good, garlic fries often great (but not always).

              I know it's a chain, but Houston's burgers & fries are pretty good. And Five Guys were better than I expected, for a better-than-fast-food-but-not-gourmet burger. Again with the inconsistency, tho' -- a couple of times their fries were just "eh," but the first time I had them they were some of the best fries I've ever eaten. Perfectly cooked, just the right amount of salt, had me craving more later the same day.

              Chelsea's burger isn't bad (assume it's same as LGO) but I haven't had one in ages.

              3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

              Joe's Farm Grill
              3000 E Ray Rd Ste 101, Gilbert, AZ 85296

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              1. re: Bax

                I can't believe I forgot to mention Maizies..Not only b/c Monday night they offer their burger with incredible might I add fries for a measley $3.25 but the burger is freakin outstandingly delicious.

                One more to brag about is the dirty drummer. Just good old plain burger juciy and delish

                Maizies Cafe and Bistro
                4750 N Central Ave #B1, Phoenix, AZ

                Dirty Drummer
                2303 N 44th St Ste 8, Phoenix, AZ 85008

                1. re: drewb123

                  You beat me to it. I flashed on Maizie's before scrolling down to your post. I had a green chile number there a month ago that was terrific. I've heard the Monday thing is a zoo. We navogated it easily at lunchtime. Yet another entry to support renaming the Camelback Corridor to Burgerberg ... Maizie's, Sunup, Culver's, Harvey's, The Vig, Houston's, Christopher's, Zinburger, Delux, The Grind, Chelsea's/LGO, Wally's, The Phoenician, Don and Charlie's ... any others? How about west of Central?

                  3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                  1. re: misohungrychewlow

                    I guess we could add Smashburger (east end of the Camelback Colonnade) to your list. I haven't tried it yet, but it appears to have its devotees.

                    1. re: hohokam

                      I'm surprised I omitted it. I tried it once recently and thought it was a good burger and a good value. Thanks -- also, Roaring Fork and Tarbell's, on the higher end of the scale.

                      Roaring Fork
                      4800 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

              2. For me, the burger at the Grill at Phoenix CC is better, and so is the burger at the pool cafe there. Obviously, not available to most, but great.

                Still, Delux is OK, though down the list of my "All Time Best."

                I think Ruby Red's in New Orleans, and also Bud's Broiler, in the same city. However, over the years, Rubie's is gone, and Bud's is a shell of its former self. Third would be Audubon Tavern II, near Audubon Park, also in NOLA. Those are still my paradigm burgers, by which all others shall be judged.


                3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

                1. I'll throw 25 degrees out there. My wife and I HEAVILY prefer to delux. Heck, I prefer Smashburger to delux.
                  We're all about big flavor, and delux just always comes across as bland.
                  I haven't had too many burgers in Phoenix so 25 degrees might not be in the running for best, but I definitely think it is better than delux.

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                  1. re: dombey

                    hmmm.. smash versus delux!!! Not even! Just saying...