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Spectacular Burger today at this new place in Carrollwood in Tampa...

Mild Bill Jun 22, 2010 07:47 PM

'Burger Monger'---- just north of the Busch Blvd. overpass on Dale Mabry...
Next to the McDonalds...

http://www.burgermonger.com/about/

A few months ago when I saw a 'coming soon' sign go up I mentioned it here but I can't find that post...
They finally opened, and I yanked the wheel as I was driving by close to lunch time...

Lots of toppings available, and--------------- they'll cook your burger(s) to order!!!, although their default, if you don't ask, is medium-well...

They do a single 6oz. patty burger, and double 6oz. patty burger, and a 'full pound' double 8oz. patty burger...
Check out the menu...

They exclusively use a special Akaushi Kobe Beef....

I ordered the Double 6oz. 'medium-rare' with bacon, American cheese, raw onion, and ketchup...
I would love it if you went in and ordered that burger just as I did...
It has a barbecue vibe...

The thing was gorgeous, and the big ol' country boy who ordered ahead of me, and was sitting near me, said he wished he ordered after I did because he would have just said DITTO...
His was a single patty, medium-well, with lettuce and pickles, and a ton of other things...

You can't even call them 'patties'... They're each thick, JUICY, flavorful burgers!
Perfect pink medium rare with a smile... No warnings or release waivers...
You should have seen what mine looked like after the first bite!

I showed the big ol' dude and he said "AWWWW!! --- I shoulda got that"...

Bacon was thick & premium...
1/2 order of dark, crispy,, skin-on fries were too much for me...
Two people can split a 1/2 order...

It was a little expensive, but I absolutely did not feel violated...
It was similar to the great $9.99 burger w/fries I get at J. Alexander's, but this was a double and the fries were cheap...

$9.99 for my double cheeseburger---- Bacon $1.50, Fries $2.00, Soda $2.00 ---- and I want to get back in my car right now and repeat...

The service was off-the-charts sweet, friendly, professional, and helpful...

When I Googled a few months ago to see what this Burger Monger was, I read about the special beef and I had high hopes...
These were some of the most delicious high hopes I've ever had!

No doubt the Double '8oz'. Monster Burger is in my future...

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    EdC RE: Mild Bill Jun 23, 2010 05:53 PM

    Thanks for the heads-up Bill...I've been intending to get over there but wanted to hear it from someone whose reviews are essentially the words of a prophet :-)
    I have students who have tried it and have given me mixed reviews, but teenagers are as a whole a bunch of unappreciative heathens that have no clue about the relationship between price and product.
    Looks somewhat similar in menu and structure to Square One -- and that's not a bad thing -- so it might be time for the Edburger: Bacon, blue cheese, and sauteed mushrooms.
    (The one I make at home uses a marinated and grilled portobello instead of the sauteed 'shrooms...and if fortune smiles maybe this blue cheese with bacon that they sell at Whole Foods)

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      Mild Bill RE: EdC Jun 23, 2010 06:52 PM

      ---- and I was thinking of toning it down....
      (seriously, I'm touched...)

      If a kid was to walk in there and order a single & fries, medium well, with standard fixins,
      I can imagine them not being blown away...

      But to have those two soft pink juicy medium-rare burgers on top of eachother like that, with bacon, onions, melted cheese, and drippy ketchup------ well doc, if that's what bein' crazy is, then I'm senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko...
      But no more, no less----- that's it.

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        Mild Bill RE: EdC Jun 23, 2010 06:58 PM

        Next visit, The Edburger...

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          Mild Bill RE: Mild Bill Jun 25, 2010 06:03 AM

          Well, that didn't take long...
          (I drive by the place almost every day)

          A couple quick things...

          The Double--- medium rare with bacon, mushrooms, & blue cheese, was absolutely delicious... Pretty darn special...

          They use this Amish smoked blue cheese, (if I remember correctly) and it, along with the amount they put on, was perfect...

          Ketchup never occurred to me...

          But one thing popped in to my mind as I pondered life shortly after...

          Even tho the medium rare burgers taste spectacular to me---- this beef have been so juicy, (not greasy) that they might be able to hang in there a bit longer on the fire, taking on even more flavor, while still coming to the table nice & juicy...

          I need to take it easy for a little bit, but I have to test that theory!

          Next visit I might just go with their default and see how it tastes...

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            EdC RE: Mild Bill Jun 28, 2010 10:49 AM

            Now that's what's up. Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

            I don't throw anything else on it when I make those either. Just the holy trinity of fungus, mold, and carcinogens :-)

            Very glad to hear that they make it to order...nothing bothers me more than the numerous establishments who look at you like you have a unicorn growing out of your forehead if you ask for it med. rare. They hide behind the excuse that it's a health issue, but I think they just don't tend to have the skill to grill one up to any less doneness. It's not trigonometry, fercryinoutloud.

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        digyourself RE: Mild Bill Jun 28, 2010 12:42 PM

        Stopped in the other night and while it was a pretty good burger, I won't be going back. Not sure if this place is a franchise or not but it already has the souless feel of one. The staff was friendly but seemed disconnected. The mushrooms are obviously of the canned variety. Not cool. The 1.49 premium brie cheese was a thin slice of a white cheese which may or may not have had a flavor somewhat reminiscent of actual brie. The fries were pretty boring. The whole experience was bland and homogenized. Not an interesting place at all and with the food being okay but boring, we won't be going back.

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          Mild Bill RE: digyourself Jun 28, 2010 03:47 PM

          So the burger was good, and the service was good, but they can rot in hell?
          LOL...

          First, I can't be held responsible...
          I made it clear I wanted you to get the exact same burger I got! ;-)

          The fries are crispy, skin-on, and golden...
          After a lifetime of white fries, how bad could they be?

          If any employees are watching---- 'you're not disconnected--- you're very nice...
          I don't know what else you could have done'...

          Yes it has the look and feel of a chain... Chains Schmains...
          God bless ---- I hope it becomes one if that's what they want...
          Admittedly, I'm a guy who can find joy & happiness in most hospital cafeterias...

          If they paint one wall purple you'll think you're in South Tampa?

          I was going to say previously that sliced Portobellos or Creminis would have been a big improvement over the mushrooms they use, because they did get lost--- but the total bacon-bluecheese burger was so juicy and flavorful I hardly cared...

          I've been field testing local burgers for a few years, driving over bridges to every recommended nook and cranny--- almost always WAY disappointed...
          But this was a fresh, juicy, pink, flavorful burger on a really nice bun...

          That's all I need...
          I don't need service... I barely even need a 'place'... It's just me and the burger...
          That's why I didn't mention the formica...
          Bonus, for the 'smiles and thank yous'--- which absolutely came off as sincere...
          Maybe because that's absolutely what they got from me...

          People are all hyped over Five Guys, and those burgers are good, but thin and well-done... A different animal... Similar Fries...

          I think you just weren't very hungry, or you were in a bad mood...

          No attitude here--- just talkin'...

          ;-)

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            bimmertimmer RE: Mild Bill Jun 28, 2010 04:48 PM

            Thanks for the review. I went and found it as you described it and enjoyed it. I always trust a guy who at the Enormie at Wood Fired by himself!

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              Mild Bill RE: bimmertimmer Jun 28, 2010 05:17 PM

              LOL!
              You made my day!
              The Enormi Carnivore!

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              digyourself RE: Mild Bill Jun 28, 2010 06:44 PM

              I guess what I am trying to say is that from the enthusiasm of your initial review, I expected something a little more exciting then a boring burger made from expensive beef and a very average little plate of fries which...is exactly what I got. This place just gave me the creepy feeling that they were already gearing up to dominate the burger market and move some serious units. I just wanted a little more soul...and flavor...and awesome. All I got from that place was GIMMICK.

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                Mild Bill RE: digyourself Jun 28, 2010 07:58 PM

                I'm much more excited than offended or insulted...
                You've contributed many considerate comments and reviews in your time on CH, and we like similar things...

                Where is your favorite soulful awesome burger and fries?

                I had a great burger with incredible Yukon Gold fries at The Refinery recently...
                Cool place...
                J. Alexanders is kinda fancy and has a couple locations, but they do a really flavorful burger with a PILE of thin crispy fries----- or you can sub their great smashed potatoes...

                But along the lines of a Five Guys or any other quick casual burger place, I don't know of any, and I didn't see any mentioned in your posting history...

                For me to be able to drive down Dale Mabry and with a quick turn of the wheel, have the juicy mega-burger (you'll see in photos soon) in my hands in a couple minutes is a big deal...

                No sense in me describing it once more...

                Although I do now realize I need to articulate what a place is 'not'...

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                  Old E. RE: Mild Bill Jun 29, 2010 06:23 AM

                  While I rarely go, I think the buger at J. Alexanders is pretty damn good too. I never hear much talk about it.

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                    Mild Bill RE: Old E. Jun 29, 2010 07:19 AM

                    I think that's because they have multiple locations which makes them a chain...
                    Material for another forum...

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                    Bergerman RE: Mild Bill Jul 1, 2010 06:43 AM

                    Best burger I've had was at Panne Rustica, but not sure it's always on the menu, but no fires. Had a pretty good burger and fries at Cassis recently, with caramelized and and a fried egg, sunny side up.

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                      digyourself RE: Mild Bill Jul 1, 2010 08:31 AM

                      Well, there was no insult of offense intended. I dig that burger at the Refinery as well. St. Pete Brasserie has a nice burger on their menu. I also love the simple greasy goodness of the burger at Nicko's Fine Foods on Florida Ave.

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                      Nicko's Fine Foods
                      4603 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603

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                  blitzchamp RE: digyourself Jun 28, 2010 08:58 PM

                  I've more or less heard the same thing. That the burgers are good, but nothing too special. I still want to try it out though.

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                  jeff6806 RE: Mild Bill Jul 21, 2010 02:43 PM

                  I ate here for the first time today following the review in the St. Pete Times. The place was nice and clean and you could see the kitchen was clean which I appreciate. I ordered a 6 oz double with nothing on it medium rare, wanted to see if I could actually taste the quality of the beef.
                  First point I have to bring up is the service, I have to agree with Bill, these people working here were great. I took a bite out of my burger and saw it was medium, not medium rare. I figured they overcooked it but it was still delicious so I took a second bite. Immediately after this the manager came up, said they had accidentally switched up burgers, and they would gladly replace it. Now that amazes me when they're the ones that admit a mistake before you could even say anything about it. Even after my meal the girl working at the register apologized for the mix up, which was completely unnecessary as I was fully satisfied and couldn't care less at that point.
                  As for the burger, the quality of the beef is definitely noticeable. I ate at Five Guys earlier in the week and I consider them to be the best of fast food chains. They couldn't even touch the burger I had today thought. On top of the quality of beef which lends a different flavor to the burger than the standard most people are used to, it was cooked perfectly for a burger cooked to medium, retaining its juicy inside with a great texture that was not overly pressed. The bun held together well but I couldn't taste the garlic flavor that it was supposed to have over the beef.
                  I can't wait to go back here and try Bill's suggested burger but maybe some BBQ sauce instead of ketchup (sorry, no ketchup on my burgers). Or blue cheese and bacon, too many possibilities really. One question, has anyone tried that special sauce or know what it is?

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                    Mild Bill RE: jeff6806 Jul 21, 2010 03:07 PM

                    Magnificent, Jeff!

                    One reason I get ketchup with bacon is because it delivers a bbq vibe without being overpowering...
                    It's that combo with the smokey bacon...
                    But live your life! ;-)

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                      Mild Bill RE: jeff6806 Aug 5, 2010 07:08 AM

                      I was in the other day and I DID try that 'Monger Sauce'...
                      It was nice, not mind blowing... And not simply 'ketchup/mayo'...
                      It had a mildly acidic component and was mildly spicy...
                      Not bad...

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                      i360 RE: Mild Bill Jul 23, 2010 04:28 PM

                      Heading off to BM once my girlfriend awakes from her coma....lol

                      Good review in this weeks TBT.

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                        CFishman RE: i360 Aug 5, 2010 10:12 AM

                        Right, heading off to BM. Thanks for the share.

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                          bimmertimmer RE: CFishman Aug 5, 2010 07:15 PM

                          I went there for a to go lunch today. It was quite a dissapointment. The burger and the fries were so oversalted that I couldn't eat them. I don't mean "too salty for my taste", I mean inedible. If I had eaten in, I would have had them make them over. As I was on the go, they went in the trash. On a positive note, I emailed (through the contact section of the webpafe) the owner and he responded immediately with an offer of a refund and a free lunch. Problem resolution is an art and I appreciated the offer. I want to like the place and will give it another try at some point.

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                            Mild Bill RE: bimmertimmer Aug 6, 2010 09:20 AM

                            It's a little bit funny that you mention the salt at all--- because when I was in there a few days ago I made a point to pick at just the meat before digging in to the whole burger...
                            First, I seconded my own opinion that this was a tastya$$ burger, and I remember being impressed, thinking that it was sufficiently and perfectly salted...

                            God knows what happened that day, but I'd definitely give it another shot...

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                            askdrtodd RE: CFishman Aug 6, 2010 11:14 AM

                            haha CFishman, I saw that same thing and was like "What, is she sleeping in the bathroom and won't let you go?"

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                              CFishman RE: askdrtodd Aug 6, 2010 01:46 PM

                              Well, finally. I was disappointed I didn't even get a chuckle out of Bill. I will keep trying. But thanks Todd for acknowledging the hint of humor. I thought you were in Eurp.

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                                Mild Bill RE: CFishman Aug 6, 2010 04:46 PM

                                LOL... Sorry... My head's been syrupy the past few days...
                                I'll laugh twice as hard next time...

                        2. jme1beachbum RE: Mild Bill Aug 8, 2010 11:08 AM

                          Yeah, a local (as in North Tampa) burger place with great service and more importantly- Great BURGERS! So my husband and I took my dad and 10 year old nephew to BM. Everyone was very pleased. I got a 6 oz with pepper jack and banana peppers, hubby got 6 oz with Chai Chup and grilled onions, my dad got a 6 oz with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and my nephew got a (gasp) chicken sandwich *shaking head in shame*. I am always a bit let down with 5 guys burgers and knew I would be happy just when I saw this burger. It was thick and juicy, and the flavor- spot on YUM. And really- truly medium rare, yes! The fries were perfectly crispy, balanced salt. Fries are my ultimate weakness and they were right up there on my list of favorites. Surprisingly my nephews chicken was also quite good, moist and well seasoned. It was around 45 bucks for the 4 of us- thats with a water, 1 fountain drink and 2 very generous and tasty milkshakes. I am quite eager to go back and try a version of Eds burger- minus shrooms. Just have to run to the gym first, lol.

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                            brennok RE: Mild Bill Aug 15, 2010 12:58 PM

                            Well I decided to give them a try today since I was looking for something different for lunch. I was craving Shane's Rib Shack but since they closed the Tampa ones I figured I would try this.

                            The service was good, fast, and friendly. I got my burger the only way I eat burgers, with a little ketchup on them. I also got a small side of fries and a soda. Prices are a little high for my taste. My total was around $11 for a single patty, small fry, and soda.

                            The bun was nice and buttery and soft. Unfortunately so were the fries. I prefer a little crispiness to my fries. They were just too soft for my liking. I find the same thing at Five Guys and end up asking them to cook them a little longer. They also had very little if any salt. The other problem I had was it just reminded me that I don't really care for Kobe beef. I don't care for the taste of the meat. It wasn't overpowering so I was able to eat it without a problem, but it didn't leave me craving another one. I think if they offered a regular beef burger for a little cheaper also I would be happy to go back.

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                              bimmertimmer RE: brennok Sep 8, 2010 04:55 PM

                              I went back and gave then another try yesterday (up the thread you will find that I had a less than favorable experience the first time because of the burger and fries being oversalted). It was much better this time. I would still prefer a bit less salt on the fries (you can always add it, can't remove it) but all in all it was good grub and I will go back.

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                                askdrtodd RE: bimmertimmer Sep 12, 2010 05:40 AM

                                Looks like even the critics find this place hit or miss

                                http://tampa.creativeloafing.com/gyro...

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                                  Mild Bill RE: askdrtodd Sep 12, 2010 02:34 PM

                                  Maybe so Bobbaloo, but he was not describing the burgers I've been getting--- even if I admit the last visit was lacking 'something'...

                                  And it was hilarious on that last visit a couple weeks ago, as I was biting into the burger, Barry White was overhead singing the perfect background song for it!
                                  It was like I was in a commercial...

                                  Remember, in creating this thread I only advocated so strongly if ordering like I did...
                                  A double, medium rare... The cheese, bacon, & ketchup sure didn’t hurt!
                                  I have NEVER seen the cook use a press in that circumstance, and I watch him, 'cause I wanna BE him... At least for a few weeks...
                                  Then I wanna be Peter, at Wood Fired Pizza...

                                  I actually considered going 'medium' in the future so that I might deal with a little LESS juice, with more grill-time for possible flavor enhancement...
                                  And I'm not talking grease here, which I'm absolutely not speaking of negatively...
                                  (Sorry grease, I never meant to hurt you!)

                                  These burgers have been soft, pillowy, and loveydovey...
                                  Especially on that memorable first visit, where I had to lean forward to make sure the beef juices didn't spill onto my shirt, even tho you might not think I'd care about something like that... ;-)
                                  I dipped the bread to get it all back...

                                  It was sex baby... I didn’t want to say it!
                                  I tried the word ‘loveydovey’ a minute ago to make myself appear better than I am, but I can’t maintain something like that...
                                  And not the routine spousal 'thank you very much'...
                                  With my Triglyceride level this was--- forbidden...

                                  I now wish like hell I took those photos I said I would earlier in the thread to defend my opinion of what I've been served there---- and I will now...

                                  You think I'm messing with you?! Look at my chicken picture!
                                  http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y33/...

                                  I just cooked that! I took that photo an hour ago on my dining room table!
                                  You better believe that's home-made guacamole in the back!
                                  ----yes I'm entertaining myself...

                                  Getting back on track--- I even, with intention, tasted 2-3 small bites of the burger meat by itself last time, and I tasted the salt, and the beef, and I agree with Bri that along with juiciness that's really all that matters...
                                  I found it all to be in balance...

                                  So, "bland, dry and featureless"?
                                  5 Guys better?
                                  I can't relate, sorry...
                                  ---- although I have to conclude, after re-reading this whole thread that there might be consistency issues...

                                  Burger Porn, coming within 48 hours--- diet schmiet!

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                                    Manderley RE: Mild Bill Sep 12, 2010 08:20 PM

                                    1) Bobbaloo?

                                    2) Mild Bill you make me laugh out loud. I think I love you. ;)

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                                      Mild Bill RE: Manderley Sep 12, 2010 10:10 PM

                                      Yes, the next time you see Todd he will be wearing a name sticker that says 'Bobbaloo'... Hopefully just long enough for me to take one photo...

                                      Thank you for your sweetness and generous encouragement...
                                      The one rule that's easy for me to follow is that anyone who loves me, is loved back
                                      'at least' equally...

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                                        CFishman RE: Mild Bill Sep 13, 2010 05:34 AM

                                        I don't completely disagree with Brian that there are execution problems (I have been twice), but I have to say that I found his piece excruciatingly didactic. I also don't see the point of trying to squelch the efforts of business owners trying to bring something new to our market. What do we learn from the review? That Brian knows something about Kobe beef and likes salt on his burger. Wouldn't it be more of a service for CL to focus on restaurants that they think deserve our attention and business?

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                                          askdrtodd RE: CFishman Sep 14, 2010 06:08 AM

                                          Agreed, but CL really should have a restaurant columnist for the mainstream spots (a la BM) and one for the off the beaten path establishments too.

                                          I will definitely be trying BM in the very near future though, so much controversy that it needs to be moved closer to the top of "The List"

                                          Bobbaloo out!

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                                            CFishman RE: askdrtodd Sep 14, 2010 09:37 AM

                                            I nominate Mild Bill as CL's new "off the beaten path" reviewer. Let's start a write in campaign.

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                                              andy huse RE: CFishman Sep 14, 2010 09:43 AM

                                              Brilliant idea. CL wants all the bloggers it can get, Bill. Contact me or them if you have any questions.

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                                                askdrtodd RE: CFishman Sep 14, 2010 12:36 PM

                                                nom-ination (yay puns!) seconded.

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                                                  Manderley RE: askdrtodd Sep 24, 2010 03:03 PM

                                                  yeah, me too, GREAT idea. Woot woot!!!

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                                                  Mild Bill RE: CFishman Sep 14, 2010 02:41 PM

                                                  Oh, you guys------------- you don't know...

                                                  But OMG, my hair's a mess!!

                                                  ----Lemmee tellya, I would hit that like a Wolverine on a Fig Newton!

                                                  But whether or not it comes to pass...
                                                  http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y33/...

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                                          askdrtodd RE: Mild Bill Sep 14, 2010 06:09 AM

                                          Oh man I just looked at the chicken picture. Gotta go find some paper towels...

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                                    deelite984 RE: Mild Bill Sep 23, 2010 04:57 AM

                                    I haven't been back here in a little while. Reading your review jolted my memory. Guess I know whats for dinner tomorrow. Thanks Bill

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