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

'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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  1. 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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    1. re: EdC

      ---- 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.

        1. re: Mild Bill

          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...

          1. re: Mild Bill

            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.

      1. 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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        1. re: digyourself

          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'...

          ;-)

          1. re: Mild Bill

            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!

            1. re: bimmertimmer

              LOL!
              You made my day!
              The Enormi Carnivore!

            2. re: Mild Bill

              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.

              1. re: digyourself

                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'...

                1. re: Mild Bill

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

                  1. re: Old E.

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

                  2. re: Mild Bill

                    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.

                    1. re: Mild Bill

                      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

                2. re: digyourself

                  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.

                3. 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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                  1. re: jeff6806

                    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! ;-)

                    1. re: jeff6806

                      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...

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

                      Good review in this weeks TBT.

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                      1. re: i360

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

                        1. re: CFishman

                          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.

                          1. re: bimmertimmer

                            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...

                          2. re: CFishman

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

                            1. re: askdrtodd

                              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.

                              1. re: CFishman

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

                        2. 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.