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RevrendAndy Nov 11, 2010 08:08 AM

I'm a bit surprised nobody has chimed in about the head to head competition of Awful Awful burgers on the awful show Food Wars. I've watched a few previous segments and have found them unappetizing, boring, and amateur. The original show was a battle of Italian beefs in Chicago, my hometown and it solved nothing. They used 2 joints that tourists would recognize but aren't considered the tops by locals.

That being said, when I noticed that Reno was featured, I tuned in. I've never had an awful awful so I can't judge the winner, which was the little Nugget. My preference would be a grilled burger as opposed to a greasy fried one. No matter the outcome or how stupid the show, any press is good press for the area.

I'm curious how the Reno chowhounds feel about the 2 different burgers.

  1. bill2975 Nov 12, 2010 09:36 PM

    Hi, Andy,

    I've had the Awful Awful at the little Nugget downtown and recently at the Wolf Den near UNR. For me, the downtown location wins because of atmosphere, and because I think it was a better burger (though it's been quite a while since I was there, so maybe it's just better in memory). Not sure, but I think I've heard that they've done some remodeling there, too.

    I thought the Wolf Den was an uninteresting environment, unless you like sitting on uncomfortable, high chairs and using the odd ordering arrangement they have. The burger was OK, but honestly I thought the Reno burger I had a while back at 775 Gastropub or even the burger at Western Village was better.

    Last week I had a chiliburger at Jack's (Franktown), and it was pretty good, too, but the best burger is still the one I make at my house.

    As a side note, somewhat unrelated, if you want a good beef steak in Reno, try Hobey's. They have good food at a reasonable price.

    Haven't seen the show Food Wars, and doesn't sound like I should try to, either, given your comment.


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    815 Nichols Blvd, Sparks, NV 89434

    1. SteveTimko Nov 12, 2010 09:17 AM

      The guy who owns the Little Nugget in downtown Reno is also a partner in the Wolf Den on North Virginia Street across from UNR. They serve the Awful Awful there, too, and I think that's the best burger in town. Nice beef and a great bun.
      For $6 you also get a Blue Thunder margarita in a 44-ounce sports bottle and refills are $5.
      I think the Awful Awful at John Ascuaga's Nugget used to be better in the 1980s. The Awful Awful at the Carson Nugget was highly variable this past decade.

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      1. re: SteveTimko
        nvcook Nov 12, 2010 11:39 AM

        I also prefer the Wolf Den's awful awful. When I was in college the atmosphere at the little nugget was always entertaining. I went there with my husband and daughter about a year ago and was not so enthralled.

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