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Bobby's Burger Coming to Freehold Raceway Mall

I was by the mall today and saw that they were building something next to Cheesecake Factory. When I looked closer, it said Bobby's Burgers was coming soon.

They're popping up all over NJ!

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  1. oh.. great... let me hold in my excitement.. never mind.. i have none

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    1. re: coldsolderjoint

      ROFL! At this rate, Freehold Raceway Mall will have more restaurants than stores. :)

      1. re: MarlboroMan

        In this regard, Freehold doesn't seem as bad as Bridgewater and Cherry Hill.

      2. re: coldsolderjoint

        Perfect response. I just ate at the Monmouth Mall one about 2 weekends ago. I didn't want to be bothered writing another negative post so I didn't......but since you brought this up I just don't get it.

        1. re: jrvedivici

          I think the burgers are just fine. Just don't like the overall experience with the weird seating and crowds. Was dining alone at the new one in Princeton, and a manager asked me to move over a seat so two adjacent seats would be empty. Understandable, but I can scarf down a burger at Wendy's for half the price without having to be bothered with something like that.

          1. re: jrvedivici

            The bloom is most definitely off the rose with respect to BB's. The local establishments putting out good burgers (Jacks, Barnacle Bills, BSB, Main St, Sitting Duck etc or even 5 Guys) needn't worry about a dent being put into their business because of BB's presence.

            1. re: JustJake

              To be honest, while there aren't any in NJ, I think Shake Shack has better burgers that BB. Been to one in NY and thought their burger was awesome!! I'm sure they will eventually hit NJ.

              1. re: gigotz

                Shake Shack is modeled after Steak & Shake. It's a Midwest chain founded in the 1930's that recently opened a small location in Manhattan. Check it out if you like Shake Shack.

                1. re: ebchower

                  I have to disagree about steak & shake being the model for Shake Shack. I think the the model is "Culvers", a burger and custard chain around the wisconsin area.

                  Sadly, IMHO shack shake is a poor and overpriced copy. We had lunch at Culvers almost every day during our Wisconsin Dells vacation a few years ago.

                  Here is the link if you are interested: www.culvers.com

                2. re: gigotz

                  If this is the same Shake Shack as the one(s) in NY -- it's a chain. The original NY location was in Madison Square Park and opened in 2004. I went to the opening. It's a Danny Meyer restaurant/concept. He is very well known, and his company is Union Square Hospitality Group.

                  They have opened other locations throughout NYC and elsewhere, including Saratoga Racetrack and Citi Field. They now have over a dozen locations in NYC, and also locations in Miami, CT, Washington DC (I think), and international as well (Dubai). They are expanding.

                  1. re: ELA

                    That's the one I'm talking about, ELA. What did you think of their burger?

                    1. re: gigotz

                      Excellent burger. I liked it. Their locations are very popular -- and so are the burgers! I haven't been to many locations -- just NYC and Saratoga. Danny Meyer runs a very good company and very good restaurants. They plan on opening at other stadiums, ballparks, sports venues, etc. and expanding.

                      1. re: ELA

                        It is the same shake shack, my point is the entire chain is based upon culvers.

                        1. re: joestein

                          I never heard of Culvers, but from what I've read there's a lot of comparisons to Steak N Shake, which has been around a lot longer and has locations in many more states. I also recall reading that Shake Shack has acknowledged the Steak N Shake influence.

          2. I wouldn't mind seeing Michael Symon's B Spot expand over this way. Burgers, shakes a few interesting craft beers. And, I find him a lot more personable than Flay.

            1. Never been to any location outside Paramus, but I've been to the Paramus one numerous times. I like it. They are still doing well and the place is fairly popular. Doesn't mean everyone will like it of course, but it seems like many do. I've had several different burgers there and they are always good, flavor, cooked to order, etc. Fast food is not an option for me, and if I don't have the time or want to drive to other places where I like the burgers (Dutch House or Davey's), Bobby's is a very good option.

              In the Paramus area we have options like BuCu, Johnny Rockets, Smashburger, Boom Burger, etc. Further away is the Cheeburger Cheeburger, which is my favorite of the "burger places" but I like Bobby's.

              1. Been to the Monmouth mall one a few times, I like it. Good Fries, Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Rings and Shakes too. Oh and the burgers are good too The seating doesn't bother me, we strategically tend to go at off hours to avoid the crowds. Freehold Mall will be a closer option for me. I welcome it.

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                1. re: angelo04

                  Not a bad burger, but why is american cheese the default? That was a little surprising.

                    1. re: chuck98

                      Maybe because, broadly speaking when it comes to the standard issue American cheeseburger, unless otherwise specified, American cheese is the default.

                      1. re: equal_Mark

                        It's a classic combo and still one of the best meat + cheese combos in existence.

                  1. I went here today. Noticed that Johnny Rockets is no more. I wonder did the mall's decision to lease space to BBP in such close proximity make them want to vacate?

                    FWIW, the burgers come from a cardboard box. I stopped in a few minutes after they opened and saw them stocking the fridge.

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                    1. re: ebchower

                      Johnny Rockets out, Qdoba coming in.

                      1. re: MarlboroMan

                        Qdoba going into Monmouth Mall???? We might as well start guessing what's next I don't see that lasting.

                            1. re: ebchower

                              Correct, eb. Sorry, I should have clarified.

                              Also a yogurt place called "Red Mango".. on the 1st floor under the food court.. and next to that? Dunkin' Donuts/Baskin Robbins.

                              Well, at least Qdoba is kind of "new." I think there's one in New Brunswick, but I've never been.

                              1. re: MarlboroMan

                                There is one in Shrewsbury in 35 in the Acme Center across from Staples and Trader Joes. Nothing special in my opinion.

                      2. I was not al all impressed when we went to the Eatontown location. They were literally like hockey pucks. So overcooked, no juiciness. Thank goodness they had all those sauces out. We let the burgers swim in it to mask the dryness.

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                        1. re: Angelina

                          I have to both locations, roughly 5 times total. They always bave asked me how I like it cooked and I always got a perfect medium. Though i do tend to go at of hours. I also understand that they are one of the few places that will actually make it medium rare.

                          1. re: Angelina

                            I believe it. In the video that used to be on their original homepage Bobby proudly proclaims "I consider myself a burger aficionado." at the same time the camera focuses on him squashing a burger with a spatula, literally squirting the juices across the grill...

                          2. Danny Myer Shake Shack - Yes
                            Bobby's - you musta be kiddin....

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                            1. re: eatinman

                              Bobby Flay must have a following to book a gig at the Count Basie 4/22.

                            2. I think it's open now. FWIW, I either go local gem or Five Guys. Not a BF burger fan - overrated.

                              1. Was there a few weeks ago. Not bad, but for sure over priced. Staff isn't so good either. My son ordered a burger Medium. He bit into it and there was blood all over the plate. Medium rare on the rare side for sure. So I call the waitress over and tell her that this burger is not medium. She said yes it is, that's how they cook it there. My reply was then if that truly is the case then the customer needs to be informed upon ordering, but either way take it back and make it Medium in the real world.

                                Hate the seating also. It's not a beer garden for crying out loud.