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My favorite burgers in New Jersey are served at...

Trap Rock (Berkeley Heights) - locally sourced grass fed beef. It seems to be served with the most love during lunch hours. Juicy, steaky flavor, local artisan cheese (or a vermont cheddar), wonderful light bun (like challah?) that adds just that little bit without making it a focus if you know what I mean (not chewy). And the fries are thin and crispy (bonus).

On the opposite end of the spectrum, BUCU (Paramus). More of a patty fast food style burger but excellent toppings (red ripe tomatoes, green leafy lettuce and I don't like bacon or bleu cheese on my burgers normally but I love the Jersey burger here - applewood smoked bacon, blue & cheddar cheese and grilled onions). Quick service (order at the counter) and they bring the food to you and take it away (surprisingly great service from the usually young ladies here). The fries are soft and the onion straws are greasy, but this post is about burgers.

I have yet to try the burgers at Krugs, White Manna or Stage Left but all have received rave reviews and could overtake one or both of my current favorites. Other heralded burgers (like Next Door) did not make it.

Where are some of your favorite burgers? Please try to omit the "my parents used to take me here" styles biases. If you order your burgers well done you are instructed to return to the main boards immediately.

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  1. Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger with Fresh Cut Fries @ Dinallo's in River Edge.

    Krug's is very good.....especially with a side of Fried Calamari and Shrimp. White Manna is Hackensack is much better than White Mana in Jersey City.

    For Chains....

    The Cheescake Factory...Hackensack or Willowbrook
    Bobby Flay's...Paramus
    Steak n' Shake...Paramus

    I have not been to either Blu or Stage Left, but both look very good from the pictures I have seen.....and from comments by user here on chowhound, I want to give Stella's Empanadas and Argentine Grill a try....so those three are on the short list.

    Rossi and Barnacle Bill's are both good as well....but it's been years since I have been to either.

    If you are ever near Riverside Square Mall between 3:30-7PM or after 9PM, McCormick and Schmick's has a Happy Hour Cheeseburger for 3.95 with fries.

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    1. re: fourunder

      I'm not allowed to post in this thread cuz I like my burgers well done. But holy crap.. did not know there was a Steak N' Shake in NJ!.... Brings back memories of freshman year of college in Daytona Beach...

      1. re: coldsolderjoint

        It's called Steak N Shake Signature, an express type outlet at the mall with a limited menu. The burgers and shakes are all there.

        1. re: ebchower

          I saw that on the website.. I used to get the patty melt all the time in Daytona. Doesnt appear to be on the limited menu. Maybe if I'm up there I'll stop in..

      2. re: fourunder

        Rossi's is still great. My wife, son and I had their CB's with their also great fries for lunch yesterday.

        How about the 20 OZ. KOBE BEEF BURGER with tater tots, chipotle ketchup and stone ground mustard for $41.00 at the Old Homestead in the Borgata.

        1. re: fourunder

          I had been craving a cheeseburger from Dinallo's for a long time now...are they still open? Any news on the place, closing, staying open, etc.?

          An excellent burger -- very under the radar. I'd stack it up against my top list -- Davey's, Dutch House, Krug's, JD's, the old Bicycle Club, etc. -- any day of the week.

          As far as the slider -- White Manna in Hackensack is the way to go, LOL. I don't count White Castle as a slider. Not even in the same league as White Manna. JMO.

          1. re: ELA

            It's been a few month's since I have been to Dinallo's...and even longer since I have had the Cheeseburger...but I pass buy regularly and yes, they are still open. I have no idea what is going on with the legal aspect, but it does not appear it has upset the business from the looks of the filled parking lot. On a similar note, Sanzari's had purchased an adjacent lot to their restaurant and knocked the house down for a parking lot...which is also filled most of the time as well..

            As I've mentioned before, I usually opt for the Sliced Steak with Fresh Cut Fries, or the Pounded Veal Milanese....but I agree with you 100% the Burgers are excellent at Dinallo's...and White Manna too, which is miles ahead of Five Guys or White Castle.

            BTW. another favorite of the regular crowd not on the menu, is the Veal with Broccoli Rabe...a take on the Philly Pork Sandwich.

        2. I'm not a big burger guy so I'm going for over all best burger experience and memories of my life.

          White Diamond, Clark, NJ

          1. Bond Street Bar, Asbury Park

            1. I like White Manna, Smashburger and Zinburger in Clifton. Haven't been to the Paramus Steak N Shake but I tried them in NY and they are good. Never thought to order a burger at Flemings.

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              1. re: ebchower

                The Prime Burger, Bacon and Cheese.....$6.00

                Part of their 5 for $6 'til 7 menu at the bar.


                1. re: ebchower

                  I like ZinBurger very much. I've gone a lot lately, and every single time -- very good! I once had a burger at Flemming's (in Edgewater) and it was in fact very good. Kind of forgot about that one. I am not a big Smashburger fan. The burger was good and if my friends wanted to go I'd be OK with it and would have no problem ordering any one of their burgers, but it wasn't at the "top" of my list. Thanks.

                  White Manna...well, that's kind of on a "unique" list all by itself. LOL.

                  1. re: ELA

                    I like Zinburger too....but the bun is too big for the burger they serve.

                    1. re: fourunder

                      Just a personal preference I guess. Chocolate and vanilla. LOL. I never thought that, or felt that way...but now I'm sure that you already have caused me to scrutinize and look at this bun non-stop next time I am there, LOL.

                      1. re: fourunder

                        I visited Zinburger for the first time this weekend at their Clifton location. The burger was quite good - decent thickness, evenly cooked and quality toppings. Buttering the bun in the kitchen might have been overkill and I agree the bun is too large. I was disappointed with their beer selection, nearly all big brewery stuff. I hope their wine list isn't equally timid and limited to only Mondavi and Kendall Jackson or something like that. The pricepoint for the meal was just between agreeable and not for me - at $20+ per person the total experience isn't satisfying enough to return often, but I'm sure I'll be back

                        1. re: chowhounder411

                          I must drink more than you....my bill was closer to $70 for two before tax & tip.....I did order the Zucchini Fries though.

                          1. re: fourunder

                            Ha, I'm sure it was the zucchini fries, not the drinks. Did you like them at least? Maggianos has the best fried zucchini I've ever had.

                            I only had one 20 oz. beer (#9). Total bill $25 + tip. I said somewhere in this thread that about $18 seems to be the going rate for burgers (with fries) at more upscale or market ingredient driven restaurants but Zinburger isn't really either of those.

                            1. re: chowhounder411

                              I enjoyed the Zucchini Fries at Zinburger....but believe it or not, the best Zucchini Stick appetizer ever served was at Houlihan's back in the 80s and 90's..served with a horseradish dip. Why they dropped it off the menu and never brought it back is one of the great food/restaurant mysteries to me....

                          2. re: chowhounder411

                            Those paintings of cow pastures on the wall implied grass fed beef to me. I asked and it's not. But it didn't stop me from devouring the burger before the waitress came back to check on us.

                    2. In no particular order....

                      Bond St. Bar
                      Ivan & Andy's
                      Stage Left
                      Nauvoo Grill
                      Barnacle Bill's
                      Bobby's Burger Palace
                      Tony Bolony's
                      Lucky Bones

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                      1. re: JustJake

                        SHHHHHHH on Bond Street!! It gets crowded enough! I think the burger falls behind their other deliciously fatty comforting creations. With specials like pork roll fries, brisket tacos and those amazing wings plus local craft beers on tap and THE PRICE IS RIGHT... Bond Street is awesome. Those wings are top 2 with Jersey Shore BBQ to me. I don't know why wings and BBQ are done right on central Jersey coast and neglected elsewhere, though the Korean fried stuff up north is right on.

                      2. Barnacle Bill's, Rumson

                          1. 25 Burgers is still at the top of my list. Haven't tried it yet without a bun, though. (I have a gluten intolerance, which seems to have reared it's ugly head lately, as opposed to having it all my life).

                            Also used to like Damon's Ribs occasionally.. great charbroiled taste.

                            And yes, I always order my burgers medium-rare. If I can't, I don't order a burger.

                            Surprisingly, Friendly's actually has a decent burger, made with fresh, not frozen beef. (Can you tell I have kids?) :)

                            My wife, on the other hand, likes any place that can do a burger well-done and still have it taste good.

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                              1. re: Forklaw

                                count me in for 25 Burgers. Their mac n cheese burger is super rich and crazy caloric but omg, good!

                                1. re: HillJ

                                  Yep, I'm a 25 Burgers fan too. And I have not yet tried that Mac & cheese burger - I think I was trying to pretend I didn't see it on the menu. :)

                                  1. re: flourgirl

                                    If I just had skipped that mac n cheese burger the first time... while it was being house tested... I would have escaped its powerful hold on me...but now that burger draws me in and I don't even see the other menu items....crazy hold of me.

                                      1. re: HillJ

                                        Just curious....which location of 25 Burgers is everyone having these positive experiences at?

                                        At least once a month during the golf season, our group goes out for a burger afterwards in the Morris/Passaic county area. Some of the local pubs, CCF, Burger Deluxe, Fuddruckers....we also tried the Fairfield location of 25 B....while we enjoyed the Basic Burgers...we thought the toppings overwhelmed the meat and could not distinguish each component, e.g. the plabano peppers, guacamole, chipotle mayo & jack cheese on El Paso...or a similar special offering chili....all at the table agreed the Onion bun was a nice touch....but felt the other places were better option, with the exception of Burger Deluxe. We also prefer the newer Parsippany location over Wayne.

                                        1. re: fourunder

                                          We hit the 25 Burgers in Matawan off Rt 34 & Main St.

                                          1. re: HillJ

                                            I know that location well but it never seems to be doing much business. I'm only there during the day normally visiting Starbucks or the Pizza Place (name escapes me but it's actually very good pizza place) I guess they do more of a dinner than lunch crowd there?

                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                              I have not seen a busy night/lunch @ 25 Burgers either. But, a packed house isn't my measuring stick.

                                          2. re: fourunder

                                            Disappointed to hear this about Burger Deluxe but there must be a reason I've driven by it 100 times and never stopped in - guess it won't be happening anytime soon

                                            1. re: chowhounder411

                                              with regard to Burger Deluxe....I wouldn't say it's bad...Just not exceptional. La Frieda meats aside, the burger always seems to come out overcooked and smallish, not the half pound advertised.....the portion of fries, skimpy and the milkshakes the same.....Bloomberg would be proud.

                                              When you add the service component...it becomes an expensive burger for what is received. If I'm going to go that route, I'll hit a restaurant or pub where I can get an adult beverage.

                                            2. re: fourunder

                                              Flemington Nj. At one point here, we had a 25 Burgers, 5 Guys and Cheeburger all within 1/2 mile of each other. I thought Cheeburger was awful, 5 Guys just ok - but I love 25 Burgers.

                                              1. re: flourgirl

                                                I go to the 25 Burgers in Matawan, but I've also been to the one in Bound Brook, which has a slightly different menu (and peanut butter shakes - so good!). I had excellent burgers in both locations.

                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                  The East Rutherford Cheeburger has also closed after about two years of operation. They have a hard time keeping their franchises open. Same with Fuddruckers.

                                                  1. re: ebchower

                                                    Just went to the Cheeburger in Manalapan this past Friday night. What a mess that place is. The burger is just horrible, one of the worst I ever had. My daughter complained that hers was dry and like a hockey puck.

                                                    When I complained to the waiter, he just looked at me and told me the kitchen was backed up, the manager came over, managed to replace my burnt burger with a medium well one in about 10 seconds (where did it come from?). But would not replace my daughters as she said it is policy to serve kids burgers well done.

                                                    My new policy..... never go to Cheeburger again. Their ONLY redeeming quality is their Shakes.


                                    1. My thoughts...
                                      Fuddrucker's -- greasy, past its prime.
                                      Cheesecake Factory-- an overpriced diner, diner environment, don't bother.

                                      Echo the good sentiments for BUCU in Paramus. A no-nonsense, very tasty burger that's the right size-- (about 1/4 pound). I hate these large burgers where the taste gets lost and they are catering to Americans' lust for quantity over quality. 4 ounces is the perfect burger size-- easier to eat, no jaw-muscle stretching, and taste reigns!

                                      Long live Bucu!!

                                        1. For me, it's the burger at Next Door in Montclair!

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                                          1. re: Curlz

                                            OK, revising... Next Door's burger is great. My friend cannot decide between which is superior. I may be swayed by Trap Rock being a brewery

                                            1. re: chowhounder411

                                              have you tried the burger at Charley's Aunt?

                                          2. I'm a fan of the "behind the bar" burgers grilled at a few spots in the Mon/OC:

                                            Frankie's in Point
                                            Barnacle Bill's in Rumson
                                            The Pour House in Tinton Falls
                                            Harpoon Willy's in Brielle
                                            McCann's in Belmar
                                            (I'm probably missin' a couple)

                                            Also, gimme a White Rose any time I have to cross the Driscoll (even if I went there for Chinese or Indian in the first place - nothing washes down Dim Sum better than a White Rose cheeseburger).

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                                            1. re: MGZ

                                              For those not familiar with White Manna


                                              They actually give you a decent amount of meat, so two or three is enough for me.

                                              1. re: ebchower

                                                I think those are actually a bit smaller than the one's served at White Rose (Highland Park) - the rolls, especially. I'm normally good with just one, but, as I said, they often are a follow up to another lunch.

                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                  I just deleted my post, was thinking of White Diamond... I have to try White Rose. Are they served on small potato rolls like White Manna or large kaiser rolls like White Diamond? Bread to meat ratio is not good with those kaiser rolls and small patties

                                                  1. re: chowhounder411

                                                    They are placed on the larger kaiser/hard roll style buns, but the patties are not too small. I prefer them "to go" so that the burgers get wrapped and additional steaming occurs. For the past decade or so, I have stopped in to get a cheeseburger on my way to 18 South back to Manasquan and started eatin' when I hit Old Bridge.

                                                    The funniest episode was the time we first ate at Dragon Palace in Edison. I then took my wife to grab a few Indian plates on Oak Tree Road. On the way to pay my respects to my Grandparents gravestones at Saint Mary's, I picked up a burger at White Rose. Needless to mention she was aghast and disgusted. "Just the 'hound in me, Baby".

                                                    In my lowercase days, my Dad would sometimes bring them home when he worked late and lay one on the pillow next to me while I slept. Sometimes, I clobbered it right away and went back to sleep. Other times, I microwaved it for breakfast. Oh to be that young again!

                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                  Especially at 2am after a night out in New Brunswick.

                                                2. re: MGZ

                                                  Yeah, there's nothing like having a burger made by a bartender who handles money before handling your food.

                                                  1. re: TomDel

                                                    I'm good with the effects of fire on the surface of the meat. But, if such things bring you fear, you're right to stay away.

                                                  2. re: MGZ

                                                    Love your list, MGZ. Favs all...pretty much in that order too.

                                                    1. re: HillJ

                                                      Cool. Though I probably should have included the Broadway in Point Pleasant as well.

                                                      Admittedly, however, the best burger I've ever had in a restaurant was at Trinity. Ol' ChefMd took great pride in that perfect rare monster. He brought it up himself and made me try it before he returned to the basement kitchen. Mighty, mighty fine burger.

                                                      Recently, I was in Charlotte at a place said to be famous for their burgers. Apparently, they still can't serve a burger rare in the State of North Carolina. My attempts to bribe the server failed, so I settled for beer and onion rings. Disappointing, but better than eating a ten ounce patty cooked to medium well.

                                                      1. re: MGZ

                                                        ChefMd made great steaks there too. I haven't been to Trinity in some time tho.

                                                        1. re: HillJ

                                                          I have doubts it's still in operation. I recently tried going to Drew's Bayshore Bistro to find out it's closed from Sandy damage.

                                                          I went to Trinity once for a drink before Drew's. I just remember seeing two customers at the bar with a meat plate served on a cutting board where the oil from roasted peppers on the board was running off the plate onto the bar. Ignoring that roasted red peppers mysteriously came with a meat plate, I don't know why they would use a flat cutting board. This place seemed like wannabe to me

                                                          1. re: chowhounder411

                                                            I read on another thread that Drew's is opening down the street from its current & 2nd location and I don't know if Trinity is opened. The businesses in Keyport most affected by the hurricane were closer to the marina areas or had the misfortune of being in the flow of heavy water, downhill.

                                                            1. re: chowhounder411

                                                              At one time, Trinity was the best restaurant in the State. ChefMd was blasting out some amazing fare. I had the privilege of a couple "Mercy" dinners while he was at the helm. My favorite:


                                                          2. re: MGZ

                                                            Best North Carolina Burger.....Snappy Lunch, Main St. Mt. Airy North Carolina. As previously stated I'm not a big burger guy but this place has been around close to 100 years and was loosely a part of the Andy Griffith TV show. Their burger is served on grilled white bread similar to a grilled cheese.

                                                            Like my earlier post....Snappy Lunch is more about my memories as my father is from Mt. Airy and I spend many trips there visiting family and going to lunch as Snappy Lunch...while anyone can argue about the quality of the burger, nobody can replace the many happy memories I have and continue to share with my children when in the area.

                                                            Cute place if your ever in that area check it out....they are actually more known for the pork chop sandwich!!

                                                            1. re: MGZ

                                                              with regards to a rare/medium-rare burger.....

                                                              it must be selective enforcement. I was in Pinehurst/Southern Pines this past October and we had no problem getting either at The Sly Fox Pub.

                                                              Your disappointment stirred up the curiosity in me, so I just placed a call to the restaurant and they told me they do in fact recommend and serve their burgers(ground in house from Rib Eye and Chuck), rare or medium-rare. After further prodding, they told me that the laws were changed in September 2012 to allow the change to serve the burgers that way.

                                                              I hope that helps in your future dining in NC..



                                                              1. re: fourunder

                                                                I knew that NC had changed the law in the Fall. My waitress, however, chose to fight me on it and neither my innate charm nor my legal background helped me in the fight. Not wanting to be a d*ck, I caved. On the upside, the rings were tasty and the beer was cold . . . .

                                                          3. re: MGZ

                                                            The Roadside Diner also serves up a great burger...and the price is right starting at 4$.

                                                            1. re: joonjoon

                                                              The Roadside Diner is a favorite stop for breakfast before golf whenever in the area....I'll have to try the burger now. JJ, have you ever tried JB's Diner? While not near the best, I've enjoyed a burger or two there while waiting for a tee time at nearby Charleston Springs.

                                                            2. re: MGZ

                                                              It's a dive bar, but if you have the stones, Walt St. Pub in Red Bank makes one of my favorite area burgers these days. Nice char on the outside, kaiser roll, etc. Very tasty. For reference I used to hold the Globe in high regard, but a couple not so great burgers a few years back stopped me from going there. I also enjoy Barnacle's burger very much.

                                                              1. re: TomT

                                                                I have, on many occasions waited for the train while warming up with a shot and a beer at Walt Street. However, I've never had their burger (or anything but fries, actually).

                                                              2. re: MGZ

                                                                MGZ right on with Frankies and Harpoon Willies, White Rose
                                                                on way to Westfield/Garwood off the parkway, always wanted to try that place.

                                                                1. re: MGZ

                                                                  MGZ yes on Frankies here is a lil beauty I enjoyed there on Saturday

                                                                2. Franklin Steakhouse in Fairfield, NJ has a tasty burger, as I just found out recently. Cloverleaf in Caldwell does as well. I tried 25 Burgers on Thursday, didn't see the big deal. So I went to Franklin on Friday........

                                                                  1. I haven't been to Trap Rock in a long time, but the burger was very good. For the so called chains, BuCu is good, but if you are in the area, try Cheburger Cheburger -- it's excellent. Bobby's Burger Palace is very good too. Dinallo's (River Edge, the old Boodles) has a very good burger. I also have been liking ZinBurger a lot lately. Been there several times, and every time, every burger has been very very good. Really enjoying this place.

                                                                    I also like the Dutch House Tavern in Fair Lawn, but there too, I haven't been back in some time. Try Krug's -- it's very good in my opinion.

                                                                    1. White Manna is good and a fun experience, but forget about anything but well done here, as the OP wanted. They are really too small and when smashed down on the grill as they do can only come out WD. But this style of burger can be forgiven for long cooking, it's very unique and very tasty.

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                                                                      1. re: lemarais

                                                                        I had White Manna on Saturday. Burgers don't come any uglier or more delicious. Also saw that Zinburger now has a location at Garden State Plaza. And Smashburger is scheduled to open tomorrow in East Brunswick, the first Central Jersey location. They won't do medium rare.

                                                                      2. Been thinking about Jersey food a lot lately. When I'm homesick for burgers in Jersey though, it's either Joe's Mill Hill Saloon in Trenton or the Inn of the Hawke in Lambertville.

                                                                        1. +1 for Next Door in Montclair - outstanding.

                                                                          Tierneys in Montclair hits the spot.

                                                                          I hate Pals Cabin as a general rule, but a decent burger.

                                                                          20 years ago? Don's!

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                                                                            1. re: harrison

                                                                              No, is it the same style as Next Door and Trap Rock?

                                                                              1. re: harrison

                                                                                I've had the burger at Tierney's -- not a bad burger at all. I know many people who like it very much.

                                                                              2. I like Pal's Cabin -- although I haven't been there in a while. The burgers have always been juicy and I can get it medium rare. Add some sauteed onions and bacon and I am a happy camper.

                                                                                Plus I can get the mushroom soup when I am there. (And they have good onion rings.)

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                                                                                1. re: Disneyfreak

                                                                                  If it has not closed already, it will do so soon.....Pal's was sold and the property is slated for development with an application before a Special Zoning Board of Adjustment of West Orange....to be heard on March 7th.

                                                                                  1. re: fourunder

                                                                                    Bummer! I really like their cream of mushroom soup.

                                                                                    1. re: Disneyfreak

                                                                                      I rarely attach *the best* to anything....but the best cream of mushroom soup I have ever had is right down the road from Pal's......at The Manor.

                                                                                    2. re: fourunder

                                                                                      Pal's is still open, or at least it was last Monday, but there have been rumors about the sale, demo, and a CVS strip mall. Just what we need. Too bad. Another landmark gone.

                                                                                  2. Tierney's, Pal's, Avenue Bistro in Verona, Calanadras in Caldwell suprisingly does a good burger.

                                                                                    1. Another excellent burger I've had in the past -- and haven't had in a long time -- is the burger at JD's Steak Pit in Fort Lee.

                                                                                      It used to be "off the menu" but they have changed the menu around and not it's "on." That said, a friend of mine told me it's not the same (burger). He said they now serve it on an English muffin, and he thinks it's a smaller burger/version. Again, I haven't been there in a long time so I can't speak to these specifics.

                                                                                      1. Medium rare is great for a steak, but just doesn't do it on a burger; half-raw ground beef just has a crappy texture. I have to go with medium.

                                                                                        Having said that, here are some good burgers in the NB area:

                                                                                        Stage Left (best)
                                                                                        Steakhouse 85
                                                                                        Christopher's at Heldrich

                                                                                        Cheaper but good at East West Cafe, and Clydz will usually have a game burger du jour. Last time was antelope, but I don't know that it was better than cow.

                                                                                        1. Sand Castle Diner in Beachwood. Huge, juicy, delicious, cooked perfectly to order (rare here please!). I think they put crack or something in them. Beats all.


                                                                                          1. I'll add some Shore love to the mix...

                                                                                            Committed Pig in Manasquan is doing a great Lafrieda blend burger that's in the vein of Shake Shack if I remember correctly. I do remember it was juicy fatty and delicious with excellent crisp flavorful waffle fries

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                                                                                            1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                              I don't know how I missed this place. Living in Belmar I usually have a pretty good idea of what's around. How long has Committed Pig been in action? I just looked at their site -- http://www.thecommittedpig.com/thepig... -- how does the rest of the food compare to the burgers (Burgernut!)? Wonder if this place can keep me from the Onion Burger at The Rail.

                                                                                              1. re: aklein

                                                                                                Not many people seem to know of it though I don't know why. I only heard it mentioned once and that was only a name and address on Rosie Saferstein's list of openings and closings in July. Based on prior experiences, any restaurant with "pig" in the name or references to pork are worth investigating so I looked up the menu and saw the Lafrieda name. Some people say dropping Lafrieda is gimmick etc, but in my experience, caring enough to get their product implies consideration to flavor and I have never been disappointed - EVERY Lafrieda meat I've ever been served has been at least very good.

                                                                                                My girlfriend said best lobster bisque in her life. No chunks of lobster but great stock because so much lobster flavor. Grilled cheese didn't have enough cheese for me but she enjoys thinner sandwiches (not me). Worth going to, which I'm sure you will.

                                                                                                1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                  yeah, we'll be there asap. thanks for the info

                                                                                                2. re: aklein

                                                                                                  I'm an onion fiend, where is this Rail and what is the onion burger?

                                                                                                  1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                    The Rail (officially The Irish Rail: http://www.theirishrail.com/defaultol...) is literally at the Manasquan Train Station . Overall decent food, good beers. The Onion Burger is served with caramelized onions and swiss on an onion roll and served with a cup of onion soup for dipping a la French Dip. Yeah...

                                                                                                3. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                  I posted about the Pig some time ago. Here's the link:


                                                                                                  I do like their burgers, but think that the Martin's potato rolls are a bit too soft to stand up to the juices of a rare burger.

                                                                                                4. Do any NJ places actually cook burgers with charcoal?

                                                                                                  Not too long ago the Harborside in Atlantic Highlands had a great burger. They served it on a pretzel roll which was really a cool twist. Unfortunately they did away with it. It is still pretty good and priced fairly.

                                                                                                  Wow, I didn't realize there was a steak and shake in NJ either.

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                                                                                                  1. re: corvette johnny

                                                                                                    Houston's cooks over wood if not mistaken.

                                                                                                    1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                      Last I heard their burgers were up to $17 or $18.

                                                                                                      1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                        I really like, even love, Houston's.......but their pricing is through the roof on many of their items.....especially the Ribs, and apparently their Burgers too.

                                                                                                        Although they do use Pat La Frieda for their meats...I did not say I was a fan.....merely pointing out they cook over wood or Briquettes

                                                                                                        1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                          I've always liked their food, but the prices and something about the way the waiters act there makes it an infrequent indulgence.

                                                                                                        2. re: ebchower

                                                                                                          YIKES, 18 for a burger is kind of steep.

                                                                                                            1. re: corvette johnny

                                                                                                              That's about the going rate for these kinds of artisinal burgers

                                                                                                      2. living in bergen county, many new burger joints have opened recently that i have been wanting to try but havent been able to as of yet. would love some feedback on these and any others you would want to add to this list:

                                                                                                        cheeburger cheeburger - east rutherford

                                                                                                        zinburger - garden state plaza

                                                                                                        boom burger - rochelle park

                                                                                                        bucu burger - paramus

                                                                                                        steak and shake - paramus park

                                                                                                        smashburger - riverside square mall hackensack

                                                                                                        5 guys - hackensack

                                                                                                        bobby flays - bergen mall maywood

                                                                                                        personally i havent been to any of the above places. i can however , reccomend steves burgers on rt 46 in garfield and white manna in hackensack.


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                                                                                                        1. re: yogi70

                                                                                                          Of the places in your list I've tried I would rank them

                                                                                                          1. Zinburger (have only been to Clifton location.)
                                                                                                          2. Smash Burger
                                                                                                          3. Steak and Shake
                                                                                                          4. Bobby Flays
                                                                                                          5. Cheeburger Cheeburger
                                                                                                          6. 5 Guys

                                                                                                          The first four I would rate above average, the last two decent.

                                                                                                          1. re: yogi70

                                                                                                            I'd rank them as follows:

                                                                                                            For the more or "upscale" or perhaps (and I am hesitant to use this word) "gourmet" burger -- I'd put Zinburger on top of that list. I have gone to the Clifton location many times -- each and every time, excellent. I would then move on and say Cheeburger Cheeburger. Excellent, every single time. Flavor, taste, substance, and so on. For my tastes, they get it, they do it right. Bobby Flay's -- same. Each time I've been there, I enjoy it, excellent burgers, top notch.

                                                                                                            Then would be BuCu. Good burger.

                                                                                                            I've only been to Steak and Shake once (it's a Steak and Shake Signature) and they had just opened.

                                                                                                            For me, then would be the rest.

                                                                                                            1. re: yogi70

                                                                                                              Been to all except Zin

                                                                                                              Of those, for me:

                                                                                                              BBP - clear winner. Me loves me some BBP.

                                                                                                              Cheeburger - good

                                                                                                              BUCU - good

                                                                                                              Rest, ok, wouldn't go out of my way

                                                                                                              1. re: yogi70

                                                                                                                Chee burger here in Flemington recently closed, and I'm not surprised. I thought the burgers were completely bland, the patties had no discernible seasoning whatsoever.

                                                                                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                                                                                  I heard they were relocating within town.

                                                                                                                  1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                    I heard the same thing, but that was a while ago & I never heard anything since. And I only went there twice & wouldn't go again. Not worth the money or the calories IMO.

                                                                                                                2. re: yogi70

                                                                                                                  Loved zinburger and Bobby's burger palace. BBP is less expensive and I also liked the turkey burger I tried once enough that I will consider getting it again next time.

                                                                                                                3. I tried Smashburger for the first time today. All I can say is WEAK. I barely tasted beef. I can appreciate this style burger for what it is but Smashburger's rendition was sort of pathetic

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                                                                                                                  1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                                    Get the black bean burger - I LOVE that. I never get their chicken sandwiches or burgers, always the black bean burger.

                                                                                                                    1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                                      They are heavy on the seasonsing and it does somewhat drown out the taste of the beef. You can ask them to hold it.

                                                                                                                      1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                                        Smashburger in New Providence(and i am sure all of them) seems to load the burger with Salt. Saltburger would be more appropriate. All 3 times i have been there and it is always the same. And i am pretty salt tolerant...

                                                                                                                        1. re: foobuc

                                                                                                                          That really turns me off in a burger...in any food actually. LOL. The burger I had at Smashburger didn't seem to be overloaded with salt, but now you have me thinking. LOL.

                                                                                                                          1. re: foobuc

                                                                                                                            Watch them cook one. At 2:10 they put the seasoning on and admit to doing it "liberally."


                                                                                                                            1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                              Thanks for the post. Interesting.

                                                                                                                            2. re: foobuc

                                                                                                                              Even though I found Smashburger's burger to be underwhelming, I did not think it was too salty. I went to the Parsippany location. It could easily have just been the cook at your location (or mine)

                                                                                                                              1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                                                We tried Smashburger (East Brunswick) earlier tonight. The consensus? We'd all go back. I loved my burger. I had the New Jersey, but subbed out cheddar for the blue cheese. I thought it had great flavor. Ate it with a fork (no bun). Loved the "Smashfries" with rosemary. Had a salted caramel shake that was pretty good, but needed more salt. :) Saved a little over $7 because I joined the "Smashclub" and printed out a coupon for a free burger.

                                                                                                                                My 3 year old liked her chicken fingers. Guess she's not a burger meister yet.

                                                                                                                          2. Dons in Morristown is easily my favorite burger going right now.

                                                                                                                            1. Stage Left in New Brunswick has my vote.

                                                                                                                              Just had a burger here last night and it was as good as always. Great blend of angus beef in the hefty patty. Nice smoky woodgrilled char on the outside and a juicy medium rare inside. Served with 2 year aged Vermont cheddar. The $15 burger is as good as a $35 steak.

                                                                                                                              Add a perfectly poured Guinness for a great meal.

                                                                                                                              1. Stage Left when I'm feeling fancy and got some money to spend. Love it, especially the chipolte mayo.

                                                                                                                                But a Tumulty's pub burger is still my second favorite, but I eat those much more often. Especially with bacon and cheddar. (Honey mustard on the half a head of lettuce and always fries).

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                                                                                                                                1. re: mickeygee

                                                                                                                                  Haven't had a burger at Tumulty's in many years. Thanks for the reminder, and the memories. It was a good burger and I am long overdue for one. Next time I'm in New Brunswick, I'll make it my business to stop in for lunch/dinner. Thanks again.

                                                                                                                                2. Most restaurants add copious amounts of salt to their food. Ever notice how thirsty you are after dining at a restaurant?

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: lemarais

                                                                                                                                    They aren't thinking about your waist or heart when they add butter and salt to everything they touch, they're thinking about flavor! Which is why we all love restaurants

                                                                                                                                    1. re: chowhounder411

                                                                                                                                      Check out this book for great insights into how the restaurant industry formulates their dishes. It goes beyond flavor. It's how the combinations of salt, fat and sugar combine to make you want to keep eating more.


                                                                                                                                  2. Stage Left burger at the bar is a bit gourmet and a tad pricey but fabulous flavors. Krug's has survived the makeover and continues to make a superbly flavored beef burger on the smallest possible griddle for a bargain price. Linwood Inn still makes incredibly juicy burgers, handfull of options including some stuffed versions that defy taming by the ready roll of paper towels.

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                                                                                                                                    1. re: ThanksVille

                                                                                                                                      About the Linwood - have you been recently, like within the last month? I fear it has changed ownership/management and whoever left took the burger recipe with them! I've been several times this year and it has always been my favorite jersey burger. But I went 2 weeks ago and it was completely different and not very good - the name is now Linwood Inn Gastro/Brew Pub. The bun didn't seem the same and was too difficult to get a bite out of. The meat had no flavor and was overcooked, and I never had a problem getting a medium rare burger there before. It also was a lot flatter than it had been before. It was incredibly depressing.

                                                                                                                                    2. Not a chain-- Iron horse in Westwood, NJ (not too far from Paramus)


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                                                                                                                                      1. re: ohmyyum

                                                                                                                                        The Iron Horse used to be one of my local favorites...a very good burger. I liked Davey's (Locker) better, but regardless, in recent years (even before the fire) the burgers at the Iron Horse slipped. They just weren't as good, flavorful, etc.

                                                                                                                                        Davey's always had a very good burger, for a long time, but even there too, they changed a bit. I don't know if they were buying/using different meat, blend, new grill(s), etc. or what. Still a good burger but not as good as it used to be in my opinion. I have to go back and try it again.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: ELA

                                                                                                                                          A couple of years ago we were at Iron Horse, and as we were eating, they started wheeling cans full of garbage right past our table! Never again.

                                                                                                                                          A decent burger a block away from IH is PJ Finnegans, and it also has a terrific atmosphere, 2 cute little rooms with Irish memorabilia adorning the walls.

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                                                                                                                                            unless you like the stench of stale, old beer, stick with the Iron Horse or Davey's.

                                                                                                                                            1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                                                              An Irish Pub without a beer smell is a phony-- Actually, Finnegan's is pretty immaculate-- the same cannot be said for either IH or Davey's.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: lemarais

                                                                                                                                                as immaculate as the Egg Platter? Beer Smell? Thanks , I'll pass and eat in a diner environment.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                                                                    Personally, I would rate Davey's higher than Finnegan's as far as cleanliness and the like. Just my opinion and experience. I've been to both countless times over the course of many, many years.

                                                                                                                                                    They are two different kind of places. Similarities, but differences. I like the bar at Davey's better -- larger, more room, etc. Different kind of crowd at Finnegan's, but if a bunch of my friends went, sure I'd go, and the crowd would be different -- because the bar is so small, LOL.

                                                                                                                                                    Regardless, I think Davey's is a "nicer" place in many ways.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                                                                  I've been to Finnegan's countless times, over the course of 20 years maybe. I'd take Davey's over Finnegan's for burgers, but I like Finnegan's as well, and they serve a good burger. Small, loud bar, always crowded, local, regular crowd. The dining rooms are also small, but they are nice, quaint, etc. I'd have no problem going.

                                                                                                                                                  I am no longer a fan of the Iron Horse. Just slipped too much. I hear people complain about the cole slaw and other stuff, but for me the overall food quality, flavor, etc. has just slipped too much.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: fourunder

                                                                                                                                                    Just had an excellent burger at Davey's...sorry, but I won't go back to the Iron Horse. I gave it more than enough chances and it just has slipped/changed far too much. Unless a few friends -- whose opinion I respect, know their tastes, etc. -- go there and tell me they've changed for the better, it's fallen off my list. That and Davey's is just so close.

                                                                                                                                                    Just down the road from Davey's is the Porter House -- both I have always rated higher than the Iron Horse (even when the Iron Horse was in its heyday in my opinion). In that area, those are my two go to spots for burgers -- both excellent. I rate Davey's # 1 and Porter House # 2.

                                                                                                                                              2. I like Frankies in Point Pleasant Beach, they grill the up right
                                                                                                                                                in front of you at the bar. You ask for medium rare that's how you get it and the juice runs down your wrist one end of the bun to the other. I get bacon/cheeseburger and Ketel One and soda, seems to work well together.

                                                                                                                                                1. Try the NJ Monthly signature burger of the Rocky Hill Inn, topped with cheddar, grilled onions, bacon and the surprise of a sunnyside-up egg. “The yolk gets all gooey and that’s what makes the burger good,” explained chef/owner Evan Blomgren, expertly cracking eggs onto the griddle with one hand. The burger was served open-face, top bun on the side.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mnoreen

                                                                                                                                                    I went to the NJ Monthly 2nd place winning Christopher's at the Heldrich Hotel and the burger was just nasty. Overcooked burger, dry short rib and an overwhelming tangy orange mystery sauce. Ozersky said he would travel from NY for this burger but it would be a better idea to stop at Five Guys and call it a night. The dining room was empty and it was 8pm on a Friday night - this was the first sign that something was wrong with this restaurant but I ignored it seeking the glory that fell just one place short of Next Door's truly excellent burger. The Christopher's burger must have been a one off for the competition because it no longer exists.

                                                                                                                                                    And this is why I'm skeptical of NJ Monthly's list.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: mnoreen

                                                                                                                                                      I went with my family to the Rocky Hill Inn for Mother's Day last year. My brother opted for the burger based on whatever burger award they were boasting (probably the one you mention.) We felt like we paid for expensive bar food. My fish & chips were all bread and no fish, and I'm generally easy to please.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: mnoreen

                                                                                                                                                        We've given up on the Rocky Hill Inn's burger.

                                                                                                                                                        We went a couple weeks after the NJ Monthly article came out for a burger and beer special. We ordered 6 burgers for our group. Waiter comes back to our table 10 mins later to report they only had 3 buns left in the kitchen - so 3 of us had a naked burger. Couple weeks later we went back for the burger and beer special. The waiter recognized us and joked he'd stash buns to the side to ensure we had a complete burger. We ordered and yes the burger was tasty, but the place was so short staffed that the waiter and a trainee shadow were running around at warp speed. Kind of hard to order another beer when the waiter is flying by...

                                                                                                                                                        Anyway, Agricola in Princeton is our new local burger fav. It's on their bar menu. Excellent.

                                                                                                                                                      2. By accident I discovered the best hamburger is the following.....buy 80%/20% chop meat from a good butcher or quality supermarket like Kings, and Emerils sells his own burger seasoning called..."Emerils Bam Hamburger seasoning"...also bought in Kings...sprinkle according to directions on the chop beef, mix and let set for a half hour or so that the flavors meld.....just as good if not better than Krugs, Stage left,Trap Rock and many more I have had
                                                                                                                                                        and they all have very good hamburgers, just because a burger is huge, 8 oz or more, doesn't equate to great taste......try the above and see te difference IMO

                                                                                                                                                        1. Fair Lawn's Dutch House...with a cold beer.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. I was at Next Door in Montclair last night and on the ride over was thinking "BURGER." It's *still* stellar.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Curlz

                                                                                                                                                              Free Smashburgers in North Brunswick today. I was there early to get mine.


                                                                                                                                                            2. Just went to Fuddruckers in wayne nj yesterday,this after trying to go to cheeburger cheeburger in east rutherford on rt 17,they are now closed,but they have another location on rt 46e in little falls [does anyone know if they are still there,has anyone been there?? i find these 2 burgers very enjoyable and filling,fresh made,also the homemade fries.BBP AND FIVE GUYS are also good and in the area in northern bergen county.

                                                                                                                                                              1. I stopped with my parents in Princeton yesterday and ended up at Winberies. I know the consensus on this place is that it's (at best) average, but my father and I each opted for the Bistro burger and thought it was really good.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Frankie's Bar & Grill in Point Pleasant! When it comes to burgers, you should always listen to fat people. They know what they're talking about! lol

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: BigAngie

                                                                                                                                                                    Was there a while back. It's true...bery nice place. And I'll always listen to you, hon. Never trust a skinny cook...or woman. J/K...but not really.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: njmarshall55

                                                                                                                                                                      Haha! It's true though!

                                                                                                                                                                      Us big girls know what tastes good. Obviously.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: BigAngie

                                                                                                                                                                        Amen! And a "Joisey" goil to boot! I'm from NJ originally...obviously.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. re: BigAngie

                                                                                                                                                                        Gotta love the "behind the bar" burger in the Garden State!

                                                                                                                                                                      3. Too difficult to name just one place...

                                                                                                                                                                        Huddy's Inn - Colts Neck
                                                                                                                                                                        Court Jester - Freehold
                                                                                                                                                                        Moore's Tavern - Freehold
                                                                                                                                                                        The Porch- Spring Lake

                                                                                                                                                                        1. What's wrong with TGIF? The best burger I EVER had was at The Black Whale, LBI.

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                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: jrzcat

                                                                                                                                                                            ABC News story on the gourmet burger market. Filmed in Hackensack.


                                                                                                                                                                          2. One of the best overall burgers I've had in many a year is at the Liberty Tavern Restaurant in Fords (Edison border). It's run by the second and third generation of the original owner. Been there for 50-60 years I believe. I always see at least 2 or 3 of the family working and keeping an eagle eye out.

                                                                                                                                                                            Also one of the most flavorful burgers I can remember, and a really nice size- I estimate at 8-10 ounces before cooking. Medium-rare for me is so tasty! The add-ons are inexpensive too, like 50 cents for sautéed fresh mushrooms, and they also have awesome sweet potato fries.

                                                                                                                                                                            Put it this way, the burgers are so excellent I have yet to try the steaks on the menu! I just love a great burger. Combos are insanely inexpensive- like $7.50. Dark, original old-town bar ambience, so don't go expecting flash, chrome and mirrors. The real deal time warp.

                                                                                                                                                                            Current favorite among every burger place that I've visited over the past few years: the likes of Barnacle Bills, The Pour House, 5 Guys, Smashburger, Bobby Flay, the 3 different White's- Mana, Manna and Rose, Jackson Hole (NYC-UES), Big Nick's (NYC-UWS), Fuddrucker's and the Shake Shack.

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: JohnGaltJr

                                                                                                                                                                              Have you tried 25 Burgers in Matawan?

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                I have not been there yet, but seeing the mentions here, I will have to.

                                                                                                                                                                              2. re: JohnGaltJr

                                                                                                                                                                                Is Big Nick's across the street from the Beacon? I remember having a really good burger after a concert a few years ago and forgot the name of the place. Nick's rings a bell.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds like it. Across the street- maybe a block or so further up Broadway. One of the few places in the neighborhood to get a flame-broiled burger, with real port cheddar too. Been there forever. Quite similar to the Liberty Tavern burgers. Nicely broiled and marked. I prefer that to the flattop style. Perhaps leads to another question: burger cooking style preference.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                                                                    R.I.P. Big Nicks. Just closed after 51 years on the Upper West Side. Another victim of a massive rent hike. Like we need another cell phone or muffin store? WTF?

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JohnGaltJr

                                                                                                                                                                                      That's too bad. I found the story online and seeing the pictures, that's definitely the place I had gone to.

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: JohnGaltJr

                                                                                                                                                                                    John, the Liberty serves up a real nice burger - as the only time I was in there, I ordered one and also had the small bar pie as well as that's what they're noted for.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Great neighborhood bar with excellent bar food. And it is a 'dive' shot and beer type place with no 'negative vibe' directed my way wearing a dress shirt & tie that hot afternoon.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Wouldn't hesitate stopping in again if I was in the area.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: JustJake

                                                                                                                                                                                      I've been to the Liberty Tavern periodically over the past 30 years or so. Never had the burger but will try it soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite there is the sausage parmesian sandwich. I always order it. Tell them to serve the roll on the side because you'll not have room for it. The Italian sausage smothered in cheese will fill the large oval plate and the tomato sauce its served in is excellent. Makes my mouth water now as I think of it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: scrappyone

                                                                                                                                                                                        Thanks. I'll be sure to at least get one for the table next time to share. I heard their "Italian" dishes were great too, especially the pizza burger and bar pizza. Now the zazich. I just love the burgers so I haven't made it far or wide on their menu - but I will.

                                                                                                                                                                                  3. I recently had occasion to stop in and try out Steve's Burgers, located on rte 46 in Garfield. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Steves... It's a total dive type of joint, but OMG the burgers and hand cut fries are to die for! A friend had told me about them, but living in Morris County, I never felt the need to drive all the way to Garfield for a burger. Needless to say, I can assure you that in the future when I have occasion to visit Bergen, (or even eastern Essex Co) I am going to make a pit stop at Steve's.

                                                                                                                                                                                    A 1+ to the recommendations for 25 burgers, they are definitely worth a visit, big step above fast food, red robins, 5 guys, etc.

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. there is a new burger joint in Clifton,opened up 2-3 weeks ago,their burgers cost 18 bucks per,sorry,but that is a crazy price for a burger,i don't care how many toppings for free,fuddruckers,chee burger,five guys,or Whoever DONT cost That much,for me,i'll Pass! Cant see how they will last.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: cantbeatgoodfood

                                                                                                                                                                                        That reminds me of the $16 "Baconeater burger" I had at Morris Tap and Grill. Medium rare requested, hockey puck served.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. white manna serves what they call sliders,same as white castle,white castle is a love it or hate it burger place,i fall into the hate it club,dont like the taste OR after effects,often called murder burgers.......anyway white manna is on river street next to sears in Hackensack,place is small,and they have a small horse shoe counter with the griddle in the middle to cook them in front of you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cantbeatgoodfood

                                                                                                                                                                                          At least White Manna burgers are identifiable as burgers, whereas White Castle seems to be more of a bun with some fried bologna on it.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: equal_Mark

                                                                                                                                                                                            Can't deny the throngs of "CRAVERS" thru the years till today, ...there's just something about them.......
                                                                                                                                                                                            at least the Holes are FREE... :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Tapas52

                                                                                                                                                                                              It's kind of like some of the thrill rides at Six Flags. The kid in me still wants to indulge but my stomach protests after.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                                                                                The best part of White Castle is the free White Castle smell you get the day after.

                                                                                                                                                                                                Quite honestly I think it's my favorite burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: joonjoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                  If the "free White Castle smell" you speak of is the random smell my body repeatedly excretes the next day, ummmm not so sure that's the best part for me. Although I do love White Castle's, as I've gotten older, they don't love me anymore.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lol, yes, the smell permeates everywhere...and concentrates in certail regions. I love getting gentle reminders throughout the day of the pleasures I experienced the night before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: joonjoon

                                                                                                                                                                                                      I don't think anything about my reminders would be considered "gentle".

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                                                        That's exactly the response I was hoping for when I said "gentle." Haha!

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Barbarella

                                                                                                                                                                                            My 16 year old son is on a Five Guy's kick, which I really can't stand, so last week I took him to the Pour House. We sat at the bar and I ordered him a bacon cheese (the stout cheese sauce) burger. He couldn't finish the whole thing.....lol. Next time is Barnacle Bills, those are the two best in Monmouth County in my opinion.

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                                              JR, was at the pourhouse last night with my dad. We both hammered down some cheddar burgers. They definitely have a solid burger and I like that sauce. I still need to try this Char burger.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: corvette johnny

                                                                                                                                                                                                Nice......I enjoy that place for what it is....you want a burger some grilled clams or wings you can't go wrong. Gourmet it's not but it doesn't claim to be either. My biggest complaint when I'm there is their popcorn is so obnoxiously salty it takes the enjoyment out of having it. You have a few handful's of popcorn and our lips and tongue are puckered. I get it.....salt makes people drink more....but they are over the top with the salt. lol

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                                                                                  yeah I agree. I like salty stuff and that popcorn is a little overboard. The steaks they were tossing on the grill didn't look that great last night....no marbling whatsoever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  They have Kane "head high" beer on tap..... good stuff.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: corvette johnny

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Great burgers and Kane Head High on tap ? Thank you, Sir, I'll be there very soon.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: scrappyone

                                                                                                                                                                                                      yes, it's a tasty combination. I'd recommend the bacon with cheddar sauce burger. I think you will be impressed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. re: corvette johnny

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The popcorn is definitely a funny thing there - "Go ahead, help yourself, feel free to take as much as you want . . . ." All that's missing is an evil laugh or Mr. Burns tapping his finger tips together - "Excellent."

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Pour House is one of those places designed to kill the better part of an afternoon in. Not quite a dive,* but sufficiently dark and, if you close your eyes, you can still sorta smell all those years of nicotine clinging to the walls and furniture. It's even better this time of year, when one might get some out-of-market, day game to feign interest before agreeing, "Ummm. . . . yeah, sure, I'll take another. And you know what, better throw a burger on there too, ok?"

                                                                                                                                                                                                      They also offer a pretty worthy salad. Cheap iceberg covered with copious amounts of boiled egg and cheap shrimp all subsequently drowned with heavy blue cheese dressing. That way, when you meet up with your wife after she's done at The Grove and asks what you did, you can honestly reply, "Oh, I grabbed a beer and a salad at the Pour House. The Pirates game was on. They were playing the Cubs in Wrigley. I really think that Ike Davis was a good pick up for 'em. You know, we should get that MLB package again this season. . . . ." Talk fast and she'll change the subject before you know it. Just make sure to wipe the greasy, burger juice stains stains from the corners of your mouth first.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      *The circular structure of the bar itself obviates the requisite dirty mirror, partially obscured by dusty bottles whose contents are rarely requested, of a true dive. That depressing, reflective glass into which one can withdraw and contemplate such important concerns as "How much longer until the damn kitchen opens?" and "I wonder when they bought that Galliano."

                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Habit Burger is coming to Fair Lawn. Another chain making its way to NJ.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                                                                                  For what it's worth, we went to Cheeburger in Manalapan last night. I was quite pleasantly surprised to see that they now offer Udi's gluten free hamburger buns as an option, at no additional cost. I have a gluten sensitivity, so it was really great to have an actual burger again! I also asked if they could possibly cook it a little less than the stated minimum of medium, and let me just say I was well pleased. :)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Where is it going to be? Grew up in FL and get back every now and then.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: njmarshall55

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Some new housing/shopping development on 208 they are building.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I used to like Pal's Cabin until it closed. Finally found a burger just as good, maybe better...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    at the redone Tiffany's in Union Township, now called Tiff's...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    name of restaurant is a bit misleading...much more elegant, much nicer atmosphere than name implies...

                                                                                                                                                                                                    these are real burgers, made fresh at the place...very good quality meat


                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. White Diamond in Elizabeth was always my favorite Burger years ago.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. For my family and me it's the diner,a great tasting all beef burger,tasty pickles,and fries,right now the chit chat on Essex st in lodi is where we have been going,or calling for delivery.seems the diners always serve great tasting burgers! kinda expensive though at 9.50.....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: cantbeatgoodfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                          While the cost of $9.50 is arguable for being expensive or not...even if it came with fries and especially since we don't know the spec for the burger..... I generally would not expect a diner burger to cost so much....

                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. fourunder
                                                                                                                                                                                                          yeah I feel the same way 9.50 I think is a lot for a burger deluxe,i always say to my family "back in the '70's this used to cost 3.50 tops" I always get you got to wake up to the times,it isn't the '70s anymore,everything costs more......I'd say all the diners by me all run about the same...maybe that's why we don't eat out as often lol.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: cantbeatgoodfood

                                                                                                                                                                                                            while i wouldnt call it my "favorite" burger in NJ (not sure who i would give that accolade too...) just had a very solid, and very tasty burger at American Joes bar & grill at the Garden state plaza mall in Paramus. there was a touch a truck event in the parking lot (little guy loved riding the firetrucks, cement mixers etc) and afterwards we grabbed lunch at American Joes. first time trying this place after walking past it for for the last 15 or so years. Had the Joe's signature burger, which came with crispy pork belly, white cheddar, maple cajun bacon jam, house-cured pickles, and arugula - i asked them to hold the bbq sauce as i prefer ketchup. came out medium just like i requested and was really very tasty, and came on a challah bread roll? which was a nice surprise and worked surprising well with the burger. decent fries. 2 bloody mary's and daddy left with a smile. now, i dont recommend going out of the way to go, but if your at the mall and dont feel like food court, fast food, casual chains (theres a on the border and chilis at gsp) i reccomend this place, at least for a burger and a drink. pricier than other mall options (that burger w/ fries was $15) but worth it imo.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: yogi70

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Several times I gave somebody a Joe's gift card, and they always seemed to end up going next door to Papa Razzi (same parent company) because Joe's had a long wait. I hate that mall with a passion since all the expansion. It's been years since I even thought of Joe's.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: ebchower

                                                                                                                                                                                                                never been to papa razzi. or joes for that matter until today. maybe joes always being crowded and papa razzi always being able to grab a seat says something about them? i dont know. but i agree, i also try to avoid that mall whenever possible. absolutely at holiday time.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: yogi70

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I think Joe's is very popular. No restaurant can survive there if they aren't holding their own. Papa Razzi has been there a long time.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have to agree that considering they're a mall chain that they put out a decent burger. On the VERY rare occasions that I'm up there and need to grab a bite, that's usually my go-to--for the burger and a cocktail! :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Had a REALLY good burger at Pascal and Sabine Saturday. My latest burger complaint is dealing with a bun you have to fight through to get to the main event. Not this bun...it was ephemeral and ethereal.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: coldbeer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Have to second the P&S burger. At $18 it better be darn good, and it is.