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chowhounder411 Jan 31, 2013 06:14 PM

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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    fourunder Jan 31, 2013 09:38 PM

    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
    Fuddrucker's....Parsippany
    Fleming's....Edgewater

    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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      coldsolderjoint Feb 1, 2013 10:02 PM

      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...

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        ebchower Feb 2, 2013 04:46 AM

        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.

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          coldsolderjoint Feb 3, 2013 11:24 AM

          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..

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        TomDel Feb 3, 2013 02:40 AM

        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.

      3. jrvedivici Feb 1, 2013 05:59 AM

        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

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          OGguy Feb 1, 2013 06:39 AM

          Bond Street Bar, Asbury Park

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            ebchower Feb 1, 2013 06:48 AM

            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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              fourunder Feb 1, 2013 08:18 AM

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

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

              http://www.flemingssteakhouse.com/loc...

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                ELA Feb 4, 2013 11:13 AM

                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.

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                  fourunder Feb 4, 2013 11:18 AM

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

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                    ELA Feb 4, 2013 11:28 AM

                    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.

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                      chowhounder411 Feb 10, 2013 04:19 PM

                      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

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                        fourunder Feb 10, 2013 04:36 PM

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

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                          chowhounder411 Feb 10, 2013 05:13 PM

                          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.

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                            fourunder Feb 10, 2013 08:25 PM

                            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....

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                          ebchower Feb 10, 2013 04:40 PM

                          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. JustJake Feb 1, 2013 07:25 AM

                    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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                      chowhounder411 Feb 1, 2013 11:45 AM

                      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.

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                        equal_Mark Jul 29, 2013 07:40 PM

                        ++1 Bond St. AP

                    2. fershore Feb 1, 2013 09:12 AM

                      Barnacle Bill's, Rumson

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                        freshmanjs Feb 1, 2013 09:29 AM

                        Village Whiskey, AC

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                          MarlboroMan Feb 1, 2013 10:10 AM

                          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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                            Forklaw Feb 2, 2013 05:22 AM

                            +1 for 25 Burgers.

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                              HillJ Feb 4, 2013 09:48 AM

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

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                                flourgirl Feb 8, 2013 08:00 AM

                                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. :)

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                                  HillJ Feb 8, 2013 09:16 AM

                                  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.

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                                    ebchower Feb 8, 2013 09:29 AM

                                    It's kosher right?

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                                      fourunder Feb 8, 2013 09:33 AM

                                      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.

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                                        HillJ Feb 8, 2013 09:42 AM

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

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                                          jrvedivici Feb 8, 2013 10:19 AM

                                          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?

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                                            HillJ Feb 8, 2013 10:22 AM

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

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                                          chowhounder411 Feb 8, 2013 10:13 AM

                                          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

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                                            fourunder Feb 8, 2013 10:38 AM

                                            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.

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                                            flourgirl Feb 8, 2013 10:41 AM

                                            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.

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                                              MarlboroMan Feb 8, 2013 11:26 AM

                                              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.

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                                                ebchower Apr 9, 2013 09:22 AM

                                                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.

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                                                  joestein Apr 9, 2013 12:05 PM

                                                  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.

                                                  Joe

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                                    lemarais Feb 1, 2013 08:48 PM

                                    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!!

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                                      aklein Feb 2, 2013 04:19 AM

                                      The Rail, Manasquan

                                      1. Curlz Feb 2, 2013 06:56 AM

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

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                                          chowhounder411 Feb 4, 2013 06:49 AM

                                          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

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                                            fourunder Feb 4, 2013 08:04 AM

                                            have you tried the burger at Charley's Aunt?

                                        2. MGZ Feb 2, 2013 07:11 AM

                                          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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                                            ebchower Feb 2, 2013 07:21 AM

                                            For those not familiar with White Manna

                                            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9RRsU...

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

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                                              MGZ Feb 2, 2013 07:32 AM

                                              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.

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                                                chowhounder411 Feb 4, 2013 06:40 AM

                                                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

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                                                  MGZ Feb 4, 2013 07:35 AM

                                                  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!

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                                              jrvedivici Feb 2, 2013 09:54 AM

                                              + 1 White Rose

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                                                joonjoon Feb 8, 2013 08:13 AM

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

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                                                TomDel Feb 3, 2013 12:56 PM

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

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                                                  MGZ Feb 4, 2013 02:13 AM

                                                  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.

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                                                  HillJ Feb 4, 2013 09:49 AM

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

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                                                    MGZ Feb 5, 2013 05:52 AM

                                                    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.

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                                                      HillJ Feb 5, 2013 06:31 AM

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

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                                                        chowhounder411 Feb 5, 2013 06:45 AM

                                                        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

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                                                          HillJ Feb 5, 2013 06:52 AM

                                                          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.

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                                                            MGZ Feb 5, 2013 07:41 AM

                                                            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:

                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/599263

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                                                          jrvedivici Feb 5, 2013 07:04 AM

                                                          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!!

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                                                            fourunder Feb 5, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                            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..

                                                            http://www.theslyfoxpub.com/menu.html

                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8663...

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                                                              MGZ Feb 5, 2013 11:59 AM

                                                              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 . . . .

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                                                          joonjoon Feb 8, 2013 08:15 AM

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

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                                                            fourunder Feb 8, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                            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.

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                                                            TomT Feb 8, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                            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.

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                                                              MGZ Feb 8, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                              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).

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                                                              Tonwa Apr 16, 2013 01:26 PM

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

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                                                                Tonwa Apr 17, 2013 09:05 AM

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

                                                                 
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                                                                jethro Feb 2, 2013 07:29 PM

                                                                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........

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                                                                  ELA Feb 3, 2013 09:20 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                                    lemarais Feb 4, 2013 05:23 AM

                                                                    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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                                                                      ebchower Feb 4, 2013 07:08 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                      Heatherb Feb 4, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                        harrison Feb 4, 2013 07:20 AM

                                                                        +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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                                                                          chowhounder411 Feb 4, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                          I enjoy the new Don's in Morristown

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                                                                            chowhounder411 Feb 4, 2013 10:13 AM

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

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                                                                              ELA Feb 4, 2013 11:17 AM

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

                                                                            2. Disneyfreak Feb 4, 2013 07:40 AM

                                                                              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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                                                                                fourunder Feb 4, 2013 07:53 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                  Disneyfreak Feb 4, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                  Bummer! I really like their cream of mushroom soup.

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                                                                                    fourunder Feb 4, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                    Papa Bing Feb 4, 2013 10:12 AM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                  bifpocaroba Feb 4, 2013 11:00 AM

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

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                                                                                    ELA Feb 4, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                      chuck98 Feb 4, 2013 06:00 PM

                                                                                      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)
                                                                                      Daryl's
                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                        Jerseygirl111 Feb 4, 2013 10:05 PM

                                                                                        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.

                                                                                        Jerseygirl111

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                                                                                          chowhounder411 Feb 5, 2013 06:30 AM

                                                                                          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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                                                                                            aklein Feb 5, 2013 06:39 AM

                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                              chowhounder411 Feb 5, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                aklein Feb 5, 2013 07:12 AM

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

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                                                                                                chowhounder411 Feb 5, 2013 07:12 AM

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

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                                                                                                  aklein Feb 5, 2013 07:30 AM

                                                                                                  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...

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                                                                                                MGZ Feb 5, 2013 07:42 AM

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

                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857330

                                                                                                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. corvette johnny Feb 5, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                                                                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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                                                                                                  fourunder Feb 5, 2013 08:33 AM

                                                                                                  Houston's cooks over wood if not mistaken.

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                                                                                                    ebchower Feb 5, 2013 08:51 AM

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

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                                                                                                      fourunder Feb 5, 2013 09:07 AM

                                                                                                      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

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                                                                                                        ebchower Feb 5, 2013 09:43 AM

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

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                                                                                                        corvette johnny Feb 5, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                        YIKES, 18 for a burger is kind of steep.

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                                                                                                          ebchower Feb 5, 2013 10:55 AM

                                                                                                          You get a side with it :)

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                                                                                                            chowhounder411 Feb 5, 2013 12:08 PM

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

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                                                                                                      yogi70 Feb 5, 2013 11:32 AM

                                                                                                      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.

                                                                                                      thanks

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                                                                                                        ebchower Feb 5, 2013 12:18 PM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          ELA Feb 5, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                            Edward_ Feb 6, 2013 05:40 PM

                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                              flourgirl Feb 8, 2013 08:09 AM

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                ebchower Feb 8, 2013 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                I heard they were relocating within town.

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                                                                                                                  flourgirl Feb 8, 2013 10:43 AM

                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                ohmyyum Feb 11, 2013 09:34 PM

                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                chowhounder411 Feb 6, 2013 03:54 PM

                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                  Heatherb Feb 6, 2013 05:07 PM

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

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                                                                                                                    ebchower Feb 8, 2013 10:47 AM

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

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                                                                                                                      foobuc Feb 8, 2013 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                        ELA Feb 8, 2013 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                          ebchower Feb 8, 2013 06:54 PM

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

                                                                                                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g4Kkc...

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                                                                                                                            ELA Feb 10, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                            Thanks for the post. Interesting.

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                                                                                                                            chowhounder411 Feb 10, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                                            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)

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                                                                                                                              MarlboroMan Feb 11, 2013 08:22 PM

                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                          tamerlanenj Feb 8, 2013 12:58 AM

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

                                                                                                                          1. Foody4life Feb 8, 2013 08:50 AM

                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                              mickeygee Feb 8, 2013 03:01 PM

                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                ELA Feb 8, 2013 03:17 PM

                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                lemarais Feb 10, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                  chowhounder411 Feb 10, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                  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

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                                                                                                                                    ebchower Feb 12, 2013 06:12 AM

                                                                                                                                    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.

                                                                                                                                    http://www.theendofovereatingbook.com/

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                                                                                                                                  ThanksVille Feb 10, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                    benn2009 May 27, 2013 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                    ohmyyum Feb 11, 2013 09:47 PM

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

                                                                                                                                    http://www.theironhorse.com/

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                                                                                                                                      ELA Feb 11, 2013 09:58 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        lemarais Feb 12, 2013 05:45 AM

                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                          fourunder Feb 12, 2013 08:31 AM

                                                                                                                                          E,

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

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                                                                                                                                            lemarais Feb 12, 2013 09:02 AM

                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                              fourunder Feb 12, 2013 10:25 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                lemarais Feb 12, 2013 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                Doesn't Dinallos have burgers?

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                                                                                                                                              ELA Feb 12, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                          Tonwa Apr 16, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                            mnoreen Apr 16, 2013 06:26 PM

                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                              chowhounder411 Apr 16, 2013 07:04 PM

                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                ebchower Apr 16, 2013 09:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                  Foody4life Apr 18, 2013 09:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                  LEOFONT Apr 17, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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. njmarshall55 Apr 18, 2013 07:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                      ELA Apr 18, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Agreed...Very good burger.

                                                                                                                                                    2. Curlz Apr 20, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                        ebchower Apr 20, 2013 09:37 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                        http://www.youdontknowjersey.com/2013...

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                                                                                                                                                        cantbeatgoodfood Apr 21, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          ebchower May 20, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                          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. BigAngie May 31, 2013 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                              njmarshall55 May 31, 2013 09:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                BigAngie May 31, 2013 10:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Haha! It's true though!

                                                                                                                                                                Us big girls know what tastes good. Obviously.

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                                                                                                                                                                  njmarshall55 May 31, 2013 12:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  fourunder May 31, 2013 02:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  *bery*

                                                                                                                                                                  Garrett Morris recommended?

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                                                                                                                                                                  MGZ May 31, 2013 12:16 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  Dinermite May 31, 2013 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  Too difficult to name just one place...

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

                                                                                                                                                                  1. jrzcat May 31, 2013 12:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      ebchower Jun 20, 2013 07:19 PM

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

                                                                                                                                                                      http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/video...

                                                                                                                                                                    2. JohnGaltJr Jul 25, 2013 09:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                                                        HillJ Jul 26, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                        Have you tried 25 Burgers in Matawan?

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                                                                                                                                                                          JohnGaltJr Jul 26, 2013 10:26 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                          ebchower Jul 26, 2013 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                            JohnGaltJr Jul 26, 2013 10:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                                              JohnGaltJr Jul 29, 2013 04:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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?

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                                                                                                                                                                                ebchower Jul 29, 2013 04:20 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              JustJake Jul 26, 2013 12:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                scrappyone Jul 30, 2013 06:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  JohnGaltJr Jul 30, 2013 09:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                              PuniceaRana Jul 26, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                cantbeatgoodfood Apr 12, 2014 12:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                                                  Sdenred Apr 14, 2014 09:05 AM

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

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