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Sep 20, 2013 11:01 AM

Burger Shack in Chapel Hill

Anyone been to Big Al's Burger Shack in the former chocolate door space on Franklin St.?

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    1. re: bbqme

      Yes, a friend of mine has eaten there already. Just in case there weren't enough burger joints around here....

      1. re: bbqme

        didn't look open to me last time I checked, but I could be wrong.

        1. re: Rory

          They were serving their full menu on Friday, according to social media

          1. re: Tom from Raleigh

            I walked by on Sunday, they're closed then, but open from 11am -10pm.

            1. re: Tom from Raleigh

              I spoke to a friend who works near by and he gave the chili cheeseburger high marks

              1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                I checked out Al's this past weekend and will be back, great burger.

                1. re: LBD

                  Cool and how does it stand up to other burger places in the area. I guess Buns tend to be the burger place that would compete (not in breadth).

                  1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                    I've never been to Buns so I cant really compare. It's easily better than Five Guys. I live not too far from the Only Burger store which is pretty much my family's go to burger place and I think Big Al's is definitely on par with OB. The patty seemed a little fattier (in a good way) than OB even though I think they both get their beef from Cliff's? Even if you're a fresh cut fry snob the crinkle cuts at Al's were really good, definitely not the flavorless, undercooked variety found underneath a pile of popcorn shrimp at your average Calabash style seafood place.

                    1. re: LBD

                      Not sure I have ever had crinkle cut fries in a seafood place, but it has also been some time since I've been to such a place. That being said.. I don't get the major appeal of Only Burger and certainly don't get the individuals who wait in line for the truck at the rodeos.

                      1. re: burgeoningfoodie

                        I think OB makes a really good flattop grilled burger and they're close to my house. Five Guys and Red Robin are closer but I'll pass.

                      2. re: LBD

                        I went to Al's Burger Shack and I deem it a mighty fine burger. I had a bacon cheese burger, 6 oz. The patty had a nice texture and was well cooked. The fries were mostly crisp and had more flavor than most crinkle cuts. All in all, this is my new favorite burger place in Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

            1. Husband and I ate lunch there this week and liked it. H. had the nine-ounce burger with Al's sauce. I had the three-ounce with lettuce, onions, tomato and ketchup (my usual toppings) We skipped fries, but they looked good when they came to nearby tables. Next time I want to try on try them. The bun was nice and fresh and not too sweet. Husband's burger had a nice bit of pink showing. Mine being smaller was a little more done but still juicy, and I appreciate being able to get a three-ouncer. I love to eat, but can't eat one of those giant over-sized burgers so many restaurants are serving today. Tomato was a nice bright red and the lettuce wasn't iceburg. I liked my husband's burger with Al's sauce. I may have to forego my ketchup. The place was busy, but the food came out quickly. It was a little warm sitting outside; hope Al can built a cover someday. Parking is pretty non-existent. We just parked at the public lot near Weaver Street Market and walked down. My husband's only complaint was no un-sweet ice tea. I am looking forward to a return trip.