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Oct 17, 2013 06:42 AM

Town Hall Burger and Beer, Durham

This place is finally open, behind the Bone Fish Grill at Southpoint. Yes, it is yet another burger place, but if you are in the mood for a burger, it seems to be a pretty good place to go. I got a take-out meal last night, and I would rank it as one of the best burgers I have had in a while, easily edging out City Beverage and Mattie B's. The salads are large (unlike Matti B's) and easily shareable, as are the side orders. We tried a wedge salad, a Carolina burger with pimento cheese and pork belly, a patty melt, and spit an order of fries. Ordered the burgers medium rare, and both were cooked to perfection. The fries are shoestring style, and were nice and crispy, not soggy. I was even more impressed when the person that was bagging my order at the window took the time to open both containers and check to make sure they were right. There is nothing worse than getting home with a take-out meal and find that the order is wrong! Overall, a very good experience.

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  1. I've only seen photos but the whole thing just looked sloppy and there wasn't much going on with the fries as far as amount. It just seemed like it was trying too hard, but glad to hear that it tastes good. In any case, once Zinburger opens up.. someone is going to have to close.. I think.

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    1. re: burgeoningfoodie

      Is there a reason you are excited about the arrival of Zinburger or are you just saying that adding them to all the fancy burger places already in the area that they won't all be able to survive?

      1. re: boaviagem

        I was saying that with another addition the saturation should cause the disappearance of at least one of these types of places.

    2. i went during their first week, in fact, on the first day that they had gotten their alcohol license, so they were still connecting the taps when we came.

      i REALLY wanted to like this place, because i had suggested it for a happy hour to coworkers. good thing there was alcohol, otherwise there were no redeemables about the night. the service was disorganized (do you order at the counter? sit at a table?), they forgot an ingredient on one of the specialty burgers, the burgers were acceptable, and the salads were served on disposable plates (sorry, i know that's really picky). the whole restaurant experience just reminded me that yes, i was near southpoint.

      despite it being the first week, it will be awhile before we return. we rarely have a desire to want to go to the southpoint area anyway, and our experience was really disappointing. i do hope they have found their stride in the past few weeks.

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      1. re: cervisiam

        Wait, is this a sit down restaurant? If so, why the disposable plates? Not wanting it that way is not picky - it is both environmentally preferable and nicer to eat off.

        1. re: LulusMom

          when we went - you order at the counter and they bring your food to you. but all the employees were milling around so it wasn't clear. and they come to check on you a few minutes after they bring your food to you. the burgers are served on those popular silver platters now, so it didn't really make sense that they would serve the salad on disposable plates - unless they were waiting on getting plastic salad bowls. it was just an odd experience.

          1. re: cervisiam

            It sounds like it. The disposable plates thing sort of makes my teeth hurt to think about. Please tell me the beer was served in glassware.

            1. re: LulusMom

              oh, funny you mention that - no, it wasn't. plastic cups.

              am i just a grumpy old hag about restaurants now?

              1. re: cervisiam

                No! I'm with you 100%. It isn't a keg party, for crying out loud.

                1. re: LulusMom

                  If they were serving in disposable plates and glasses, it sounds like their dishwasher isn't set up or some other logistical issue. I recommend giving them the benefit of the doubt or asking why they're not using porcelain/glass

                  1. re: Tom from Raleigh

                    maybe - but they did serve the burgers on silver platters. not that yelp is the end all and be all, but i did read those reviews over, and it looks like the ones from one a few weeks ago did mention plastic cups and - something i forgot - loud music. even on the patio.

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