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Cover 06/12/2013

Burger time!

Reviews of three new Orlando burger bars, plus 25 notable burgers around town

Photo: PHOTOS BY ROB BARTLETT, License: N/A

PHOTOS BY ROB BARTLETT



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Of the 11 non-vegetarian burgers on the menu (there are also two veggie options), we chose a representative sampling: the turkey club burger ($7.50), the curry chicken burger ($6.99) and the crunch burger ($7.50). Along with an admirable side of mac & cheese ($3.50) baked with diced onions, and worthy hand-cut french fries ($1.99), we set our sights on the burgers. Turkey burgers don’t really do it for me, but both my companions felt this one, with sprouts, avocado, cucumber, American cheese and pecan-smoked bacon, was better than others they’d sampled. The curry chicken burger, at first glance, was a sad and pathetic-looking one, its bun all but flattened, but the surprising flavor burst from the grilled chicken and basil garnered praise from all parties at the table. But the crunch burger was an absolute beauty, and it’s the one I’ll be hankering for until my eventual return. The crackle of potato chips and onion rings, the tang of blue cheese, the hint of horseradish, and the added comfort of brisket ($1 extra) is everything a burger should be. This one burger hit that one spot.

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