We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Mrs. BD and her pal had the best burger in their lives in Mississippi in a road trip to Houston last winter, in some redneck dive place with fancy burgers.(nb: Redneck is not a disparagment on Maggie's).
General rule of thumb: Always avoid disgusting chain places. The hole in the walls have the best stuff because they have to compete.
One of my cool daughters emailed me about the best burger she has ever had (visiting a college pal in Nashville): cream cheese, jalapeno jelly, and grilled jalapenos. I feel hungry now despite a filling lobster salad for lunch with a glass of chardonnay. Life is pleasant in the USA.
Yes, I make a mean jalapeno jelly from my garden each year. Good with cheese. My kids steal the jars from the pantry.
I agree. The hole-in-wall places are often the best. Everybody has their favorite. My favorite burger place in New Orleans is Bud's Broiler! Charcoal broiled burgers with shredded cheddar cheese. My advise is to get the hickory sauce.
I agree that chain restuarants are generally not good, but there are some chains that make very good burgers. The burger joints are usually better though.
There's a place here in Tulsa that has a claim to inventing the burger, and they're damn good. I know, I know. There are a handful of other places that make the claim, but Weber's still uses the same grill from the 1800s. Nothing fancy like the new, gourmet burger joints that pop up now, just good meat, buns, and cheese. They also make their own root beer and it's like nothing you've ever tasted. The place is so small you have to turn sideways when it's crowded, and it's always crowded.
If you're ever out West, try a Double-Double at In-N-Out. It might change your opinion of chain store burgers.
...and since you like lobster salads, if you're ever in Asheville, NC, The Grove Park Inn has an awesome Lobster Cobb salad for about $25. You'll want to eat it out on their veranda overlooking the mountains.