Burger Hopping

When we lived in Boston, Bart and I, inexplicably, went on a burger spree. After we paid off our student loans and finally were not spending nothing, we somehow got the idea to try as many different burgers as we could.

We’d kicked it off with a trip to Mr. Bartley’s Burgers in Harvard Square, when Merrick and Philip came to visit.

Later on, we had weekend lunches at Five Guys,  b.good, U Burger, and, our favorite, Sullivan’s, on Castle Island.

Then, when we got back to Texas, we had big plans to continue our search for the best burger. We immediately found a burger joint around the corner from us that we loved – cheap and fantastic, although, as we learned over time, not entirely consistent. Then . . . we didn’t have any more burgers for a long time.

Until my parents came two weeks ago and we went to Hopdoddy where I learned that Landen’s husband, Adam, is an enormous fan of burgers too.

And thus, last Saturday, when Ralphie showed up to watch Ella, the four of us headed out to eat as many burgers as we could in one evening.

We started at a little place called Moonie’s and we ordered a single burger with an order of fries. Adam had brought along a knife and carefully quartered the burger, so we could all have some. It was a little more on the gourmet burger end, with a delicious, slightly-sweet bun, and very nice crispy fries. It was my favorite burger of the evening. Bart thought it didn’t have enough sauce and I think it was his least favorite.

Next, a quick trip to Short Stop, which is only a drive-thru, so we picked up a cheeseburger and headed up to Mighty Fine, where we ate our Short Stop burger while we waited for the next burger. Short Stop was a really nice fast-food type burger. Lots of sauce, good flavor, and a nice size.

Mighty Fine is one that Bart has talked about for months (his team goes there for lunch reasonably often and Bart is a fan), but when the burger came, it was by far my least favorite. The patty was a little too thick, and so soft it was like eating a meat pillow. And almost no flavor at all. (The strawberry shake was delicious, though).

Landen and I were delicate little flowers who couldn’t get through any more burgers, but Bart and Adam both thought they could handle one more, so we ended the night with them splitting a bacon cheeseburger at Five Guys. Bart thought Five Guys was too greasy when we went in Boston, but this time, he declared it the best burger of the night. I desperately wanted to try that burger, but I was so full I couldn’t handle even one more bite. What a wimp.

Anyway, it was pretty much the most fun dinner out I can imagine. It is so different to compare burgers when you actually are eating them one after another, rather than weeks or months apart. We already have big plans to do it again with another round of burger joints. Adam thinks that next time we should send out runners and have a big burger tasting in a central location, where we can eat them all at one time (I think this is brilliant).

And, as you might imagine, we have no shortage of friends who want to join us.

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  • Reply Rhiannon November 10, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    This sounds amazing and I'm now going to Little Big Burger for lunch. Truffle Fries!

  • Reply Gretchen Alice November 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    I've been to Hopdoddy's (liked it, didn't love it), but I need to try the others. I have not yet found a Texas burger that rivals my beloved Hires Big H from Utah.

  • Reply Jenae November 10, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    I want to join!!!!!


  • Reply preethi November 10, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I LOVE this idea. How fun! Except I think I would have a harder time convincing people to go veggie-burger hopping with me.

  • Reply Erica November 10, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! I'm gonna convince Spencer to do this. We might also try it with pizza.

    North Meets South

  • Reply Merrick November 10, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    What a fun idea! I want to join!!

  • Reply Elsha November 10, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I think I need to set this up with some friends here. I'm a cheeseburger addict.

  • Reply heidikins November 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Ooooh!! This is brilliant! I'm totally copying this!


  • Reply Stefanie Hathaway November 10, 2011 at 9:18 pm

    Wow. Good idea. I could really get into this! I can think of 9 couples off the top of my head who would participate with us. Don't be shocked if you see a "burger hop" inspired post on my blog!

  • Reply Cami and Juan November 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Ha ha I love your "delicate little flowers" comment! It does sound like a fun night of adventure, and helpful for future decisions on where to eat.

  • Reply Tamsen November 11, 2011 at 2:31 am

    There is a new place in Quincy that you're definitely missing out on. It's called Wild Willy's and it AMAZING! I'll have to try the places you mentioned before we leave Boston, I love a good burger.

  • Reply Packrat November 11, 2011 at 2:51 am

    This sounds like fun, especially where you have so many places to choose from.

  • Reply Saskia November 11, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    One of the things I have to do when I'm in the States is eat a burger. Man, I really miss my burgers. The Dutch eat burgers too, but oh so differently. I still dream about a burger I once had at the Fog City Diner in San Francisco..

  • Reply emandtrev November 11, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    That sounds like a blast!

  • Reply Merry November 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Five Guys is easily my favorite burger.

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife November 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    This is a genius idea! How fun!

    I recently tried Five Guys for the first time and was very pleasantly surprised by how decent it was. (I normally stay far away from fast food burgers.)

    I think you guys need to come up with a strict rating system as well so that you can have a very scientific method of measuring burger quality. The Burger Quality Index, if you will.

  • Reply Hawke November 21, 2011 at 3:41 am

    That is a fun idea. My favorite burgers are always the ones I make at home. I haven't really had one that I liked better. Spencer and I have thought of doing a similar thing with Thai food and a bunch of friends. We need to actually do it though.

  • Reply Jillian November 29, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Do you watch How I Met Your Mother at all? Marshall goes on a best burger in New York spree. It's quite funny…but that's what this reminds me of. A good burger is an awesome thing. A good default one is the Whiskey River Burger at Red Robin. Delicious! Also Famous Daves has a really good one, too.

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