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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
Around 5 years ago in Dallas a friend was out to dinner with 3 others and engaged in this discussion on the way home. They defined fast food as anyplace that had a drive thru window. They picked up 7 burgers from 7 fast food places, parked the car and passed each burger around to sample. Everyone had just eaten so it as a level playing field. A local ice cream chain named Braum's was the winner.

I'll give the secret menu a try at in and out. Didn't think their regular burger was anything special.

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Originally Posted by ld111134 View Post
Culver's - a chain based in Wisconsin with a few locations in suburban Chicago (also great frozen custard, which puts "soft-serve" to shame).

Sonic - which is mostly located in the South but which has recently moved into Chicago's outer 'burbs.

Both Braums and Sonic are based in Oklahoma. Braums are much better, and the best burgers as far as fast food goes IMO. They raise their own beef, bake their own buns, ..., and no braums exists more than a days drive from their farm/dairy so the beef arrives fresh and is never frozen, same with the buns.

Their Jalapeno PepperJack cheese burger is amazing, served with crinkle cut fries, and a chocolate shake/malt for 6 or 7 bucks.

Sonic is good for first dates in high school as its a drive in, and they have some 40,000 ways to order a drink or something. I get the supersonic double cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate cherry coke ... they are upsizing your drink to a XL 44 oz no charge this month also. i am quite fond of sonic fries when done well, they are similar to mcD's fries just with a little more substance in the middle.

I enjoy hamburgers too much to eat fast food burgers more than once or twice every few months. I'd much rather buy a pound of hamburger and make my own... very few true fast food operations will cook the burger any way other than well done/burnt and if they do make the burger truly to order they cook it which takes up precious time.

if you don't have your food within 5 - 10minutes its not fast food.


I feel like somewhere i saw/read that Whole Foods makes and sells hamburgers and sweet potato fries at some locations... i might be way off my rocker, but it sounds amazing knowing that they cut grass-fed beef on site fresh each day and that the vegetable would be fresh,local, and organic. i doubt they'd be FAST but the more i sit here thinking about it the more i am hoping its not just some urban legend.
post #227 of 330
I recently had In N Out for the first time. It was pretty good. My wife & most of my coworkers think that Wataburger is the best.
post #228 of 330
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
Just googled, there is one on W Diversey. The menu looks interesting.

Anyone tried their fried pickles? I had these cajun style once at another restaurant and they were fantastic. These any good?
Haven't tried the fried pickles, but the burgers are great, and cooked perfectly. Medium rare actually means medium rare there.
post #229 of 330
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Originally Posted by Despos View Post
Just googled, there is one on W Diversey. The menu looks interesting.

Anyone tried their fried pickles? I had these cajun style once at another restaurant and they were fantastic. These any good?

I think there's one in Palo Alto, on California? I've always avoided it--woops.
post #230 of 330
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Originally Posted by kaxixi View Post
I think there's one in Palo Alto, on California? I've always avoided it--woops.
Yes, there's one there. I've only been to it once, despite having been to the Santa Monica one a few times. I actually tried a Sonics the other day and was surprised. I had a regular cheeseburger; it wasn't greasy, the bun was nice, and I thought the quality of ingredients were good -- fresh and snappy vegetables. It was good for the price.
post #231 of 330
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Originally Posted by iammatt View Post
The first one was in Santa Monica, but I think there is one in Chicago as well. After all, it is a chain. Anyway, the concept is kind of kitschy, but the burgers are actually very, very good.

The better half and I have been to the Counter on West Diversey in Chicago and have been less than overwealmed. Five Guys is better - more like Sonic but not as distinctive as In N' Out. I prefer Culvers as a fast food burger, given that In N' Out isn't in our area - plus they serve frozen custard.
post #232 of 330
It's neither fast food nor a chain, but the special at Kuma's this month is a sloppy joe w/ fried pickles. It is awesome, as are their burgers.
post #233 of 330
Hardee's does it for me. For you Westcoasters, Carl's Jr. over there is Hardee's down South.

Hardee's doesn't get much love from a lot of people because it is one of the cheapest franchises to own, and their restaurants are often poorly staffed (quality and quantity); however, when you get a good one, their Six Dollar Burger and their Original Thick Burger are hard to beat.

5 Guy's is just OK, to me. Sort of like a really gritty McDonalds and every one I've ever visited wreaks of grill grease.

If you want a freshly cooked burger, Waffle House is good, too. The second hand cigarette smoke is another issue altogether.
post #234 of 330
in n out as far as a ff chain goes, but I've had some other burgers at mom and pop fast food joints that have been just amazing
post #235 of 330
Hardee's used to have this Philly Cheese Steak Burger around here. It was, as you might have guessed, a philly cheese steak on top of a burger. Excellent!
post #236 of 330
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Originally Posted by Roikins View Post
While you ladies were arguing over which is better between In-N-Out and Five Guys, I decided to do something about it. I was down in Southern CA this weekend, where two Five Guys are located. I ordered my usual that I got back in DC, the bacon cheeseburger with everything, A1, and peppers, but no ketchup. Then I drove over to the In-N-Out and got my usual cheeseburger, animal style with chili peppers.

The Five Guys burger:


The In-N-Out:


Proof they can exist in close proximity:


Opened:


Combining them into the one burger that shall bring peace:


Can you hear the angels? In-N-Out bottom, Five Guys bottom, In-N-Out top, Five Guys top:




It tastes like artery clogging heaven. I await my Nobel Peace Prize:

dude, this is f*ing brilliant, we need a seperate thread just for this, well done sir
post #237 of 330
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Originally Posted by ChicagoRon View Post
It's neither fast food nor a chain, but the special at Kuma's this month is a sloppy joe w/ fried pickles. It is awesome, as are their burgers.
My favorite place when I have the patience to wait for a table. The "Slayer" is awesome (most of the burgers are named after metal bands). http://www.kumascorner.com/ Here's the definitive guide to Chicago street food: http://www.greasefreak.com
post #238 of 330
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Originally Posted by clee1982 View Post
dude, this is f*ing brilliant, we need a seperate thread just for this, well done sir


Next time I'm back in the area, I might just try making it again!

Although, someone needs to try the Wendy's Grand Slam burger... 4 1/4 pound patties of meat.
post #239 of 330
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Originally Posted by happy hooligan View Post
In-N-Out Burger... hands down the best

this is qft

myke
post #240 of 330
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Originally Posted by A.K.A. View Post

If you want a freshly cooked burger, Waffle House is good, too. The second hand cigarette smoke is another issue altogether.

waffle house owns, smother and cover that shit bro

also, the second hand smoke is totally worth it, especially when you consider they serve coke over wet ice served in a bell glass to prevent a lot of un-necessary fizz.
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