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No Bull Burger Purist - Born and raised in NJ, the heart of the tri-state area and home to the oldest (and best) burger joints in the country. I don't need all the frilly toppings, happy servers or trendy decor, just a good burger...

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Boom Burger Blows it Up

Where: Boom Burger
180 Route 17 
Mahwah, NJ 07430
(201) 529-1806


What: The Famous Bacon Double Boom burger & The Cuban burger 


Build #1: Two fresh ground Pat LaFrieda Angus burgers, two layers of bacon, two layers of American cheese, and BOOMSauce on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Build #2: Ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, and mayo on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Comments: 
Here are the burger descriptions on the Boom Burger website:

The burgers were ground fresh this morning for today's serving only - and consist of 100% black Angus beef ground by "the master of meat" Pat LaFrieda Meat Purveyors™. 

Burger Lovers Please Note: Our fresh ground Angus Burgers are cooked in the classic "Roadside Style" Tradition - which means it is seared on the hottest possible flattop grill, smashed thin, cooked and seared to juicy perfection! (150°F- 160°F)

If that doesn't get your jowls pumping, you'd better check your pulse.

This was a very good (albeit a bit strange) burger experience. Boom looks like a legit upbeat burger-joint-slash-sports-bar from the outside, but once the door closes behind you, the place has the look and feel of a strip joint. The colors, the multi-level seating, the polished metal railings, and (especially) the lighting all added to that tacky strip joint atmosphere. The only things that were missing were the smell of sour beer and cheap perfume, and I'm happy to say that those smells were in fact, missing. Boom is very clean and well-appointed with clean tables, clean seating, and clean menus – kudos to the manager. 
For the most part I’m going to let the photos speak for themselves, because when the burgers are this good, I really hate to go on and on about them…so in a nutshell:
For those who prefer more detailed reviews, I give you this: My burger was served blazing hot from the grill with the cheese fully melted, crisp bacon, and on a fresh roll. Need I go on?  There were lots of animal grunts at the table which is a sure sign that we had chosen a really good place to have lunch. The BOOMSauce was "just okay" for me. Try it, you'll probably agree – I mean it was good, but nothing notably different than the other 100,000 homegrown burger sauces out there. The sweet potato fries were "just okay" for me too. I'd really love to see something new in the way of burger sides, like the tempura-battered green bean at another upcoming burger joint (they are as delicious as they are new and different). Just sayin'. As for The Cuban burger, I didn't try it, but my friend said it was killer. 
My Famous Bacon Double Boom Burger gets a 9.4/10 on the BC rating scale. Great job Boom.

The burgers are really good here so go and eat them.


All in all, I can't wait to get back and sample another one of these perfectly prepared Pat LaFrieda nuggets of greasy goodness.


"See you real soon." ~ M. Mouse


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Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Flik Mac (a "real food" version of the Big Mac)

Where: The Flik Cafeteria
Woodcliff Lake, NJ
551-427-3172

What: The Flik Mac

Build: Two 5 ounce Pat LaFrieda burger patties, two slices of American cheese, shredded Iceberg lettuce, diced white onions, crinkle-cut dill pickle chips, Thousand Island dressing, sesame seed bun. 


Comments: I am writing about some fantastic burgers served in the Flik Cafeteria at my office (Flik being a corporate food service company). Even though the cafe is not open to the public, please let this review serve as an homage to LaFrieda's great organic, pasture raised, grass fed meat blends and Flik's ability to cook them perfectly.

This Flik location uses LaFrieda's standard blend burger patties which arecombination of chuck, brisket, and short-rib from American Black Angus Beef. Our grill girl Dawn is the one who cooks these nuggets of goodness on a flat griddle to perfection - any way you please. 

I cannot say enough good about LaFrieda's meats, from their ability to caramelize and crisp quickly to their fat content and their fantastic old-fashioned flavor. I only wish our cafe would try the "flat-iron" blend which is even more delicious (but the cafe is subsidized and this blend comes in at almost double the price tag). 

From the crispy edges of these burgers to their pink interiors, the burgers served at my office cafeteria never disappoint. No wonder Shake Shack chose Lafrieda to be it's meat supplier. I'd love to know what blend they use but I'm told it's their best kept secret.

Flik and company get a solid 10/10 on the BC rating scale for this outstanding version of a fast food classic.

I'm always looking for an excuse to eat one of these, so if anyone wants to visit me as a guest to try one of your own, I'm in.  billcianci@gmail.com










































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Friday, January 30, 2015

Velveeta Cheese Burgers at Nick's Old Fashioned Hamburger House,

Where: Nick's Old Fashioned Hamburger House
6999 Old US Highway 52
Lexington, NC 27295
(336)-731-6500

What: Double Cheeseburger w/bacon

Build: Double beef patties, lettuce, tomato, bacon, Velveeta cheese

Comments: My brother Phil has been scouting out some killer burger joints for me in his home state of North Carolina. He emailed me pictures the day after he ate at Nick's and said the burgers were so good, he was still experiencing a burger hangover.  If you look through the storefront glass you will see my sister-in-law MaryLou towards the back right in a blue shirt sitting waiting for her
Patty Melt. 

The Patty Melt consists of grilled diced onions on
toasted white bread with a crap ton of Velveeta. It's a shame the pictures were taken with a phone, but you can still see Nick's burger goodness shining through. Phil said, "It's hard for me to describe how the Velveeta works its way into the meat, but wow! The crispy edges of the meat and the toasted roll got me again!!".

Velveeta may not be real cheese in the traditional sense, but I'm tipping my hat to Nick's because using Velveeta on a burger is nothing shy of genius. This is definitely going to be a roadtrip...

See my review of another great NC burger joint, Doss', from May 2012 here:






Six 14 year old's ordered these Quads. Four of them finished.












Brandon at the grill... I've got to meet the man behind the Velveeta burgers...














Hmmm, what do we have here, two burgers and two patty melts with some chili cheese fries and onion rings? 
Um um um.





Seriously, this patty melt looks awesome and just the thought of it dripping with Velvetta has me drooling. My hats off to Aunt Marylou for this menu selection...















Nice autopsy shot Bro, looks like a killer patty melt...












Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Is Chick-Fil-A really as good as everyone says?

Where: Chick-fil-A
2065 Paramus Park Mall, 
Paramus, NJ 07652
(201) 967-9494

What: Chicken Deluxe Sandwich

Build:  Chicken on a toasted, buttered bun with dill pickle chips, lettuce, tomato and American cheese

Comments: I've wanted to try Chick-fil-A for quite a few years now, and I finally got there a few weeks ago. 

I'm not going to drag this out; the sandwich was okay – just okay. I'm really not sure what all the hype is about. My sandwich was kind of thrown together. The cheese was not melted and the toppings were on the bottom. Overall, for a quick service restaurant (QSR for you novices) this is a very tasty chicken sandwich, although the chicken does have that slight resistance to the bite that chicken gets when the meat is tightened up by marinating (I'm not saying it is prepared from a plastic Cryobag, but I kept picturing it being prepared that way).

It’s a good sandwich, but does not live up to its reputation…and it's definitely overpriced.



































This is Chick-fil-A's menu photo showing toppings on top where they belong...


This is what I was served...