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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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Thursday, February 5, 2015

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

Where: The Flik Cafeteria
Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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.


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

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...

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Pompton Queen Diner Misses the Mark with a New Menu Item...

Where: Pompton Queen Diner
710 State Route 23
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444 

What: Waffle Fry Sliders

Build: Slider beef patty, red onion, American cheese, waffle fries, Texas petal sauce, half-sour pickle, coleslaw

Comments: The Pompton Queen Diner will likely remain one of the best diners in NJ as long as they continue to experiment with new items on the menu. I was recently at the PQD for lunch when I picked up the menu and saw a little quote cloud with the word "new" next to "Waffle Fry Sliders" which immediately caught my attention.

In a nutshell: Sliders and waffle fries have been sitting next to each other on diner dishes for years; it's about time someone thought to marry the two. While the concept is great, these were poorly executed. Had the burgers not been cooked to oblivion, this would have been a solid meal with a novelty twist.

5/10 on the BC rating scale (boring)