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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...

Thursday, February 25, 2021

LEFT BANK BURGER BAR, Jersey City, NJ

Where:
194 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ

What:
The Meltdown: 
House blended beef, caramelized onions, bank sauce and grilled cheese challah.

Mac Daddy Burger:
House blended beef, fried mac and cheese, butcher cut smoked bacon, garlic herb mayo and tomato.

Comments:
There are some very good burgers being served at the Left Bank and the staff could not be nicer or more attentive. We started with house-made mac and cheese pops and house-made fried pickles, both were served with house-made buttermilk ranch dressing for dipping and both were surprisingly better than anticipated.
The Meltdown was the clear winner between these 2 burgers, it was excellent. The bun on the Mac Daddy Burger was way too much bread for this burger which knocked the burger-to-bun ratio off the charts. It was also cooked beyond the request for med-rare was ended in the area of med-well.
The mac & cheese patty it came topped with was dry and the garlic herb mayo was overly sweet. 

With that said, I'm not rating the Mac Daddy.

The Meltdown however, gets a solid 9/10.

























Busy Bee Lunch - Riverdale, NJ

Where:
269 Hamburg Tpk, Riverdale, NJ


What:
Skinless Sabrett Hotdogs


Comments:
DWD's at their best - great fresh toppings, great guy working the kitchen. This is a perfect quick stop in Riverdale.

































Friday, February 5, 2021

Super Duper Weenie - Fairfield, CT

Owner, Gary Zemola & me...


Where:
306 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT
203-334-3647

What:
The New Englander -
Sauerkraut, bacon, mustard sweet relish & raw onion


The New Yorker - Sauerkraut, onion sauce, mustard & hot relish

Dixie - Homemade meat chili & homemade Cole slaw

Comments:
Exit 24 off I95 north in Fairfield, CT - don't drive past it.

I can't express what an awesome experience it was to dine at the Super Duper Weenie. My brother-in-law and I have heard about this place for years and on a car hunting trip to CT, we had a golden opportunity to visit. I'm not going to lie, we expected the usual hotdog joint where a time-worn, disinterested staff is selling hotdogs not because they love what they do, but because it's a job; not-so at Super Duper Weenie. Gary Zemola and staff are doing it differently; as soon as you walk in, you feel an energy about the place. I can't explain it, but it's there and I'm sure it stems from Gary's hotdog enthusiasm. Gary and his staff are as warm and welcoming as they are talented at the grill. 

On to the dogs...

The dogs are split and placed flat side down on the grill until golden brown. I've had dogs like this before but I rarely see this much careful attention to cooking and building a hotdog. Not much more to say; although the photos don't do these dogs justice, they will still make you hungry. 

Hope to see you guys again soon! 

                                  Fieri's got nothin' on us...


Meet Gary's fantastic staff... Nick and Olivia, two genuinely nice kids...

The New Englander...


Fresh-Cut Fries: Potatoes grown just for Super Duper Weenie, hand-pressed and fried to perfection in 100% soy oil. Best tasting fries we've ever eaten.

Onion Rings: You won't see these on the menu, but Nick brought us out a sample... OMG!!! Like nothing you've ever tasted. The texture led me to believe there was a cornmeal involved but Gary said "nope, no cornmeal", but the texture was there and with great underlying flavors.


 Fresh-Cut Fries...


The Dixie was fantastic...


The signature New Englander was my favorite...

















Gary hand-cutting some fresh potatoes for fries; it doesn't get any better...






Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Kubels Too - (K2), Long Beach Township, NJ


Where:
8200 Long Beach Blvd,
Long Beach Township, NJ


What:
1/2 lb. certified Angus beef burger w/ mushrooms, American cheese & ketchup. 


Comments:
Since my wife and I used to live just a block away, Kubel's Too was always our go-to place in the off-season and we were always satisfied with this homey, neighborhood restaurant where the atmosphere is as inviting as the wait staff is friendly. Our favorite time of year to visit is during the winter months when the fireplace is lit.

Other than a few issues with consistency after the new owners took over, I'd say it's still a decent value for your money.
As for the burgers, they were noticeably smaller. It seemed like they went from an 8oz to a 7oz patty (or possibly even less), either way, they are definitely smaller.  

It's been a year or so ago this month since I took these photos so I'm hoping the new owners have settled in and things are the way they used to be. 

The burger had a great beef flavor (I'm guessing ground chuck) with a nice char and the mushrooms were very flavorful even though there was way too much ketchup on the burger (my bad). Overall, its a decent burger. 

As for the fish and chips platter, hmmmm, not so much. Check out my photos below... this was not fillets of cod hand-battered and deep fried, these were thin pieces of frozen fish that were in the same category as grocery store frozen fish filets - NFG.

The soup and fries are always good - the French onion soup tastes homemade and the fries always manage to hold their crunch throughout the meal. The coleslaw is average out-of-the-bucket slaw, but it's always served nice and cold. 
Again, a decent value meal overall (the burger, not the fish). I give the burger a 6.5/10 on the BC rating scale. 
 
Can't anyone on LBI make a burger good enough to compare to the Beach Haven Fishery? 












































This is Kubel's burger when they were larger - this photo was taken in 2012.