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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...

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

The Goffle Grill - Hawthorne, NJ



Where:
1140 Goffle Road, Hawthorne, NJ

What:
The (famous) Texas Weiner & a Cheeseburger w/RO


I've been told the GG has been around since 1979, and they (like many other Texas wiener joints in Jersey) are serving up deep fried Thumans hot dogs the right way.


My humble opinion based on my first visit... 
In the fiercely competitive New Jersey hotdog arena, including but not limited to: Rutt's Hut, Hiram's Roadside, John & Hanges, The Hot Grill - (the list goes on...), the Goffle Grill delivers the goods and earns respect.


No idea how I ordered a Texas wiener without chopped raw onion, but I did... and like all the other errors, faults and mistakes in today's world, I'm blaming my poor ordering on Covid.

Long story short... this is a great lunch stop, my hotdogs were served piping hot with fresh condiments and fresh bread. And at $3.29 for a tasty cheeseburger cooked to my temperature request, it can't be beat. And no, the burger wasn't huge, but it was cooked to a medium temperature and with my addition of raw onion, I thought it was delicious. I'm definitely going to jump around the menu the next time I visit, I'm sure most all the sandwiches and sides are well worth a try.















 


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

MrBeast Burger - Wayne, NJ


Where:
245 Berdan Ave, Wayne, NJ - (AKA, Positano Restaurant & Pizzeria).

Short History:
MrBeast Burger is an American delivery-only fast-food restaurant chain founded by YouTuber, Jimmy Donaldson (MrBeast), in partnership with Virtual Dining Concepts, LLC.

The food is cooked via a "ghost kitchen" and picked up or delivered through the MrBeast app.

Ghost kitchen - definition: 
Also known as a delivery-only restaurant, virtual kitchen, shadow kitchen, commissary kitchen, cloud kitchen or dark kitchen, is a professional food prep and cooking facility set up for the preparation of delivery-only meals. 

In other words, you can't sit in Positano Restaurant in Wayne, NJ and order a MrBeast burger - your food must be ordered via the MrBeast app and either picked-up or delivered. 
Furthermore, you can't place an order at any MrBeast Burger location and expect to sit and eat it at that location after you've picked it up. Pick-up or delivery, that's whatcha got.

Food Quality:
The most common issues with ghost kitchen cooking are quality and presentation. The presentation of my Karl's Deluxe burger is evidence of that (check my photos). 
Since the chain is operated as a ghost kitchen, the orders are cooked by the staff of the volunteering restaurant, (in this case, Positano's), so the quality of an order is going to depend on the location it was ordered from. 
Donaldson has been addressing complaints on Twitter, stating, "I’ll be the first to admit we are not perfect! 
(Even the most well-established brick-and-mortar restaurants struggle with food continuity issues, good luck with a ghost kitchen!) 

Good News:
Since Donaldson's menu fit into most restaurants without the need for training or new equipment, MrBeast Burger became a secondary source of revenue for struggling restaurants during our year of Covid

ON TO THE BURGERS>>>

Beast Style Double (as advertised):
Smashed crispy beef patties with house seasoning, American cheese, pickles, diced white onion, mayo, ketchup, and brown mustard on a soft roll.

My comments:
$6.99 for a double cheeseburger, pricey? maybe; but with 5Guys selling a double CB for $8.69 (also in Wayne, NJ), I'd say this was a pretty good value for the burger(s) I ate. They are thin, loosely packed patties with just enough crispness and what I'd say is a good dose of salt and pepper. They are juicy and full of flavor, (aka-fat). I'm going to go back to MrBeast's Wayne location soon in order to make sure this review wasn't skewed by my "hangryness" at the time.

Karl's Deluxe:
A patty melt served Karl's Style with a crispy seasoned beef patty, caramelized onions & cheese on a toasty inverted bun - $6.49.

My comments:
Same comments as the Beast Style Double only my Karl's Deluxe was not presented well at all and it really needed a  second patty to help with the burger-to-bun ratio.

I give the Beast Style Double an overall rating of 7.6

Karl's Deluxe was below a 6 - (Won't be ordering you again Karl!) See my rating scale below...

That's it for now, I'll try to get back to Positano's for a second tasting when I'm not so "hangry" - after that, I'll be trying a second, new MrBeast location to see how the quality and presentation compare.

Ciao,  
~BC








Booty from Positano's (MrBeast's ghost kitchen in Wayne, NJ)




I told you Karl's Deluxe was below a 6 on my rating scale... tasty  meat, but just thrown together...


Karl's Deluxe


MrBeast Style Double



Not much love went into the caramelized onions - things like this are dropping MrBeast's quality ratings.





BC Rating Scale:

1.0 - 2.9  Epic-Crap-Fail 
3.0 - 5.9  Won't be back 
6.0 - 7.9  Would try again if convenient. 
8.0 - 8.9  I'll definitely be back 
9.0 - 10   Keep'em coming 


Mr. Beast Burger - (Beast Style Double)
Criteria for ratings:
(I rate each category with a 1 to 10 rating)

Meat flavor - 7.5
Juiciness - 6.5
Size - 7
Freshness - 7.5
Burger to bun ratio - 8.5
Bun Type - 7
Overall taste with selected condiments - 7.5
Edibility - 10
Temperature - 7

OVERALL RATING: 7.6





Monday, March 1, 2021

Duchess - Norwalk, CT

Where:
157  Main Street, Norwalk, CT

What:

Big D 1/3 lb. Angus burger, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickle, ketchup, mayo.

Big D Crispy Chicken Sandwich, lettuce & mayo.

Comments:
You can't drive north on I95 through Connecticut without seeing at least a dozen Duchess restaurants. Darien, Norwalk, Fairfield, Stratford, Bridgeport, Milford, and the list goes on. As I mentioned in a previous post, while on my way home from a car hunting trip to CT with my brother-in-law, curiosity got the best of us and we stopped at the Duchess in Norwalk. We weren't sure what to think of the place, it's set up like a fast food burger joint, but the menu had undertones of a Jersey diner...

Menu items ranged from burgers, hotdogs and chicken sandwiches to Veal Parmigiana, Fish & Chips and Meatloaf! 
We opted to play it safe and ordered a couple 1/3lb. Angus burgers along with the crispy chicken sandwich for the table. 

Given the heavy fast food vide inside, I was a little leery of the burger's hefty $9.59 price tag, but I hoped we were in for something different (and good).  What we got, was both, different and surprisingly, very good. They were served at a medium temperature (as ordered) and were just juicy enough. The Kaiser roll was aptly sized to cover the large burger patty and it was excellent - even the toppings were fresh. And the size! This puppy was every bit of 5 inches in diameter and the thickness was just right for it's size creating a perfect burger-to-bun ratio. 

I rate this burger 8.7/10. 

I'll take a pass on the chicken sandwich next time. It had potential, but it was served to us very dry from being overcooked. We'll definitely try other menu items the next time we visit a Duchess restaurant.













































I was too lazy to get a knife for the autopsy shot...















Criteria: 
I rate each of these categories with a 1 to 10 rating.

Meat flavor 8
Juiciness 6
Size 10
Freshness 9
Burger to bun ratio 10
Bun Type 8
Overall taste with selected condiments 9
Edibility 10 
Temperature 9


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.