Hickory’s – the XXXL RoadHouse Burger

– Rhos on Sea, North Wales

The most recent outing to Hickory’s Smokehouse will be named the trilogy as it’s the third time I’ll be dining with one of their ‘Authentic American’ burgers. But how authentic are they? 
My methods of choosing which burger to eat were unconventional, simply picking the burger which sounded the most congested with ingredients and the burger chosen did just that. The XXXL Roadhouse Burger –

(Two hickories burger patties with smoke bacon, pulled pork, pickles, Cajun onion ring, lettuce, tomato, house sauce and American cheese)

This burger was extremely vocal on the menu, towering over its competitors with endless flavoursome ingredients. This isn’t the first time I’ve tackled such a tall, strong burger so I have experience with being able to consume it without a disastrous mess. Even with that, this burger fell apart almost instantly.

Trying my hardest to disregard the total shambles that was the construction of this burger, the ingredients were very pleasant. There were a lot of taste experiences, the onion ring wasn’t chewy with a crispy consistency, the 2 burgers were cooked well, and the cheese that lay upon them helped greatly. In my opinion the pulled pork played no part in this burger and should be removed immediately, but overall a decent burger. 
Burger Rating; an 5 out of 10

Hickory’s – the XXXL RoadHouse Burger


Cheshire Oaks, Coliseum Way, Ellesmere Port.  

Christmas shopping lays hand in hand with good food, and my current intentions are to find the most delicious burger. I carried this personal quest into Bella Italia. 

Chargrilled Aberdeen Angus beef burger, gem leaves, tomato, onion & mayonnaise in a ciabatta roll. With cheese and bacon as extras. 

What Bella Italia have here is an extremely basic burger with basic ingredients, showing no respect on what even the simplest burger should taste like. The salad here was far too overwhelming, I’d say around 70% salad and we aren’t buying a burger for the salad are we. 

The beef itself was unsettling with an extreme lack of flavour, provided it is described as ‘chargrilled’ but this leaves nothing other than some overly cooked meat between some bread. This silly choice of bread was an attempt to place an Italian twist on a seemingly non Italian meal. 

As a collection the burger wasn’t anything to talk about, but the chips and BBQ sauce that accompanied were mighty fine. The BBQ sauce was sweet with a thick consistency, more of a BBQ relish but either way it was a pleasurable condiment. 

A dissatisfied burger rating of 2 out of 10.