STEAK ‘N SHAKE – WESTERN BBQ N’ BACON

– 14, Frodsham St, CH1 3JL, Chester

Climbing and burgers come hand in hand after a hard(ish) week of work and this week is no different. Like any other Friday evening Steak ‘N Shake is the bearer of our rich and flavoursome dinner. 

Steak ‘N Shake feels like an anomaly to myself, there are a handful of different attributes that make it unique, and that’s why my friends and I like it so much. 

On this return it’s the Western BBQ N’ Bacon burger that’s caught my Burger eye and what a great choice it turned out to be. 

((Double steakburger, American cheese, bacon, diced and crispy onions, sweet ‘n smokey BBQ sauce))

With four of my very favourite ingredients on the burger, my expectations were high and it didn’t disappoint. As always the steak from Steak ‘N Shake was cooked to a level where it falls apart in your mouth, making it an effortless pleasure and with the burger being very easy to handle, there was no work involved. 

To finish off the package, the crunch of the diced and crispy onions were softened by the sweet ‘n smokey BBQ sauce, which was smothered on all corners of the steak patty. 

As a collective with the food, the service and the portion size considered, this burger receives a respectable 8.1 out of 10
Well done Steak ‘N Shake, I’ll see you next time.

figrman 

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STEAK ‘N SHAKE – WESTERN BBQ N’ BACON

POP’S PLACE – SILVERTON BURGER

 – Cankarjevo nabrežje 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Slovenia, Ljubljana is as charming as a city can be. The surroundings, the people, the man made river that runs right through the heart of the city and the faultless weather, you can’t ask for anything more. 

With a few days of exciting activities ready to begin, It was lunch time on the first day and a burger sprung to mind. Pop’s Place was situated on the river on a busy side street with large awnings to save you from the hot weather. 

A quick scan over the menu and the Silverton Burger caught my attention. The Silverton Burger– 

((Custom beef blend, crispy onions, cheddar cheese, home-made BBQ sauce, signature brioche bun)) 

I am the first person to give recognition to a restaurant who has clearly crafted each individual burger to provide the best possible product to their customers. This is what I feel Pop’s Place has done here, or attempted at least. 

This burger sounded like it should of blown me away, but it didn’t quite get there. The bread was weak, the meat was undercooked (for me) and there was too much sauce. But, the bacon was shredded into small chunks which sunk into the melted cheese and not forgetting the onion ring, possibly the nicest I’ve had to date. 

I’ve come to the point in my blogging career that I feel it a necessity that I consider all aspects. Service, surroundings and effort in the production have been taken into consideration, giving this of burger a rating of 7.4 out of 10.

FigRman 

POP’S PLACE – SILVERTON BURGER

STEAK ‘N SHAKE – BACON LOVERS 

– 14, Frodsham St, CH1 3JL, Chester

There’s a slight apprehension in my mind when a steak burger is mentioned, this is solely down from experience with previous burgers, but this time it felt different and it was different. 

Sited in the heart of Chester City Centre surrounded by toy shops and fashion stores is Steak N Shake, a 5 month old burger restaurant with 80 years experience. 

The choice of burgers seemed to be endless being able to add or subtract ingredients at your own will, at times this can be stressful but being my first time, I went simple. 

BACON LOVERS– 
((Double Steakburger, two slices of American cheese, four strips bacon, ketchup, mayo))

I’ve had all of these ingredients on many burgers before, but this particular burger oozed a lot of flavour in a reasonably small area, I was impressed. 

Tender, succulent and delectable are the only words to describe this burger, the meat was cooked to almost perfection which has permanently altered my perception on steak burgers. 

I only had two qualms; there was an extreme amount of sauce, which made eating it an ugly mess and the burger was a tad too small, these could be improved. 

You can see in all areas Steak N Shake know what they’re doing and they know their way around a burger. Burger Rating; 8 out of 10.

figrman 

STEAK ‘N SHAKE – BACON LOVERS 

THE CORN MILL – STEAK BURGER 

– Dee Lane, Llangollen, North Wales 

Burgers are an anomalous, an incomparable blend of whatever ingredients you feel fit. Which is where the beauty lies, in the mind of the creator and at the fingertips of the maker. 

Closing in to nearly 40 opinionatedburger reviews, it seems like burgers have become 90% of my meal intake and this was carried on at lunch, in the beautiful tourist town of Llangollen. 

I won’t babble anymore, I’ll get to the important content. The burger. Labelled as the Steak Burger, I was interested for three reasons; I’ve surprisingly never had a steak burger previously, I was ravenous and what else could I choose from the menu? 

The entire mass and weight of the burger was overwhelming, not so much the amount of content but the size of each ingredient was not done in half portions. The steak which made up most of the burger was of great quality but the flavour overpowered pretty much everything and that was this burgers downfall. 

The steak was of gargantuan size which killed the burger, but with the chips, salsa and cheese following closely behind I managed to finish the burger feeling accomplished and satisfied. 

I’ll stick to ordinary burgers from now on. Burger rating; 3 out of 10. 

-figrman 

THE CORN MILL – STEAK BURGER 

HICKORY’s – SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN BURGER 

– 9 Llandudno Road, Rhos-on-Sea, North Wales. LL28 4TR

Hickory’s Smokehouse don’t bare the largest choice of burgers, so on this visit I’m left with only one burger I haven’t tried. Of course I chose that burger to dine on. 

With a very welcoming and busy atmosphere, my girlfriend and I sipped on our delicious sugary drinks awaiting our food. Chicken burgers aren’t my normal choice, but a burgers is a burger and I was excited nevertheless.


((Double stack fried chicken with melted cheese, creole mayo, lettuce and tomato)) 

The size, mass and filling of the burger  were gargantuan something Hickory’s feel a necessity in each meal, but quality over quantity, right? 

The Southern Fried Chicken Burger was very simple, so simple it was silently requesting other absorbing and alluring ingredients but forgetting what could of been, I’ll assess the positives. 

The two chicken breasts were flavoursome, juicy and of ample size. The cheese was false advertised and not melted but still blended well with the burger as a whole. Everything else fell by the way side being close to bang average but I don’t feel it’s necessary to delve into the intrecates as they’re minor.

Hickory’s will continue to produce reasonably priced above average, imitation American style burgers, served in a welcoming atmosphere. Hickory’s can be defined as try- hards, I think that’s quite appropriate, but I like try-hards. Burger rating: 6 out of 10. 

-Figrman

HICKORY’s – SOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN BURGER 

LUCIA WINE BAR & GRILL – HOMEMADE LAMB & BEEF BURGER w/ cheddar cheese 

– 13 Back Swinegate, York, North Yorkshire YO1 8AJ

Spending a few days in York city as celebrations for my girlfriends birthday meant many opportunities to experience a proper Yorkshire burger.

On our last night in York we found a quaint restaurant set away in the back streets with chairs spilling out onto the cobbles with many satisfied faces and aromas that you could smell from a distance. Seated, jug of an exotic cocktail on the table and good conversation meant the wait for the food was close to non-existent which is always exactly what you hope for. 

The most hideously ginormous piece of meat sandwiched between two inadequate pieces of bread was delivered along side chunky chips, onion rings and generic salad (nobody cares about that). The most interesting trait that this burger holds is the lamb. The lamb made it for me, it’s truly nothing like I’ve tasted before.. Giving you a similar taste to a kebab which was very strange. 

Huge, but still succulent meant the meat was easy to enjoy but was too much to handle aswell as the counterparts. The burger felt like it was missing something, maybe a tasty sauce? Just didn’t quite blow me away. Burger rating; 5 out of 10.

Figrman

LUCIA WINE BAR & GRILL – HOMEMADE LAMB & BEEF BURGER w/ cheddar cheese 

GORILLA – CHEESEBURGER w/ CHORIZO

54-56 Whitworth St W, Manchester M1 5WW

As a beer filled bender enrolled in Manchester with one of my very close friends, we landed in his place of work; Gorilla. 
After many discounted cocktails & beers were washed away by Alex and I, he insisted on trying the Gorilla Cheeseburger, which beforehand was marked as the best burger in Manchester by a Gorilla employee (bias?). The burger arrived with thinly cut chips, an adequately portioned bowl of mayonnaise and a slice of grilled chorizo as an added extra, all laid upon a decorative slab of pine. 

The burger was to share with my Friend so it was evenly sliced in half, which is unusual to me but happily done. The ingredients were; pickles, burger sauce, aged cheddar, bondi lettuce & seasoned fries on the side. As the first bite was taken, a slight hint of pressure was felt as Alex was patiently anticipating my reaction and the first impressions were positive. The burger really didn’t taste like it was missing anything, as many others have done, in a way it was nice to have a well cooked, simple burger that takes you back to basics; again, unlike others. 

It was a thick, juicy, flavoursome piece of prime beef, lacking nothing, joined with an array of pleasing counterparts. If & when you visit Gorilla, order this burger and ask Alex to make you a sweet cocktail. Burger rating: 7 out of 10

Figrman 

GORILLA – CHEESEBURGER w/ CHORIZO