ALMOST FAMOUS – DOUBLE WONDER BURGER

– Great Nothern, Peter St, Manchester

Manchester cradles an enormous range of restaurants and more importantly dedicated burger restaurants. While searching for the greatest burger, I’ve eaten in most of these restaurants and Almost Famous is quite simply the king of the bunch.

After a year of chipping away at the Almost Famous menu, unfortunately I’m only left with 3 burgers out of 10 yet to try. So, the Double Wonder Burger was under the spot light on this occasion.

((Cheddar, American Cheese, Bacon, Wonder Onions, Pickles, French’s Mustard, English Mustard, Bacon Ketchup, Pepper Mayo))

As you can read from the ingredients, there are 3 different types of sauces on this burger, which practically is a disaster but with flavour in my mind, maybe not. The flavour of the Double Wonder Burger surprisingly did work, but the sauces did overpower many of the other ingredients which was expected. Also, the amount of sauces did destroy the structural integrity, which is always disappointing.

The meat as always was soft and tender, something Almost are very capable at doing. The fries were outstanding and the generic Almost Famous surroundings are as prominent and unique as ever. Burger rating – 6.8 out of 10.

– Figrman

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ALMOST FAMOUS – DOUBLE WONDER BURGER

MUD CRAB DINER – 2nd BEST CHEESEBURGER

– 521-523 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PR

My best friends birthday weekend was well underway on it’s second day, in the great city of Sheffield. After planning a well structured weekend, meant each day was used to its highest potential, with rock climbing, alcohol, shopping and lots of food all tightly packed into 3 autumnal days. 

Mud Crab Diner, which is situated on the busy street of Ecclesall Road offers a smart/casual vibe with a wide variety of food and drinks. The 2nd Best Cheeseburger caught my eye immediately on their oddly confusing menu. 

((Thick & juicy, double ground flat iron steak burger with mature cheddar, lettuce, tomato, aioli, club sauce and pickle)) 

I seem to be subconsciously eating a lot of steak burgers recently. I did have certain opinions about them, but that seems to be turning around. 

Everything about this burger spoke upperclass, the sauces, the bread, the quality and taste of the steak patty. This burger really was well prepared with a multitude of flavours and textures that I’d never come across before, which at this point really makes the difference. 

The 2nd Best Cheeseburger is more like the 8th Best Cheeseburger, but good effort though. Burger Rating; 7 out of 10

Figrman  

MUD CRAB DINER – 2nd BEST CHEESEBURGER

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 

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

SUBMARINE BURGER – ORIGINAL

– Frankopanska 11, Croatia 

Croatia, another new country that I’m able to tick off my list and another new exciting burger. Eating burgers all around the world gives you the sense that they’re one of the few things that we all have in common. 

A very bold branded burger bar stood proud on one of the busy retail streets and with an enticing menu, we sat down anticipating good things. Welcome to Submarine Burger (Formerly; Yellow Submarine)

Original;

((Brioche bun, patty, submarine sauce, lettuce and onion)) 

As you can see from the above stated ingredients it’s a very simple burger. With calculated intentions, I chose this as I feel a burger restaurant is only as good as its simplest burger, so I was excited to see what can be done. 

A suspiciously quick turn around time, from ordering and receiving our food meant we were stunned before anything was even eaten. 

The burgers golden exterior was aesthetically pleasing but it’s internal structure did present a few issues. The amount of submarine sauce did overwhelm other important ingredients and made the burger quite slippery. Considering the deliciousness of the submarine sauce this wasn’t such a terrible thing. 

The bread and meat were beautiful, and knowing everything is 100% organic, you feel that little bit better about indulging on such a guilty pleasure. 

Coming to a comprehensive rating of this burger, I considered the service and also the wholesome attributes that submarine burger promote. A solid burger rating of 8 out of 10. 

– figrman 

SUBMARINE BURGER – ORIGINAL

ALMOST FAMOUS – BLAME IT ON THE VODKA

 – 23-25 Great George St, Leeds, LS1 3AL

A long weekend away in the popular Yorkshire city of Leeds started off with a burger, and in a very familiar place. 

Visiting Almost Famous is an extremely unique experience which ever restaurant you find yourself visiting, with an endless menu of gargantuan burgers with extraordinary fillings. Blame it on the vodka was my next experience, full of everything that even exceeds your imagination. 

((Cheese, double pepperoni, bacon bacon fries, wonder onions, jalapeño, red onion, pickle, bacon ketchup, dynamite)) 

This burger in particular was bulging from all angles, which unfortunately left many fillings falling out but importantly, the majority stayed intact. I refuse to dismantle a burger before consuming it, which did become somewhat of a challenge, but nothing I couldn’t take care of. 

When so many ingredients are piled on to two pieces of bread, some of the ingredients struggle to make themselves known, this was the problem with Blame it on the vodka.

As a collective the burger was extremely flavoursome, full of juices & textures with a lot of mass. 

Possibly the heaviest burger I’ve eaten. Burger rating: 8.5 out of 10. 

-FigRMan  

ALMOST FAMOUS – BLAME IT ON THE VODKA

TURTLE BAY – TWO WAY CHICKEN BURGER

– 33-35 Oxford St, Manchester M1 4WB

While holstering a sensitive palate, spicy foods can be quite daunting, so dining in the Caribbean restaurant Turtle Bay can be an exciting yet a nerve racking experience. 

Only set for a light luncheon i fixed my eyes firmly on the burgers. Being overly cautious I picked out the least spicy and left everything else ignored, which left me with the Two Way Chicken Burger – 

((Spicy panko crumbed chicken fillet, topped with pull jerk chicken, crisp gem lettuce, fresh pineapple chow & herb mayo in a sweet bun))

This looks and sounds like only something Turtle Bay could manifest, with a prominent Caribbean twist to what can normally be a mundane chicken burger.  

With flavours that felt endless and textures that caressed your lips and mouth, this burger carry’s a lot in-comparison to its size. The two different types of cooked chicken was the game changer, each chicken had a very unique flavour which i believe could stand for the reason this burger was so brilliant for its size. 

Lastly, the fresh pineapple chow was extremely spicy and in opinion unnecessary, the burger would cope very easily without it. 

An applaudable effort by Turtle Bay, this will stand in my top 5 chicken burgers eaten to date. Burger rating: 7.7 out of 10.

figrman 

TURTLE BAY – TWO WAY CHICKEN BURGER