Edzo’s Burger Shop – Evanston, IL

Burgers, Midwest By November 7, 2014 2 Comments

The Vitals:
the burger: 8oz in house ground chuck with cheddar, garlic butter, giardiniera, lettuce, tomato and pickle
the other burger: half pound griddled double cheeseburger with bacon, onion, pickle, ketchup and mustard
the bucks: $9.50, $9.25 respectively
the coordinates: Chicago, Il

We live in a complex world. Sometimes life is not always black and white. I could insert something right here about 50 Shades of Grey but that seems so last year and I don’t feel like googling right now. I do feel like making a whole new case for Bang for your Burger Buck; it’s called Boom for your Burger Buck. It comes down to asking you for 100-200 more pennies a meal. It means opening doors to new and exciting burgers shops, where carnivore centric craftsmen are tinkering and toiling while keeping their customer’s budgets in mind. Like I said the world is a complex place, a good thing that it is filled with burgers with complex tastes. And with that, I take you to the burger scene in Chicago.


One from the Vault: Dog Haus Biergarten – Pasadena, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By October 15, 2014 No Comments

Upon taking your first step inside Dog Haus Biergarten just off the main drag in Pasadena, you will pretty much get the place in 30 seconds or less. Flat screens playing sports, full bar and a food dude centric menu. What you may not get, at least until you sink your teeth into one of these over the top burgers is that the topping combos actually work together. And considering that some of these topping combos resemble an upper tier meal at KFC for the $7 mark, well, Bang had to make a trip to the 626 . . .


One from the Vault: The Habit Burger Grill – Burbank, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By April 15, 2014 No Comments

My first successful visit to the Habit was the start of the Teriyaki Burger Movement. Faced with the stark reality that some burger establishments insist on cooking their burgers to the minimum temp of Medium Well . . .  Humanitarian relief efforts in the form of cheese and a few ingredients from the Polynesian cupboard seem wholly necessary. The results?


One from the Vault: Burger Hut – Glendale, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By March 12, 2014 No Comments

The Valley is home to many a random burger dive, some of them, like Bill’s of Van Nuys, carry a following and reputation that make them a worthwhile stop. But once upon a time, in the beginning, some brave soul had to conjure up the courage to try the place for the first time thereby unleashing burger glory from a diamond in the rough. Burger Hut was my opportunity to find that anonymous burger joint and plant a flag.


One from the Vault: The Great White Hut – Glendale, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By February 3, 2014 No Comments

The Los Angeles food scene has evolved much in the last 10 years. We got pizza joints that NYers make plans to visit, gastropubs that are growing on trees and iconic sushi restaurants spawning more iconic sushi restaurants. One aspect of the eating scene here that has been steady eddie has been the promise of shacks serving cheeseburgers and tacos. This meld of fast Mexican and American food was a natural osmosis. The kicker is finding the right mix of the two in a single meal.


One from the Vault: B-Man’s – Teriyaki Burgers Pasadena, CA

Burgers, from the Vault at LA TACO, Los Angeles, West Coast By January 8, 2014 No Comments

Visiting B-Man’s would eventually lead to opening a veritable Pandora’s box of Bang for your Burger Buck. It comes down to this: the Teriyaki Burger model elevates the offering of the common burger stand. The glaze would be wholly unnecessary unless the patties were cooked beyond medium well and the sweet zing from said sauce and the pineapple assures the eater that this burger is something fun, best served slightly after school but lunch hour is fine too, along with dinner, Hell just eat it whenever. Other burger models may indicate a more serious meal is at hand but the Teriyaki burger is a light hearted beefy affair and there are more than a few to choose from in Los Angeles. Since the B-Man’s chain is nestled in the SGV, it seemed fitting to take a crack at the genre in the backyard of LA’s Asian American hub . . . now about that triple cheeseburger I was talking about  . . .