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What's your favorite burger joint?

Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub & Grill' started by gatorknights, Feb 28, 2021.

  1. gatorknights

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    No coke. Pepsi!
     
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    It’s also an actual chain...their Choco-coke is great.
     
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  3. phatGator

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  4. Potzer01

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    For g-ville first I think of these days is relish.

    In Orlando(current) I like Sam Sneads.

    Out west I think famous daves makes a good burger.

    At home I like an 80/20 heavily seasoned with "famous daves steak and burger seasoning".
     
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  5. VAg8r1

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    Although this is a burger thread I would add that for a chain Famous Dave's has very good ribs.
     
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  6. gatorknights

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    Best ribs I've ever had was at Bobby Rubino's in Orlando both the West Colonial Drive and the one on Alafaya Trail.Sonny's used to be good, but not so much anymore.
     
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    Ever since I stumbled on the very simple recipe for smashed burgers at home, I don’t need to eat a burger out. I have a flat top built into my Wolf stove, the caramelization on these thin burgers and the juice on the toasted buttered roll are divine.

    Ultra-Smashed Cheeseburgers Recipe
     
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    Diane's in hawthorne still does things the old school way. Original sonny's sauce, which the sonny's chain now calls mild and is only available in packets by request. Still have the original beans, one of the first things they did away with when they sold out. Still have the original sliced beef which the chain did away with 10 or 15 years ago. I have not tried the ribs there yet as my cravings are for the beef, but I would say that would be the place where you might get lucky and get the old school ribs they used to have at sonny's.

    May get close at the original sonny's on waldo road as all the cooking is still done in house there, but I know they don't have the sliced beef and would assume the rest of their recipes have also fallen in line with the corporate structure. I know its better than most of the other locations in gville.
     
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  9. gatorknights

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    The Sonny's that I can literally walk to is very average. The one in Hawthorne kicked but back when, but I don't get over that way anymore. The Waldo Road one was awesome too. That being said, last time I went there was when I was in college and I could eat most anything :D. I miss Mamma Lo's as well.
     
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    The halfwall in Deland is 1a, the gin mill is 1b. I dont go to chains unless i am traveling. Since covid i havent traveled.
     
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    Yes. It was there when I was in school. Went there a lot.
     
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    I went to the restaurant in Chicago that this skit was based on maybe 40 years ago. Not great hamburgers and damn I am getting old.
     
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    Worst hot dogs i have ever had were at Varsity. Yuck, maybe the experience made up for the quality of the food. My memory was of the skinniest hotdog I have ever had followed by 8 hours in my bathroom.
     
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    Had a Wagyu beef cheeseburger at a burger joint in Broomfield, Colorado last week. First time eating wagyu. I was surprised how much flavor the meat had.
     
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    Loved the one on Waldo Road. Used to eat there fairly often although it's been over 40 years. It's my understanding that Sonny's isn't the same anymore.
     
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    Sonny Tillman sold the franchising rights to Bob Yarmuth who at the time owned a pizza place in Gainesville. Yarmuth moved to Orlando and began franchising Sonny's and over time he has made quite a few changes to both recipes and product line. Sonny still owns the one on Waldo Road and a member of his family started a BBQ place called Dustin's BBQ. The last time I ate there the beans tasted like the original Sonny's beans from way back when.
     
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    Where is Dustin's? I'll have to try it.
     
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    When in Pensacola try Blue Dot! Better than any fast food but, only open 11-2 or until they sell out. A true "hole in the wall".
     
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