Sunday, July 27, 2014
We are always the opinion that when it comes to the burger, a lot depends on the cooks. I tell you one thing, this place has a chef who knows how to make good food. Wow, we all were very impressed. Now a little bit to the part we didn't like. The price, now of course this is the kind of place that I call fru fru. Some new yappie place sorte say. So the burger was 14 dollars and you had to pay extra for the bacon and for the egg,so this burger ended up around 16 dollars or so. So the question is, was it worth it. Well, not only yes, but hell yes. I have no problem paying extra if it is worth it and in this case. Oh yes, big time. I do also want to mention that the service was outstanding, very attentive wait staff, even the manager come by to check on our water. We tasted some other items on the menu and deserts. Yes very fru fru, but worth the try. I mention pig ears, lol. An experience for sure. The desert, chocolate covered peanut thingy, oh yes, out of this world.
So without writing a book here, is it worth going there for the burger. OH yes. I would take the drive and I would pay the extra money to have this experience.
My hope is back to taste awesome burgers in Jacksonville, but we will keep on searching because thanks to all you guys sending us emails with recommendation, we will keep this going until we find the best ever burger in Jacksonville. Well this one is on top for sure. Mike R.
The latest stop in our quest brings us to the Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails. Moxie is located at the St. Johns Town Center, and is a very nice, upscale establishment. One look at the menu and you'll notice that they serve many chef-inspired dishes and that it's not the least expensive place to dine, but it is not your typical fare. They feature one burger, appropriately named the Moxie Burger. Someone with some culinary know-how put some thought into this and kicked this burger up a few notches. For starters, the burger is a 1/2 lb. beef-pork-bacon blend. Mmmm, bacon. It is served on a brioche bun with your choice of add-ons, a generous portion of crispy fries and a side of Ms. Mary's pickles. I ordered my burger cooked medium, topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. For the first time ever, all the burgers we ordered arrived cooked as requested. Kudos to the kitchen! In our experience, it has been more a rare occasion (no pun intended) to receive a burger that was cooked as requested. The first thing I do with my burger is to taste a piece of the patty before anything else is added to judge the flavor. This burger was outstanding! Really juicy with tons of flavor and just the right amount of bacon smokiness. Mmmm, bacon. The toppings were cool and crispy, and the brioche bun was fresh. Since the burger tasted so good, I decided to eat the burger without adding any condiments (a first). I have got to say, this was probably one of, if not THE best tasting burger I have had in all our burger reviews. Delicious to the very last bite, and the fries were also a golden, crispy delight. I honestly couldn't eat them all. Using my rating scale, I give the brioche bun a 3 out of 3, the toppings a 3 out of 3, and the burger gets a 3 out of 3 plus 1 point extra for the wow factor. Absolutely delicious, and well deserving of my highest rating - a perfect 10. Thank you Moxie for a great burger. I am already planning on another trip to have another. To any of you burger lovers out there, I highly recommend the Moxie burger.
Monday, November 11, 2013
We're back. After a break the BurgerGeeks are back in business. Our first challenge after our break is the Bonefish Grill. They offer an American Kobe Burger. As you can see below, this was a picture perfect burger. Just looking at it made my mouth water.
As we all know, even though a burger looks good, that doesn't make it delicious. Time for the taste test. First inspection of my burger and I wished it was more medium like I had ordered it, rather than well done. Fortunately it still looked very juicy. Now to the first bite. Yup it was very good. The meat was very juicy, all the ingredients tasted fresh and well-balanced on the burger. So the bottom line is, would I come back here just for the burger? Yes, I think I would, not to mention their service was also excellent and their Bang Bang shrimp appetizer is to die for. So my rating is a 7 out of 10, as I felt it like many burgers it was still missing the wow factor, that one thing that makes a burger stand out above all others.
After several months on hiatus, we are back on the hunt for great burgers. Our latest stop is Bonefish Grill on San Jose Blvd. What, you say? We'll, we've been hearing that the burger is really good, so we're here to see if the rumors are true. Besides, they have Bang Bang shrimp for appetizer. I ordered the "American Style" Kobe beef burger, with cheese, cooked medium.
My burger arrived fresh and hot and nicely presented with fries (it's usually served with housemade chips, but I'm about traditional, and this is the American Style burger after all). I tried a piece of the burger and it was cooked perfectly, still juicy and had a nice charbroiled flavor. The brioche bun was toasted, the tomato, lettuce and onion were fresh and cool, not warm and wilted. I really enjoyed the combination of flavors, and liked the burger very much. Using my 10 point rating system, I give the burger 3 out of 3, the bun 2 out of 3, and the toppings 3 out of 3, no extra point for the "Wow" factor. The total score is an 8. A solid score for a well executed tasty burger. Nice job Bonefish Grill!
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Yeeehhaaaa Longhorn here we come. This was another place that I looked forward too. I though to myself, well, they can make steaks, how can you mess up a burger if you know how to do a steak. Well, they didn't disappoint. Even though, there was the wow factor missing for me, but the burger made up for it in taste. This burger was great, juicy, perfectly cooked. Everything tastes fresh and well presented. The staff is always friendly at Longhorns, so nothing to complain there. The fries were good, so I have to agree with Becky on this one. I would have to rate them as well a 9 out of 10. You want a great tasting burger, this place is where you find it.
It just shows me again, it doesn't take a genius to make a good tasting burger. The meat was very well spiced, you could taste that this one came right off the grill. I'm still surprised how perfectly it was done. Let me explain what I mean there. If you order a medium, you get most of the time the middle being pink. Well not this one. It was all pink except the outer end. Just how I prefer it. Again, this is just me. I like my meat a little bloody. I know what some of you might say, meat should be cooked all the way to make it safe. Well, guess I like to live on the edge when it comes to food. But enough of that, go check out that burger, you will not regret it. I would even take a drive to get that burger. Great now I'm getting hungry for one, but we are still searching for the best burgers in Jacksonville. So little time, so many burgers to test. Hidiho on to the next burger we go..........
Monday, October 1, 2012
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Saturday, September 15, 2012
Lets get to the meat of it all. Our search brought us to Cruisers Grill. I'm sure some of you in Jacksonville heard about Cruisers Grill and that they made a local news papers number 1 slot for best burger in Jax. I was looking forward to visiting this place for a few months now. I was also informed that they made another article in the recent week being voted as the one of the best burger places in town. Well, I was excited to test them out.
Now the other burgergeeks had their regular burgers and they said that they were alright, but in no way could they call this top winner of burgers in Jacksonville. I think the no named newspaper should look at some of our reviews and make a better decision on who has the best burger in Jax. For sure, this place does not. I'm so disappointed.
Well, what can I say, the hunt continues........