Thursday, October 4, 2012

Longhorn 9 out of 10

My fellow BurgerGeeks may disagree with my rating, but I found this burger to be as close to perfection as a burger can be.    I debated giving it a 10; but, perhaps my ultimate burger is yet to be experienced.  On to the review.   Often, I have been to Longhorn for a steak.   Going for the express purpose of ordering a burger was a new concept.    I chose the Bacon and Cheddar Burger cooked medium well.  It arrived just as ordered: slightly pink in the middle.   The bacon, which covered the surface of the burger, was crispy not chewy.   Just as the menu promised, the cheese had been melted onto the burger not laid across at the last moment.  That it arrived hot, not lukewarm, was an added bonus.     Initially, I tried a bit of the burger patty without any of the toppings.   As with TGIFs, I wanted to know if the burger would stand on its own.   Much to my taste buds' delight, it definitely did.   I would enjoy this burger without the bun and without any toppings.   It was seasoned much like the Renegade Steak.   I could tell that it was made with quality beef.  And, inspite of my preference for beef that doesn't 'moo' at me from the plate, it was juicy - as juicy as the burgers of my fellow BurgerGeeks who prefer the 'moo'.     I savored each bite of this burger.  When I'm much older and am no longer able to chew a steak, I would order this burger as an excellant substitute. Using the burgergeek drive scale, if I really had a hankerin' for a quality burger, I definitely would drive 5 miles out of my way to get this one.   - Becky

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..........


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Monday, October 1, 2012

Olio 9 out of 10

Today our search took us in the middle of Jacksonville downtown area.  We visited Olio, located at 301 E. Bay Street.  Right away I have to say, the restaurant gave out a European flavor and felt different.  The staff was very friendly and was ready to help with any kind of special requests we had to the burger.  Well lets see how they done.  As you can see the burger looked great in the presentation with the fries in the paper cup. My little addition to the wow factor was to have them put a egg on it sunny side up.  Yes I know, some of you might go, ewwww, how can you.  Well, you better try it, because it tastes awesome if done right.  I have to say, Olio did it right. The burger tasted very good.  Good enough that I would take a drive just to get their burger.  Everything tasted fresh and the bun was right on the money as well.   I would have to put them into my high category of the voted 9's when it comes to burger reviews.  Excellent job Olio, keep it up.  But, we are still hunting for the best burgers in Jax, so many to taste, so little time. On we go, its a dirty job, but somebody has to do it..............

  Olio Market on Urbanspoon