Monday, August 18, 2014

Poe's Tavern review 8 out of 10

Today it took us to Poe's Tavern in the. Jacksonville beach area.  Thank you Nicole for giving us the recommendation.  When we ordered the hamburger of course the first question was how do you want it cooked. Of course right away I thought to myself I wonder if they actually going to cook it this way.  I ordered mine medium rare.  Here goes there first plus point because, guess what,  I got my hamburger medium rare.  As you can see from the picture the burger looked already awesome. It was a good sized hamburger everything looked delicious . Let's see if looks can be deceiving. I took a cut through the hamburgers to see if it was cooked just as I ordered it and it looked perfect .
Now I took my first bite . The juices were flowing from the meat and it tasted oh so good . While I am continuing to eat the hamburger I'm starting to taste some spices, the lettuce, the pickles and the chili that I ordered to be on top of it and not to forget the cheese  to finish it all off.  After I took a few more bites I started to compare in my mind the burger to other reviews that we've done.  The hamburger tasted great but it didn't taste as good as it looked.  To me the  lettuce and pickles just had an ordinary taste nothing special like the place we reviewed before where you thought everything was just picked out of a garden just for your burger.  Don't get me wrong this was a very good burger and that is why I gave it a score of 8.  What was missing here was the extra touch the wow factor.  Would I come here just for a hamburger, I think I would just for the atmosphere and how great Poe's looks, it is an experience.  The waiter staff was attentive and we didn't have to wait long to get the service. Because I'm looking also at the rest of the meal like the french fries and the onion rings, I do have to mention that I was not impressed with those items . They were very greasy and did not compliment the burger . In my opinion this is one of the good hamburgers in Jacksonville but is it the best?  No it's not, so the hunt continues..........
Michael R.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

MShack at 10281 Midtown Parkway, Towncenter 1 out of 10

Our next review brought us to Mshack in the Town center . The first impression I had was, a lot of people here . Those burgers must be awesome.
Lets get right to it . After a long wait the burger arrived.  Let me give you my opinion about this burger.
When the burger arrived I was thinking hmmm not so sure if I Like the presentation of this.  But as we know looks can be wrong.  So we attacked the challenge.  Right from the going, the burger was not cooked how I wanted it.  It wasn't medium at all.  So the first little ding, but well maybe the taste was good.  Nope, not at all.  It tasted burned.  Everything just tasted like, how should I put this.  Fast food on its worst day.  The bacon was kinda bacon, but really had no taste to it.  The letters looked and tasted like someone cut them the day before and they were just laying around so they threw it on the burger.  The meat was tough, no seasoning in it from what I could taste.  So, I was not impressed at all.  I kept on looking around and thinking, what the heck are all those people doing here.  Well yes, they are shopping and anything to eat would do I guess.  Maybe we expect more because we review burgers and we already had great burgers so the expectation is high.  I don't know, but to me, this was a poor example of a burger.  Now because we look at the entire thing at a restaurant I do have to mention the onion rings.  They were huge.  They looked great.  Ok, lets stop right there.  Perfect example how it is not all about looks.  The sec I picked them up, the grease was just dripping down.  I never had onion rings that looked so good and tasted so bad.  When you touched them, the grease was just dripping of them.  It was so bad, we all didn't even eat them.  So the entire experience of this place was not very good, I'm sorry to say.  Let me mention again, this review is my opinion and if we ever go back and have a better experience, I will edit this review.  For now though, I don't think I will try this Mshack again.  For sure, not worth the drive there.  Mike R.

Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails 10 out of 10

Our hunt for the best burger in Jacksonville is bringing us to the Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails.  Thanks to Greg for this recommendation, not only for that, but he also joined us to review this burger.  Enough of the intro, lets get right into the guts of things.  As you can see from the title, we were impressed with this burger. We actually got a little frustrated with the burger tasting we done lately.  Nothing really that exciting.  There were some we did, we didn't even post because it wasn't worth it.  It would have been a one liner saying, yup, burger is ok.  Nothing special.  Well, our frustration was answered with this burger.  I can only say wow.  As you can see from the pictures it was something to see.  Our first impression was that we all got our burger exactly cooked how we wanted them.  I ordered a medium rare and man it was perfectly cooked that way.  Another burgergeek ordered it medium well and bingo it was that way.  We all said that this is the first time we actually all got exactly what we wanted.  So first impressions were good so far.  But we have learned, it is not about looks.  So into the battle we went, the taste test.
Right away it tasted like everything was freshly made or picked. What I mean by that is the onions, the lettuce, the pickles, just everything tasted so fresh like it just came from a garden.  The onions tasted like they were just cut for this burger.  I hope you all know what I mean.  Sometimes you can taste if ingredients were laying around for a while or were cut the day before.  Not this time.  The burger was just so juicy and the taste itself was just awesome.  Per their description they put bacon into the meat.  Oh yes, you can taste it.  The spices were done perfectly.  Now to my wow factor.  It was the egg.  Not just the egg, because if you read some other reviews you know I love egg on my burger.  We'll talk about prices here in a few but they were saying that their eggs are open range farm grown and it cost me an extra 2 bucks to put that on there. Was it worth it.  Short answer, yes.  Long answer, oh my lord what a difference.  Just looking at the egg, it was should I put it....eggie.  lol.  Just perfectly looking, it looked great, strong white, strong colors in the egg jog.  Let me include a picture here so you can see what I mean.
Do zoom into the picture to see how good it looked.  So did it taste good, oh yes, what a egg taste, it fitted perfectly with the burger and it was perfectly cooked.  There was nothing running other then what should be running once cut.  I do have to mention the fries, I know we are reviewing the burgers but we do look at the total package.   The fries were awesome.  I couldn't stop eating them.  Perfectly cooked, no greasy mess, perfectly season on them.  It was just perfect.
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.

Michael B.

Monday, November 11, 2013

We are back! Bonefish restaurant 8.5 out of 10

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.

Michael R.

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!

Michael B.


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..........

Mike R.

LongHorn Steakhouse on Urbanspoon

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..............
Mike R.

  Olio Market on Urbanspoon

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Cruisers Grill 1 out of 10

No I didn't put up the wrong rating on that one.  You did read right.  Our first 1 rating from all the places we reviewed.  I'm still shocked I had to give this low of a rating.
 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.
As some of you already know I always look for the wow factor in burgers.  The ones that are different from a regular burger.  The other burgergeeks stick to the normal ones and they will have their own rating on these.  So, when I sat down and saw the sign, Burger of the week, deep fried I was all fired up.  As you remember, the Bubba Burger deep fried burger was awesome.  So, of course I had to order it.  Now as you can see from the picture I was a little set back when it arrived.  My first impression of just the look was, 'oh my, this looks like an old shoe sole'.  But I thought, well, looks can be deceiving, so I went or it.  My first thought taking a bite was, no way, they must be kidding.  If they would have deep fried the shoe sole I'm sure it would have tasted better.  OMG, in one word I have to say:  This burger was total shyte.  I really try not to slam any kind of restaurant even if I'm not impressed with their burger.  But this was not a burger but some meat they thought, lets throw this into hot oil and deep fry it and it will be good, as they say, everything deep friend is good.  Hellll no it isn't.  This was a perfect example it wasn't.  There was no batter on it, nothing, just a bunch of ground beef that they deep fried.  I think if you just click on the image of it and view the close up you can see what I'm saying.  I also have to say that the fries were alright.  Seemed to me not cooked long enough and tasted a little raw on the inside.
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........


  Cruisers Grill on Urbanspoon