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two 8 two
Mar 6th, 2014 by Joemoney

two 8 two Brooklyn2 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 102 votes, average: 6.50 out of 10
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two8two
282 Atlantic Avenue
near Smith Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201  map
www.two8twoburger.com

No Sleep til –

two 8 two 3 In the midst of the great Polar Vortex of 2014, we ventured to New York City. I wanted to go to LV due to the Casinos but then I found the top 100 online casinos and decided to head to NY.I was excited for all of the exciting dining opportunities that I’ve come to associate with NYC; hot dogs, pretzels, delis, all night diners, Chinatown, etc. I’ve also been plugged in to the HUGE burger scene that this city and surrounding areas are a part of. Most notable is the food scene in Brooklyn. Having never been and only being educated by the internet, Brooklyn seems to have the most excitement when it comes to burgers. On the least cold evening of our trip (it was a balmy 28 F) we did the tourist thing and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge. It was great, tons of people, cold wind, and people on bikes actively trying to run you over. Joking aside, it was a fun experience. One that by then end, we were cold and hungry. I quickly consulted my smartphone to the nearest and best burger place. Two8two popped up and so we continued our walk from the bridge.

two 8 two 4It was easy enough to find as the name is the same as the street number. Stepping inside was not just a relief from the cold, but the atmosphere was also relaxing. There was soft lighting and an unlit fireplace which would have been great lit up on a night like this. We were quickly seated and began reviewing our menu options. While doing so, M83 began playing over their radio. My sister in law commented how she loved the song. Either coincidentally or upon hearing this our waiter went and changed the music claiming “That’s not what we’re really about”. I’ve always heard that Brooklyn can be a bit pretentious but I assumed it was because they had better tastes in things. We waited in great anticipation for what new and exciting unknown or underground music would bless our meal. We laughed when we heard Mumford and Sons. I quickly ordered an Abita root beer and we moved on to the burger selections.

Dodgers, Nets, and Burgers –

two 8 two 6The waiter proudly told us that the beef for their burger is ground fresh daily by a local butcher, Los Paisanos. The menu features very straightforward burgers. Meat, cheese, onions, bacon, roasted peppers, or something called two8two sauce. There are no doughnut buns or other crazy burger amalgamations which, frankly, I appreciated. Sometimes you just want a good, beefy burger. I ordered their “Pub” burger which had a 9oz patty and all the fixings I listed previously minus the roasted peppers. With a side of fries, my order was complete and it was just a waiting game.

two 8 two 7Shortly after ordering, within ten minutes or so, the burgers came out open faced with veggies on the side. The patty for this burger was big and visibly juicy. I quickly assembled the burger and took a bite. There was an immediate hit of a clean, beefy taste. It was incredibly juicy and seared to a perfect medium. It could have used a slightly more aggressive seasoning of salt but was helped along by the bacon. What goes great with beef? Onions! The grilled onions and the beefy patty made the experience very much to eating steak and onions. The buns were nice and soft with a good buttered toasting. Other than that, I can’t say I really even noticed the two8two sauce. Was it on the burger? I don’t know. The fries were pretty weak. They seemed straight out of the freezer and could have also used more salt.

The Wrap It Up –

two 8 two 5Brooklyn is one of those places that I had several preconceived notions about. I think my expectations may have been a bit too high as I was expecting burger nirvana. Instead, I found a decent, fresh, and well made burger for a pretty steep price. The pub burger runs $12 plus and should realistically include the fries. All total with tip I was out about $20 for the meal, yikes. I guess rent is pretty high, though, so I don’t really hold it too much against them. It was all pretty good and was a pleasant respite from the bone chilling vortex swirling above,  for which I would have paid anything. When the weather is warmer, maybe I’ll just wait in a line for Shake Shack.

 

 

Nationwide Freezer Meats
Jul 23rd, 2013 by Joemoney

Nationwide 11 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 10
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I’m Back, and I’m Nation-Wide-

Nationwide 3Sacramende? Sacto? Sacramento, that’s it. For my first visit to the capitol city of California, I was pleasantly surprised by the small town feel of this big city. Having grown up in Baton Rouge, another capital city, I noticed several similarities. The areas around the capital building are nice, there are several restaurants, and some of them… are burgers! A quick poll to a friend who lived here for a short while brought up Nation-Wide Meats.  He was a little hesitant and noted that I may not like it. I think I may come off as a burger snob, but I really like any kind of burger as long as it is good specially like the ones grilled,  like in the best charcoal grills from Top9Rated.com. So, once I was free from my work commitments, set off to find this place. It was a beautiful day in a beautiful neighborhood where I found Nation-wide (btw, I was later told that the weather was typical and the neighborhood was not that great, which just shows how good people have it in California…).

Nationwide 7So Nation-Wide Meats has what they call “French Ground Steakburgers”, I’ve searched far and wide (translation, googled it) and could not find what exactly that means but when I hear the word steak I have to assume that they are using some good beef and grinding it fresh. Stepping in, the place has everything you look for in an authentic burger joint, well aged decor (as in things that are actually old), confusing signs about their hours of operation and what payment they accept, a simple letter board menu, and most importantly slightly cantankerous (in a good way) but genuinely helpful people behind the counter. Speaking of which, the gentleman who took our order talked to me for about 5 minutes because I work at the same company as his brother in law. So, with all the preliminary checks in place. It was time to order.

Sacto Mundo-

Nationwide 5You have the option of a steakburger or a hamburger. I imagined the steakburgers had to be better so I ordered one with Cheese and everything on it. I added fries and a shake to round out the order. Their shake selection was much better than I expected. Not feeling too adventurous, I just got the chocolate. The shake came out first and I did my best not to drink all of it before the burger came out. After about 8 minutes or so the guy brought a brown paper bag with my name and a few grease spots on it to the table. He also brought a small dixie cup with ketchup for the fries… That was interesting. Do they not trust customers to dispense their own? or do they want to ensure you don’t ruin the steakburger by putting ketchup on it? When I opened the bag the first thing I noticed was the fries. Typically a french fry is cut to 1/4″ or 1/2″ for a thick cut. These were about 1″ square. They were huge! They were fried nicely and I like the uniqueness but it took several bites to eat just one.

Nationwide 6The burger was slightly deceiving. At first glance it appeared to be dominated by the bun however on first bite, the pillowy, chewy, toasted bun conformed well to both contain the burger and assist in the two hand gripping (which this huge burger needed). This was a juicy, beefy, taste the freshness kind of burger. The patty of the steak burger had a great crusty sear, yet was cooked just enough to remain dripping with the beef juices. The cheese was melted well and the veggies gave a great foundation of “health” factor. I could now see why they restrict ketchup access. Ketchup is used to add moisture to a dry burger. At first glance people may be tempted to ruin the perfect balance before even trying it and realizing the juice contained within.

The Wrap It Up-

Nationwide 4I really enjoyed Nation-Wide Meats. There was no pretense or pageantry about how great their ingredients are our how fresh their local micro farmer supplier can grow carbon free, zero impact kale chips etc. Just straightforward, good burgers, fries, and shakes. BUT, this is not a cheap burger. The combo I ordered will set you back almost $15…. It’s worth it. This is how burgers should be made. The ingredients are quality, the setting is perfect, and I don’t care what Californians say, the weather is GREAT and Sacramento seemed like a great town (minus the Kings, of course :))!

P. Terry’s Burger Stand
May 16th, 2013 by Joemoney

P Terrys 21 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 101 vote, average: 8.00 out of 10
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P. Terry’s Burger Stand
www.pterrys.com

What Does the “P” Stand For –

P Terrys 1Back in Austin, Texas! This is my seventh or so time to visit this city, once again, for work. I’ve been here enough that I have places that I like to go to and things that I like to do. A friend of mine, a UT alum, and an Austinite/Austonian(?) who has followed Burger Tyme since the early days, recommended that I check out P. Terry’s the last time I was here. I opted in stead to go to the highly touted Hopdoddy Burger Bar. While it was a good burger, my wallet was hurting. As burgers have been elevated and seemed to have plateaued at the ultra gourmet and costly end of the dining spectrum, it would be nice to have a good and cheap option to fall back on. So this go ’round, I decided to take the advice of a trusted local and headed to the P. Terrys on Lamar in South Austin. I arrived early for lunch on cool spring day. This location is a drive through with outside seating, so that was ideal. It was about 11:15 and there were few cars so I was able to place my order pretty quickly.

P Terrys 3Keeping in line with Austin values, P. Terry’s emphasizes, several times with different signs, that the product here is fresh, locally grown, all natural, etc, etc. This is the same mantra that most burgers are sold upon these days and it usually translates in to a hefty bill for a single burger and fries. To my surprise, the prices were more reminiscent of the In-N-Out menu. A burger, $2, double with cheese $3.50, burger fries shake $6.75. Awesome! If this were just half decent for the price I would be excited.

D Licious –

P Terrys 7Stepping up the window, I placed a basic order for a double with cheese, fries and a chocolate shake. Given the short line when I arrived (which was steadily increasing), my order was ready for pickup in a few short minutes. I was handed a white bag and my milkshake. I went over to the seating area and emptied the bag like a kid on Christmas. The burger was wrapped tight in paper, as was the large portion of super thin cut fries.

P Terrys 8The burger is a throw back to basic burger joints. Thin patties, griddle fried, with cheese put on at the end. The bun is nothing fancy but soft and fresh. The veggies were basic but fresh as well and added some moisture that thin pattied burgers usually need. My first bite revealed a more seasoned patty than I was expecting. It was just salty enough but also had a nice bite of pepper. The double patty was the perfect amount of beefiness. I liked the fresh cheese slices but it could have been melted a little longer on the patty, but hey, this is fresh fast food.

P Terrys 9The fries were excellent when you compare the price for how much and what your get. They were fresh cut and very thin, somewhere between 1/4″ to 1/8″. The were not double fried crispy, but they had a nice crisp that didn’t turn soggy and. The milkshake was also good, but definitely had they Hershey syrup flavor… I’m sure it was organic though.

The Wrap It Up-

P Terrys 6P. Terry’s was a great recommendation! The food scene, and more specifically the burger scene in Austin is great, and can get quite pricey. Its great to know that there is a cheap and quick option for a good burger when I don’t have time to dress up for a Burger Tyme. It was so good in fact, that a few weeks later, I took my wife there after a day trip to the visit a few of the state parks outside of Austin. We were tired, we were dirty, and we wanted something quick and substantial. P Terry’s fit the bill perfectly… It also helps that just around the corner is Gourdough’s…. but this is not Doughnut Tyme…..

Reventon
Mar 4th, 2013 by Joemoney

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1 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 101 vote, average: 7.00 out of 10
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Peru Edition –

Reventon 3A little background, my youngest brother is living in Peru for the next few years as a missionary. He has been a Burger Tymer since the beginning and has taken the time out of his busy schedule learning spanish and helping people to document his burger experience in a place you would least expect to have one. The following are his words:

Tengo algo para usted! Espero que lo disfruta –

From the Peruvian Branch of BurgerTyme
Saludos de Perú! I never believed that Perú had ever seen the Miracle that is a good Burger. After a trial of my faith and some help from a missionary, I found that Miracle!

Reventon 4The burger that comes out of Reventon is refreshingly good in its own way! The patty was hand made with diced onions in the mix. The flavor was really quite tasty and the onions weren’t an over powering flavor. I got mine con queso, huevo, y tecino. In English, with cheese, egg, and bacon. The bun was basically chewy bread that they toast on the griddle and is made with bread machines from Village-Bakery.com and is mixed with everything else. The toasted bun went great with the melty cheese and egg! I put in my order and with in five minutes.. It Was On! I was ridiculosly excited to eat! Something different were the fries, which were small and crispsy, found on the burger. Not what I was used to but, I wasn’t going to change the experience.

El Wrap It Up –

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The burger was great. I was impressed by how big of a hamburger comes out of such a small store for so little money; only 7 Nuevo Soles or 3 US Dollars(perfect for a poor missionary). I didn’t get a drink but I imagine that a Inca-Cola or Coka-Cola would have gone great with it.

In the end, I found a good burger. I ate that miracle! My Faith had made me Full.inca_kola

 

 

Elevation Burger
Feb 6th, 2013 by Joemoney

1 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 101 vote, average: 6.00 out of 10
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Elevation Burger
www.elevationburger.com

Rocky Mountain High-

Burgers… Burger Tyme… Sigh, I haven’t had the enthusiasm, as of late, for planet Earth’s favorite food.  I found it difficult to get excited about a burger unless it was made from beef raised next door, ground as we are speaking, with buns baked by artisans from the 17th century, topped with veggies from the garden of Eden… $20? No problem with quality like that! Right? It seems as though the pendulum has swung too far to the gourmet (read: expensive) end of the spectrum and I’ve lost sight of what makes a burger good. To get the magic back, during the holidays and the month of January I only had a few burgers at some old favorites like Christians Tailgate (was my first burger love in Houston) and Dearman’s Soda Fountain. These places offer the essence of burgers. No frills, no claims of superior ingredients, just good, tasty burgers.

When I returned from the holidays, I was recharged and ready to go out Burger Tyming! Fortunately there was a burger place that recently opened which seemed to be a mix of these burger philosophies. Simple but quality. Elevation burger aspires to elevate the simple burger without gimmicks or frills, just quality ingredients. We’ve heard this before. Let me be clear, I’m fine with quality however the result is usually either great burgers at great cost or average burgers at great cost. So the challenge is, can they over come the cost stigma associated with “quality” by turning out a great burger?

Iiiiiii Just Want to Elevate –

Walking in to Elevation Burger, I was impressed by how clean everything was. As much as I like dive bar burgers, its a bit refreshing not to have to worry about what might have been included with your order. The style is a mix of modern design mixed with natural elements like bamboo “wood” tables and chairs. The menu is pretty straightforward. Burgers come double or single patty ( a la In-N-Out), you select from a long list of toppings (a la Five Guys), add fries, add drink, and repeat. Something that I greatly appreciate is that they recommend trying the “original” which includes a standard set of toppings; elevation sauce, pickles, lettuce, and tomatoes.

I place my order for an Elevation Burger (double meat, double cheese), “Original” style. I opted to add caramelized onions and hot pepper relish. I added french fries (cooked in olive oil), and an all natural, organic chocolate Oreo malt. I was pretty hungry at this time and the wait felt longer the 7 or so minutes it took for the order to be brought to our table by the super polite cashier. The burger was not initially impressive. The patties are thin, as advertised, the cheddar is not melted (which it never does), and the bun looked pretty dry. The fries however looked great. Slightly thinner than normal and piled high. The burger tasted much better than it looked. Generally I don’t like cheddar due to its inability to melt and remain melted, but it was perfect with this burger. Nothing really stood out as spectacular but the overall flavor was fresh and light. It was not greasy at all but not dry. The fries were great. I’m not sure how much that has to do with being cooked in olive oil but they were perfectly crispy. The chocolate Oreo malt was as good as you can imagine, too thick to drink but a perfect dessert.

The Wrap It Up –

Elevation Burger is very good and high quality. I appreciate that they are not trying to reinvent the burger or insult their customers intelligence with the combinations. However it is not a great burger, which it needs to be to justify the $10 plus dollars this meal costs. Here’s the flipside. In the current burger environment, Elevation burger is middle of the pack price wise but will satisfy burger cravings without leaving you feeling greasy and gross. Getting ones burger mojo back is not easy. Oh wait, yes it is! Until next Burger Tyme!

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