Wednesday, May 11, 2011

O rly?

Dbl Chz
Originally uploaded by jaceman4
I'm pretty sure that the people who made the sign post that says dbl chz combo have no idea what lolspeak is, but that doesn't make it less funny. That being said, I find it sad that I used to like this place. Maybe because I just had lower standards back then, or maybe because it's a franchise and this particular one wasn't very good. All in all, Herfy's Burgers was pretty disappointing to say the least.

The patties were your run-of-the-mill fast food burger joint type patties. Not the worst I've had, not the best. Comparable to say, somewhere between Dick's and Wendy's. The bun is your typical sesame seed bun, contains the burger, not much more to say about it. Fixings were normal, I like the melty cheese, but American is a little overpowering in a sense, and condiments I really couldn't tell what was on there. I think fry sauce, but when your fry sauce is just a mixture of ketchup and mayo then I don't really consider it a special condiment, because it's just premixing two condiments I would normally put on a burger anyways.

Bonus points for kringle fries, but that's about it. I can tell they stay in business by attracting students who want burgers and there being no other place around. In my book, it's somewhat overpriced if that's the consistent quality you're getting. So if you're craving a burger and there's nothing else in sight, then go for it. I personally, will opt for something else next time.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I don't think this is quite Apple approved...

Cali Burger
Originally uploaded by jaceman4
I know, I know. I've been here before. I've reviewed a burger here before, but before you start. I've decided that I'm rating the merits of each burger rather than the merits of each burger joint. That being said, I decided (since it was in one of the more convenient locations that I drive by regularly) to give iBurger and Shakes another try. Why it's called iBurger, I have no clue, I'm sure it has some deeper hidden meaning or is something along the lines of trying to hop onto the Apple fad of putting a lower case "i" in front of everything to try to make it cool.

For some reason unbeknownst to me, all foods California are defined by avocado, so naturally, a Cali Burger must have avocado on it. This burger is no different. The patty was a typical 1/4 lb affair, well grilled, and the buns were your typical sesame seed affair, also well toasted. Neither were bad, but neither did either one stand out in good way. The fixings, as previously discussed, include sliced avocado, lettuce, tomatoes, and swiss cheese, all fresh. The smooth creaminess of the avocado was nice. There was a hint of smokiness in the house sauce that I liked, but there was a lot of other stuff going on so it was somewhat elusive pinpointing that flavor. I liked it, but I would've liked more of it.

The fries are your typical bag-of-pre-fried-frozen-potato-sticks affair thrown into a deep fryer. Can't really go wrong with that. All-in-all what sells this place is the location. It's convenient, though the knock on the location is that it is a ridiculous pain to find parking there. If you happen to just need a meal passing by, it's not a bad stop off, and this isn't a bad burger. Albeit a little pricey for what you get, but I've seen worse.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Simplicity sometimes is key

Huskies Burger
Originally uploaded by jaceman4
So I remember coming here when it used to be a pseudo-Hawaiian burger joint. In fact, Rain City Burger still has the same mahalo trash can that the old place (I can't remember the name for the life of me) used to have. After perusing their menu (which mind you was relatively extensive but to me honestly fairly run-of-the-mill) I ultimately decided to go with what they call the Huskies Burger, which I assume was named for some reason for the UW Huskies.

The burger in and of itself was fairly well made. A 1/4 lb patty with 2 large onion rings on it. The patty itself, being only 1/4 lb, was somewhat overwhelmed by everything else on the burger, but from what I could taste, the meat was good quality beef. The bun was your typical sesame bun. The fixings were lettuce, tomatoes, and onion rings. The onion rings I could tell were fresh, which were nice. They weren't super crispy which gave an interesting (in a good way) flavor and texture to the burger as a whole. There's supposed to be some sort of "Rain sauce" on the burger, but honestly, the onion rings sort of overpowered everything.

The fries (which you have to get extra) were pretty good, your run-of-the-mill semi-soggy stuff. Some people like it, some people don't, I personally don't mind. I always have a soft spot for burger joints that carry malt vinegar as a side condiment. All-in-all, it's not a bad joint, but there's nothing outstanding about it either. It's pretty much what you see is what you get. So if you're ever wandering around the neighborhood, and are looking for something to eat, this isn't a bad place to stop.