My friend Tony in Nashville shoots me a text the other day: "When your show comes through here, I need to take you to a new burger placeâ€¦.AMAZING."
Naturally, that led to a little research, and the first article I found about this latest best burger ever made me laugh immediately.
"What's the best way to start a good fight?" it read. "Talk about your favorite burger."
Indeed, I lol'd. So true, so true. Kinda like greasy Chinese food dives, chicken wing spots, oysters hideouts and barbecue joints, burgers have a way of backing some people into a corner until they come out swinging when someone disses their favorite.
My wife tells me I am obsessed. She says, "You are always in search of that next great burger." So? How do I know that, much like a great glass of wine, that next one won't be the best one ever?
I don't. So I search, and have a great time in the process.
For starters, I will say some of the best burgers I've ever had are at The Vortex in Atlanta and 5 Napkin Burger in New York City. I dream about those. Maybe you disagree. Just please don't hit me.
I've eaten plenty of burgers in Savannah and the surrounding area. I've had burgers at some of the fine dining spots in town. I've had burgers in dives.
I can't honestly say I've tried them all (I'm working on that), but I have had enough to know which stand out in my book. And the one that was my favorite, I couldn't get enough of you to try, so they took it off the menu.
With all of that said, this is not a ranking. It's a list you should clip and save for a day you are craving a big, juicy burger and aren't sure where to go. Yes, some are more pricey than others, but you indeed get what you pay for.
48 Whitaker St.
The burger at Circa was one of those things that was recommended to me once, then twice, then a third time, until you finally say, "OK, I need to go try this." A true rock star of a burger. How so?
Chef David's Green Peppercorn Brandy Mustard sauce is made in-house. I get mine on the side to control the mess as I eat it and always have some left over to dip the truffle fries into. They'll even add a slice of fois gras to it for you if you'd like. Too much? Try it.
Crystal Beer Parlor 301 W. Jones St.
Chef/Owner John Nichols grew up on Crystal Beer Parlor burgers, knowing they were a Savannah institution. So when he woke up one day and owned Crystal Beer parlor, he knew he had to have a great burger.
Attention to detail? He tells me they spent six months looking for the perfect bun before rolling it out.
Au Poivre burger, Famous Crystal Burger and Greek Lamb Burger jump off the page, but they are all good.
Green Truck Pub
2430 Habersham St.
Savannah's most popular burger never disappoints.
If you've been, you know why. If you haven't - why not?
Best part in my book is how Josh and his staff are always tweaking and crawling forward with toppings.
Southern Comfort burger topped with smoked gouda and collard greens is a new addition.
Honorable mention to the El Jefe, a burger topped with corn, black bean and jalapeno salsa as well as sliced avocado (I added bacon).
Lip smackin' good.
Green Truck's burgers are classic griddle-top burgers. Hunter Cattle beef makes them tasty, but that griddle is the unsung hero at GTP.
Tybee Island Social Club 1311 Butler Ave.
I am a huge fan of char-grilled burgers. Love that charred taste and crust when a perfect burger is grilled.
Fat (and flavor, of course) drip away, but if the quality of the meat is good enough, then you've got nothing to worry about. Social has a few very good burgers, but the Chorizo Burger topped with pepperjack cheese, bacon, chipotle aioli, organic spring mix and red onion on a ciabatta bun is one for the ages.
Long day at the beach looking for a solid bite and an icy refreshment? Do it.
A.Lure 305 W. Congress St.
See? I really do go to upscale restaurants and eat burgers. A.Lure has its own char-grilled dream on a bun.
That bun, however, makes the world go round. First question I asked: "Are these made in-house?" I was told they were. Soft, subtle and buttery, which lets the perfect patty be the frontman.
That's 5. Work on those, then email me and I will give you five more, including Fire Street Food and Dub's Pub on River Street.
There are a bazillion great burgers out there, so if you find your favorite, own it.
And never be afraid to fight for it, because at the end of the day, all that matters is that you Eat It and Like It.
See you on TV,
â€¢ Several of us at Eat It and Like It have tried the Brick House. The new spot on MLK where Blowin' Smoke BBQ used to be. The early returns range from "not badâ€¦needs some work" to "uhhhhâ€¦not so much" Read our review at eatitandlikeit.com.
â€¢ Huge congratulations to Chef Brandy Williamson at Local 11ten and The Public Kitchen and Bar. You may remember we shared her story on Christmas Day. She decided to carry a baby for her sister. Well, she delivered this week! I'm told baby Bryce is going to be a heart breaker. Both moms are doing just fine!
â€¢ Work continues on West Liberty Street for the new home for Savannah Coffee Roasters. Some high octane designers have been brought in to help create the new space at Liberty and Tattnall. Look for it to open at some point this summer.
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