I am a carnivore. I’m not proud of it. But I do love a good burger. And while Summertime is the right time to burn some ground beef on the George Foreman, I still prefer seeking out my burgers somewhere on-the-road in the Carolinas. Here are my 5 picks:
In Charlotte and Raleigh, I am a fan of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Their Classic Southern Burger, topped with chili, American cheese, relish, mustard, and slaw, is a winner … but be sure to ask for plenty of napkins. I also enjoy the basic (and I mean basic) cheeseburger at O’Malley’s Pub in Raleigh. Basic…cheddar cheese…lettuce, tomato, pickle, mustard (no mayo) … and a side of onion rings. Oh, and a pint of Guinness. Perfection.
Should I find myself in the Upstate Region of South Carolina, the Trappe Door in Greenville calls to me. It’s a Belgian-style gastropub with an awesome beer selection. (I like that!) And their mini Lamburger sliders served with a mint beet relish, Dijon mustard, and melted goat cheese pair beautifully with a good Belgian ale. Those Trappist Monks knew how to brew!
A trip to Greensboro takes me to the Big Burger Spot. Yep … that’s the name of it. Not concerned with your cholesterol or blood pressure? Try their Colossal Burger … a full pound of colossal goodness served on a toasted Brioche bun with your choice of Angus beef or ground turkey. If your vegetarian friend is with you, have her try a black bean or chick pea burger … or maybe one of their awesome salads. And their chili cheese fries are a meal in themselves.
Then there’s Buns in Chapel Hill. This has been my son’s favorite burger haunt for several years. If you enjoy “customizing” your burger, this is the place for you. And a place named “Buns” has to have good ones … and they are … made fresh at a bakery just down the road in Pittsboro. Bottles of beer available, but I think their hand-spun milkshakes are the better way to go here.
That’s my road-trip this month. What have I missed? Where are your favorite burger joints?
By Tom Gongaware (General Sales Manager, Triangle Region)