Burger Wars Jumps The Shark?

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Previously.

The people at the so-called NEWS have come up with their own A-list awards and have a burger category. How spectacular! But can you seriously trust any voting competition on fine dining when the other categories include best pilates, best dog kennels, and best pawn shop?

Oh well, let’s see what they have to say…

Burger Wars

Red Robin on top. Hmmm. Yes, its pretty standard. It looks and tastes the same every time. They have a ton of choices. Always liked the fries and shakes there too. Not surprised.

Smashburger coming in 2nd. They have expanded well in this area. Always busy too. Still think their shakes are crap but I assume the burger competition is pure and not counting that. Frankly, I really like their chicken these days. Leaves me feeling a bit fresher.

The Cherry Cricket? Surprised it was on there because its not a chain. Brownie loves the place. I haven’t ever been inside sadly. But I take his word for it. The man introduced me to King Chef. He knows things.

Five Guys in 4th. Over the years, I have grown to not hate this place anymore. I just didn’t understand it at first. I continually want everything to be In-N-Out and when its not, I curse it and blame it for being born. But now its been good to me. They just don’t have any options for my wife so I don’t get there as much.

Finally, Park Burger. Never been either. I recall Mock giving it a nod. One of these days. Just haven’t been downtown at eat’n times lately.

What did they miss? Larkburger feels like the big one to me.

  • Justinmock

    I still like my local Billy’s Inn bar/grill over all others.  Since they wouldn’t serve Nela alcohol on my 30th birthday (even with an ID), we haven’t been back though.

    I even have a LarkBurger in Arvada now, but have only gone once.

  • pittbrownie

    Garbage.  Cherry Cricket buries all those guys.  

  • mtnrunner2

    Honestly it seems silly to talk about “best burger” (really, how complicated is it?) but the best burger I’ve had in Denver was in fact at Cherry Cricket. And cheap. And with good brews on tap.

    In Boulder, it’s probably the burgers at Mountain Sun/Southern Sun. Any one. Damned good fries too.

  • Jvoclv

    This is all nonsense, Ted’s is by far the best, without a doubt.

  • Where’s a good White Castle when you need it…

  • ff

    mtnrunner2 made a good call.  Mountain Sun in Boulder is sooo good.  That was my first dinner when I moved to Boulder (the first time) and has remained my favorite.

    In-N-Out was introduced to me two years ago out here and it was so good I’m scared to go back.

  • Rob Timko

    I haven’t had a ‘good’ burger since moving out here, unfortunately. The Sun’s Date Night burger is good…Larkburger is a good novelty/fastfoodish burger. But, no one seems to have a solid higher end bar burger. At least, nothing comparable to NJ’s best http://rtimko.smugmug.com/Food/DeGroff-Brunch-at-CLs/DSC3120/707078694_AMLbd-S.jpg and…of course white castle.

  • Rob Timko

    I haven’t had a ‘good’ burger since moving out here, unfortunately. The Sun’s Date Night burger is good…Larkburger is a good novelty/fastfoodish burger. But, no one seems to have a solid higher end bar burger. At least, nothing comparable to NJ’s best http://rtimko.smugmug.com/Food/DeGroff-Brunch-at-CLs/DSC3120/707078694_AMLbd-S.jpg and…of course white castle.

  • SKArunner

    Here is the thing . . . There should be two categories  . . . National Burger Chains and the local Burger – something like that.   I come from the east coast where there is a large “local” restaurant presence and I miss that – mom and pop restaurants. I haven’t found that here in Denver, for a while, I was a big fan of Tommy Knockers bacon buffalo burger then they started to pre-make them for the ski crowd and I haven’t been back since.
    I crave two burgers when I head back east: Schaller’s Drive-In where the burgers are always awesome and you never know what shape burger you are going to get; they are all hand made, what a concept. AND my ultimate favorite is the Nick Tahoe’s Garbage Plate. I ate one every night for a whole summer. Check it out . . . It is the best tasting burger, hands down. As my brother would say, “you were lucky if they only spit on it.” Don’t know how I survived that summer.  My dad says he is allowed only one garbage plate a year, he is 76.

  • Theradio40

    Park Burger and Cricket are Legit. Red Robin annoys me, but they do have good food.