If you've read this week's cover story about the Great Burger Challenge, you know that the editorial staff at 210 12th Ave. S. is still recovering from devouring 16 burgers in search of the city's finest chopped steak sandwich. We found a hands-down winner at PM (2017 Belmont Blvd.), where Arnold Myint packs a burger with onions sauteed in butter, then bastes it on the grill with a mixture of garlic, Thai chili sauce and pineapple juice and loads it onto a multigrain bun from Provence, slathered with wasabi mayo. Having now tasted that burger no fewer than half-a-dozen times in the past few weeks, all in the name of research (i.e. our meals could be expensed), we stand by our choice. The PM burger is a superstar.
Honorable mention goes to The Edgefield, Radius10 and Five Guys, who also took home top honors.
Twelve other burgers made it into the running, including Bobbie's Dairy Dip, 12 South Taproom, Ombi, Rotier's, Brown's Diner, Red Robin, The Palm, Capitol Grille, Cheeseburger Charley's, Whole Foods Market and Fat Mo's. We even tried a Hardee's Thickburger for good measure.
But, alas, even our intrepid colons have limitations, and we could not try every burger in town. For example, neither McCabe Pub nor J. Alexander's was nominated for the initial round of 16.
Over at 360 Bistro, chef John Crow recently introduced a burger (available only on weekends) of Kobe beef stuffed with foie gras, duck confit and black truffles and served on a buttered bun with tarragon aioli, preserved tomatoes, arugula and goat cheese. We haven't tried it yet, but we've seen people eating it, and...well, they looked really happy. (Of course, maybe they didn't yet know the burger cost $30, with a side of truffled parmesan fries.)
We're keeping a running list of burgers, in the event that we ever feel like eating another burger again. It will probably be a while, but when it's time for the Great Burger Challenge: The Sequel, what other contenders should we include?