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New GLOB FAB FIVE Hamburger

New GLOB FAB FIVE Hamburger

FABFIVElogoHome of the $4 hamburger

The last time I enjoyed a David's Real Pit BBQ Thursday $4 hamburger special was right after I spent $11 on a hamburger close to the same size, with all the same topppings.   I immediatley thought to myself, I can buy two David's burgers for what I paid for this red meat protein.  That said, it's not just the price of this hamburger that makes it special. Look at the image above.  All the ingredients are fresh, made to order; you know this patty came right off the cooking grill.  It is understood at David's that this burger comes completely equipped with lettuce, tomato, onion--grilled if you like, pickle, cheese, mayo, mustard, and ketchup.  The GLOB Master is an all-the-way kinda guy, however I do like to change it up now and then by having my burger dressed on the David's Texas Toast.  Let's think about this for a minute.  It's your turn to buy lunch, and you buy yourself and your friend a David's Burger combo for around a toal of $12 bucks.  The next time your friend buys lunch -- have them pay for YOUR $12 exotica burger platter . . . 


The David's BBQ hamburger above was included replacing the Joe's Place restaurant hamburger that went out of business.  David's completes the GLOB FAB FIVE list of hamburgers. Alphabetically, we have traveled the GLOB circuit, traveling around from the northwest at David's Real Pit BBQ, and on to Burger King to the east, Harry's Seafood Bar and Grill downtown, the Copper Monkey midtown, and Chili's Grill and Bar on Archer Rd. GLOBers nominated their favorite burgers from their own FAB FIVE list served at other fine establishment: The Red Onion, Mac's Drive Thru, Tasty Buddha, The Top. There's no need to choose a winner. Every one of these burgers is a carnivore's delight.

The GLOB Master has come to the conclusion that the following attributes are necessary to achieve a great hamburger:

> It must require two hands to be eaten.

> It must be messy, gooey, juicy and dripping with flavor.

> It must include mayo, mustard, ketchup, or any combination thereof.

> The more ingredients the better.

There will be a rest before the next GLOB FAB 5 excursion. Right now, I'm thinking pizza. Yeah. Pizza. Loaded with veggies, sausage, pepperoni, meat balls. Do I order the same pizza at each pizza palace? Do I eat the special of the day? Do I order a whole pie or just a slice? So many questions, so little time.



Chili's Bar & Grill Big Mouth Burgers

Chili's Bar & Grill on Archer Rd. sports a delicious burger that is larger than most. In fact, it's a monstrous hamburger: Monstrously good, Monstrously large, and Monstrously dressed with more ingredients than the average bear, er, burger.  I'm a big guy, and this professional eater had to accept that trying to eat this entire burger was a true lunch time challenge.  My Big Mouth Jalapeno Smokehouse Bacon Burger was layered and loaded underneath with mayo, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and red onion, and on top with 2 giant strips of thick Applewood bacon, tortilla strips, smoked cheddar, jalapeno-ranch dressing, and jalapenos – a lot of jalapenos.  This was a burger extravaganza. While very spicy, the Big Mouth still delivered plenty of traditional flavor with the thick cut bacon, pickles, and tomatoes. I like a little heat in my food, and the Jalapenos did just that. I saw no reason to add the Jalapeno sauce, however.  I almost tried the Big Mouth Avocado burger, which sounded very interesting. But the jalapenos were too hard to pass up. This bodaciously monster of a burger should be on everyone's top five list.


Copper Monkey Steak Burger

If the Copper Monkey hamburger isn't the best hamburger in Gainesville, it has to at least be the 1A or 1B best hamburger. Monday through Friday, the Copper Monkey has a Hamburger & French Fry special for $6.99 that makes this a very busy lunch stop across from UF on University Ave. I arrived early and got to meet Lisa W, Katie, and Chelsey, who told me they are undoubtably the best lunch service crew in Midtown Gainesville.  Yesterday, the special was a Cajun Spice Cheeseburger. Each Copper Monkey Steakburger is made of one-half pound of premium ground beef with special seasonings and served on a Kaiser roll with French fries and pickle chips. Lettuce and onion are additional upon request. A selection of cheeses is also available to add to this prize-winning burger beauty: American, cheddar, Monterey jack, provolone, or Swiss.  I add American cheese to my burger because I like the way it melts into glorious goo surrounding and encompassing all the other taste surprises in the burger. For the GLOB Master, all the ingredients of a perfect burger blend together to create a rainbow of flavors for all my taste buds, and those taste buds are aware of their responsibility. Some seek out the sharpness of mustard, others the tanginess of catsup, some the sour and dilliness of pickle. Some buds identify the veggie freshness and the tomato sweetness, lettuce coolness, and onion heat. Others detect the grilled richness of ground beef cooked on an aged grill that has been cooking my burger to an appropriate medium rare for many years.  Finally all the taste buds give this mouthful of burger nirvana one final chorus of approval before it is sent to uncharted GLOB Master regions for digestion.


Burger King BK Chef's choice

I like to think the GLOB Master doesn't have any prejudices kept too close to the vest when it comes to food.. If there is a franchise burger palace on one side of the road, and a local start up burger stand on the other I would give the local hamburger stand first consideration. Now when I'm real hungry and a Food On The Run, in-and-out burger dressed appropriately, to the max with goodies, I often think of the Burger King's BK® Chef's Choice hamburger. The char the hamburger patty gets from cooking over an open flame is special and always makes me smile. The original spicy mustard original grill sauce mixes nicely with the muted artisan bun to give you a BK Burger eye-opening shout out of, "HEY! How do you like that sauce pal."  Burger supremacy is all right there in that white, cardboard container. A flame-broiled 5.5 oz burger patty, made with USDA certified ground chuck seasoned with salt and pepper, a thick slice American cheese, Naturally-smoked thick cut bacon, Fresh cut romaine lettuce, red onions and ripe tomatoes plus BKs original grill sauce on an artisan bun.  Burger king violates the GLOB's only rule that if there are three or restaurant locations they can't have a GLOB Blog page. That doesn't mean the GLOB Master can't track down a the Burger King BK® Chef's Choice Burger when the urge for Giant protein rears its ugly head.  EDITOR's NOTE: The GLOB FAB 5 burgers listed are presented to you this week as the five best burgers in Gainesville randomly, in no special order of favorite hamburger.


Harry's Seafood Harry's Style Burger

The Harry's Seafood Bar and Grille 'Harry's Style' burger with bacon, caramelized onions, mushrooms, jack & cheddar cheeses is a really good hamburger. Nestled next to French fries the Harry's Burger fills your lunch plate with an extra large patty of excellent ground chuck is strategically embedded in the organized chaos of the juicy, savory flavors of bacon, onions, pickles, tomato, lettuce, mustard and catsup. This burger is so good that you don't mind the burger's juices and gooey goodness dripping onto your fingers. However I do try to remember, from time to time, to make sure I'm not wearing burger condiments on my shirt after lunch.  One of the GLOB Master's better afterlunch linch lines is pointing at the giant mustard stain and remark, "I am saving that for a snack later . . ."

Last modified onThursday, 01 August 2013 06:13
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  • Cathy DeWitt
    Cathy DeWitt Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:49 Comment Link

    Hey, Mike, although I am still leaning toward the Red Onion as a my personal fave, I thought you'd want to know that while I was at Loosey's (formerly Market Street) the other night a woman sitting at the bar remarked that the burger she was eating was "the best burger I've ever had."! This caught my attention, but I had already ordered the chicken wings, which were also quite good, with a smoky grilled flavor. Anyway, you might want to try it!

  • Jim Conner
    Jim Conner Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:33 Comment Link

    Mac's Drive Thru's burger is the favorite of the burger aficianado's that I know. I think it is the best "street"burger in America and nothing else compares.

  • drew mcgill
    drew mcgill Wednesday, 31 July 2013 13:46 Comment Link

    I keep telling you - go to Beef O'Brady's for wings. it's a bit of a trip down Archer Road, but well worth it.

  • Josh
    Josh Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:50 Comment Link

    You guys must not have eaten a burger at Loosey's downtown. On wednesdays they have a burger and fries for 5 bucks. Best burger I've had in town. Great fries too. I suggest adding the bacon too. Awesome bacon.

  • GLOB Master
    GLOB Master Friday, 10 February 2012 11:55 Comment Link

    That GLOB FAB 5 was fun. But I don't see many hamburger patties on the horizon for the GLOB Master. I was thinking pizza but a GLOBer suggested chicken wings today. Wings could be fun. But I will need some wings suggestion from fellow GLOBERS . . .

  • Jon Rose
    Jon Rose Friday, 10 February 2012 11:41 Comment Link

    What a really great idea. Nice variety with list -- fast food, chains, local places. All good choices but I agree with comment above that Red Onion has to be REAL close to making the list.

    What does the GLOB Master have planned for future lists?

  • Jules
    Jules Tuesday, 07 February 2012 11:17 Comment Link

    Laugh if you will, but I am a Chili's fan.
    I have never had a bad Burger here- and they always cook my fries well done- as requested.

    Tasty Buddha also has a great burger, yet I am always tempted by the Tofu Veggie Curry or the fish sandwich.
    Love the Curry mayo on the fries!

  • Jonathan Dougherty
    Jonathan Dougherty Tuesday, 07 February 2012 10:28 Comment Link

    Sweet Mel's has to make this list. I am fan of mushroom and swiss burgers and Sweet Mel's Baby Bella by far is the best in town!

  • Jennifer ford
    Jennifer ford Monday, 06 February 2012 16:47 Comment Link

    The Top has the best Burgers on a delicious Pretzle roll. Yum Yum.
    - Jennifer

    The TOP is a very nice restaurant they only serve a Sunday Brunch/lunch. Do they sell their burger on Sunday?
    - GLOB Master

  • Cathy DeWitt
    Cathy DeWitt Monday, 06 February 2012 14:42 Comment Link

    I only see one burger listed, from Harry's--Are you doing all 5 or doing them separately, one at a time? Either way, I think the burgers at Red Onion have to be on the list. The problem is picking which one--it's a toss-up for me between the Red Onion Burger (smothered with grilled red onions); and the mushroom Swiss (pretty self-explanatory). Both are big, juicy, made from grass fed beef and served on a toasted bun--which is a must, in my opinion.

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