I’ve critiqued a lot of burgers, both as a reviewer for Serious Eats and as a judge at the Sacramento Burger Battle and the Burger finals of the World Food Championships. And while what makes a “perfect burger” is entirely subjective and there’s no magic beef bullet, these five tips could give you an advantage at the judges’ table.
Budget-friendly eats are totally my jam, but whether they’re comfort classics like mac & cheese or steaming bowls of spicy Thai curry, what matters most is that they’re delicious. Check out my post on Serious Eats for 10 of my favorite meals under $10.
Looking for some top restaurant picks for Comic-Con? I’ve assembled 10 of my favorite spots, all of which are within walking distance from the Convention Center and easy on your budget.
It starts differently each time, but always ends the same. I’m in Toronto, or Vancouver, or Montreal. People around me are immersed in conversation, but to my ears, it’s muted. Words are indistinct murmurs that I don’t even strain to hear. My focus has narrowed to one startling realization: I’m in Canada. That can only mean one thing: Timbits. Timbits immediately. Timbits forever.
Nong’s Khao Man Gai in Portland serves the best Thai-style chicken and rice I’ve had anywhere… though, strictly speaking, I’ve only had it one other place. BUT, is it the best thing on the menu?
When in Phoenix, eating ice cream is a physical necessity. So, where should you snag a scoop? Churn and Sweet Republic serve up some of the best ice cream and sorbet I’ve had anywhere, but the city’s frozen dessert scene doesn’t start and end there. Check out my post on Serious Eats for even more frozen treat finds, from retro sundaes to vegan soft serve!
This stunning dessert of coconut milk tapicoa pudding topped with tropical fruit and a vibrant fuchsia quenelle of dragon fruit sorbet surfing atop a crisp pineapple chip also happens to be dairy and gluten-free.
This relatively new restaurant in the heart of Hillcrest has a screaming lunch deal: a burger, drink, and house-made chips for $5.
Aussie-style burgers with “the lot” (i.e.: pickled beets, cheese, pineapple, a fried egg, aioli, and smoky tomato chutney) can be yours at three restaurants in San Diego (all of which share the same owners): Queenstown Public House in Little Italy, Bareback Grill in Pacific Beach, and Raglan Public House in Ocean Beach. Check out my review on AHT for a closer look at this magical mess of a burger.
Did you know that Ben and Jerry’s employees get three free pints of ice cream per day, every day (along with a free gym membership?) It’s true! Check out my post on Serious Eats—which made the front page of Reddit—for more fun facts about the company.