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Original Joe's

The Burger:

The Original w/ Bacon and Cheddar

Overall Rating:


Cost Range:


Rated On:

Dec 31, 2012

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

"In-House" is pretty much a must when describing a quality burg, so when I see that their patties are made from AAA beef and hand-packed in-house, I know that there is something to this burg. The patty is of a descent size and proportion for the burger, cooked to a juicy well and seasoned to give it a nice bit of peppery flavor. The bun is fresh, almost sweet brioche, made to withstand a good dose of burger juices. The best of burger-chic.

The Extras

The toppings were all fresh, the bacon was thick cut and full of flavor and the cheddar was the real deal and melted to perfection. What else can you ask for when topping off an appetizing burger. However, there are two other extras that stole the show for me. First off the Original Joe's mustard sauce, which is full of flavor and secondly is the dill dip sauce for the fries. I know, only one is burger related but both are unique flavors that make for a pretty well put together meal.

The Experience

Original Joe's has everything you could ask for from a neighborhood restaurant. Great service, good atmosphere and a drink special to help wash down your burg.

My Take

Original Joe's hadn't really been on my radar, but when a new restaurant opens up in my neighborhood, I like to take their burg for a little test drive. From the moment it pulled up it looked like I was going to enjoy it. The proportions were all on point, the toppings all looked fresh and that brioche bun almost glistened in the dim mood lighting. When I took her for the first few bites it was like I was in a burger themed water park. Burger juices streamed in all directions, and at one point I even got a healthy dose of reverse burger drippin's with a hot shot to the cheek. No complaints here though, as nothing is more tell-tale of a well prepped burger than a good share of burger juices. The slightly peppery seasoning of the patty, the bold bacon flavor and the tang of their own mustard sauce all came together in a very enjoyable ensemble of flavor. I can say that, with this burg within a few minutes of home, I will be back.

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value


  • 8/10
  • 13/15
  • 8/10
  • 3/5
  • 8/10
  • 4/5
  • 9/10
  • 4/5
  • 3/5
  • 17/20
  • 4/5

Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (4 votes - 4.00)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Veggie


  • Whole Wheat
  • Brioche


  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Guacamole
  • Chipotle Sauce


  • Cheddar
  • Mozza
  • Swiss
  • Provalone


  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Peppers
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Jalapenos
  • Avocado
  • Bruschetta
  • Pineapple


  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Garden Salad
  • Cesar Salad
  • Soup
  • Potato Salad
  • Mashed Potatos


  • Pop
  • Beer