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Billys Family Restaurant

The Burger:

Bacon Cheeseburger

Overall Rating:


Cost Range:


Rated On:

May 28, 2013

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

The bun looked great and seemed quite fresh and doughy when I was biting through it. We’re talking small-town here, so it's very possible it came from local bakery. However, any pros found in the burger were instantly erased by the patty. The beef was your typical pre-frozen patty and it was cooked to a point where it popped as I bit through it, much like a boiled hotdog would. Not sure what else I can say other than it was disappointing.

The Extras

The toppings were, all around, descent. The produce was all fresh and the bacon was thick and plentiful. All of your back-yard bbq sauces were slathered about in a bright array of reds, greens and yellows.

The Experience

Billy's is a definite small town diner, large building, wide open and all the seats must be at least 20 years old.

My Take

My original stop on the road-trip would have taken me somewhere I had tried to get to twice in the past 12 months, so I was already in a let-down mode. That said, when the burger landed in front of me I wasn't anticipating what I was about to experience. The burger itself looked quite tasty, it wasn't until I bit right through that I was greeted with that over-seasoned, rubbery textured patty that brought everything to a screeching halt. Let's just say, next time I’ll be getting a club sandwich.

Rating Breakdown

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


  • 7/10
  • 5/15
  • 7/10
  • 3/5
  • 4/10
  • 4/5
  • 7/10
  • 2/5
  • 2/5
  • 9/20
  • 2/5

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: (0 votes - 0.00)

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  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Veggie
  • Cod


  • Kaiser


  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Relish
  • Special Sauce
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Tartar


  • Cheddar
  • Mozza


  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Mushrooms
  • Pickles
  • Bacon


  • Fries
  • Onion Rings
  • Garden Salad
  • Soup


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