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Earls

The Burger:

Bronx Burger

Overall Rating:

83/100

Cost Range:

$10.00-$20.00

Rated On:

Aug 11, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Starting off with a 1/2lb Angus beef patty is always a good choice. Add in a healthy dose of seasoning and drop it on top of an out of this world house-made sesame bun... oh my... I'm salivating while I'm writing this review. The patty is juicy, not 'drip down your arm' juicy, but I would not really expect that from such a refined burger. Having said that, it did not really take anything away from the burger as a whole. The bun... oh the bun. This is something that grown men's dreams are made of. Pillowy soft and same day fresh.

The Extras

The 'extras' are what make the burger here. As soon as you bite in, you know that there is something special here. First you get hit with a wave of creaminess from the garlic aioli and aged cheddar, then you find your crunch from the pair of graciously beer-battered red onion rings. Finally, and this may be the best part, the tang from the red pepper relish which catches you off guard at first, but you soon realize that it is the flavor that ties it all together.

The Experience

Earls is a place that you walk into knowing what you're going to get. It's a little more 'upscale' than some of the places on our list, and presents you with the dark mood lighting and soft music. You've got your TV's in the bar and the hum of table chatter in the dining room. Not much really varies from location to location, it's kind of comforting.

My Take

As of now, the Bronx Burger is the most refined burger on the list, but it by no means lacks anything in the flavor department. The first bite provided me with a little shock and bewilderment and my first thought was "What is this amazing sensation in my mouth?!?" The bun was so tender, the relish so tangy, just everything melded together for this amazing flavor kick. From there, my second thought was "How can I keep this experience going?" So I did what any man in this situation would do, I buckled down and devoured the burger without shame. Now, I have to be honest, I wouldn't have expected this, and must admit that if it weren't for a gift card from friends, probably wouldn't even have gone to earls in my burger quest. This was not only a top-notch burg, but also a delightful surprise. Well done Earls, Well Done.

Rating Breakdown

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

Score

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  • 18/20
  • 3/5
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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: (1 votes - 4.00)


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Available with your choice of:

Patties

  • Beef
  • Chicken

Buns

  • Sesame

Sauces

  • Mustard
  • Mayo
  • Garlic Aioli
  • Red Pepper Relish

Cheeses

  • Cheddar
  • Aged White Cheddar

Toppings

  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon
  • Rocket Greens

Sides

  • Fries
  • Garden Salad
  • Cesar Salad
  • Soup

Drinks

  • Pop
  • Beer