Wednesday, September 28, 2005

In Search of Cincinnati's Best Hamburgers

Americans take great pride in hamburgers. Whether fresh from the home grill or from one of the countless number of restaurants, burgers are an American classic. Regardless if it’s the neighborhood tavern, the local family restaurant, fast food establishments, specialty chains as Hamburger Mary’s and Fuddrucker’s, or national chains as Applebee’s, Chili’s, and Outback, burgers find a place on the menu.

The national Build a Better Burger contest started in the early 1990s and has appeared on the Food Network. Many city guides found on the Web include best burgers. Local magazines also include best burgers during the year. Some establishments use the “Best Burger in Town” to promote themselves. Many people are also passionate about their favorite burger. In other words, hamburgers are big business and people are very interested.

We, Bucky and Freddie, live in the Cincinnati area. We are not food professionals, but we enjoy a good burger. Although each of us has personal preferences, we believe the essence of a good burger is more than just tradition. Why do so many people rave about Zip’s and Quatman’s? What are the differences between burgers? Do better burgers exist at less-publicized places?

Stimulated by ongoing discussions, we began our search for finding the best burger in Cincinnati. In order to focus on the local setting, we don’t do national chains. Although our search is not over, it’s time spread the word. Stayed tune for many reviews!

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