My Greensboro hamburger obsession continues.
My Greensboro hamburger obsession became a bit more normalized in 2015. While enjoying far fewer than last year’s 52 burgers, this year I more or less ambled through burgerland looking for new places and rediscovering others.
I don’t really judge, rate, or critique the burgers I find. Well. I do sort of, but not systematically or reliability. You may find my opinions and ideas ridiculous. Not my problem. Your mileage will vary.
My favorites burgers this past year are listed here. Noticed I say favorites and not best. I’m less judgmental and have no scores or ratings to offer. I do recommend each of these and will hopefully revisit them myself before too long.
Burger Warfare opened in 2015 after a ridiculous amount of custom construction and creation. The place instantly became the hot-spot in town and was crushed with hungry crowds. The haters found plenty to complain about. The rest of us found an amazing restaurant with really great burgers, over-the-top decor, great fun, and scrumptious warfare sauce! I’ve been 5 times just to make sure I really dig it.
Freddy’s Frozen Custard
Freddy’s is a chain, started in Kansas. It’s out where Greensboro and High Point have grown together on Wendover near Hwy 68. The I found their sign, which says “Steakburgers”, irresistible one afternoon and turned in. I was hooked. The burgers are big an hot and juicy and fabulous. The shoestring fries are the real deal. I love the company story, photos on the walls, and the 1950’s charm. I’ll leave the rest for you to discover.
World of Beer
World of Beer has recently opened in Greensboro. It’s on Westover Terr., across the street from my previously ranked best burger at Lucky 32’s. Surely the 500 beer choices are the draw, but their Chimay Cheese Burger is truly delicious. The Chimay cheese and Chimay beers are made by Belgian Trappist monks to support the monastery and their good causes. The Greensboro hamburger world is a better place when you eat a burger for peace and love. Cheers.
Oscar’s Fine Foods
Oscar’s is not a place you’ll find on your own. This 1960’s classic has served the downtown High Point crowd for decades and has kept it low on the radar. They open at 6 am for breakfast and close after lunch, so get going early. The juicy classic burgers are as good as they get. Trip on over and thank me later. My mouth is a watery just thinking about it.
Lindley Park Filling Station
Elam at Walker Ave. is like the Keith Richards of Greensboro intersections. This hipness started with the beatniks and continues groove with a funky mix of millennials and old Brice Streeters. The Lindley Park Filling Station has helped raise the food bar of the neighborhood. Foodies will feel at home. The quality is here. Burgers are divine. If the place is too jammed to get in you may want to try across the street at the other burger rock-star, Emma Key’s.
Hamburger Square is in downtown Greensboro. Starting there, cross to the “wrong side” of the tracks, turn down Barnhardt St. to find The Worx at The RailYard. My best of 2014 burger continues to satisfy with fat juicy cheeseburgers. OMG. These are absolutely the best of the downtown bunch.
Harper’s, in Greensboro’s Friendly Center, may not be on your burger list, but it’s now on mine. When my fancy attorney friend offer’s to take me to lunch I accept. Harper’s? Sure, I’m in. I skipped the lunch special burger and went to the main menu for full priced ace. Damn Skippy. This is far better than I remember.
Tony’s Food Mart
The most surprising and memorable burger spot of the year was found by accident. The CITGO station, just north of the Airport off Hwy 68, has a grill in the back, called Tony’s Food Mart, and is in a little food desert and major road construction zone. Stopping for gas and a cold drink I see people checking out with hot dogs and hamburgers to go. What? There’s always room for a hot dog so I began my journey there. The menu intreagued me so I soon returned. There are 1/4, 1/2 and 1 Lb. Burgers! Four trips later I finally tackled the One Pound Burger. Actually, it tackled me.
Winner-Winner, Burger Dinner
Great Hamburgers have become fairly pricey. It’s easy to drop twenty bucks on a burger out, plus you have to invest the time and energy to make the trip. Sometimes a home cooked hamburger makes more far more sense for your budget and schedule.
DIY burgers are not only frugal but you can easily produce burgers that rival the best in town. The key is in the ingredients, and once you get this right the rest is easy. For my money, the best Greensboro ground beef value is found at The Fresh Market. Many Tuesday’s TFM has their fresh ground beef at only $2.99 a pound. Don’t miss this deal. Buy enough to freeze some patties for another day.
Everyone has their own toppings and condiment choices but nothing tops a burger better than a fresh local tomato during our summer season. The mother-ship of tasty tomatoes is here in the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market. If you top a home cooked patty with a slice or two from a big Smith Farm’s German Johnson you will have hamburger magic seldom found in Greensboro restaurants.