BURGERGUYZ: The MVBRB 2011 Burger of the Year

MVBRB names Sunrise Inn as 2011 Burger of the Year

By Anthony M. Fuda

.       There were some really good burgers in the Mahoning Valley this year, but after all was said and done, the Mahoning Valley Burger Review Board (MVBRB) awarded 2011’s Burger of the Year to Sunrise Inn (Warren).

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.       So, what set them apart from the 14 other burgers we reviewed this year?  A little bit of everything.  The burger was huge (calling it a half pound is on the light side);  the boule bun (nice and crispy on the outside, yet soft on the inside); and the flavor was prominent all through the beef.

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.       JT said, “The seasoning is just perfect. The toppings are creative and delicious. But for me, it’s the bun. That fresh baked, crispy crust on the outside, soft in the middle, boule bun is what pushes this burger to the top!”

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.       Greg said, “The burger was big, juicy, cooked to perfection and was well seasoned.  The boule bun also made the burger experience that much better. It’s the best bun I have had in the time I have been on the board. Also, to reiterate from the previous review, this burger is the biggest 8 oz burger by far. Either they serve 10 oz burgers and say they are 8 oz or all the other 8 oz burgers we tried were only 6 oz.”

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.       Scott also said the bun was “a contributing factor, as well as the huge, flavor-filled burger.”

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.       I have been back to Sunrise for their burgers three times since our review, and all three times the burgers were just as good as the first.  I also recommend the sweet potato fries because they are delicious, thick and cooked just right.

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.       Sunrise Inn is known for the pizza and pasta they serve, and now you can add hamburgers to the top of the list when you visit.

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.       Sunrise co-owner Kenny Haidaris said, “We are very happy to win the Burger of the Year award.”  He also mentioned that “burger business has doubled since the review.” He explains that one reason their burgers are so good is because they “grind the beef  fresh every day in the restaurant.” He adds, “When you get a burger from a restaurant that does’t grind their own, you just don’t know what you’re going to get, or how old it is.”

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.       This is the first Burger Award Sunrise has won, but they have won Best Pizza in the Tribune Reader’s Choice contest every year since it started.

.       Follow this link for video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZkVkkfPBgQ&feature=youtu.be

.       We would also like to acknowledge some of our servers so you can ask for them by name when you go to any of these fine eateries:  Bergen Giordani (Royal Oaks),  Kayla Sefcik (Barry Dyngle’s),  Loke Kalima (MOJO’s),  Jennifer Munholand (Blue Wolf),  Angela Alberini (Up A Creek), and Vanessa Carpenter (Charlie Staples).

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.       We would like to thank WYTV, WKBN, and WYFX for again covering our Burger of the Year award banquet.

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.       We look forward to another year of great burgers.  Next year we will be incorporating a new feature with our reviews called Daytrips.  These will be NE Ohio and Western PA establishments that a lot of people frequent and relayed to us, because of their great burgers.  Keep reading our reviews in the Review Newspaper, and at http://www.burgerguyz. wordpress.com.  And friend us on Facebook at Hamburger Review Board and tell us where we should go next, because we are still looking for that elusive 5 star burger!


2 thoughts on “BURGERGUYZ: The MVBRB 2011 Burger of the Year

  1. Guys, I went to the Sunrise today for lunch based on your burger review. You must have got some special treatment! The burger was on a plain white roll, the meat had no taste and the fries were re-fried. I’ve been to the Suntrise many times and never had a good meal. I must say I’m very dissapointed with your recomendation. The Yankee Kitchen burger blows this thing away!!

    1. Thanks for commenting. Sorry to hear about your bad experience at Sunrise, Tim. All we can report on is our experience there. I don’t think we got any special treatment – they didn’t know we were there! And between the 6 of us, we have been back several times and were always pleased. However, with that said, although the vast majority of comments we get on Sunrise Inn burgers are very good, we have had a number of people, like you, that have disagreed. Not sure what the problem is, a personnel deficiency, or what? But as I stated, we can only report on our findings, and Sunrise Inn was better than any of the burgers that we reviewed as a group this year.

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